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hi Aug. 1st, 2010 @ 03:21 am
OK this might be a stupid question but i really need to get on birth control and i called the doctors office and they aren't telling me anything.

Do i need to go to an OBYGN or can i go to the doctor? I guess this doctor that my friend goes to I have an appointment for September, and they said they can do pap smears or whatever..but I'm really confused can you help me?
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Increased discharge before period? Jul. 16th, 2010 @ 07:55 am
My period is due some time this week and I've been experiencing increased vaginal discharge that's white-ish and dries stiff. Is this normal? It's not clear and ropey like the discharge I experience near ovulation.

Can hot weather affect discharge? That may be a dumb question.

Jun. 21st, 2010 @ 04:24 pm
Anyone here got the contraceptive implant? (the little tube in your arm?)

Cramps, back pain and no period. Jun. 13th, 2010 @ 03:19 pm
My period is now one day later than it has been in the two years I've been casually tracking my cycle. My cycles vary in length from 29-34 days and today is day 35. I once had a cycle (last July-August) that ran 45 days, but I was just returning from Tanzania with a serious case of food poisoning at that time, so that made sense to me that it was so incredibly late.

I've been fighting off a sinus infection since early May. My last period came on time and was normal. I thought that I ovulated 14-15 days after my last period, but then I had increased discharge that looked like the discharge I get at ovulation AGAIN about a week later (days 19-20). I started having cramps and back pain, as I always do, on day 28 and the cramps and pain continued through this morning and now seem less painful this afternoon. I feel like I had an invisible period. My breasts still feel swollen, as they do during PMS, but hurt slightly less today. My boyfriend and I use condoms and haven't had any issues. I took a pregnancy test first thing in the morning on day 32 and it was negative, but if I ovulated later than I thought, it may have been a false negative...

Anyway, I'm just really freaking out. I've never gone this long without a period. I've been very stressed the past two weeks (facing a potential move across the country), low-core sick the past month, and I suspect I may have lost a few pounds. I am very thin naturally (5'6"/105 pounds) and when I last weighed myself, I was hovering around 100 pounds. I'm not sure how this happened, since I"ve been eating very healthfully as always.

It's possible that a slight dip in my weight + stress + illness have conspired to make my period late. I am just nervous about pregnancy at this point, and I know no one can reassure me there until I take another pregnancy test later this week.

I guess I'm seeing who else has had experiences like this to reassure myself until I test again.

Thanks in advance.

Nausea with ovulation. May. 24th, 2010 @ 01:25 pm
This is my best guess - my body is super-sensitive to fluctuations in hormones. I'm often intensely nauseous the week before my period. This month, I am moving into ovulation and I'm nauseous again. I had a normal period that started May 11 and ended by May 16. I should be ovulating this week and, true to form, my discharge became clear and ropey today.

Does anyone else experience nausea alongside ovulation? What do you do about it? Is it anything to be concerned about? I admit it's been worrying me a little because, of course, whenever I start experiencing nausea (often several times a day), I think "morning sickness!" even though I just had a normal period and no condom mishaps and obviously I wouldn't be ovulating if I were pregnant.

I'm considering getting a Mirena IUD to reduce my nerves about contraceptive failures (right now, my boyfriend and I use condoms) and to regulate my hormone levels. I've had terrible times with oral contraceptives, but I'm hopeful that the low dose of local hormones in a Mirena will be tolerable and will make my nausea subside throughout my cycle and make my period cramps and bleeding more bearable.
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» Sea Sponge Tampons in NYC?
Does anyone know of any shops in NYC that carry sponge tampons? I've searched all over the web but can't seem to find any info on brick-and-mortar stores that carry alternative menstrual products.  :\

If anyone in the area could point me in the right direction, I'd be so grateful. Thanks in advance for any info!
» Strange Blood Stains
I noticed this while I was clearing out some of my clothes for Goodwill or other destinations yesterday.

