Did you guys know that today is a very special day? It’s National Peanut Butter Day!
I am a huge fan of all things peanut butter, and I happen to believe that there is no better combination in this world than peanut butter and chocolate. Of course, I had peanut butter in my oatmeal this morning, but, as an additional way to celebrate this momentous occasion, I decided to bake a little this afternoon!
I ran across the recipe on Pinterest a while ago, and I decided today was the perfect day to use it. Luckily, I had some questionable brown bananas just begging to be made into bread.
This smelled amazing while it was cooking! Unfortunately, I had already promised to make some banana bread for the hospitality room tomorrow night so this loaf was spoken for. It took all the willpower I had not to dive headlong into it. If I get any feedback, I’ll let you know how it turns out!
The Big Question
So, if you’ll allow me to switch gears for a moment, I want to talk about a serious issue today. Before I go any further, if you are my father, stepfather, or father-in-law, you may want to wave goodbye for today and come back tomorrow. Things may get a wee bit uncomfortable for you!
I told you several months ago that John and I are leaning toward not having a children. At the very least, we’re not ready to have one anytime soon (do not make a crack about my age!) which obviously means that we have to use some form of birth control.
I’ve been on a birth control pill since I was 18. Previously, I had irregular periods for years sometimes going as long as 10 months without one. I had my first OBGYN appointment right after I graduated high school, and my doctor decided the best option was to go on the pill. Fairly soon after, I started experiencing an amazing amount of hair loss. I’ll spare you the details, but I shed like crazy! I mentioned it to my doctor from time to time, but she wasn’t overly helpful with the matter.
About 6 months ago, I started doing research and discovered that the most likely culprit was the birth control. At my yearly appointment in September, I discussed it with my doctor (a new one!), and we decided to switch the pill I was taking. Enter the most uncomfortable few months of my life. I’ve been having headaches, I’ve gained 5lbs., and I feel constantly bloated. Not to mention the fact that it didn’t even stop the hair loss! I finally decided I’d had enough, called my doctor, and I’ve sinced started taking a new pill. It’s too soon to tell if this one is any better.
All of this has led me to do even more research on birth control pills and other methods. The more I read, the more I become uncomfortable with the idea that I have been putting additional hormones into my body for so long. I’m just not convinced that there has been enough research to determine the long term effects of those hormones on a woman’s body. I’ve also heard countless woman say that they feel so much better after having gone off of them. However, I’m just not sure what my alternatives are.
I highly recommend checking out Caitlin’s series on this topic. Between her information and the information in the comments section, I’ve learned so much. I’d also love to hear your thoughts and experiences. I’ve come to realize you’ve got to be your own health advocate, and knowledge is power people!
What are some of your experiences with birth control? Have you had negative reactions?