Category Archives: Women’s Health

Why You Shouldn’t Sit Around In Sweaty Workout Clothes

Close up image of smiling attractive fit woman in gym
August 14, 2019

Why you should avoid sitting around in sweaty workout clothes

After an intense spin class or hot yoga sesh, it can be tempting to just sit around in your workout clothes. Look, we get it. We’re all guilty of wanting to take a little breather sometimes. But if you consistently wait too long to take a shower—or at least change your clothes—wet workout clothing can lead to all kinds of health issues. In fact, sweaty workout clothing can cause acne, skin irritation, and even yeast infections. Find out more about the proper post-workout protocol to keep yourself healthy, clean, and confident.

 

Don’t risk a yeast infection

One of the risks of hanging out in sweaty clothes is that it makes you more prone to yeast infections. Yeast naturally lives on our skin and it thrives in moist, warm, humid environments. With that said, if you wear clothing and sweat in it, more yeast is going to thrive on that clothing the longer it stays wet. 

This can happen whether you’re just sitting in sweaty clothing or if you put dirty clothes back on, especially on top of areas of the body that are more prone to growing yeast—like the groin, under the breasts, and other areas with skin folds. By re-wearing clothing, you are potentially introducing a higher level of yeast. These higher levels of yeast can lead to skin irritation, and various yeast-based conditions, like tinea versicolor (a relatively harmless infection that just causes skin discoloration), and pityrosporum folliculitis (aka fungal acne). If you start noticing an itching or burning sensation in the groin area, you may be experiencing a yeast infection.

 

What about re-wearing workout clothes?

Forget to re-pack your gym bag and thinking about re-wearing yesterday’s leggings? Think again. Not only does it put you at risk of smelling bad, but it can also cause other health issues. In fact, re-wearing the same gym clothes could increase your risk of skin irritation, especially if you are prone to inflammatory skin conditions, like acne or folliculitis (inflamed hair follicles).

That’s because these conditions often start with a pore getting clogged or obstructed with a particle, like skin cells, dirt, or debris. When you re-wear sweaty clothes without washing them, any bacteria and dirt from your clothes can transfer onto your skin and trigger an inflammatory response that causes acne and folliculitis. Bottom line? Wear a fresh set of workout clothes every time, regardless of how dirty you think they got during your last gym sesh. 

 

The importance of showering directly after a workout

This should go without saying, but it’s very important to take a shower directly after working out—not only to help you smell fresh and clean but also to rinse off any bacteria that could lead to uncomfortable infections mentioned above. It might be helpful to think of your post-workout shower as part of your cool down. You just killed a workout and did something healthy for your body, so follow through and take some time after the gym so that you feel fresh, clean and confident for the rest of the day.

 

What if I don’t have time to shower?

We get it—we all have those days when we’re running late and don’t have time to do everything we should. But that doesn’t mean you should neglect hygiene completely. If all else fails and you’re unable to shower immediately after a workout, we recommend at least changing your clothes and washing your hands to remove any harmful bacteria. Just remember, your post-workout self-care is just as important as the workout itself!

Sources: SELF, Well and Good 

Birth Control Placebo Tablets Not Medically Necessary, Created To Appease Pope

pack of birth control pills with placebo tablets
January 29, 2019

New evidence suggests that women can safely take the birth control pill without a seven-day break, and the placebo tablets were really just to appease the Pope.

Have you ever felt guilty about skipping those placebo tablets and starting your next pack of birth control right away? If you’re like me, you might have thought to yourself, “okay next month I’ll definitely have a period,” and then you just end up putting it off indefinitely.

Birth Control 7-Day Break Deemed Not Medically Necessary

Good news! For all those period procrastinators out there, you were doing it right all along. As it turns out, women can safely take the birth control pill without a seven-day break after all. That’s right—you can skip your period altogether and forget the cramps, nausea, acne, and all the other inconvenient symptoms.

In the past, doctors advised most women to take birth control for 21 days and stop for seven days before starting a new pack. This causes a woman to have a bleed once a month, simulating a period. However, this simulated period is not medically necessary and was developed by one birth control’s inventors, John Rock.

History of Birth Control Placebo Tablets

John Rock was one of the gynecologists who invented the Pill, and he also happened to be a devout Catholic. In an effort to please the Catholic Church and gain the Pope’s endorsement, he created this 7-day break to simulate a period.

