What is Your Pain Tolerance?

 

This past week pain has been my unwanted companion. I never thought I would be in the emergency room over spring break potentially preparing myself for surgery. Luckily, that didn’t have to happen. The doctor sent me away with medicine and I have been getting better everyday.

Unfortunately, I know one day I will have to visit the ER again. A pain free life does not exist. Right now humans around the world are breaking legs, catching diseases, and having heart attacks. However, one common pain all women share is labor pain. Curious, I decided to research how women describe labor pain.

Here’s a list of how some women described labor pain:

  • My pain was irritating but not unbearable.
  • I had excruciating pain.
  • My contractions felt like muscle spasms and weren’t very painful.
  • The pain was all-encompassing.
  • At first I didn’t know I was in labor and thought I needed to have a bowel movement.
  • By the time we got to the hospital, I was at 10 centimeters. It hurt, but it wasn’t that bad.
  • I felt like I was being run over by a train.
  • I begged my hubby to throw me out of the car on the way to the hospital, it hurt so bad.
  • It was close to painless, thanks to all the training and prep work I did during pregnancy.
  • I was induced and got my epidural early, so I only felt minor contractions. It was all fairly easy!
  • The epidural didn’t get rid of everything, like I had hoped. I felt the pressure of each contraction and the pain from the crowning.
  • I had period-like cramps until I got an epidural. Then I just waited.
  • Painful, until I got the epidural! It saved my life!
  • I still felt most of the pain, even after the epidural was in.

It is interesting to note the different levels of pain women described. Some women were hardly effected others were in excruciating pain. Pain tolerance differs according to each woman.

BuzzFeed did an experiment to test which gender has a higher pain tolerance.

Humorous as this video is, pain tolerance really differs from person to person. Personally, I hate needles. My boyfriend donates blood every few months. Everyone has to live with pain at some point. It is important to know that not everyone responds the same way.

The Burden

Exploring the burdens of birth control on women.

These are some popular contraceptive options today.

contraception

This does not include: the female condom, the sponge, cervical cap, spermicide, and emergency contraceptive.

I find it amazing contraception promotes freedom while in most cases, except condoms and withdrawal, places the burden of contraception completely on women. We’ve been under this burden for centuries

Ancient Contraceptives

Through history we see Egyptian women using leaves, honey, and crocodile dung. Aristotle wrote that oil and frankincense was commonly used. Even Casanova encouraged his mistresses to use empty lemon rinds.

Throughout our lives we take drugs, shots, and put devices in us, all for the sake of an unwanted pregnancy! Please mess with are hormones more drug companies. But don’t even think about screwing with a man’s testosterone, far too dangerous.

Telegraph did a picture article about what men really think about contraception.  It was enlightening to see men taking notice of this inequality in the bedroom. Rebecca Reid, an author for Telegraph, expanded on this topic by writing, Men don’t think they ‘have a right’ to talk about birth control.

Rebecca Reid discovered two revelations from her research.

“The first was how uniform the uncertainties of hormonal contraceptives are. Every woman I asked about her difficulties with the Pill had a similar experience. Yet too many of us continue to ingest doses of synthetic hormones, irrespective – or perhaps ignorant (myself included) of the consequences.”

The second is

“Men are loath to discuss contraceptive issues. In my quest to secure a male testimony about contraception, I was met with straight ‘No’s’, and several blokes backing out of interviews after getting cold feet.”

Hormonal birth control can be liberating; yet, I believe it takes a toll on relationships. There is an imbalance. One person injects hormones while the other is squeamish about the topic. Both articles above show this inequality.

Personally, I never want to take hormones. I don’t want to be scared of complications or whether a blood clot is just over the horizon. For all those out there who agree with me check this out Natural Family PlanningFertility Awareness Method, and the Lady-Comp.

 

5 Reasons Why I’m Pro-life

Raised in a Christian home I fell into the footsteps of my pro-life parents. Life is life and that’s the end of it. It never occurred to me to really research abortion until this past year. I have compiled 5 main reasons why I believe in pro life.

1. Life Begins at Conception

What makes a person a person? Personality? Body parts? Genes? DNA? These small traits are formed at conception. A zygote forms when a sperm cell and an egg cell unite. A sperm cell contains genes from the father while the egg cell contain genes from the mother. This makes an unique person.

Abortion is only allowed because the child inside you is considered cells rather than life. I believe location is the only difference between a born baby and a baby inside the womb .

2. My Body is Not My Own

And a baby’s body is definitely not my own. Yes, the baby grows inside me. However, with different DNA, blood, and organs is not my body.

Who says I know best? Who am I to decide if someone’s life is worth living?

I was bought at a price. I want to do my best to honor God with my body. I make mistakes like everyone, but when it comes to a life growing inside me, that could never be a mistake. God created that person.

3. Part of Me

When I picture my future child, I see a sickly, selfish, blonde, little know it all. Why do I picture this? Because that’s me! I’m not saying all children are like their parents, but we do provide them with our genes, good or bad.

I once talked to a friend about what I would do if I were raped and became pregnant. In the end, I decided that no matter who the father was, that baby is still an unique little half me.

Take away your personal beliefs and ideas and you will find a person growing inside you. Additionally, this person is no stranger, it is part of you. Essentially, when you abort a baby you are aborting part of yourself.

4. Infertility 

Fertilization is a science in a miracle. So many things have to work perfectly to conceive a child. Surprisingly, this is the first time in history that the majority of women (15-30) wish for infertility, if only temporary, to appease their sexual desires. Heaven forbid a child is conceived against their wishes.

It is amazing we can even have children! Infertility and miscarriages are heartbreaking for couples desperately desiring children. American Society for Reproductive Medicine reports that “in a survey of married women, the CDC found that 1.5 million women in the US are infertile.”

That is potentially over half a million mothers wanting a child that you decided didn’t deserve to live.

5. For Women

Finally, I stand for women’s rights, that means every woman. 50% of abortions are little girls. Who is standing up for them?

Final Thoughts

Overall, killing a person is a crime, no matter how old. I can not be silent. I myself am proof that a zygote, fetus, or whatever you want to call it is a living being.