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Celebrating Human Rights Day


December 5, 2018

At PRJKT RUBY, we spend a lot of time educating our followers and consumers about women’s rights. Whether that is access to contraception or the freedom to choose, women deserve to make their own decisions on what to do with their body. As we approach the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10th, we are reminded that all people deserve the equality, justice and human dignity we are often promised but are still working towards achieving.

According to the United Nations, the original declaration “sets out universal values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. It establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person.” Heavy stuff, right? Still, these standards and values are as relevant now as they were in 1948. In bringing awareness to this day, the UN hopes to educate and encourage people to stand up for their rights and the rights of others around the world.

So where do we come into play? PRJKT RUBY has a mission to help women in the developing world get access to contraception and family planning services, despite their income, race, social status or age. Even in the United States, birth control is becoming more difficult for women to get through their doctors or their employers’ healthcare plans. According to Bustle, “we live in a society which depends on the collective whole being willing to work together to tend to the needs of the few, and the women in this country who need birth control are not just a few.” Fact. Millions of women rely on access to contraception for an array of health complications, and of course to avoid unintended pregnancy. The right to make your own health decisions and have access to the medications you need is a part of what makes our country so great—despite a small group who aims to take those rights away.

So what can you do to spread the good word? For starters, educate yourself! The UN has some amazing resources that can teach you more about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and what global efforts are currently in place. Additionally, share the hashtag #StandUp4HumanRights on Human Rights Day to spread the knowledge and share these universal values. Together, we can make a difference.

To learn more about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, head here.

To find out how PRJKT RUBY is making a difference through our TakeCare, GiveCare campaign, head here.

Go Green, Even On Your Period


November 12, 2018

These days, most people (we hope!) are making a conscious effort in going green in their daily lives. This means recycling and composting, using reusable bags when you go grocery shopping, kicking styrofoam to the curb (no littering!) and even opting for paper straws over plastic. So how can your period impact the environment for better or worse? Well, the average woman will go through thousands of pads, tampons and liners during the course of their adult lives—so the impact is huge. Over time, each pad or tampon that is disposed of can take a serious toll. So what can you do?

Let’s start with our options. Because both pads and tampons are meant to gather human waste, they can’t be recycled. Generally speaking, most women either discard their tampons in the trash or down the toilet. Neither do much good for the environment—in the first scenario they end up in a landfill and in the second they end up in a city’s sewers and waterways. According to Bustle, “The Ocean Conservancy collected 27,938 used tampons and applicators on beaches around the world in a single day in 2015″. That’s not exactly our idea of a beach day.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a perfect solution. Cardboard tampon applicators can be recycled, while most plastic ones cannot. The tampons themselves are usually biodegradable but can take years to break down. FabLittleBag, a brand out of the UK, has created tiny biodegradable sanitary bags that you can toss your used tampon or pad into. According to their site, the bags are “Made 35% from organic material and biodegradable, and since there’s no need to flush, the keep tampons out of the rivers, seas and sewers”. That’s a win in our book. 

If you’re set on making moves to help our Earth during your monthly encounter with mother nature, there are a few steps you can take. For starters, you may have to ditch the common period products all together. Menstrual cups or reusable pads are an option, and since you don’t have to dispose of them, they are better for both the environment and your wallet. Leak-proof underwear, like Lunapads, are also an option if you usually opt against tampons. These options do, however, require big lifestyle changes. To combat this, a UK-based startup, Dame, has created a reusable tampon applicator and organic tampons. The reusable applicator dramatically cuts down the amount of plastic being tossed each year by women. Even the simplest of changes—going for a 100% cotton, biodegradable tampon—can make a difference! Several brands are on the market today. 

Though there isn’t one easy solution to go green while on your period, making some changes like the ones above will definitely make a positive impact. Society is making huge moves by banning plastic bags, straws and certain kinds of containers, so pushing for eco-friendly alternatives to feminine care products is right on track.

Loving Your Body Through the Noise


October 17, 2018

Last year, the National Organization for Women (NOW) launched a campaign aimed at reminding women of their beauty, value and importance in society. The Love Your Body Campaign fights society’s standard of beauty, one that has been shaped by magazines and ads, photoshopped celebrities and Instagram models.

NOW’s fight sent a message to women to be confident in their own skin and in their womanhood, despite the conventional picture painted by the media and the criticism that comes from it, mainly from social media. That outside noise is LOUD and can be detrimental to one’s self-confidence, a distracting factor on a journey to self-love. This year, we’re breaking through that noise to let you know that you should feel like your best self 24/7. At PRJKT RUBY, our mission includes encouraging self-love and confidence in your own skin. Whether birth control gives you peace of mind, helps with your acne or balances your hormones to make you feel more like yourself, our goal is to give you access to these products in an easy and affordable way in hopes that you’ll continue living healthily, happily and freely.  

We know how hard it is to stay positive when you’re comparing yourself to celebrities, models or the “perfect lives” of your social media friends. The reality is we’re comparing ourselves to standards that aren’t attainable nor realistic; strong and beautiful women come in all shapes, sizes and colors. So we’re here to tell you that you are perfect just the way you are. According to NOW, “As women we can educate each other on what healthy really is, discuss and expose the media’s use of retouching and altering of photos, and remind each other that every body is beautiful.” We strive to create a positive community of women who have each other’s back, so let’s educate ourselves and others, and start loving our bodies and ourselves from top to bottom!

Like NOW, we support women around the world. That’s where our TakeCare, GiveCare campaign comes in. Women in the developing world – women just like you – don’t have access to contraceptives or services to help them live and feel better. Instead, many are stuck in a cycle of unwanted pregnancies, lack of medical care or services, and poverty. With every monthly purchase of birth control through PRJKT RUBY, a donation will be made to support access to both contraceptives and family planning services in developing countries, encouraging women to live freely around the world.

October 18th is Love Your Body day, so feel the love and spread it too — you deserve it. Learn more about PRJKT RUBY and our services here: https://www.prjktruby.com/

World Mental Health Day: What You Can Do


October 10, 2018

 

Part of our mission at PRJKT RUBY is to promote women’s health, reproductive rights, and the confidence to live life on your terms. That includes educating our customers and our followers about their bodies, how to stay healthy and strong, and how to feel great about themselves, despite life’s unavoidable battles. Today is World Mental Health Day and we’re sharing some important facts, as well as how you can find treatment and be involved in raising awareness and kicking the stigma of mental health to the curb.

Here are just a few important stats to know about the most common mental health issues globally and in the United States:

  • According to the World Health Organization, World Mental Health Day is observed every year with the hopes of “raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.”
  • As noted by the WHO, half of all mental illnesses begin before or by the age of 14, but most of these go undetected.
  • About 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience mental illness each year, and “approximately 10.2 million adults have co-occuring mental health and addiction disorders,” according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
  • According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of nearly 45,000 people.”
  • Roughly 13% of women who have given birth experience a mental disorder, primarily depression.
  • Over 300 million people around the world suffer from depression, while more than 260 million live with anxiety.

Though the numbers are astounding, there is so much stigma surrounding people who suffer from mental illnesses, and the subject is still taboo. Learning and educating yourself about mental health is the first step in making a difference, but there are some other ways that you can help fight the stigma and encourage both men and women to live freely and speak up about their experiences:

  • Share your personal story — If you’ve suffered from depression, anxiety, an eating disorder or other mental illnesses, share your experience with friends or family. Not only can your story encourage others to seek help, but it can help grow a broader understanding of the subject.
  • Learn the signs of depression or anxiety so you can spot if something is off with the people in your life. Sometimes, it can take someone else to notice the problem, which can ultimately save a life.
  • Be a support system to those around you! Everyone has a bad day here and there, but being supportive and positive can make someone’s day if they’re feeling low.
  • If you’re not feeling yourself, speak up! Talk to a peer or a professional that you trust. It may be the best thing you can do for yourself in the long run.
  • Even if you don’t suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc., it’s okay to feel off sometimes. Drink lots of water, get fresh air, plan group workouts, and practice meditating as some tactics to reset and feel more calm and relaxed.
  • Join a community (like PRJKT RUBY)! Find a safe space that will allow you to talk to and learn from people with the same interests and passions as you. This will allow you to feel comfortable and safe, whether it’s in your neighborhood, at your university, or even online.

If you want to learn more about World Mental Health Day and what you can do to help raise awareness, visit the World Health Organization.

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If you or someone you know is in distress or suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, available 24/7: 1-800-273-8255.

For a full list of hotlines + resources available to you, click here.

Post-Pill Life: What To Expect


September 26, 2018

Whether you want to treat your acne, you have a super irregular period, or you just want to avoid pregnancy, there’s usually a reason one starts taking the pill. And at some point, there’s a reason you’ll want to stop. If you’re ready to become pregnant, or you know you won’t be sexually active for awhile and want to take yourself off of birth control, there are usually some side effects that will accompany the transition.

There are a lot of myths regarding what to expect post-pill life. You may have heard that when you stop taking the pill, you’ll have a much harder time getting pregnant or that there will be permanent effects to your fertility or ability to conceive. Long story short, this is false. The pill contains just enough hormones to take effect for 24 hours — that’s why it’s so crucial to take it at the same time everyday. Dr. Jane Minkin, M.D. at Yale School of Medicine told The Cut, “Almost everybody can take them pretty much forever… there is no long-term association with decreased fertility.” That said, everyone is different and there are always risks involved when taking medication. Though stories of strokes, blood clots, or trouble getting pregnant are rare, they can happen, so stay up to date with your doctor’s appointments to make sure you’re healthy and everything is normal.

However, there are a few things you can expect when you come off the pill. A recent Bustle article highlighted some of the most common side effects that you should be prepared for post-pill:

  • If you were taking the pill to help with an irregular period, odds are that the irregularity will return once you’re off. Best case scenario, it will just take a cycle or two for your period to stabilize. This is totally normal — your body needs to re-adjust to life without a daily dose of hormones. The good news is that there are ways around this! According to the article, “It is best to come off the pill when you finish the pack you are currently on (so after your last set of placebo pills). Stopping mid-pack can cause irregular bleeding, disrupting the happy rhythm the pill brings to your menstrual cycle.”
  • As aforementioned, your body has to adjust to life off of the pill. So hormonal side effects, such as mood swings or headaches could haunt you. Side effects like these usually depend on the kind of pill you were on (they’re all different and contain different amounts of hormones). If things don’t level out after three months, talk to your doctor to see what options might help!
  • One of the most common uses for the pill is to help with breakouts. Unfortunately, once you come off the pill, your acne could be out of whack! Pro tip: follow your cycle. Like we mentioned, if you come off the pill mid-cycle, the side effects can be worse, so try transitioning off at the end of your placebo week!
  • Most importantly, you can get pregnant. As soon as you’re off the pill, you’re no longer protected from unwanted pregnancies. Therefore, if you will still be sexually active, you may want to look into BC alternatives! But we know life does happen — Ella or e-Contra, emergency contraceptives, are available through PRJKT RUBY and are effective from 3-5 days after unprotected sex.

There is nothing to be scared of when hopping off of the pill! Just be prepared to let your body reset and adjust. If you’re looking to find a birth control pill that works for you, speak to one of PRJKT RUBY’s licensed physicians here.

Back to School With PRJKT RUBY


September 12, 2018

A new semester is upon us, ladies! With a new year comes a lot of stress — buying textbooks, finding your classes, getting to know new roommates, and settling back into the study grind after a summer of fun! Whether it’s your first semester of college or your last, the last thing you should have to deal with is figuring out your birth control, meeting with doctors, and paying hefty medical bills as a college student.

PRJKT RUBY was made to help young women like you, offering access to birth control that’s easy, affordable, and guarantees your privacy. The process takes place completely online with a questionnaire and video consultation with one of our U.S. licensed physicians, and that’s it — if your prescription is approved, your birth control will be mailed to you in discreet packaging. Feel confident and free knowing that your sexual health is staying private from your dorm, adults, or friends.

In a political climate where the future of women’s sexual health and freedom doesn’t always seem guaranteed, we strive to create a community of positivity, education, and access to the prescription you need to live the life you choose. That being said, life does happen. Whether you’re out at a party, you’re in a monogamous relationship, or you’re just going with the flow, it’s important to stay protected! So as you take this semester head on, here are a few tips to keep in mind to feel your best, most confident, and healthiest all semester long:

  • No means no! Remember, if you ever feel uncomfortable, violated, or out of place in a sexual situation, say no. You don’t owe anyone your body if it isn’t want you want. Be familiar with your RA’s, campus security, or adults on duty in case of an emergency situation.
  • Get tested! Unfortunately, STD’s do make their way around college campuses. Stay up to date on testing at a local clinic or with your on-campus doctor!  It’s super important to be open and honest about any STD’s to avoid them spreading. (Remember: though birth control does protect from unwanted pregnancy, it does not protect from sexually transmitted diseases! To be safe, always use a condom!)
  • Drugs and alcohol can impair your physical and mental health. When taking part in any recreational drinking, make sure you’re staying hydrated and aware of your surroundings to avoid any dangerous situations that you may not be able to protect yourself from.
  • Have fun! College is your time to shine. Be safe, do what feels right, and use your best judgment.

Consult with one of PRJKT RUBY’s physicians to find a birth control pill that’s right for you! It all starts here: https://www.prjktruby.com/

Face Mapping: An Ancient Guide to Reading Your Breakouts


August 8, 2018

Hormonal acne is tough, especially when you’re on your period. Your face is a reflection of your health, and when your hormones are irregular, breakouts happen. According to the ancient Chinese Ayurvedic technique, face mapping,” the area of your acne is correlated to what’s happening inside of your body. For example, “face mapping” reveals that breakouts on your forehead may indicate that something isn’t quite right with your digestive system, whereas acne on your cheeks can be reflective of issues with your respiratory system. Acne on your chin can be correlated to hormonal imbalances, and the nose is said to be linked to the circulatory system. Although there is no foolproof guide to understanding the causes of acne, there are ways to prevent it!

According to Mindbodygreen, there are several areas you may be experiencing acne. Luckily, there are ways to avoid a dreaded breakout:

  • Forehead: This may be a sign your body is having difficulty breaking down certain foods. To fight dreaded forehead breakouts, try eliminating common food allergens to see if you’re experiencing any intolerances. Many have found avoiding dairy, gluten, and fatty foods can be quite effective. Most importantly, aim to drink at least two liters of water per day (this is especially important while menstruating)!
  • Cheeks: Breakouts in this area could be due to pollution –  which is why it’s important to always keep your face clean. To avoid pesky blemishes, wash your skin properly and refrain from touching your cheeks with your hands. It may also be caused by a dirty cellphone or pillowcase, so make sure to always keep your devices and sheets as clean as possible!
  • Chin: The chin is generally linked to hormonal acne and stress, which is why you’re more likely to breakout during that time of the month. Drinking lots of water, getting sufficient sleep, and staying active will help keep your hormones in check and ease blemishes.
  • Nose: Breakouts on your nose may suggest an issue with your blood pressure or circulatory system. Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, cutting back on spicy foods, eliminating alcoholic beverages or coffee, and avoiding too much processed food can help prevent excessive breakouts in this area, as well as encourage overall excellent health.

One  of the most common and effective remedies to treat acne is birth control. According to Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, MD, a NYC-based dermatologist, “when women’s hormone levels shift from a more female profile (for example, with estrogen and progesterone) to a more male profile (for example, testosterone) during our cycles, this has an effect on oil production and acne.” When the hormone profile is more male dominant, the sebum glands (which make oil) become more active, causing acne to flare. Taking the pill can balance these hormones and decrease the amount of testosterone in the body – giving you clearer skin!

Every woman’s body is different, and we want to help find what works best for you! If you struggle with hormonal acne, schedule a free consultation with one of PRJKT RUBY‘s U.S. licensed physicians  today to see if the pill is right for you.  

 

Celebrating Friendships


July 25, 2018

It’s no secret that there are a profound amount of challenges happening worldwide on any given day. However, despite all of the negativity, friendship prevails. The most beautiful thing about friendship is that there are no borders or divides, it’s understood and celebrate no matter what language you speak, or continent you’re from. It opens the doors for genuine conversations and understanding, and forms connections with unlikely people. Friendship is common ground, a camaraderie that brings people together, and it’s time we celebrate it!

 

With the International Day of Friendship happening on July 30th, we’re offering some tips on how you can get out there and find genuine connections:

  • Travel: Anywhere and everywhere. The best way to make genuine connections is to break out of your comfort zone and become vulnerable. By taking a break from everyday life to explore the amazing places around the world, you’re becoming vulnerable to the unknown, and crossing paths with people from around the world.
  • Sign up: If you’re looking to meet people, look for hobbies that interest or challenge you, and sign up for classes or leagues in your area. That way you have an underlying thing in common with each person, which could serve a solid foundation for friendship.
  • TakeCare, GiveCare: Actions speak louder than words, and there are infinite ways to show someone you care – even if you’ve never met them! In fact, when you place your order with PRJKT RUBY, you’re helping women in developing countries gain access to birth control and other fundamental family planning methods, as 25 cents of each order goes toward helping women globally. Join the movement and place your order today.

While International Day of Friendship is a great reminder, it’s important to celebrate yourself the ones you love year round! Just as importantly, always remain open to new friendships and authentic connections.

Saying No to #Goals


July 11, 2018

In the age of social media and news feeds filled with people living their best lives – it seems you can’t go a day without seeing at least one “#goals” comment. While on the surface it seems like an innocent compliment, it could hold much more meaningful implications to your self-esteem. Studies have shown that one’s self-esteem is directly linked to increased social media usage, which further reflects their satisfaction with life. So, instead of thinking “GOALS,” here are some ways you can stay confident while on social media:

  • Instagram isn’t always reality: While scrolling, remember that you’re seeing the highlight reel of people’s lives – the moments that they have carefully selected to share. If someone’s life seems too good to be true, it very well could be. That’s why we recommend you do your best to stray away from accounts that radiate perfection and perpetuate unattainable goals. Our tip: look for authenticity instead.
  • Don’t be afraid to unfollow: When it comes to staying confident on social media, the “unfollow” button can sometimes be your BFF. If you find envy creeping in when you scroll past someone’s posts, it may be time to take a break from their feed or channel altogether. Your mental health is more important than a like.
  • Think “what would Amy Poehler do?”:  In her book Yes Please, Poehler shares her go-to phrase when she finds herself comparing: “Good for her! Not for me.” Women should celebrate other women for their strengths while recognizing and accepting that they’re different than yours. By using this mantra, you can appreciate others without simultaneously putting yourself down.

It’s crucial to remain conscious of comparison and the self-destructive thoughts it often leads to. Say no to #goals while browsing, and instead celebrate all the beautiful, unique and real people on your feed, including yourself!

Summer Lovin’ with PRJKT RUBY


June 27, 2018

There’s never a bad time to do a little self-lovin’, but there’s just something about summer that makes positive thoughts so much sweeter. If you’re looking to live your best life this season, we’ve got some tips for you, girl:

 

  • Get outdoors: There’s nothing quite like a day outdoors during the warmer months. A casual stroll, a challenging hike, or a beach day offers a healthy dose of vitamin D! Studies show that some time in the sun helps the absorption of calcium,  keeps the immune system functioning efficiently, fight disease, regulates mood and even boosts weight loss, according to the National Institutes of Health. So don’t shun the sun – pack a hat, lather on some sunscreen, and embrace it!
  • Be positive: While the sun can be a major mood booster, it’s easy to fall into negative and diminishing self-talk while hitting the pool deck or struggling through a workout in the heat. We encourage you to step back from these detrimental thoughts and shift your perspective. Instead of comparing yourself to others, acknowledge everything that your body is capable of, and how it gets you through life’s challenges day in and day out. When you start appreciating instead of depreciating, you’ll notice just how much easier it is to love yourself.
  • Eat seasonally: As much as possible, get your hands on fresh summer fruits and veggies while they’re in season to snack on throughout the day. Some of our favorite summer produce include strawberries, cherries, carrots and cucumber! Not only are seasonal fruits and veggies deliciously juicy and hydrating, but they tend to be more affordable, incredibly fresh, and provide lots of natural energy to make it through those long summer days. We recommend filling up on these and other fresh beneficial bites to feel like your best self.

 

Most importantly – it’s crucial to realize that self-love shouldn’t be seasonal! Love and appreciate every part of who you are no matter the month or the weather, because YOU deserve nothing but happiness 365 days a year.