16.2.20

One Girl, One Year, Four Contraceptives

This post is something very different from what I usually talk about on this blog, but after going through an absolute journey with contraception this year I thought it would be helpful to break down the journey it took to finally find the perfect most acceptable form of contraception for me.
Obv I am no doctor, or even slightly medical minded so everything in this post is personal opinion. Contraception is very different to every person so what has worked and hasn't worked for me may be very different for you.

1. The Pill - Rigevidon
I've taken the pill on and off since I was 18, when I became sexually active and it was probably one of the least problematic contraceptives I tried. The main issues I had with it were; mood swings (especially concerning a lack of sex drive) which made me a bit of a nightmare to actually be in a relationship with.  Forgetting to to actually take the pill regularly, and then having that pre-period monthly pregnancy panic (peter piper picked a peck of pickled petter who?). Then bizarrely the pill I was on contained lactose and I'm actually lactose intolerant so I found the pill made my skin irritated and spotty. The only lactose I'm willing to sacrifice my skin for is cheese, so thats when I decided the pill had to go.

2. The Patch
I made the decision to try the patch as it remedied one of my main pill concerns, I was less likely to forget it. Just a simple plaster hidden on the skin which stopped me having a child, simple right? Wrong. The patch itched like hell, I felt like I was constantly scratching and since I'd put it on my thigh it was so difficult to itch without looking... creepy? Second of all as the patch has to last for a week on your skin (you change them weekly, every three weeks and then take a break week for your period) and I was constantly paranoid that it would fall off whenever I exfoliated or moisturised post shower. Additionally I felt like because it wasn't an ingested pill or injected implant I just felt like it wasn't really doing enough to prevent pregnancy, which was completely just a problem in my own head. Anyway, I decided to try something new...
3. The Implant
Or as I like to refer to it, the devil stick. This was the worst contraception for me. Literally no positive side effects, apart from the fact I don't have a baby. I had the most intense mood swings, I was so anxious and I cried. all. the. time. The actual procedure to get it fitted was nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be, I hate needles so was pretty nervy but the nurse was incredible at calming me and gave me numbing cream which meant I didn't feel a thing. However, it got so bad that three months in my best friend had to intervene and force me to make an appointment to get it out (a scalpel to the skin to remove it is not ideal, when you're a massive wimp) I was however rewarded with a takeaway of choice and eventually FAR less mood swings, so now I'm only moody when I'm hangry or sleepy. It's important to note here though that much the same as any of the other previously mentioned contraceptives I have friends who have never had an issue with the implant and its worked perfectly for them, so don't be too put off by my personal experience.

4. The Copper Coil
So far, so incredibly good. My hero. I got the copper coil about 3 months ago and I love it. The process to get it in was a little bit scary and my description is probs going to be the most ick part of this whole post, so you've been warned... But before I got the coil I was asking all my friends about the ins and outs of the procedure so I was fully prepared so thought writing about it would be helpful. I got to the room where to procedure took place and attempted pregnancy test first of all, but couldn't pee because I was nervous so that was a great start! Next up I had to put my legs up in stirrups while the nurse felt her way around to figure out where to insert the coil, then a numbing solution was squirted inside me which felt pretty weird. Then a metal clamp, a speculum, was used to gain better access into my vagina for coil insertion. As I was numbed I couldn't really feel anything up until now which was a huge relief, however as soon as the coil was fitted I had an immediate cramping pain much like a standard period cramp. After insertion I stayed laid down for a while so I didn't faint then dressed normally and was ready to go, I did have to wear a pad as there was a little bit of spotting for the next day or two and there were pretty bad cramps for a few days as well. I would really recommend taking Nurofen before and after the procedure as it massively helped with any pain, I also used a hot water bottle on my stomach for relief. Since insertion I have to regularly check for two strings which are attached to the coil to insure its still in position and effective, these strings are neatly hidden inside my vagina. So the aftermath has been pretty fantastic, as there are no additional hormones added into the body with the copper coil my mood has been significantly improved with no emotional side effects which was a huge relief and definitely worth any short term discomfort. The only negative from the copper coil in my personal experience are periods, which I have found to be more painful, last longer and be more bloody however nurofen really helps with this and the side effects are easily managed, far more so than previous ones which effected my emotions.

I hope this post helps to inform some girls on the different contraceptive methods available, or even educate guys on how much of a stress contraceptives can be. Its always healthy to discuss with your partner which contraceptives you are using and how they make you feel so you're properly supported and can make more educated decisions. I've been lucky enough over the years to have very supportive and interested partners who have listened and helped me with any contraceptive concerns which really helped, especially when side effects changed my moods drastically. If anyone has any further questions feel free to drop me a message and as previously stated I have no medical experience and all observations are just personal experience.

Thanks for Reading!

28.7.19

Edinburgh Brunch Diaries | Take Two

Back at it again documenting some of my fave brunch spots in Edinburgh and I may very well have found a new fave...

