Hi gang, welcome back to the blog! Sorry for disappearing last week but if you follow me over on Instagram you’ll know that I’ve been away in the states (…more on that soon) and was busy travelling here, there and everywhere so needed to press pause on the blog for a few days. However fear not! I am back and I am ready to get stuck in. First thing’s first, this post is sponsored by the lovely team over at Natural Cycles but rest assured all opinions are my own, so let’s get cracking shall we? Today is World Contraception Day! A day that highlights the importance of women being able to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health. The most important part of that sentence being – INFORMED CHOICES. This is something that sadly not many of us can say we made when first going onto contraception. I mentoned it in my previous ‘Body Talk‘ post but I was 19 when I first went on the pill, I was originally put on it by my GP after getting severe cramps and dizzy spells when on my period. After speaking with the doctor, the pill seemed to be the best solution. At that point in my life I hadn’t really given any thought to the implant, IUD or any other form of contraception. The pill was what all of my friends were on and so seemed the easiest option. I wish now I had taken it upon myself to research more into it however I didn’t, I just went with whatever the doctor suggested. After being on the pill for several years, I was very aware of how the side effects from hormonal contraception were effecting me. Weight gain and mood swings were my biggest tell tale signs. I do know however that hormonal contraception works fantastically for some people and it’s great that the option exists because again, have a CHOICE is key.
It’s important to remember, one size doesn’t fit all. I tried a few different methods before settling on what I use now – a mix of Natural Cycles and condoms. Venturing into the world of contraception for the first time can be overwhelming and there’s no need to rush, remember if you want some professional advice then make an appointment with your local family planning clinic or GP. Talk to friends and family about their experiences and collect as much knowledge as possible. For me Natural Cycles orignally grabbed my attention as a way to get to know my body more and that (for me) is still the most interesting thing about the app. A massive positive for me was getting to know my body and my cycle better than ever before. I feel so much more in tune with how I work and how my body reacts at certain times of the month.
The main question I can asked regarding Natural Cycles is-
Q: How does it actually work?
A: Natural Cycles involves an app and a digital medical thermometer which is used to measure your body temperature every morning before you get out of bed. You place the thermometer under your tongue, as far back as possible. Your temperature varies depending on the hormone levels in your body, and where you are in your cycle. You then enter the reading into the app where you’ll then be given a notification of either a green day (safe to have sex) or red day (possibility of getting pregnant and need to use protection.)
For more answers to frequently asked questions you can head to my Q&A post by clicking HERE.
*This post was kindly sponsored by Natural Cycles*