Some of my dark pants -- the ones that end up being my "period pants" precisely because blood stains don't show on the outside -- have strange stains in the crotch and inner thigh regions. They're the same kind of "bleached out"-looking stains that are on my black underwear. The ones on my underwear I know come from the bacteria in healthy vaginal fluid creating hydrogen peroxide, which can end up bleaching the material.

But. Is it the same bacteria present in menstrual blood... and in large enough concentrations for them to be bleaching my pants? Or is something else the cause here? (I'll note here that when it comes to laundering my pants, the bloody ones get soaked in cold water for 20 minutes as soon as I can, then get washed on cold with dye/perfume free detergent. I don't think either of those steps is causing the bleaching.)

More importantly, is there a way I can keep this from continuing to happen to my pants? They are more expensive to replace than underwear. Also, while it does not seem to happen to my dark jeans, I cannot wear jeans every day of my life. (Also too, and maybe more interestingly, it does not happen to my dark colored cloth pads, which often sit for a day or so before I start soaking them.)

I realize that the optimal solution is never to bleed on my pants. However, until my uterus gets on board with that plan, it is not going to happen. Same thing with the next best option, soaking while the stain is fresh: I soak as soon as I can, but that's routinely several hours from when the stain occurs.

Solutions for preventing bleaching blood stains? Thanks!

Cross posted to vaginapagina and menstrualhut.
» annoying hunger/cravings and no solution!
So for the past week-ish I've been experiencing my main PMS/period symptom, which is ravenous hunger. This time around it's particularly annoying. Nothing in my kitchen or from Taco Bell will hit the spot or scratch the itch right. What I mean by that is I think there's something that, if eaten, will satisfy my very ambiguous craving, but I can't pinpoint it. At 10:30 tonight I ran out for naked strawberry poptarts and followed those up with a bit of pepper jack cheese.

Am I deficient in some nutrient? I can't even figure out what I want, there's no obvious trend to what I've been eating to try to satisfy the craving, so there's not even that as a potential indication. Today my boyfriend had me try a beer his boss homebrewed, and when I said it tasted metallic he said that could mean I'm low in iron. (I say it was the beer, but the comment did get me thinking about why all the cravings are going on.)

ARRGGHH any thoughts? please? Tell me what to eat! I'm off to root around for pickles...
» Going on three months now...
 So for years and years after I started my periods they weren't regular, I'd often skip a month and sometimes it felt like I'd get one every other. But in the past few it has settled down into something more normal, if still irregular. 

That said, for a few months they'd become really long, or I'd get one for two days, it'd stop then a couple weeks later get a full on one. I had one that lasted a few weeks a few cycles before they all stopped. And it's now been almost three months since I had my last period.

In and of itself I don't mind much cause I hate the things (though a bit less so since I got a cup a year ago or so) but I'm starting to worry if this means something is wrong. I'm between 'well, they've always been weird' to 'but it's three months' and 'but they've ALWAYS been nuts, isn't that odd?' and not sure what to do.

I don't take birth control in any format, no need for it as I've no sex life and don't intend to get one. I don't know if it could be at all related, but I've noted in the past year and a half or so that I've been getting gradually more hairy but it's nothing massive. 

I don't like going to the doctors cause I don't like bugging them, and when it comes to stuff like this I'm petrified of anyone looking down there. And I don't want to do that unless I have to. But at the same time if there's something wrong I want to catch it - so I thought I'd ask other women.
» Period 'waiting' for you to go home.
This may sound crazy, but ever since I moved away to college four years ago, I've noticed that my period will sometimes 'wait' a few days past its anticipated arrival date if my body 'knows' that I'm going home to my parents' house for the weekend. Has anyone else ever noticed this?

My period is about 1-2 days late (and I am sexually active - I always always always use condoms, but my body can't handle any form of HBC I've ever tried, so condoms are it) and I'm a little nervous. I am heading home tomorrow, though, so I wonder if my period will show up when I am in a low-stress environment.

I was also involved in a very minor car accident in mid-February (a day or three before I was supposed to start ovulating) and injured my neck and back (not severely, but I experienced moderate levels of pain for about one week - February 15-22). I wonder if this might have delayed ovulation or might be delaying my period now.
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