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July 31st, 2005


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lilyjane
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hello there everyone, im lily.

i guess there are two reasons that i am interested in this community. first, i have seasonal depression, and have been using a sunlamp for the past three years, but last year it didnt work as well as it did when i first started, so i am interested in other ideas about light therapy, and how being careful about other cycles, like, sleeping and eating schedules, might make october - april a bit easier for me. also, i am very closely attuned to my menstrual cycle. first, it works like a clock (really, like a calendar), and i am generally careful (although not as much now as i used to be) to record its comings and goings. ive done this sort of record keeping since i was thirteen, but, surprisingly, it never occurred to me how important this hormonal fluctuation is to me until last year when i started taking birth control and, well, it drove me crazy.

so, i am quite affected by natural cycles, for better and for worse. im very excited to find this community, and i hope there will be some lively discussion on it, although im unclear as to what form exactly that discussion will take. :D

oh, does anyone know where i could find a pretty moon calendar to buy online? i had a really nice one but, well, it was for 2004. i would also love to find one that had more than one year.
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From:elettaria
Date:July 31st, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
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Welcome.

What was the sunlamp, precisely? I've never been entirely sure what those are. Was it a lightbox of the sort used as standard for SAD?

Apparently you can affect your cycle quite a bit with light therapy. There's been some research showing that if you leave a 100W light on at night three feet away from your bed on days 13 through 17 of your cycle, long and irregular cycles change to being fuor-week ones. I've heard of other forms of light therapy being used for treating menstrual cycles in various ways, too. I think it's mostly in the research stage at the moment.

I can't tolerate hormonal birth control either.

Moon calendar - what sort do you mean? If you mean something for charting your cycles, there are a few comms around who will know, fam and the like. If you mean something with pretty pictures of the moon, I bet you the pagan and Wiccan communities will have ideas.

I'm going to try to get some links up on the user info page sooner or later, though to begin with they'll be mostly in the UK and organisations that I have dealt with personally.
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From:lilyjane
Date:July 31st, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC)
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ive never heard the word lightbox before, i presume it is to sunlamp as lift is to elevator. :D

its good to know there are other people who cant handle birth control pills, either. i was sort of surprised how badly it affected me since i have so many friends who have been on pills for many years.
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From:elettaria
Date:July 31st, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC)
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I thought a sunlamp was more like a tanning bed? This is where I got mine from, it's a fairly standard range including a few things other than SAD lightboxes. I don't think a tanning bed would make any difference, you need to get a certain number of lux and it's much higher than room lighting.
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From:splodgenoodles
Date:August 1st, 2005 04:07 am (UTC)
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Birth control pills are hell on earth for me too.

Frankly, I suspect they are for lots of women, but given that no medical person, for over a decade, was prepared to suggest to me they may have been contributing to health problems and a lowered quality of life, who's to know?

The concept of women even having a libido and not, by nature, being unhappy and emotional is apparently a new one!

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From:enigmae
Date:August 4th, 2005 04:10 am (UTC)
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I can't tolerate the pill either (have tried several kinds). The only type of hormonal birth control that has a remotely tolerable rate of side effects for me is the Nuvaring. It has its drawbacks, but it's not quite so bad since it delivers hormones locally and not through the entire body.

Don't get me started on the societal attitude and the attitude of many men that if you have a vagina you're expected to be on birth control...
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From:enigmae
Date:August 4th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
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I use the Happy Lite. (OK, corny name, but it works.)
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From:elettaria
Date:August 4th, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC)
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They always have corny names and advertising, not that bothered as long as the product's good. It looks like a fairly standard lightbox, 10,000 lux, neat little design. I do wish they wouldn't rave on about how wonderful and glare-free the light is when it's fluorescent, though. Not everyone reacts badly to fluorescent lighting, but a goodly number do, and it's certainly not glare-free. What are you using it for, SAD?
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From:enigmae
Date:August 5th, 2005 01:41 am (UTC)
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Yes, SAD - I use it more in the winter, but it's also helpful in the summer because I work at home and don't get a ton of natural light.

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