What to Keep in Your Purse

clock May 11, 2010 12:43 by author Jane D.

Do you get the side eye from your significant other when you take your purse on quick errands? Most men are content with a wallet in their pocket and a set of keys. We, on the other hand, like to be prepared for everything. Also, if you have several purses, you need duplicates of things. How is this period related you may ask? Well part of the purse preparedness, is always being ready for mother nature.

1. Emergency pads and tampons– If your purse has a small zippered pocket, you can dedicate it to pads and tampons. However, there is always a chance of accidentally opening the pocket in front of a date because you forget what’s in there (not a big deal in my opinion, but hey, why have that extra worry). There are a few options:

-You can use a small cosmetic bag for the products. I like the free ones you get at department stores when you buy make-up.

-You can get creatively wrapped pads and tampons. The really small and thin “Always Dri-liners” fit anywhere and the “Tampax Compak Pearl” are great because they are small and colorfully wrapped (they look like candy).

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-You can get little cases for your pads and tampons. How cool is this case from O.B?

Also, there are cases for individual tampons, like this pretty one:

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www.glitzy-glam.com

2. Painkillers – For example, Advil gel caps – easy to swallow, and not only work for cramps, but also for other aches and pains (and the coating makes it easier on your tummy). Of course, find out what works best for you. Some women swear on Midol, and some do not even have cramps (lucky).

3. Chapstick with sunscreen – even if your lips do not get chapped, it is good to have this in case you are out in the sun for a long time.

4. The one piece of make-up that spruces you up – Think about what your one item is that you can’t leave the house without? It can be blush, or concealer, or maybe nothing!

5. Small tube of moisturizer Clinique moisturizer samples (that usually come with purchase) are one good example. Great size and awesome moisturizer. Or you can stock up on travel size tubes at your local drug store.

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6. Nail file – It is frustrating when your nails break somewhere where you cannot get a nail file. Having a little one in your purse is awesome. Another great idea? Keep one attached to your keys.

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or on a keychain (these are surprisingly hard to find):

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www.cakebeauty.com


7. Gum or mints – best to buy in bulk and put a set in each of your purses.

8. Shoes? – That’s right. You can get little foldable ballet slippers to carry in your purse. Especially great if you are going out in those new heels.

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9. Perfume – Small tube of perfume can do wonders, you never know. Or, you can get solid perfume, a smaller one will last for a while.

If you want to be trendy, you can get this solid perfume necklace from Marc Jacobs:

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These are just some basics. There are probably many other things you cannot live without that are unique to you. But remember, if you get creative, you can fit a lot of things even in a small wristlet.



What does BBT Mean?

clock May 7, 2010 10:21 by author Jane D.

Some women are all too aware of what BBT means, especially if they are in the process of trying to conceive. I have seen fertility blogs where a woman knows more about BBT than your average PhD in Physiology. However, for those of us who encounter the concept for the first time, what the heck is it?

BBT stands for basal body temperature. Both women and men have it! It just means the lowest temperature of your body during rest. The reason why it is connected to women and pregnancy is because charting the temperature can be used to predict ovulation.

In women, ovulation usually increases the BBT by ½-1 degree Fahrenheit. Normally, women have lower temperature before ovulation and higher temperatures afterward. Why does this increase happen? It has to do with hormones. Before ovulation, there is a higher degree of estrogen present which causes lower temperatures and during ovulation, there is an increased amount of progesterone, which causes an increase. After ovulation, if there is no pregnancy, the BBT will start to drop again. The charts may look different for different women because of the difference in the amount of hormones present in their bodies. This is approximately what the pattern would look like when recorded on a chart.

Biphasic BBT Chart

Having accurate charts for the temperature can help women take charge of their fertility. If you are trying to conceive, you can see if you have regular ovulation, and if you do, when the best time to…ahem…get it on is. Or, if you are trying to avoid getting pregnant, you can try to steer clear of pregnancy-causing activity during the time of ovulation (but this method alone is not accurate enough to avoid pregnancy).

There are special thermometers for measuring BBT. The regular glass thermometers are not accurate enough to detect the small change in temperature. This is what a BBT thermometer looks like.

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If you want to compare different brands of thermometers, I recommend  www.Amazon.com, where you can see ratings and read reviews. If you want more information on BBT, I suggest books to supplement internet research. One good one is “What Every Woman Should Know About Fertility and Her Biological Clock” by Cara Birittieri. Also, if you are trying to conceive, acupuncture treatments can be very helpful (I will do a separate post on this soon).



5 Myths About Your Period

clock March 23, 2010 19:15 by author Jane D.


Periods. They happen to many of us and often. Then why are there still so many misconceptions about the topic? The misinformation is prevalent among younger women, but it is also spread across ages, as well as gender (some men just have no clue). Part of the problem, is that our experiences all vary and the information we have is individually based and subjective, so it is hard to generalize and answer questions like “how long does a period last” so that it is right for everyone. Another part of the problem may be the sheer amount and variety of information on the web. On the one hand, it is wonderful, because people are able to get answers privately about topics that may be sensitive to them. On the other hand, the ease with which the information gets dispersed to the public makes fertile ground for falsities and miscommunications. That is why it is important to research thoroughly and ask your doctor when in doubt.

Here are some myths and clarifications we hope some find helpful.

5. “Your period comes the same day every month”

This seems to be a common misconception among young women who just started having their period. Hey, it can be pretty nerve wracking if you think your period is supposed to come at a certain time every month and it does not show up on time.

The date your period comes depends on how long your previous period lasted and on your cycle length. Not everyone has 28 day cycles (which is the average), and not everyone has regular periods. The way to check this is to track your period every month. (Source: www.WebMd.com)

4. “You cannot get pregnant if you have sex during your period” 

The egg stays alive for about 24 hours once released from the ovary. Sperm can stay alive inside a woman's body for 3-4 days, but possibly as long as 6-7 days. If a couple has intercourse before or after ovulation occurs, they can get pregnant, since the live sperm are already inside the woman's body when ovulation occurs. Thus a woman can become pregnant from intercourse for about 7-10 days in the middle of her cycle. (Source: Women’s Health Information http://www.fwhc.org/health/moon.htm)

3. “You lose a lot of blood during your period”

The amount of blood varies, but it tends to be from around four tablespoons to a cup (Source: www.Kotexfits.com)

2. “Most women have a hard time immediately before and during their period”

This generalization seems to come from men more often than women. Every woman’s experience is unique. Some women have extreme symptoms, to the point where it interferes with their daily functions, but some have almost no pain or noticeable mood swings. Still for others, the symptoms vary from period to period, the reasons behind this are complex, and may include a drastic change in diet or exercise, or other factors. From an alternative medicine perspective, severe period symptoms are actually an indication that there is a problem with your body, which could be fixed through herbs and acupuncture.

1. “You should not exercise during your period”

It is true that some symptoms of the period may make you feel weaker, and in that case you should not exercise heavily. But many sources agree that moderate exercise can actually help alleviate cramps, because it relaxes your muscles and improves blood flow.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the advice of qualified health professional before embarking on any health program



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