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Saturday, January 31st, 2009
9:50 am
[theloveofvegan]
Cloth Pad Free Giveaway!!
I just posted a new blog giveaway, come check it out and enter to win this paper doll pad!



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Monday, December 1st, 2008
12:51 pm
[theloveofvegan]
hello everyone!
I just added a bunch of new cutesy pads to my online shop...swing on in and check them out if you want!
http://www.holisticallyheather.etsy.com
Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
11:34 am
[jenny617]
NEWBIE
 Hi, I am new here. I just went to the doctor today and I am trying natural family planning. I have been on the pill since I was 16 and have never been pregnant.  I have tried many pills, patch, shot, and I didn't like any of them. I have been using seasonal (90day pill) for maybe 2 years now and I liked the idea of no period but I kept having break through bleeding and my sex drive is GONE~ so I asked my doctor about natural family planning and he was 100% for it. I told him, I really don't want kids until next year at the earliest and he said it will be fine as long as I take my tempature and don't have sex when I can get pregnant.  I am still very nervous.  Anyone have anything to say, advice, etc?


Name:
Jennifer
Age: 24
Have you ever been on a hormonal therapy of any kind? Yes
If so, what kind and please tell us about your experience and why you chose to stop:
I will be stopping sat. I just went to doctor today and decided to go off birth control and try natural family planning. My doctor was 100% for it but I and my fiance are nervous. 

If you have never been on hormonal therapy, why have you avoided it?
What are you looking for here?
Help, Advice, Encouragement

Saturday, January 12th, 2008
11:44 am
[recuntulous]
my cycle just got naturlal-er!

So, my uterus expelled my copper IUD just before I went home for christmas.  I was angry and upset about it at first (especially since I live on a different continent than my partner right now and saw him for the first time in 3 months while I was home for christmas!), but now I'm actually amazed at my own body and maybe even happy that it happened.  Of all the non-barrier methods of BC, I chose the copper IUD because it seemed like it would mess with my body the least, and it did, but afterwards, I could really feel my uterus feeling nicer.  There was just this extra stiffness that didn't really hurt or feel uncomfortable while it was there, so much that it took the IUD being expelled for me to realize the change.  

I thought about getting a new one, and even made a doctor's appointment for while I was home, just in case, but I ended up deciding against it.  I'd had it since April 2007, and it's really rare for IUDs to expell, especially after the first month, so the next one might expell as well.  Also, I've been trying to figure out my cycle with FAM ever since I got the IUD, but my temps don't make much sense usually and my CM was almost always eggwhite and stretchy with the IUD in.  I'm really looking forward to reading my cycle without anything extra in my womb that shouldn't be there, and I'm away from my partner again for six months (minus the week when he comes to visit!), so I won't have to worry about pregnancy either!  

A post in the iud_divas community also made me realize that there's some sort of stigma against using only barrier methods (I've always used condoms, even with the IUD) in long term, monogamous relationships.  I'm sorry, world, but this is really the only method for me to have PIV sex, not get pregnant, and keep my own natural cycle!

Thursday, January 10th, 2008
2:56 pm
[th3_unicorn]
Hello!
Hi, I just found this community and although it seems it's been kind of quiet in the last months, I'll try knocking on the door anyways!

Here's me!

Name: Jessica
Age: 24
Have you ever been on a hormonal therapy of any kind? yes, I was on Diane for 3 months when I was 17.
If so, what kind and please tell us about your experience and why you chose to stop: It was supposed to fix a bit of irsutism I had due to high testosterone in the luteal phase, but even in such a short time it screwed me up in thousands of ways! It took over 2 years for my body to achieve a new balance.
If you have never been on hormonal therapy, why have you avoided it? in the future, for all of those reasons and the many more complications associated to hormonal birth control!
What are you looking for here? Possibly other ladies who use any kind of sympto-thermal method for BC (FAM, etc), or the LadyComp, like I do
What do you like most about your cycle? that it's regular
What do you like least about your cycle? nothing, I love every bit of it :)
Anything else you'd like to tell us about? I feel so much empowered since I've started studying the sympto-thermal method 2 months ago! I would like to recommend this site to those who don't know about it yet: www.fertilityfriend.com

Byez!
Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
3:39 pm
[laariii]
Name:Laariii
Age: 24
Have you ever been on a hormonal therapy of any kind?

Nope! Though i almost did this year because my cycle got all messed up but i wimped out of taking the progesterone pills & it ended up sorting itself out anyway. The doctor wanted to put me on the Pill but i refused.

