My Birth Control Implant

My Birth Control Implant

THROWBACK THURSDAY.pngHello and happy Thursday. Let me tell you the story of how I got my birth control implant. Now, I’m not a doctor and I’m talking 100% on my personal experience here, so keep that in mind as you read this post. If you have any questions about the experience itself that you think I can answer, please go ahead and leave it in the comments below. Let’s get started, shall we?

So this is not actually a super old story like some I’ve told you here. I got my implant pretty recently even though I’d been thinking about it for a while. I first heard about the subdermal birth control implant when I was starting university because one of my classmates had it. Now, this is inserted right under the skin of your forearm, hence the name.

As far as I know, there are two types of subdermal implants: one that lasts up to three years, and one that lasts up to five years. I got the latter, which are actually two tubes, as opposed to the one you get with the former. The way this works in Colombia is through an agency that is our equivalent of Planned Parenthood. My gynecologist wrote an order for the implant, and I went directly to the agency, paid for it and got it inserted. Yes, I had to pay, but the cost covered both the implant and the insertion process, plus a pregnancy test that I had to take as part of the whole thing.

If you’re looking for long-term birth control, I would suggest you to research everything about the method you’re interested in. By that I mean be really sure that you want to undergo whichever procedure the method requires and that you know the steps you need to follow. If there’s an agency that is in charge of this in your country, go online, make calls, get informed. I’m telling you this so that you don’t waste your time or your money, and so that what you ultimately choose what really suits you.

I picked this particular implant after going online and researching about different birth control methods. I am personally opposed to birth control pills just because there are studies that have shown the possible effects these might have on women who’ve taken them for a long time as well as their children. I also don’t want to rely on having to take a pill every single day because what if I forget? or what if I’m taking antibiotics? For me there are just too many factors in the equation and I don’t want to take risks.

All birth control methods have possible side effects and no birth control method is 100% effective, only abstinence, so I know that still with the implants the “risk” is there. What I mean is, the responsibility of the method working effectively doesn’t rely solely on me, if that makes any sense. I also know that if I want to, I can get the implant removed, but for now that’s not an option I’m considering. I got the five year one because I’ve always thought that if I were to have kids it would happen after I’m 30, and right now I’m 24 so you can do the math. Again, I don’t think I’ll want to try and have kids before the implant stops working as it should, but if that happens, I’ll just get it removed by going to the same agency where I had it inserted.

I want to say I got my implant almost two months ago, so I can tell you from my experience what’s it been like. My arm was absolutely gross for about five days after the insertion. I had a bandage I couldn’t remove for four days, and the general area of the implant was all bruised, like those yellow and black bruises you get from a surgery. I didn’t experience any pain per se, but then again, I didn’t use that arm for basically anything.

There are people I know who had a horrible experience with the implant, and actually needed to get it removed. I’m talking about physical and psychological symptoms related to getting the implant. Remember that what you’re getting in your body is a five-year injection of hormones that are preventing you from getting pregnant. Here I want to insist on looking at the side effects before making a decision. You might experience bleeding, you might go up to three months without getting your period, your emotional state and sex drive might experience changes. And these are what are considered the “common” side effects.

I haven’t experienced either of those, at least not in ways that I associate directly with the implant. I already got my period once and it was actually lighter than it usually is, so that’s good and I hope it keeps coming that way for the next five years. During the days after getting the implant, I was pretty horny, which I didn’t expect because I was sort of fearing the opposite. I haven’t gained any weight, in fact I think I’ve lost some, although I don’t think that’s related to the implant. All in all, I’ve had a dreamy experience and I’m almost certain it’ll continue that way.

I’m pretty sure I covered everything about the implant. Oh yea, you get local anesthesia, so you only feel the pinch of the needle, then nothing else. Now, I covered everything. Again, if you have any question regarding my own personal experience, leave a comment below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

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Such a Badass Read

Such a Badass Read

 

100th.pngHello and happy Wednesday. Sorry for the boring thumbnail, but I recently gave away Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins, which is the book I’ll be reviewing today.

I loved this book and its characters from the beginning. We have Harper, the protagonist, who is annoyingly perfect in every way, and yet for some reason I found her super likeable. There’s also David Stark, a guy I think everyone’s had in their lives, and if I were back at school I would definitely enjoy having him around.

