Last night was really fun! A big group of us went bowling at our favorite alley. The beer and curly fries were flowing. :) My game, however, was not. I never broke 100.
I had a lot of fun trying to make Chai tea for everyone before we left. I donâ€™t know what happened, but I could NOT get the tea to pour out of the tea pot; I made a huge mess. Huge mess! (Not drunk!)
This morning, I woke up kind of late and made myself a nice breakfast:
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup rice milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 sliced banana
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
- Toppings: almonds, flax, brown sugar
The Big Birth Control Question
This morning on Twitter, Jenny and I started to discuss the latest celeb gossip news that entertainment host Giuliana Rancic is starting infertility treatments. Her doctor advised her to gain 5 pounds in order to help her become pregnant, to which she responded, â€œMy diagnosis was I wasnâ€™t ovulating consistently and so my doctor recommended that I gain weight in order to start ovulating consistently. He said five to 10 pounds, which I know isnâ€™t a big deal but I had to bite that bullet because I work out every day of my life. I love feeling good, waking up, working out.â€
Besides the fact that I think sheâ€™s sending out a terrible message that gaining 5 measly pounds in order to have a baby is worth freaking out over, the issue prompted me to think about the big birth control issue.
I know a few athletic bloggers with a healthy body fat percentage (maybe 17 â€“ 22%) who donâ€™t get their periods (AKA amenorrhea). Iâ€™ve been on birth control pills for the last 10 years, have 18% body fat, and work out 5 â€“ 6 hours a week. Iâ€™m very healthy, but I have NO IDEA if I would get my period naturally. The only way I would find out is if I would go off BC, but thatâ€™s not going to happen anytime soon.
Iâ€™m always concerned about taking drugs that cover up symptoms because then Iâ€™m not aware of a problem. There is a long, long list of causes of primary and secondary amenorrhea, like stress, hormonal imbalances, and exercise, and the lack of a period can have serious consequences. (Of course, an eating disorder can disrupt your period, but thatâ€™s a whole other issue.)
This issue is really concerning me!
Soâ€¦ Iâ€™m interesting to hear your thoughts (if youâ€™re a lady reader, I suppose!). What kind of birth control do you use and why? If youâ€™re athletic, do you get your period naturally? What does your doctor say? Do you get your period regularity or not? Do you think about the big birth control issue, too?