If so, what kind and please tell us about your experience and why you chose to stop: N/A

If you have never been on hormonal therapy, why have you avoided it?

I am worried about the long term health/fertility effects. I also think that womens bodies should be appreciated for what they are & not manipulated into being something else. I am also Catholic so i don't believe in any B/C.

What are you looking for here?


Umm... support from other women who are not on the Pill? Sometimes i feel like a freak because i don't  just " go on the Pill" like everyone else.

What do you like most about your cycle?


I like that i know that my body is working properly.
Also Catholics kinda have this belief that suffering brings you closer to God & those cramps sure make me suffer. It makes me feel unique as a woman - its a reminder that women have the potential to bring new life into the world.

What do you like least about your cycle?
The first two days are hell!

Anything else you'd like to tell us about?


I have no problem with women taking the Pill & other meds when they have problems that need to be fixed or managed. But i find the idea of medicating away something that is natural & unique to women rather disturbing. Its kinda anti-woman.
Sunday, November 25th, 2007
10:26 pm
[polerbere]
girly issues
I've been on various forms of hormonal birth control (HBC) since I was about 16 to regulate my cycle and ease cramps. For the past 2 years (I'm 24) I've experienced migraines. My OB/GYN and I are pretty sure it's been related to the HBC. I have had problems finding a medication for my migraines and recently I had one that was painful enough to make me vomit multiple times (apologies to the squeamish!). Rather than trying to find the right migraine medication, I think I would prefer to go off the hormones all together.

I tried a few years ago to go off of them for about a year, but my cramps were very horrible and I had impressive mood swings (crying uncontrollably while driving on the freeway to work...that was a fun phone call to my boss).

So here are the questions:

I've look in the memories for ideas and found a lot of people mentioned raspberry leaf tea for cramps. For those who take it, do you take it daily, or just during your periods? Do you still take OTC things?

I am mostly concerned about the emotional issues. Have you found anything that stabilizes you? Someone in the memories mentioned African Red Bush Tea, but google isn't bringing much up. Any personal success with it?

The memories also mentioned evening primrose pills. any further thoughts?

Thanks in advance!
Cross posted to naturalliving
12:41 pm
[kelsietrpt]
Hi. My name is Kelsie. And I'm a menstruator.
Name: Kelsie

Age: 2
4 (almost 25)

Have you ever been on a hormonal therapy of any kind?

None whatsoever.  For 10 years now, doctors have been trying to place me on hormonal birth control for my heavy periods, two week PMS, and horrible cramps, and I have refused each and every time.  When I tell them how I feel about HBC, they look at my hopelessly and tell me they can't help me.  If the only help they can offer is in the form of manufactured hormones, I don't want it!

If so, what kind and please tell us about your experience and why you chose to stop:

n/a

If you have never been on hormonal therapy, why have you avoided it?

Even before I became something of a crunchy granola girl, I've always felt, intuitively, that there was something disturbing about hormonal birth control.  I looked around at all of my friends (who started taking it when they were 14...15...16...) and listened to them talk about how they never had periods, or how their bleeds only lasted a couple of days.  I hated the idea that HBC could make me so disconnected from such a natural process.  Yes, I had crying jags and food cravings and horrible, horrible cramps and sometimes even migraines...but I felt almost empowered knowing that there was something so strong raging inside me.  My "moontime" as I've come to call it is a very powerful time for me.  I have vivid, sometimes prophetic dreams.  I even think plants grow better if I sow seeds during my period.  I use the moon to chart my cycles and take plenty of hot baths.  I can't imagine denying myself that level of connectedness with myself, other women, and the earth. 

What are you looking for here?

Like-minded discourse and some good old-fashioned menstrual love. 

What do you like most about your cycle?

I think I pretty much covered that earlier, but again, I love the mental state it puts me in--the sort of second sight that emerges during this time; the heightening of my senses; the dreams and daydreams I have.  I love washing my cloth pads by hand and thinking about all the women who came before me. 

What do you like least about your cycle?

I'm tempted to say "nothing," but there are times that the cramps are so debilitating, nothing will help.  I try to use those times for relaxing and meditation, but that doesn't always work.  I'd say one thing I really dislike about my cycle is that it's a time when i want to be left completely alone with only my plants and my books for companionship, and it's hard to be left completely alone without being rude.  My boyfriend is always very sympathetic, but I don't want to be stroked and coddled.  I want to go off to the attic or garden and remain solitary until the bleeding has finished. 

Anything else you'd like to tell us about?