As always, I went into this book blindly, so at first I just thought it would be about high school, like your typical YA novel. Then, of course, everything gets way more interesting when sword fights and secret super powers start happening, and I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been way into Once Upon a Time lately, but anything involving fights and magic makes me happy.

I also appreciate when some depth is added to a story, and in this case there’s a family situation going on that makes everything more real and relatable, even when there are swords and secret super powers involved.

And of course, we all know what’s going to make me really love this story: some old-fashioned romance. We had to wait for this one, we had to fight for this one, but we got it and it was just perfect. It was the kind of I-can’t-stop-smiling romance I love reading about. This is the first book in a series, so I will keep talking about Harper and David in the future.

Have you read Rebel Belle or are you interested in reading it? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Brown + Pale Gold Makeup

Brown + Pale Gold Makeup

Hello and happy Monday. Today I’m wearing clothes that I wouldn’t normally wear on weekdays even though I’m currently not working. I have my hot pink sneakers, and a black v-neck t-shirt on and I feel like going out and doing stuff. I’m also wearing my pink and gold jacket, and I think what I’m wearing on my face goes perfectly with it, with the gold eyelids and the mauve-y pink lips. Here are the steps I followed to achieve this look:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Primer
  2. Concealer
  3. Foundation
  4. Powder
  5. Eyebrows
  6. Brown (crease)
  7. Pale gold (eyelid)
  8. Brown eyeliner (tightline)
  9. Brown (top and bottom lash line)
  10. Mascara
  11. Bronzer
  12. Blush
  13. Lipliner
  14. Pink lipgloss

Do you, like me, have different looks to wear depending on whether your style of the day is more casual or more formal? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Monday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

Things That Smell Nice (An Update)

Things That Smell Nice (An Update)

Hello and happy Sunday. I remember going to this girl’s house when I was thirteen and seeing her collection of perfumes, lotions and other things that smell nice and thinking, “whoa, I want to be like her when I grow up.” For a while, I’m obsessed with anything and everything that smells nice, as you could tell by my original Things That Smell Nice post, but since then some products have run out and I’ve obviously acquired more. In today’s post I’m going to list everything and link as much as I can so that you can get them if you’re interested. Let’s get started, shall we?

L’Occitane Rose des Champs Silky Body Gel 

Ross D’Elen Rose Water Cream

Skin & Co Umbrian Truffle Body Lotion  

L’Occitane Citrus Verbena Body Lotion 

L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil 

 

 

 

 

Victoria’s Secret Pure Seduction Fragrance Lotion 

GAP So Pink Hand Cream 

Bath & Body Works Tahiti Island Dream Body Lotion 

Cake Beauty Heavy Cream 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bath & Body Works Pretty as a Peach Fine Fragrance Mist 

Rose D’Elen Rose Water Splash 

Pink Fresh & Clean Body Mist 

Victoria’s Secret Pure Seduction Fragrance Mist 

 

 

 

 

Bath & Body Works Rose Fine Fragrance Mist 

Éssika Paradisso Fragrance Mist

Bath & Body Works White Citrus Fine Fragrance Mist 

Familand Flower Blossom Splash 

 

 

 

 

 

Bath & Body Works Moonlight Path Body Cream 

Bath & Body Works Moonlight Path Fine Fragrance Mist 

Pink Fresh & Clean Body Mist 

*These are products I haven’t yet opened because I’m waiting to run out of the others before using these. I think I might be able to take them with me unopened. Or maybe I’ll give them to my mom or my sister, I haven’t yet decided.

 

Essence Nature 35 

GAP So Pink Eau de Toilette 

L’Occitane Verbena Eau de Toilette 

Carolina Herrera CH L’Eau Eau Fraiche 

Burberry My Burberry 

Oscar de la Renta Oscar

 

 

 

Chloé Eau de Parfum Spray, Mini Deluxe Dabber, and Body Lotion 

That’s my collection of things that smell nice. In the comments, tell be about your favorite fragrance.

Happy Sunday!

Love, Miss Camila

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why (We Think) Dating Sucks

Why (We Think) Dating Sucks

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Hello and happy Saturday. You already know about my most recent fail story when it comes to online dating, and even though I felt ready to share it with the world, I must admit that I’m still mourning the death of a potential relationship. If we count the weeks in which MHD disappeared on me and everything, we were in each other’s lives for three months, and that’s a considerable amount of time and effort we each, in our own way, put in.

