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11:41 am - 02/26/2017

Severe cramping/pooping

Hi, so this is kind of embarrassing, but here it goes.

For the past few days I've had some bad pooping episodes. The sudden urge to go right away, and then when I do, I get severe menstrual cramping even though I'm not on my period. I am on the pill, Tri-Cylen lo, and I am sexually active. I skipped my last period and took a new pack of pills right away because I was visiting my boyfriend and didn't want to bleed - although I still did anyway, spotting, and then heavily when I came home. This was a couple weeks ago.

So I thought maybe I was having reactions to dairy all of a sudden. It felt like I'd have the shits every time I ate something like coffee with cream or whatever. But last night I had a big bowl of ice cream and I was fine?

This morning I had eggs on toast with avocado, and just 20 minutes ago got that sudden urge again to go.

I'm writing in this community because whenever I have been going, especially just the last time, I had SEVERE cramping, like I was on my period, but 100x worse. I was doubled over in pain, crying, and sweating. I've also gotten period cramps but never this bad, never.

Any ideas? I'm currently in bed feeling okay but, shaken up. I have mild cramps and light light spotting. I'm not supposed to get my period with the sugar pills until next Sunday.
Hi all -- I have recently gotten a job where I will need to wear pantyhose. Unfortunately, I live in the southern US and lately have been prone to tinea versicolor, the thing where fungus on your skin grows out of control. In particular, it turns up in my crotch. I'm allergic the "azole" class of antifungals, but my doc said it was okay for me to just keep using Lamisil (terbinafine) to keep the rash in check.

The last thing I want to do is make myself any more prone to the rash or to give myself a yeast infection, but I need to wear pantyhose. Does anyone have suggestions about what style of stockings to wear and/or brand suggestions? I'm considering an old-school garter belt at this point so that I can wear cotton underpants, but I worry a bit about thigh chafing.
I've been on this pill a year, I spot for 9 weeks in ever pack and I'm fed up. Can I use this as a monthly pill? Can I stop taking pills and force a period after 56 days fir 7 days???? Is that still pregnancy preventivitve?

Or if I wanted to do monthly with it Do I do 21/7 or 28/7?


Please save me. 84 days is too long and the spotting kills sex life.
5:42 pm - 02/20/2017

resources for giving oral

Hey folks!

This isn't exactly a vagina question but I thought perhaps you all might still be able to help.  Basically, after a long long long period of celibacy, it looks like I will be having a new sexual partner soon!  I'm very excited, but a bit apprehensive about give him oral sex.  It has been literally a decade I think since the last time I did that with a guy.  I was wondering if anyone knows of any blogs or other resources where I could brush up on some basic techniques and stuff?  (I'm envisioning something with a "teaching with diagrams" vibe as opposed to something with photos...but I will check out anything that anyone suggests!).  Thanks in advance! :)
Hi everyone!
I have had Nexplanon since June 9th 2014. I am having it replaced in late May of this year, so right on time and even a week or so ahead of the expiration date.

The entire 2 years and however many months, I have had NO bleeding whatsoever. No period. No spotting. Literally nothing. A week ago, I had a light period. Not much blood, but I had cramping and the usual "period feelings". It was very light, not bothersome, and has now stopped.

I'm afraid that this means my Nexplanon is no longer working. Is it possible they can expire early? I'm just four months shy of needing it replaced. I understand that irregular bleeding is common, it just seems concerning that I have had none and now I did so close to when it expires. Should I stop having sex and try to get it replaced sooner?

I've also read that Nexplanon may not be as effective in overweight women. I'm about ten pounds overweight BMI around 25 26 I believe. I've also read now that studies are being done about Nexplanon being effective for for years instead of three. Planned parenthood and bedsider are now stating this. I will still have it replaced at three years! I am just concerned that mine stopped working. I am not taking any medicines that interact with it, and I can feel it just fine in my arm as usual. Am I just being a bit paranoid?
I've been on testosterone and haven't menstruated since 2010. Since sometime in December, I've had vulvar / vaginal itching. I haven't been able to get an appointment with the doctor I would normal see about anything like this. I saw a different doctor last week who told me based on the itching I described that it sounded like a yeast infection. He gave me a medicated vaginal cream (clotrimazole) to use for three days. Last Friday was the last day. When I saw the doctor, I also gave a urine sample for chlamydia/gonorrhea testing, although he was convinced that only a yeast infection would cause this kind of itching. I've now had mildly bloody discharge for several days (starting after I had finished with the clotrimazole), fairly mild pelvic pain since yesterday, and the itching is as bad as ever, or maybe worse. What the f do I do now? I still can't get an appointment with my regular doctor until something like April.

Other information that might be relevant:
I last had a pap/pelvic exam in October, and everything was fine then. I had STI testing at the same time and the results were all negative.
12:33 pm - 02/16/2017

Mirena IUD Cramping

Hi all, I am posting on behalf of someone else. She is 22,does not have kids, and got the mirena IUD one week ago.
She's been having a lot of cramping and of course the expected bleeding.
She was getting some advice from a former OB nurse and the nurse said she shouldn't have got the IUD without having kids. The nurse said she should have got the depo shot instead.

Well, the cramps are pretty uncomfortable and she's second guessing her decision.

Would some of you be willing to share your experience with the mirena and how long it took your body to adjust? Especially if you haven't had kids.

Thanks so much!
Hi I'm 16 years old and I never really masterbate (like I have done it maybe twice). im not a big fan of it because my legs twitch like thumper! It doesn't feel like anything special ethir but I know I'm touching the right spots. I hate not being able to control my own body and I don't even have to be msterbating for very long ether I could be doing it for 15 seconds and my legs start freaking out and I have no way of stopping them. I guess what I'm looking for is does anyone else have this problem? Why do my legs do that? How do I stop it??! Please help I know that this is weird but I really want to be able to masterbate because I get really horny some times and I don't like to masterbate so I just sit though the tingling sensation in till it goes a way. By instinct I crush my heal against my croch because I don't know what else to do..if I could
D just get rid of this leg problem I can be normal hah..
1:39 pm - 02/04/2017

food in my vagina :/

Well this is embarrassing.

My SO and I were fooling around and I gave him oral with some peanut butter on his penis.
We ended up having sex and I realised afterwards that I possibly now have peanut butter in my vagina. I'm assuming most of it was gone during the oral part of things but I'm still concerned about trace amounts.

I had a quick rinse off in the shower but I've never tried to wash inside my vagina before as I know it's not a good place to mess around and strip off any good bacteria. What do you recommend VP-ers?

(Google was not helpful. Every single post was about peanut butter and dogs. I love my dog but not that much.)

I used to be quite prone to UTI's and now I'm just anxious that there's going to be a yeast party or something up in there. I take cranberry pills on the reg but I'm assuming that's not going to be helpful in this situation.

Help?
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