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  • Type of Hormonal Birth Control & How They Work

    Type of Hormonal Birth Control & How They Work

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 35% of women aged 15-49 in the US were currently using some form of birth control and nearly ALL (99%) women use some sort of birth control at some point in their lifetime.  While there are many birth control options, we will be talking about hormonal controlled form of birth control in this article.  Other types of contraception include condoms, spermicides and diaphragms.

    Essentially, all hormonal birth control works in a combination of three ways:

    1. Suppressing the hormone that signals an egg to be released from the ovaries. Since no egg is released, ovulation does not occur and fertilization cannot happen. By doing this, your natural hormones are shut down so your brain no longer communicates with your ovaries.
    2. Thining the uterine lining (endometrium). This makes it less likely for egg to implant successfully.
    3. Thicken cervical mucus. By thickening your natural cervical fluids, it is much harder for sperm to enter the uterus and reach the egg.

    The two major hormones in hormonal birth control include estrogen and progestin (a synthetic version of the natural hormone progesterone already found in your body).  Birth control such as the pill, patch and ring uses a combination of both estrogen and progestin.  Some women are not recommended to take estrogen-based birth control if they are breast-feeding , have a history of blood clots, or concerned about taking estrogen for personal reasons.  Thus, birth control such as the mini pill, shot, IUD (non-copper), and arm implants are progestin-only methods.  The progestin only method stops ovulation, but not as consistently as in combination with estrogen.  So women using these methods are much more likely to get pregnant.

    With the use of any type of hormonal birth control, your natural hormonal balance is altered which causes you to experience a plethora of side effects and causes a disconnection with your feminine essence.  Once stopping birth control, it is important to take steps to prevent Post Birth Control Syndrome.

    Contact Her Sacred Place hersacredplace@gmail.com to learn more about Post Birth Control Syndrome (PBCS) and ways to reset your body after quitting the synthetic hormones!

    How Often Should You Vaginal Steam, Yoni Steam or V-Steam

    How Often Should You Vaginal Steam, Yoni Steam or V-Steam

    This is the most frequent question I am asked before a client walks out of the doors of Her Sacred Place for the first time.  You can bet it will be during the initial consultation or after their steam is completed.  Either way, it is a popular question and not an easy one to answer.  How often you should vaginal steam depends on the reason why you chose to steam initially.  If there is nothing going on and you are steaming for general or preventative health, the general consensus is to make sure to steam at LEAST once a month (every 4-5 weeks).   If you find yourself steaming for a particular reason, I have listed a few options below along with frequency.  If you are dealing with anything not on this list, please reach out to hersacredplace@gmail.com to schedule a consultation.

    Remember, steaming is at your own risk and should not be done unless you have been consulted.  You should NOT steam if you are pregnant, think you are pregnant, or have any vaginal bleeding or spotting.  The list below is a short overview with minim

    um details and it does not take a place of a consultation to review all problems prior to beginning steaming.

    Steaming for Period-Related Problems

    If you are suffering from severe stagnation (dark, clotty, painful periods), heavy periods, long periods (more than 5 days), nausea, unbearable cramping, vomiting, PMS and/or PMDD, I recommend steaming twice a month – the week prior to expecting your period and a few days after your period goes off.  Once the period problems are alleviated, the steaming plan can change.  However, it is best to stay on this plan at least 6- months even if you see changes immediately.  You should use the herbal blend found HERE for this steam.

    If you are interested in gaining more information about how you can reduce heavy periods in addition to your steaming regimen, please send e-mail to hersacredplace@gmail.com.

    Steaming for Vaginal Infections (Bacterial Vaginosis & Yeast Infection)

    If you are currently suffering from what you believe is a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis, the best course of action is to steam daily until all of the symptoms of the infection is gone.  This could take 3-10 days of steaming, but it is the best course without antibiotics. For a quicker alternative or if you suffer from chronic infections (more than 3 infections a year), please e-mail hersacredplace@gmail.com for alternative solution and a more in-depth plan to combat vaginal infections.  You should use the herbal blend found HERE for this steam.

    Steaming for Fibroids

    This one is tricky because it depends on the number of fibroids, location, and the symptoms you experience.  It is best to book a consultation by e-mailing hersacredplace@gmail.com to determine which steaming plan is best for you.

    Steaming for PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

    While steaming is not proven to cure PCOS,

    my clients report a drastic change in symptoms quickly after consistently steaming.  These symptoms include a more regular period, less painful periods, reduction in heavy bleeding, and change in facial hair.  If you want to see how steaming has helped with reduction in actual cysts, I recommend visiting your doctor every 6 months after beginning the steaming process to determine the change in cysts.  You should use the herbal blend found HERE for this steam.

    Steaming for Endometriosis

    Like steaming for fibroids, this one is complex.  Steaming for Endo could depend on the stage of endometriosis as well as the frequency of bleeding you experience.  You MUST do a consultation and I caution clients with endo to talk with a professional before beginning the steaming process.  There is no cure for endometriosis but steaming typically helps with the excessive bleeding, frequency of bleeding, and heavy bleeding associated with this condition.

    In the end, you should ALWAYS consult with a professional before beginning a vaginal steaming plan and never steam at home if you have not done it by a certified facilitator.  If you have any questions, please e-mail hersacredplace@gmail.com.  Happy Steaming.