In last week’s post, I talked about some things I learned with this whole situation, but I think the most important one was to receive and listen to the right type of advice. My first big conclusion in terms of dating advice would be to try to get it and understand it before things happen. Since things started going downhill with MHD, I started watching Mark Rosenfeld‘s videos reading his blog, Make Him Yours.

I gave myself the whole “dating advice for women is totally anti-feminist” speech before watching the first video. And then all of my preconceptions died away as I kept listening to Mark’s advice. You’d have to see for yourselves and judge whether you’re into what he says, and also whether you’d apply it to your life. In my case, I felt that he was pretty accurate describing attitudes I’d been having towards MHD, as well as some of his reactions.

Whether my thing with MHD would have worked or not had I listen to Mark’s advice earlier on, is something that I wouldn’t know. What I do know, is that I now have a set of tools to work with once I’m ready to start online dating again, and that’s what I mean when I say that I think it’s better to get that advice before things happen. I feel that I now can anticipate myself to some of my attitudes or my reactions towards a guy’s attitude, and I can be smarter about what to say, instead of just not thinking and messing things up.

Now, every person’s situation is different, and I think that’s why so many people don’t follow dating advice from a coach. The thing is, I’ve never really dated in real life, and I want to start doing it once I move abroad, but I don’t know anything about it. I know a great deal about online dating, and that’s helped me be more confident. It’s also helped me see what I want and what I don’t want in guys.

MHD really put my lack of knowledge about relationships (and my patience) to the test. Even though we both agreed on not being exclusive, our interactions were pretty much the ones of a couple. Again, this may not be true, but I don’t have the experience to tell. In the situations when I felt like I needed those words of wisdom, I turned to my friends, and it wasn’t until I watched Mark’s videos that the I realized advice they were giving me was just as bad as what I was doing myself.

For instance, MHD used to wake up really late, so I usually din’t hear about him until noon, when I was having lunch. It made me crazy that he wouldn’t respond to my “good morning” texts (which I sent at five in the morning, when I woke up). First off, I was assuming he didn’t want to talk to me. I didn’t know he woke up so late. I hated when he opened a message right after waking up, but didn’t reply immediately, so I would push him, sending another text, to which he’d always reply and then we would have a conversation. I told H, one of my best friends, this situation and she told me, “play hard to get.”

Now, what she meant was that I should ignore him for a couple of days. By “ignore” I mean read his texts and don’t respond, to basically make him beg. That didn’t really sound like a great idea, and even then I knew, without resorting to any dating coaches, that if I did that, he would most likely lose interest. Honestly, though, who likes to have somebody read your message and then ignore you? I wasn’t going to do to him what he did to me. I did, however, give him some time, and that’s probably one of the best pieces of dating advice I’ve gotten from Mark’s videos, which I will discuss in a future post.

There’s this thing called “intermittent reinforcement,” which I’ve applied when texting a guy I like. The way I see it, which might be totally wrong, and if it is, please correct me, is that, by not being consistent with the way in which I contact a guy, he will take an active part in the process of contacting me as well. By texting MHD every day at the same time, he knew he’d get my text by the time he woke up, right? But when I decided to give him some time, and didn’t text him one morning, he was the one who texted me. Now, because the idea is that the times are random and inconsistent, the following day I did text him first, only not at the time I usually did. I think you get the point.

Now, I know you’re probably thinking, “well, if you had that amazing strategy at hand, why did your thing with this guy fail so miserably?” The answer is pretty clear to me at the moment, but it wasn’t then, and it’s that I wasn’t really being smart. When something was weird with MHD, I’d seek my friends’ advice, who’d tell me “all men are the same,” but would leave me just as confused and desperate as before, or worse because now I thought that things would just suck for me no matter who I dated.

D, who is my other best friend, is this super rational girl. She’s also very traditional and old-fashioned. Before things with MHD got out of hand, and before I went batshit crazy, I asked for her advice, which I’d been avoiding because I knew that, unlike my other friends, she was going to tell me the cold, hard truth. She was the one who told me that it was shady that MHD only decided to appear on the day before I came back home, while I’d been trying to get a hold of him for almost a full week.