Professor John Guillebaud, a contraception expert at University College London, said John Rock proposed the 7-day placebo tablets in the 1950s “because he hoped that the Pope would accept the pill and make it acceptable for Catholics to use.” In other words, Dr. Rock thought that a simulated period would seem more “natural” and would make birth control an easier pill for the Pope to swallow (pun intended).

The Pope Was Not Amused

The sad irony of the situation is, Dr. Rock’s plan didn’t work. In the end, the Pope came out strongly against birth control. Despite this, the 7-day break stuck and has been affecting women for the last 60 years. Guillebaud added, “How could it be that for 60 years, we have been taking the pill in a sub-optimal way because of this desire to please the Pope?”

“How could it be that for 60 years, we have been taking the pill in a sub-optimal way because of this desire to please the Pope?”

As it turns out, taking birth control continuously can actually be more effective in preventing pregnancy. Why? You’re much less likely to miss a pill when restarting a new pack.

Skip Your Period with PRJKT RUBY

Want to skip your period altogether? We’ve got you covered. Talk to your doctor about skipping your periods, and we can update your refill schedule. Not yet a part of the PRJKT RUBY movement? No worries! Learn more about how we make birth control accessible and affordable for women around the world. Already have a specific medication in mind? Fill out a quick consultation and get started with PRJKT RUBY today!

 

Source: https://www.newsweek.com/birth-control-pill-7-day-break-introduced-please-pope-deemed-unnecessary-1299728

Give The Gift of Choice


December 19, 2018

Most of us associate the holidays with family, food, and lots of gift-giving. Though the feeling of opening up the item that topped your wish list is awesome, the feeling of gifting something meaningful and rewarding to others is also pretty amazing. The holidays are a perfect time to give back to your community, big or small! Some people opt to volunteer at a local food bank, while others may give a monetary donation to a cause that they believe in—all in the Christmas spirit! But what if we told you that giving back is as simple as ordering your birth control? That’s right—your purchase at PRJKT RUBY will give a woman in the developing world an invaluable gift this holiday season!

Here’s how it works: For each month of birth control that is purchased through us, we’ll make a donation to support access to contraception for women in the developing world via Population Services International, a nonprofit global health organization. By taking control of your body and needs, you’ll be helping women who would otherwise have little to no access to contraception or other family planning services. Girls stick together after all!

Because so many developing countries lack access to these services, more than 214 million women are being denied the right to choose what is best for their bodies and their lives. So what we’re saying is… buying your birth control is helping a lot more people than you think! That’s what we call a win-win. By purchasing your birth control, you’re giving some pretty amazing gifts—the gift to feel free in one’s own skin, the gift of avoiding unwanted pregnancies, and the gift of choice. Our TakeCare, GiveCare campaign relies on your purchase to change the lives of women around the world, initially dedicated to empowering women in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

So how will you give back this holiday season? Learn more about our TakeCare, GiveCare Campaign and find out how you can make an amazing difference in someone’s life—that’s what it’s all about: https://www.prjktruby.com/how-it-works/take-care-give-care/

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/

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.

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.  

 

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.

The Effects of Your PRJKT RUBY Purchase


June 13, 2018

Your PRJKT RUBY purchase stretches farther than you may think. In fact, it changes the lives of women around the globe with our TakeCare, GiveCare initiative. Every time complete your order, you’re also helping one of the 214 million women in developing countries receive access to birth control and other family planning methods – and in turn, reshaping lives globally. According to a Stanford University study shared in The Economist, who have access to contraceptives are more likely to:

  • Become more educated: the study shows that those who have access to birth control stay in school for 6 months to a year longer than women who lack access. While there are still ways to go when it comes to educating women in developing countries, birth control has held the largest effect of any outside factor, with zero changes to actual school policies.
  • Earn an income: Unlike the places that lack access to contraception, the chance of a woman to earn monetary income notably increased when they had access to birth control. Women with access to birth control are more likely to obtain paid jobs and careers, with an increased possibility they will assist the family in financial matters and decision making.
  • Have a say: the study recognizes a trend when it comes to locations with access to BC – the wife’s aging parents are taken in by the couple, but the husband’s aren’t. The study associates the power women receive when they have access to family planning to their likeliness to have a say in family matters down the line.

So far, PRJKT RUBY purchases have lead over 1,000 women in developing countries to live more fulfilling lives. Want to join in on the movement and start changing lives across the globe? Learn more about TakeCare, GiveCare, read testimonials. and place your order today.