Whoa! I LOVED reading your comments on the Necessary? Part IV post. Awesome to hear so many different perspectives on a very complicated issues.
First of all, I really want to reinforce that I do not think birth control pills are evil. As a feminist, I love BC and all the freedoms it has given women around the world. The social ramifications of BC really cannot be underestimated. And for many people, BC is the best choice. It certainly was for me for many, many years! But as an individual, I have my own concerns about being on hormonal birth control (there are many non-hormonal options, like the copper IUD or the diaphragm, as other readers pointed out).
So, my current game plan is to make some changes in my lifestyle and wait two months, and then either get another pap smear or go for the biopsy. We’ll see.
One change I started today was more folic acid! There’s evidence that folic acid and B Vitamins reduces inflammation in your body (one cause of abnormal pap smears). I already take Max Stress B supplement every day, which contains folic acid, so I’m just upping the dosage a bit (disclosure: the link is for our clinic’s website store).
Added bonus: I feel REALLY awake now due to the extra B Vitamins (the stuff in 5-hour Energy). B Vitamins are a special concern to vegetarians because it’s not highly concentrated in any plant food (it is, however, in some dairy and eggs).
I also need to look into an Omega-3 supplement, as I probably don’t get enough of this essential fatty acid in my diet. I’m vegetarian (so no fish) and I don’t like walnuts, so two major sources of Omega-3s are out. Any suggestions beyond flax?
Greek yogurt, bowl of cereal, and blackberries. Simple and fast. We were running majorly late today!
Do you take any supplements? I also take a female hormonal support natural supplement, a Vitamin D supplement, a circulation natural supplement, and the occasional Chinese herbs for acute ailments. If the Husband didn’t literally hand me my vitamins, however, I might never take them!
I’ve used hemp seed oil in the past for Omega-3’s. They have the ideal Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio.
But, I definitely wouldn’t recommend hemp protein powder, it’s got a funky aftertaste! You can’t taste the oil in a smoothie, though.