Effective Methods of Contraception

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There are many forms of contraception available today, and the most popular is the oral contraceptive pill, commonly known as “The pill”. There are two types of contraceptive pill, the combined pill and the mini pill. Both are effective, but are different in their make-up, and for this reason, you should consult a doctor, who will advise you as to which type is best suited for you.

The combined pill

This is the most popular type used today and it is a combination of two female hormones, oestrogen and progestogen. More than 100 million women worldwide take the common pill and it is popular for the following reasons,

  • It is 99% effective
  • It reduces the risk of ovarian, womb, and colon cancer
  • It lessens period pains
  • It reduces the risk of non-cancerous breast disease
  • It reduces the risk of ovarian, womb, and colon cancer

The common pill comes in a 21-day, or 28-day pack. In the 21-day pack, all the pills are active, so one does not take any for the last 7 days of the menstrual cycle, which means one must remember when to start taking them again. However, the 28-day pack contains seven placebo tablets, which are taken during the last week of the cycle. Some women suffer side effects such as nausea, tender breasts, and mood swings. If these occur, you can get advice from Lloyds Pharmacy, an accredited online supplier.

The mini pill

The other form of contraceptive pill contains only the hormone progestogen, and while there are less side effects, it is not quite as effective as the combined pill, with a 90-96% effectivity. The mini pill is suitable if you,

  • Are over 40 years old
  • Suffer from migraines
  • Suffer from high blood pressure
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Are a heavy smoker

The mini pill is suitable for women who, for one reason or another, cannot take oestrogen. The mini pill can also make your periods irregular, or stop completely for a short time.

The right pill for you

There are several factors that influence which type of contraceptive pill is the most suitable. You may have to try several brands before you find the birth control pill for your body. There are slight variations in the hormonal strengths, so if you suffer with side effects, your doctor can make the necessary adjustments, which should result in a more settled experience. You should consult a doctor who will ask you questions about your medical history, and check your blood pressure and weight. Only then will your doctor make a recommendation regarding which kind of contraceptive pill you should take. The pill is the most popular form of contraception mainly as it offers a high level of protection, without causing you to make any drastic changes to your lifestyle. Many women prefer to consult an accredited online pharmacy, rather than visiting a doctor. By using a reputable online pharmacy, you can quickly establish which type of contraception is right for you, and receive a regular supply through the post.

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When in Italy, How Can You Not Visit Rome?

This particular trip lasted 10 days, 3 of which we spent in Rome.

Before coming to Rome we didn’t have a plan on what to see or what to do. We visited most of the well known places Rome has to offer but also wandered around the city. We walked everywhere – and I mean everywhere. Therefore we saw a lot of hidden gems a bit further away from the touristy areas. At the end of the video you have the option to choose to explore 3 locations up close – the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and an awesome park that we named “Epic Park”. All of there things are big parts of the city and its culture and I tried to show as much of them as I could. My intention here is for people, who have never been to Rome, to feel as if they have visited this ancient city. What better way to do it than through a video?

This was my first time visiting Rome and the city exceeded my expectations. I was expecting it to feel more like a big city, but it didn’t. As I mentioned before, we stayed in Rome for 3 days and I think it’s enough to explore the Old Town part of Rome. Obviously if you want to explore the outskirts, a lot of its restaurants and cafes, then you’d need years for that.

If I would choose one thing that impressed me the most it would be the Roman Forum. I don’t really enjoy touristy places, but visiting this one was very delightful and I’m very happy I did it.

Unfortunately I didn’t have a lot of interaction with the locals because I spent all of my time walking. So the only times when I did would be at restaurants or with some merchants on the street.

I would definitely return to Rome. When I was exploring the city I couldn’t stop thinking, but if I wanted to settle down in Europe for some time, this would be one of the cities I’d be considering. Really nice place!

This trip also included stops in Milan, Venice, Siena, Ornieto. Videos from some of these cities can be found on my Youtube chanel. I’m really thankful for Travel-Ticker.com for their contribution to this trip. You can follow me on my personal website JacobLaukaitis.com or my Instagram where I post the best moments from my trips.