I think working on an organic/biodynamic goat farm for two years really helped put me in the frame of mind I'm in today.  We did all the milking by hand, and I assisted in a lot of really powerful birthing experiences, with the salt from the amniotic fluids stinging my alfalfa-cut arms.  Watching those goats give birth, down in the muck, moaning and yelling freely as something new and amazing surged inside them made me feel so wonderfully feral.  It was an all-woman farm, so in the heat of the summer, the other women and I would milk without our shirts on.  We used herbal medicine for all of the animals' medical needs, and we grew and prepared the herbs ourselves.  Being around all those naturally cycling, birthing, and lactating goats (not to mention a team of like-minded women) was AMAZING.  All we lacked was a menstrual hut. : )  I also just switched from disposable pads to cloth pads, and I LOVE them.  They're SO comfortable, so much kinder to the Earth, so much more economically wise, and free of scary bleaching/absorbent chemicals.  I urge everyone to try them at least once!

Current Mood: awake
Wednesday, November 14th, 2007
10:50 pm
[jess3686]
book recommendations
Can anyone recommend a good book on regulating hormones and cycles through natural methods?
I'm charting, and have read Taking Charge of Your Fertility, but I guess I'm looking more for something in terms of diet, supplements, exercise, etc. Any ideas would be fabulous!


I'm 21, six months off of the pill, six months with a non-hormonal IUD, charting my temps, and looking to figure out cycles that I haven't understood since I was 13 and started my period....if any of that matters :-)


-Jess
Wednesday, November 7th, 2007
6:12 pm
[recuntulous]
 Name:  Annie
Age:  22
Have you ever been on a hormonal therapy of any kind?  I was on a low-dose birth control pill from age 16-21. 
If so, what kind and please tell us about your experience and why you chose to stop:  I liked it at the time, but looking back it was as though instead of having some sort of cycle, I took a pill every day and that was it.  I eventually started feeling weird about putting all those chemicals in my body, especially when I wasn't having much heterosexual sex and wouldn't have to worry too much about pregnancy.  I also realized that my body must have changed since I was 16 and that I had no idea what it was like all on its own without the added hormones.  I quit in May of 2006.  That summer I started to get bad hormonal acne and it hasn't gone away.  Now I have 35-44 day cycles (although right now I'm on day 51, I've been doing some serious traveling) and a copper IUD.  I started having hetero sex again this January and those long cycles made it really scary, since I'm not in a place where I could have a baby.  I've been charting since I got the IUD, in April, and I have no idea if I'm ovulating or not, which I would like to be.  I even get a little fed up with the non-hormonal IUD at times because it makes my cervical fluid hard to read and makes my periods very long and very heavy, although the cramps that came with it are gone now. 
What are you looking for here?  Beautiful stories about women who love their cycles, the nice feeling of hearing from other people who think like you do, maybe advice about the crazy cycle and FAM. 
What do you like most about your cycle?  I like knowing that it's there and knowing what's going on in my body.  Sometimes it seems weird to me that I have to do things like take my temperature every morning to know if I'm releasing eggs or if I have more estrogen or progesterone in my body at the time. 
What do you like least about your cycle? / Anything else you'd like to tell us about? Right now, I miss it and I'm inviting it to come back and check in sometime.  I recently moved to Barcelona, Spain, from the midwest, and I'm starting to wonder if my cycle is like your soul.  I've heard that when you fly or travel long distances in short times, you move too fast for your soul to keep up and you have to wait a little while for your soul to catch up to your body. 
Sunday, November 4th, 2007
2:08 pm
[fleckerbug]
Name: Meredith

Age: twenty-seven

Have you ever been on a hormonal therapy of any kind? If so, what kind and please tell us about your experience and why you chose to stop:

From the age of 18-24 I was on various pills, depo, and nuvaring. I hate the way HBC makes me feel and don't want to pump myself full of artificial hormones, so now I have an IUD. I also got pregnant one the nuvaring. I am trying to get used to FAM so I can have the IUD removed, but I have PCOS which makes it difficult.

If you have never been on hormonal therapy, why have you avoided it?
Well, I'm avoiding it now becuse it's not good for me and I like to feel natural.

What are you looking for here?

Support, help figuring out my natural cycle, like-minded people.

What do you like most about your cycle?
That I can have children

What do you like least about your cycle?
That my periods are painful and few and far between.

