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hi everyone

i recently found a lump- not sure what it is. it started as a swollen painful flat red spot right near my nipple. its dime sized. when i press on the redness i can feel like a hard swollen spot almost cyst like underneath? the thing is i got laser hair removal around my nipple recently. i cant see any ingrown hairs - to me it doesnt look like a typical ingrown hair. my insurance deductable rain out til january and i’m very scared right now
8:16 pm - 10/24/2018

Breakthrough bleeding

Hi there,
I've been on Levlen for a year or so. I skipped my placebo pills for the first time last month and it was fine for the first few weeks. I'm now on the last week of active pills on this second pill pack and I've had what feels like period cramping and some brown, slightly bloody discharge for the last week or so. Is this a typical reaction? I was prepared for breakthrough bleeding but thought it would happen in the week I was supposed to take the placebo pills, not 3 weeks after! I also have IBS so I'm sometimes unsure if abdominal cramping is due to that.. First time I've ever been hanging out for a period to see if that kicks away these cramps!

Thanks for sharing your experiences :)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/05/health/hpv-virus-vaccine-cancer.html

This is great news. I know it was already approved for up to age 45 in Australia.
1:22 pm - 09/25/2018

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Hey, I keep getting these bumps in my genital area and I'm trying to figure out what they are. They start out small and skin colored, then as they get larger they turn red. I usually get them right before my period or while I'm on my period and using a pad. Sometimes they randomly appear but I think it may be because of the type of panties I wear (sometimes the panties are a little snug in the bikini line area), They are painless and don't itch. I've been using tea tree oil to heal them but it's a slow process. Here's 2 pictures.



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Back in June I had a Deep. I have since found that my Doctor has left the country. No one from the medical center has gotten back to me about follow ups to see if the procedure did what it was supposed to do. I don't know what my next step is. I assume a PAP is needed but my insurance usually only pays for 1 PAP a year and it must be after the year mark, not one day earlier. I am not sure how soon the PAP should be done after a LEEP to see if it worked...

... and if it didn't work, what procedure do I have to save up for? (my insurance doesn't seem to pay for many GYN procedures) I don't know.

I do know I need to find a new Doctor. Is there a type of Doctor that specializes in menopausal women other than than a GYN? All the Doctors accepting patients here are just out of school and their descriptions say they specialize in Obstetrics.
Hi there, everyone,

I'm currently dealing with a yeast infection from hell that I can't get rid of, no matter what I do. I'm quite prone to yeast infections - my gynecologist suspected this might be related to my copper IUD - and I feel like I always have a kind of chronic underlying YI that decides to flare up from time to time. Generally when that happens I can manage it with Diflucan and get it back under "control"...but it seems to never really go away. Any small variation from normal - sex, my period, stress, alcohol - makes it comes back with a vengeance. Even more upsettingly, this time, I don't just have the standard vaginal irritation, it also seems to have migrated back toward the rectal area, so that I basically have itchy, uncomfortable diaper rash along the entire - ahem - undercarriage. It is really unpleasant and discouraging, to say the least.

I went to the doctor about a week and a half ago, who confirmed that I am indeed dealing with yeast (she confirmed this visually because I had already taken a Diflucan at that point, which often throws off the yeast swab test and gives a false negative). I told her I was worried about herpes (because I have a persistent phobia about herpes, and know that it can present in the same way as a YI), and she said it was definitely yeast; she had no doubt about that. She prescribed three doses of Diflucan and two different topical ointments, which I've used for the past week and have made no difference at all.

I know that some people have used boric acid to treat YIs, and so I bought some online and started inserting suppositories (vaginally) twice a day, starting about three days ago. This may be making a *small* amount of difference by now, though I continue to have the typical yeasty discharge (the encouraging part is that it seems to be getting increasingly watery/diluted, which is making me hope that it's breaking down/becoming less potent through the introduction of the boric acid). However, the boric acid is only helping with the vaginal YI, so today I also found a 10% boric acid cream which I've ordered and plan to use in the back area to see if that will help, too. I'm a bit discouraged, though, because despite my now three days of using the boric acid suppositories, things have not cleared up entirely, though a lot of the people who reviewed the suppositories indicated that they experienced relief within a single day! Then again, it seemed that many of those reviewers were using boric acid to treat BV and not yeast, so I wonder if the effects are quicker for BV with boric acid than they are with yeast...?

I intend to keep using the suppositories (and boric acid cream, once it arrives) for about 1-2 weeks to see if they kick in and start treating the problem. But in the interim, I'm wondering if anyone here has had experiences with treating YIs with boric acid. If so, how long did it take you to see some change in your symptoms?

Thank you very much for your help!
hey vagpag!

i hit 30 this year, and i've really become dedicated to getting in touch with my body; primarily understanding what exactly is going on in there. the past couple of periods, i've been able to connect an uptick in cramps to a clot* (*at least, i think it's a clot? or maybe it's just endometrial lining?) that passes within a few minutes to an hour or so later.

today, specifically, i had awful cramps from around noon until 6 (with a special shout out to 3:30 pm when i went down from the clench!); i went to change my tampon and *plop*, anchors away! there's a clot* the size of about half my palm. i hadn't really thought about it, because it's the first day, i'm used to being miserable, etc...but then i realized my pain was gone. i hadn't taken any ibuprofen recently (abt 4 hours earlier, and i take it continuously when the red tide comes in), so it really didn't make sense...until i put the timing of the cramps/clot in line.

I've been to the gyno and had a vag ultrasound done: no signs of endo, which was her big concern. i've never had a baby, i'm not on any form of birth control (i've been released on my own recognizance *rimshot*), so is this clotting (IS IT EVEN CONSIDERED A CLOT???) business normal?!
Hi everyone, I was diagnosed recently with BV and I have been prescriped a 14 day dose of 400mg Metronidazole. It’s my 6th day taking the medicine and I still have symptoms. I read online it should take 3-4 days for the 7 day course of Metronidazole to relieve symptoms, is it any different from the 14 days course or am I just being impatient? I’ve never had BV before so I’m not sure what to expect.
Thank you!
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