This has a huge effect on our day-to-day happiness. So stop having sex with people who make you feel bad! And stop spending energy on anyone who isn’t moving you forward. Less time with chumps means more time for your important relationships.
Mental health is a lifelong project, but you can do small things to work on it every day. Taking time to reflect, journaling, doing breathing exercises, and starting therapy are all ways you can commit to your mental health.
Make pleasure part of your self-care. It could be reading a book before bed, lighting a candle, taking a hot shower, masturbating, enjoying your favorite food, taking a nap after work—whatever brings YOU pleasure.
Sexual health can have a major impact on pleasure. So, prioritize your sexual health with a regular checkup. Get tested for STIs once a year or whenever you have a new sexual partner. And if it’s been a while since you’ve had a Pap smear, ask your doctor if it’s time to get one.
First of all, there’s nothing wrong with the way you look. Don’t let multimillion-dollar marketing campaigns trick you into thinking otherwise. Because really, you know looks are not the most important thing in the world. So what is important? That is, what’s important to you? Give it some thought. Then put your priorities in order, on paper. You might be surprised at how good it feels.
It’s soooo much easier to text in all caps or just sweep things under the rug than it is to sit down with someone and say, “my feelings are hurt.” Vulnerability may feel really uncomfortable, but it’s a key part of an honest, authentic life. It also paves the way for deeper, healthier relationships. And better sex.
So here’s to a joyful, peaceful, pleasure-filled life. You deserve it.
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Twirla® is a weekly birth control patch for women of reproductive potential with a BMI <30 kg/m2 for whom a combined hormonal contraceptive is appropriate.
Twirla is less effective in women with a BMI ≥25 to <30 kg/m2 and should not be used in women with a BMI ≥30 kg/m2.
Do not use TWIRLA if you have or have had blood clots; history of heart attack or stroke, high blood pressure that medicine cannot control, any condition that makes your blood clot more than normal, or certain heart valve problems; smoke and are over 35 years old; BMI ≥30 kg/m2.
TWIRLA is also not for women who have diabetes and are over 35 years old, diabetes with high blood pressure or kidney, eye, nerve, or blood vessel damage, diabetes for longer than 20 years; have had breast cancer or any cancer that is sensitive to female hormones; certain kinds of severe migraine headaches; have liver problems or liver tumors; unexplained bleeding from the vagina; who are or may be pregnant; or who take hepatitis C drugs containing ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir, with or without dasabuvir, as this may increase levels of liver enzymes in the blood.
TWIRLA may not be a good choice for you if you have ever had depression; jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes) caused by pregnancy (also called cholestasis of pregnancy) or related to previous use of hormonal birth control.
TWIRLA increases the risks of serious side effects, including blood clots, stroke, or heart attack, especially in women who have other risk factors. These can be life-threatening or lead to permanent disability. This increased risk is highest when you first start using hormonal birth control and when you restart the same or different hormonal birth control after not using it for a month or more. Treatment with TWIRLA should be stopped at least 4 weeks before and through 2 weeks after major surgery.
The most common side effects reported by women using TWIRLA in a study were skin reactions at the patch site, nausea, headache, menstrual cramps, and weight gain.
These are not all the possible side effects of TWIRLA. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects.
TWIRLA is a birth control patch for women with a BMI less than 30 kg/m2 who can become pregnant. It contains two female hormones, a progestin called levonorgestrel, and an estrogen called ethinyl estradiol. TWIRLA may not be as effective in women with a BMI of 25 kg/m2 or more. If you have a BMI of 30 kg/m2 or more, please talk with your healthcare provider about which method of birth control is right for you.
You should not use TWIRLA any earlier than 4 weeks after having a baby or if you are breastfeeding.
Hormonal birth control methods help to lower the chances of becoming pregnant when taken as directed. They do not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
The risk information provided here is not complete. To learn more, review the TWIRLA Patient Information and talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist.