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 don’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, “My diagnosis was I wasn’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 isn’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.”
Besides the fact that I think she’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 – 22%) who don’t get their periods (AKA amenorrhea). I’ve been on birth control pills for the last 10 years, have 18% body fat, and work out 5 – 6 hours a week. I’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 that’s not going to happen anytime soon.
I’m always concerned about taking drugs that cover up symptoms because then I’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 that’s a whole other issue.)
This issue is really concerning me!
So… I’m interesting to hear your thoughts (if you’re a lady reader, I suppose!). What kind of birth control do you use and why? If you’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?
I’ve actually never gotten my period naturally, due to hormone imbalance (not made any easier by working out as much as I do). At first I assumed it was actually due to the exercise, until my gynecologist a few years ago was like, “By the way, you can’t have children.” Wow, I’m 16 years old, thanks, haha.