Anything else you'd like to tell us about?
I'm havign trouble on FAM.. I know how to chart just havign weird spotting and long cycle and my PCOS and hypothyroidism effect things. We're planning on TTC in the next year or so.
Friday, November 2nd, 2007
4:58 pm
[manifestress]
New Here
Name: Karla / Karlita / The Manifestress

Age: I will be fabulous 44 in January

Have you ever been on a hormonal therapy of any kind? Not birth control. Because of a thyroid condition, it was determined early on that hormonal birth control was contraindicated for me. I do, however, take Armour Thyroid (a porcine-derived thyroid supplement)

If so, what kind and please tell us about your experience and why you chose to stop: At 17, I was upset that I was turned away from the Pill at the family planning center. I was given a diaphram and taught how to insert it and use it. In quick retrospect, I was very grateful for this easy form of birth control.

What are you looking for here? To give and receive encouragement, to read others' experiences. I hope to transition into a very natural menopause.

What do you like most about your cycle? It's very regular, fairly painless, and a reassurance that I'm not pregnant!!!

What do you like least about your cycle? A bit of a mess to deal with.

Anything else you'd like to tell us about? I have been a massage therapist for over 20 years - here is my website - http://www.MasterpieceMassage.com and I've been on LJ for over 6 years.
Thursday, November 1st, 2007
6:53 pm
[aprilvak]
introduction
Name:April

Age:29

Have you ever been on a hormonal therapy of any kind? I took birth control pills from 8/1996 through 3/2006.

If so, what kind and please tell us about your experience and why you chose to stop:I tried most of em because I relied on sample packs and if my doctor stopped receiving whatever I was on we changed to something else. Although I had horrific PMS with low dose pills. I stopped because my fiance and I want children and figured it would be a while before I got used to not taking anything. Oh, I was also on the patch, I forget what it's called, for the last six-eight months of that time. So, since my final withdrawal period in 3/2006, I've had one period the week before our wedding in April this year. Too bad I can't stress out over another wedding and bring menstruation on that way again.

What are you looking for here? Insight, advice, discussion. The usual, I guess.

What do you like most about your cycle? I sure save on tampons.

What do you like least about your cycle? That I don't have one.

Anything else you'd like to tell us about? I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (pcos) three months ago and have since improved my general health with diet and exercise, but I would really love to have a period and start ovulating. It's so discouraging.
8:42 am
[misslam2u]
Name: Lee  
Age:
40
Have you ever been on a hormonal therapy of any kind?
yes, a million years ago,
If so, what kind and please tell us about your experience and why you chose to stop:
ortho tri-cyclene, I believe, but only for 3 or 4 months, the headaches were killer and I blew up like a balloon. The doctor was VERY dismissive of  my "reports" of weight gain and headaches (which landed me in the hospital twice.) So I just stopped taking it and seeing him.
If you have never been on hormonal therapy, why have you avoided it?
What are you looking for here?
Looking for what other women say about the medical industrial complex and the "Management" of their fertility. I am pregnant with my fourth (PLANNED) baby now and will be returning to Natural Family Planning afterwards, and I am really looking for advice and support with NFP and breastfeeding, which I know can be tricky.
What do you like most about your cycle?
Being very aware of what's going on inside me, when I ovulate, which side (sometimes I can tell).  I also really like the energy and creativity I experience at ovulation. 
What do you like least about your cycle?
Probably the pain. I think the best way I've described it is that I feel "nuclear", like there's a low-frequency buzzing inside me, also the low energy time of menses is hard to surrender to.  I also get headaches, although usually just a nap and some red raspberry leaf tea are a huge help.
Anything else you'd like to tell us about?
As I've gotten older, I think I'm better able to cope, but it used to be quite disruptive. So much so that I was diagnosed with PMDD (when I was married to a doctor..... yes, I think there's a connection, I feel almost certain that he put the diagnosis into the other doctor's mouth) and heavily dosed with Prozac for 5 years. Maybe it helped, maybe I just stopped fighting my body and learned to tune in.


Anyhow, great idea for a group. Thank you for setting it up.
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
4:50 pm
[lileprechaun]
Name: Kathy

Age: 21

Have you ever been on a hormonal therapy of any kind? When I was 19 I went on Yasmin for three months to treat severe acne.

If so, what kind and please tell us about your experience and why you chose to stop: I did not want to go on it to begin with. I discovered FAM when I was 18 and had already been charting for a year at that point. I felt kind of disconnected with my body while I was on BCP and not charting, and I just didn't feel right while I was on it. By the third month, I couldn't take it any more.

What are you looking for here? Mainly I guess I am looking to offer support to those who are coming off of hormonal methods and trying to become more in tune with their bodies.

What do you like most about your cycle? As someone else said, I like knowing that I have the potential to create and nourish life. I also like that it's longer than your so-called average 28 day cycle so I have less periods a year.

