The Effects of Birth Control on the Body

Birth control pills and patches, when used correctly, are very effective in preventing pregnancy. They’re safe for most healthy women and can even be used to treat a few health problems. However, as with almost all drugs, there are also some potential unwanted side effects and risks.

Effects of Birth Control on the Body

Hormone-based contraceptives are available in many forms, including pill form (oral contraceptives), as a patch that is placed on the skin, implantable preparations, and others. They each have about the same benefits and risks. To be effective, hormonal birth control use must be consistent. Skipping a day increases the chances of pregnancy.

Birth control pills and patches are dispensed only with a prescription. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, with typical use, about 8 percent of women will become pregnant in their first year of taking the pill. If the pill is used perfectly (defined as the pill being taken every single day at the same time), the rate falls to only 1 percent. That potentially makes the pill a very reliable method of birth control for very diligent women.

Neither the pill nor the patch protect against sexually transmitted diseases. According to the Mayo Clinic, if you’re a healthy non-smoker, it’s unlikely you’ll have serious side effects from oral contraceptives.

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Mistakes in your beauty regime can be unflattering and even make you look older, here are 10 to avoid.

To always look and feel your best, make sure you’re not guilty of these top ten beauty blunders:

1.     Putting moisturiser all over your face

It’s instinctive to panic and lather your face with moisturiser for a quick fix when your skin is dry and patchy. But applying moisturiser all over your face, especially underneath your eyes, can result in puffiness and milia (small, white bumps).

Ensure you’re only applying moisturiser to your forehead, cheeks and chin and use an eye cream or gel underneath the delicate eye area.

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Days 5+6: Vegetarian Friendly Protein Sources

The Cabbage Soup Diet week questions comes from non-meat eaters, or people looking to eat less meat, and they ask:

What protein sources can I have during Days 5&6 (instead of red meat, fish, or chicken)?

That’s a great question, and the good thing is, there are a lot of tasty, healthy answers!

Instead of meat, check out the following for your protein fix on Days 5&6, or just in general.

Maybe you’ve joined the “meatless Monday” trend or maybe you’re a vegetarian for life.  Either way, these items are sure to be hits in your household!

Protein Sources For Vegetarians:

-Beans & Lentils – this protein packed food is also the least expensive and easy to store.  Buy dried beans and you’ve got plenty of meals in store.  Try to avoid canned beans which may have added sodium to increase their shelf life. Remember to read those labels!

Nuts – Almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews and pine nuts are all vegetarian friendly protein sources, but you should eat them in moderation on the CSD.  Off the Cabbage Soup plan, nuts make awesome snacks for on the go, too – much better and more filling than a fast-food pit stop!

Chia Seeds/hemp seeds – better known for fiber content, chia and hemp seeds are the perfect addition to a morning smoothie.  Add them to your soup during the CSD.

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10 Alternate uses of Nail Polish remover

Nail polish remover is for more than just removing polish from your finger and toenails. You can actually use this beauty product in a slew of different ways around the house. For all the alternate uses mentioned below, 100% acetone nail polish remover will be most effective.

1. Remove super glue

Ever super glued your fingers together? If so, you can resolve this sticky situation by dipping a cotton swab in nail polish remover and rubbing it over the “stuck” skin. The nail polish remover should break down the super glue and set your fingers free!

2. Remove bumper sticker residue

Unlike tattoos, bumper stickers don’t have to be “forever.” So if you’re sick of any of the bumper stickers affixed to your car (e.g., your “My Child has Perfect Attendance at Howard Elementary School” bumper sticker may be obsolete if your child is now in college), after scraping or peeling off the unwanted sticker, get rid of any residue by rubbing a little nail polish remover on the affected area. Nail polish remover should work just as well as specialty products such as Goo Gone, but at a fraction of the price. This tip will also work to remove sticker residue on most glass and metal surfaces.

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Diet for a healthy pregnancy

Should I eat differently now I’m pregnant?

Now that you’re a mum-to-be, it is important to eat well. This will make sure you get all the nutrients you and your developing baby need.

If your diet is poor to begin with, it is even more important to make sure you have a healthy diet now. You need more vitamins and minerals, especially folic acid and iron.

You need a few more calories during your pregnancy as well. Getting your diet right for pregnancy is more about what you eat than about how much. Limit junk food, as it has lots of calories with few or no nutrients.

Eat a variety of foods from these different food groups each day:

  • Milk and dairy products: skimmed milk, yogurt/curd, buttermilk (chhaach), cottage cheese (paneer). These foods are high in calcium, protein and Vitamin B-12. Talk to your doctor about what to eat if you are lactose intolerant.Read More