The Little Bakery
A bold claim but this little South Queensferry gem *might* just be one of the best brunches I've had in my life. A dreamy combination of thick, and I mean thick, buttermilk pancakes, biscoff spread, biscoff crumb, chantily cream, maple syrup and a brulĂȘe banana. Every item on the menu looked incredible and the service was lovely, plus the interiors are very instagrammable which is always a bonus... And I cant think of a better was to burn off brunch than a wander along the beach front on the Little Bakery's doorstep - perfection.

Baba Budan
A teeny tiny gem of a place I discovered recently in the arches next to Waverley train station, mostly for their incredible freshly made doughnuts - which are also seriously worth a try, I still dream of their orange curd and raspberry flavour. But they also do a bangin' brunch from Friday - Sunday with wonders including breakfast Bao Buns and Doughnut french toast (both of which I intend to try very soon).  I went for the Passionfruit Meringue French Toast after taking about half an hour to decide, oops! But it was worth taking my time to decide as my brunch consisted of great thick slices of brioche french toast drenched in passionfruit coulis, vanilla crĂ©meux, flaked almonds and shards of meringue. I will definitely be back to try the doughnut french toast, can't beat a combination of my three fave things - brunch, doughnuts and french toast.

Honeycomb and Co
A Bruntsfield beauty, decorated beautifully with marble tables, fresh flowers and pops of honey yellow. But best of all home to some beautiful unique brunch options, I had the Fruity French Toast and it was sweet tooth's dream with sticky toffee croutons, caramelised apples and vanilla bean greek yogurt - delicious. Their menu for brunch is full of gorgeous flavour combinations and unique dishes which change seasonally - I have my eyes on you Spiced Korean Bacon and Egg...

Mimis Bakehouse
The most decadent breakfast options of all time, three words CHEESECAKE. FRENCH. TOAST. Yes it's as heavenly as it sounds, imagine a the fluffiest doughnut you've ever had filled with berry cheesecake, fried and then drizzled with raspberry coulis, maple syrup and white chocolate. I've honestly never eaten something so indulgent and I need to try their biscoff version ASAP. Their City Art Cafe has just opened up beside Waverley and is beautifully decorated, with plenty of freshly baked cakes daily which are just as delicious as their brunch option, a must visit when in Edinburgh.

Toast Leith
The only savoury option on todays list but for good reason, the promise of Chroizo. This is probably the best avocado french toast I've ever had with toasted sourdough, smashed avocado, crumbled feta cheese and chorizo. The most incredible combination of flavours and textures especially with one of Toast's freshly made juices. Their restaurant sits right on the shore with a lovely view over the canal, making it the perfect people watching spot while you eat, a true Leith icon.

Thanks for Reading,



10.5.19

Reilly Denholm Edinburgh | Hair Transformation

You know the dilemma when you move to a new city and have to try and find a new hairdresser that just gets you? Well for the past couple of months since moving to Edinburgh that struggle has been real for me...
... until I discovered Reilly Denholm down in Leith.

There are several things which make this salon my new absolute fave;

1. It's dog friendly, so you can bring your dog along to to the salon with you or you can do what I did and get overly excited about all the other dogs there...

2. The staff, all the girls working at the salon while I was there were so chatty and friendly it honestly felt like you were with a group of friends, especially Danielle who did my hair.

3. Lat but not least my hair, it looks incredible while still being glossy and healthy despite how much lighter I went.
Before
After
I usually go for a balayage, graduated blonde colour because I love having my hair lighter but I'm usually too broke or lazy to keep up with the maintenance that being an all over blonde requires. I also love an ashy blonde colour but more of a white blonde than a silver blonde as it compliments the yellow undertone in my complexion better. I explained this to Danielle and she immediately understood exactly what I wanted and got to work creating my dream hair.
Lovely Bruce watching the salon buzz...
I have very thick hair so I was in the salon for a good 3 hours + and the whole time I was able to talk to Danielle without any awkwardness, she explained exactly what she was doing with my hair and I felt completely relaxed and comfortable with her (and Bruce her beautiful dog!).
Enjoying the massage chair almost as much as me...
Even the wash and blow-dry was perfection, with a massage chair and even a head massage, if it wasn't for the two lattes I had while I was there I would definitely have drifted away! I must have looked pretty relaxed because one of the dogs came and nestled on my lap for a snooze which made the moment even more perfect - seriously it was like pet therapy, EVERY salon needs dogs.

Picture with no filter after two weeks, to show the accurate current colour
The final result is exactly the icy blonde perfection I wanted and put me a step closer to looking like I vaguely resemble Daenerys from Game of Thrones which is all  any girl could ever desire... I've even been able to maintain the ashy blonde look at home as Danielle kindly gave me some purple shampoo and conditioner which have kept my hair looking as good as the day I got it done (or as close as a non pro like myself can manage...).

Thank you so much to Reilly Denholm, especially Danielle for such an incredible experience. There is no other salon in Edinburgh I'd trust with colouring my hair now, so I'll be back very soon for more! Especially as my fave nail tech The Gelly Bar is just next door if I ever need a full day of pampering...


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