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How Much Weight is Safe to Lose in a Week?

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When you decide to embark on a weight loss plan, it’s understandable that you’re going to want to see results, and fast. Despite that, it’s worth bearing in mind that your general health needs to be your top priority.

Crash dieting has many disadvantages, not least that it’s totally against the whole point of dieting, because you’ll put any weight you lose straight back on as soon as you start eating normally. Your body has a habit of thinking it’s going to be starved you see, and it grabs onto any sustenance it can, it’s clever like that.

What you can lose, and what you should lose, are two very different things.

Always go towards the what you should lose side, and avoid the dark side of crash diets.

So, let’s answer the question – how much weight is safe to lose in a week?

Well, you can theoretically lose up to three or four pounds easily when you start a diet, especially if you’re larger to start with, as this is where the most dramatic losses are. Having said that, for a safe weight loss, which you can easily keep off, look towards one or two pounds per week.

This is very realistic too, which means you don’t have to suffer whilst trying to reach this target.

Obviously this all depends on the person, their lifestyle, and their weight to begin with, after all, everyone is different. Extreme weight loss will only lead to feeling disheartened when it appears back on the scales very quickly.

You might be feeling a bit ‘what is the point?’ about it all having read this, but bear in mind this simple fact – the decision to lose weight has to be a lifestyle change, not a fad thing that you do for a few weeks, and then go back to eating chips. I feel very able to discuss this fact because I have successfully lost four stones in weight over the last couple of years, and managed to keep it off. I am always having to watch what I eat, but I know now the ways to manage it, by having a treat, and then being good for a few days. It’s an adjustment, but it can be done

Of course, exercise is the major big help, because if you are naughty and fall off the diet bandwagon, exercise will put it right, and make you feel great as well.

So, in answer to the big question – 1 or 2 pounds is your aim.

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Five European Countries You Might Not Have Heard Of

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Europe is huge, and you might think you know the countries that make it up, but you will probably be mistaken. We’re not just talking about the UK, Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Germany etc, etc, because there are many smaller countries which don’t tend to hit the headlines or stay on the tourist radar too much, but have just as much to offer as the big hitters on the continent.

These are five European countries you might not even know exist.

Guernsey

There is a bone of contention over who Guernsey actually belongs to, as they are currently seeking independence, but basically, Guernsey sits in the English Channel, and is closer to France than England, just off the coast of Normandy. Despite this, it is generally considered part of the UK for the time being. Quaint, stunningly beautiful and totally natural, Guernsey is a perfect choice for anyone who wants relaxation in a picturesque setting.

Liechtenstein

Sandwiched between Austria and Switzerland, you can imagine the kind of alpine postcard setting you’re going to get here. A fantastic choice for a winter break, simply because of its close proximity to the Alps if nothing else, Liechtenstein is also a very popular country due to it being basically a tax haven for the rather wealthy. Vaduz, the capital, is a good day trip visit too, for a spot of architecture and of course, shopping.

Andorra

I had heard of Andorra, but when I looked at the map, it was in a totally different part of Europe to where I thought it was! Sitting in the eastern Pyrenees, between Spain and France, Andorra has the popular status of being a good go-to for cheap alcohol and cigarettes, so you can imagine that there are many day-trippers that head into the country. Again, this is winter sports destination, because of its mountainous setting, and is a popular place amongst walkers.

Kosovo

One of the newest of the European countries, Kosovo is a country with a lot to offer, from skiing in Brezovica, to city day tripping in Pristina, history, culture, and shopping. Situated in the Balkans, making it another popular winter destination, Kosovo is a lot more tourist friendly than you might at first think.

Montenegro

And finally we have Montenegro, sitting on the Adriatic coast, and offering an outdoorsy experience for anyone who visits. Picturesque fishing villages, pretty beaches, lots of walking trails in the mountains, skiing … the list goes on.

If you’re wanting to visit Europe, or even travel around, grab a map and really study it; it’s often the smaller, hidden away regions that have the most to offer.

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