What do you like least about your cycle? The cramps and moodiness I experience with my period as well as the skin issues.

Anything else you'd like to tell us about? Basically I can't say enough good things about charting and alternative menstrual products. I discovered both around the same time three years ago and I've learned so much about myself since then. I hear many women say that one of the reasons they go on hormonal birth control is so that their cycles will be more regular and predictable. It's a shame they don't know that you can accurately predict when you'll start your period without taking hormones.
2:17 pm
[jessicalois]
2 Questions
Hi, all!

Ok, so I have in our user info some related communities listed:
fam
vaginapagina
menstrual_cups
naturalliving

Can any of you suggest some other communities to add to that list?

Also, I'm going to see about advertising this community in fam (I can't seem to find a mod contact right now, but I'll work on it some later too), but I am curious, can anyone suggest any other communities where we can advertise this new comm? I think there are some communities specifically for advertising new comms, and I will look later, but if anyone can suggest one here, that would be a lot of help.

Thanks, everyone, and welcome!
1:00 pm
[fuckyoucrystal]
Name: C.S.
Age: 18 (19 in about a week)
Have you ever been on a hormonal therapy of any kind? HBC from January - September '07
If so, what kind and please tell us about your experience and why you chose to stop: Aviane (generic) from January - August, then Yaz from then until September. I've since stopped taking it because it affected my anxiety and I am not seeing or living with anyone anymore so I have no need for any kind of contreception.
What are you looking for here? Support.
What do you like most about your cycle? It's fairly regular even without being on birth control.
What do you like least about your cycle? It lasts a bit too long for my liking plus PMS is a killer for me, I get so moody.
Anything else you'd like to tell us about? Not much else to tell.
12:41 pm
[prezntyme]
More intro's
Name: Kyrsten

Age:
29

Have you ever been on a hormonal therapy of any kind?
Yes, BCP and the patch.  I stopped both because after having my Dr keep upping my dosage to help regulate my cycles I started practicing yoga and became more aware of my body.  I didn't want to keep pumping additional artificial hormones into my body and so I opted to stop.

What are you looking for here?
To meet with other women who understand my thinking that pumping myself full of additional hormones to try to control something that is supposed to happen.  The looks you get from some people when you try explaining that to them is a little strange.

What do you like most about your cycle?
It is the gift that allows me to help bring new life into this world.

What do you like least about your cycle?
Cramps, bloating, emotional swings, salty/sweet cravings, the usual.

Anything else you'd like to tell us about? I have opted for the IUD without hormones to prevent pregnancy and have been happy with it.
10:35 am
[theamygdala]
Name: Allison
Age:
22
Have you ever been on a hormonal therapy of any kind? I've been on ortho evra (the patch) 2 times (i took a break in between)
If so, what kind and please tell us about your experience and why you chose to stop: The first time I went on just to regulate my periods. I decided it wasn't really worth it. I went on a second time after I become sexually active. Several months later I began experiencing lot's of health problems (which may or may not have been related to the patch) I decided to stop it just in case it was. My health problems didn't get better, but I decided it wasn't worth the risk to get back on in case my problems got worse.
What are you looking for here?
I'm interested to meet people who have found other ways besides hormonal birth control to regulate cycles or have found non-hormonal birth control that they like
What do you like most about your cycle? It is nice to only get a period a couple times a year, cramps only twice a year isn't so bad.
What do you like least about your cycle? Getting it only a couple times a year! :) It's my favorite & less favorite part. Although currently I'm not sexually active (due to those pesky health problems) when I am it's annoying to not have a period.
Anything else you'd like to tell us about? Those pesky health problems! I cannot figure out if they are hormonally related or not. I am: nauseous a good amount of the time, have abdominal distension, constipated, irregular periods, back problems, and can't have sex without a LOTTA pain. And no, I'm not pregnant (since I haven't been able to have pain-free sex for over a year)

So that's me! I look forward to meeting all of you.
Wednesday, October 30th, 2030
6:47 pm
[jessicalois]
Welcome!
Welcome, everyone! Please feel free to introduce yourself and check out the user information for more details on what we're all about.

I created this community because I was looking for a place for those of us who don't feel comfortable putting artificial levels of hormones or artificial hormones into our bodies and would prefer to cycle naturally. While it is uncomfortable and downright painful sometimes, I hope we prefer to celebrate our cycles rather than see them as something that must be regulated or suppressed by artificial means.

So, welcome to all of you who feel similarly!

If anyone has any suggestions for a better default icon and / or layout, please do let me know.

Thanks for joining and welcome!

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