No quiero mentir, por eso he decidido decirlo francamente.Soy una difícil, de esas que dirías, ‘jodida’.Soy lunática, muchas veces una bastarda.A menudo desaparezco por días enteros y me cierro en mi misma.Si estoy mal no me verás llorar, al contrario, sonreiré tal vez más de lo normal.No soy una enferma de celos, pero no me gusta sentirme una de tantas. Porque no soy ‘una más’, ni nunca lo seré.Soy una impulsiva. Demasiado. Para todo, en bien y en mal.Y soy efusiva. Me gusta expresar lo que siento, como lo siento. Me gusta dar abrazos, besos, mimos… y que me los den.Por esto, aviso: soy jodidamente difícil. Estar conmigo es estar en mitad del océano… puede dar miedo, sobre todo cuando es(toy) en tempestad; pero si sabes resistir el oleaje puedo asegurarte que no encontrarás aguas tan cálidas, ni que te acunen más… en ningún lugar te sentirás mejor.Sólo debes aprender a cómo navegar(me). Autor desconocido

omnivore: actually vegans are the cruel ones because soybeans farming takes resources from poor countries and thats why i eat meat and won’t be vegan

reality: 85% of soy goes to animal feed, even if you ate nothing but soy you’d contribute less to this problem than you do by eating animals

omnivore: *does not change their behavior because they don’t actually care about poor people and were just looking for excuses to not change their behavior*

Herbs to Avoid while on Birth Control or Hormone Replacement

Disclaimer: I am not a professional herbalist or physician. Always consult with your private physician when considering herbal supplements.  If your doctor recommends you take any of these herbs, do not discontinue use.  If you are concerned, speak with your doctor about the possible side effects and use additional birth control measures. Once again, this is not professional advice.  I am simply sharing what I have learned in my own research.

I have seen a lot of excellent posts out there with people recommending natural herbal remedies for a whole host of maladies.  While I am a firm believer in holistic medicine, herbal supplements can have some serious side effects.  One that I think is incredibly important to learn is the interaction of some herbs with hormonal therapies such as birth control and hormone replacement. 

Here is a short and incomplete list of popular herbal supplements that can interact negatively with hormonal prescriptions (Feel free to add more):

  • St. John’s Wort recorded cases of unintended pregnancies when taken with birth control
  • Fenugreek blocks the absorption of medications, including birth control
  • Black Cohosh creates hormonal interaction with birth control and hormone replacement therapy
  • Blue Cohosh while I didn’t find anything specifically about interactions with birth control, it appears to cause uterine contractions and was used to induce labor, or abort early pregnancies.  Because of it’s effects on the reproductive system, it may be unwise to take concurrently with any hormonal prescription.
  • Fennel may decrease effectiveness of hormonal birth control and estrogen therapies
  • Hops may interact negatively with hormonal birth control 
  • Licorice taken medicinally, affects reproductive hormones, steer clear if on birth control or hormone replacement therapy
  • Soy while not an herb, can imitate estrogen, thus interfering with hormonal medications 
  • Red Clover may decrease effectiveness of birth control and hormone replacement therapy