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A Doctor Answers: Will Birth Control Make Me Gain Weight?

A Doctor Answers: Will Birth Control Make Me Gain Weight?

Most women have probably thought about it and most doctors have probably heard it: will the scale go up if you go on a birth control pill? While it may seem like minuscule detail, it’s a sensitive topic that is a real cause of concern for many women. …

You Know You Want to Know: Is It Safe to Have Sex in a Pool?

You Know You Want to Know: Is It Safe to Have Sex in a Pool?

There’s something incredibly sensual and natural about the feeling of water on your skin. If you’re swimming in a pool with someone special, wearing next to nothing, and maybe sipping down a few cold cocktails to help cool you off, your inhibitions may…

Tia Mowry’s “Health Selfie” Printable Helps You Get Real With Your Habits

Tia Mowry’s “Health Selfie” Printable Helps You Get Real With Your Habits

Tia Mowry’s latest book Whole New You ($20) includes this printable questionnaire that any health-conscious woman will want to fill out ASAP to discover how your habits (eating, sleeping, etc.) and ailments (whether physical or emotional) are contribut…

How Do Exercise and Diet Mess With My Period?

How Do Exercise and Diet Mess With My Period?

We’ve all been there – your period is a day or two late and suddenly you’re jumping to conclusions. It usually ends up showing up, but what happens if you’re not pregnant and it doesn’t? Does it have something to do with what you ate? How much you ha…

I Tried DIY Vaginal Bleaching – Here’s What Happened

I Tried DIY Vaginal Bleaching – Here’s What Happened

Our friends at YourTango tried out DIY vaginal bleaching so you don’t have to.

Can you even put a price on pure vaginal beauty?
Everyone knows us women are only good for two things: housework and sex. But don’t get too excited about the second one, be…

5 Things That Happened When I Gave Up Alcohol For a Month

5 Things That Happened When I Gave Up Alcohol For a Month

The author partaking in one of her favorite Sunday afternoon activities, drinking at Mission Dolores Park.
I f*cking love alcohol, but when I gave it up for a month, a lot of things changed. I guess you could call it a late New Year’s resolution, but …

FMT and the Power of Poop

FMT and the Power of Poop

FMT has been making major headlines lately, scoring a mentions on everything from Gwyneth Paltrow’s website, Goop, to The New York Times with the support of gut experts nationwide.
What is it, you ask? Well, FMT stands for Fecal Microbiota Transplant…

I Tried This Reddit Miracle “Cure” For Tinnitus – but It Just Made Things Worse

I Tried This Reddit Miracle “Cure” For Tinnitus – but It Just Made Things Worse

I have been suffering from tinnitus – the perception of sound inside your head – for just over eight years, so when one of my colleagues shared a video containing a miracle “cure,” I knew I had to test it out. The constant whooshing noise I hear i…

These Before and After Pics Aren’t What You Think

These Before and After Pics Aren’t What You Think

**Real Life Post** These pictures were taken 9 days apart. LADIES, we all go through it… premenstrual bloating, cramping and rollercoaster mood swings.. some cycles are worse than others.. But never have I EVER gone through such drastic belly bloating like I did this month! No, I wasn’t pushing out my stomach in the picture on the left.. I just had so much bloating that my belly was hardened and poked out from my bust and down. I’m not gonna lie, I reaaaaally struggled to stay body positive during this cycle. I felt insecure, overweight and extremely anxious and irritable. It can be SO hard to keep in mind that the effects will ware off in a few days time! So, if you’re struggling out there, I want to just give ya a little reminder.. You are beautiful. You shouldn’t be too hard on yourself. And you will be over the “aunt flow” effects in just a few days! 💕 ••Good vibes sending your way, lovelies •• #reallifepost #reallifetalk #beforeandafter #bloatedbelly #staypositive #bodypositive #fitnessjourney #youarebeautiful

A post shared by Lauryn Stewart (@lifting_lauryn) on Apr 5, 2017 at 11:30pm PDT

These look like before and after weight-loss photos but were taken only nine days apart. Why the drastic difference? You ladies could answer that. Yup, Aunt Flow does it again. This is premenstrual bloating, folks, and these honest photos show you that some months can be worse than others when it comes to water retention and gas.

Lauren says, “I’m not gonna lie, I reaaaaally struggled to stay body positive during this cycle. I felt insecure, overweight and extremely anxious and irritable.” We appreciate her bravely sharing these photos and saying, “So, if you’re struggling out there, I want to just give ya a little reminder.. You are beautiful. You shouldn’t be too hard on yourself. And you will be over the ‘aunt flow’ effects in just a few days!”

Bloat that happens around that time of the month is often unavoidable, because it’s the increased levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen that trigger your bloat, as well as other digestive issues including gas, constipation, or diarrhea. But you can help decrease that puffy feeling by cutting down on your salt intake, drinking more water, and cutting down on dairy, sugar (that sounds tortuous with your crazy sugar cravings, we know!), and alcohol. Also, increasing your fiber intake by eating lots of fruits and veggies and whole grains can keep your digestive system happy and cut down on bloat.

And like Lauren said, just hang in there, stay positive, and remember that it’ll soon pass! Knowing you’re not alone in this should make you feel better.

Do These 4 Things to Have an Amazing Poop Every Single Day

Do These 4 Things to Have an Amazing Poop Every Single Day

Is there any better, more satisfying feeling than having a good poop in the morning? You feel lighter, it prevents bloating during the day, and you don’t have to worry about feeling embarrassed someone might hear (or smell) you using a public restroom …