She told me not to give the lead role to a guy who for now was just an extra. She told me that, had a guy ghosted her or my sister, like MHD did me, I would’ve advised them to ditch him. She basically told me what I didn’t want to hear and what I am now learning to assimilate and integrate into this new mindset I’m working on.

Many times during those three months I spent talking to MHD, I told myself “dating sucks,” or “I suck at dating,” and now I honestly think that for that particular experience, those things were a bit true. I wasn’t making smart decisions and I was taking advice from people who I knew would tell me what I wanted to hear; I didn’t stop and think. I was forced to do that, but now I’m taking that opportunity to take all those pieces of advice that maybe I didn’t want to hear, or those that came too late, and I’m getting myself ready for what’s to come.

What piece of advice would you give to someone who thinks they suck at dating? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Saturday!

Love, Miss Camila

On Anxiety

On Anxiety

THROWBACK THURSDAY (2).pngHello and happy Thursday. This isn’t going to be a particular story of my past, but just something I’d like to address and I hope at least one other person out there could benefit from reading. I am all sorts of messed up, but I especially suffer from anxiety. Now, this is not the cute and hip social anxiety many teenagers claim they suffer from. I mean the kind of anxiety that prevents me from falling asleep some nights because the recurring thoughts will simply not go away and leave me alone.

If you know me, I think at least part of my general behavior in life can be explained through I’m sharing in this post. I’m anxious in the way that I don’t like question marks or blank spaces in my life. I like to have answers for everything, and that makes me come off as controlling. I plan everything to the detail because I am seriously afraid of what would happen if something didn’t go right, and more often than not it ends up backfiring because I’m not really used to acting or thinking on the spot, so I basically sabotage myself.

I hate when there’s a change in my routine because I hate not knowing how it’s going to affect my entire day. I think part of the unconscious reasons why I chose to be a teacher is the fact that the workday is all scheduled. I don’t have to sit down and think about what I’ll be doing for the next eight hours: even my lunchtime has already been determined.

Of course, that means I’m a planner, and I don’t know how many times I’ve had someone jokingly tell me “I forgot you plan everything.” When it comes to guys, I’m usually drawn to those who are the opposite of me, guys who want to see where things go. That, in a way, forces me to relax, to be okay with not being in control of everything.

In 2015 I made a plan. I would move to the States in 2018. Well, now that plan is underway, and it was during one of those preparation trips that I decided to write about my anxiety. Part of it is the cute hip type I talked about at the beginning, you know? Part of it is “I really want to go out and buy something to it, but what if the cashier doesn’t understand my English?”

The other part is the one that reminds me of every little thing that can go wrong, and I mean, every little thing: “what if I don’t wake up on time?” “what if I wrote down the wrong address and now I won’t be able to make it?” “what if there are no buses for me to ride?”

Being by myself has made me push through some of those thoughts and just do what I have to do. Some days I’ll look back and tell myself “see? That wasn’t so bad,” and some other days I’ll go “okay, I’m not going through that again.” I still have to live, I still have to wake up in the mornings, make my bed and get ready. I still have to go to work and socialize. I still have to go to a restaurant and hope that the cashier understands my Colombian English.

I want to end this post on a lighter note, so tell me a joke or a funny anecdote in the comments below.

Happy Thursday!

Love, Miss Camila

Miss Camila’s Wishlist

Miss Camila’s Wishlist

Laser Hair Removal.pngHello and happy Wednesday. A couple of weeks ago I shared my TBR list with you so that you know which books I’ll be reading and reviewing in the future. I also reviewed my wishlist and I have two versions for you.

If you click here, you get to download the Word version, which means you can digitally edit the list. This is honestly my preferred option because I get to delete stuff if I want to, or highlight it or work with it in a “cleaner” way.

By clicking here, you’ll download the PDF version. This is great if you’re more into pen-and-paper stuff. This version is ready to be printed and put somewhere visible.

Now, what I’d do when I get either version is look through the list and see which titles I already own or have read, so that I could remove them from the list, and then start acquiring the rest. My advice would be to try and read a significant amount of titles from the TBR list before getting more books from the wishlist.

In the comments below, tell me whether you have a wishlist and how long it is.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila