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4:27 pm - 11/20/2017

Expired birth control pack

Hi,

So, awhile back I accidentally took a newer pack instead of the older one, so now I just finishing the pack the pack that is older. It expires the end of this month and I just started it. I will be still taking it(the last week or so of active pills) when December starts.

My question is: is it still okay to take it even though it'll be a week expired? Will it still be effective?

Everything I read says that it stops being as effective after it's expiration date, but since this won't be expired for that long, I wonder if it will still be good.

Thanks!
Hi,

I'm hoping someone has some answers here.I have been on microgestin for 5 years now and a few months ago, between a few days to a week before my inactive pills(my period) started, i would get break through bleeding. It first started off light and would get heavier once my period started, but this month has been the worst. It started last Sunday(my period is supposed to start next Tuesday) and has been getting heavier off and on since then. Today when I got home from work, I noticed it was heavier.

I take my pill daily around the same time every day, never have missed one.

My doctor said that it is probably from low progesterone levels and said I could switch to something different but would have different side effects.

I am not sure what to do. I don't want to deal with the mood swings and acne but this two week long period/breakthrough bleeding is getting old! It's on and off cramps(not as bad as when my actual period is, but noticeable), light to heavy bleeding.

Have any of you had this happen to you? What do you take and what have been the side effects? What would you do?

Thanks!
Hi everyone. I have been using cloth pads for over a year now, and in this time I had access to a private washing machine. I would dry store them until my period was over, then before washing I would do a cold water soak in a bucket, with or without Oxi clean.

I'd then stain treat each pad and wash on hot water. Most of the time they'd come out perfect.

Well,I recently moved into an apartment, and I have only access to a laundromat. I'm a little concerned about washing them at the laundromat. I was wondering if it would be possible to get stain free pads without doing a cold soak before hand, either by using a stain stick on them dry before I put them in the wash, and wash on hot, or maybe they would come out stain free with no stain treatment at all?

The reason I don't want to do the cold water soak anymore, is because doing laundry at the laundromat is time consuming and laboring enough as it is, I really would like to just cut out the soaking step. Also, since they are industrial machines, I thought they might wash better?

Does anyone have any experience with this at all?
8:20 pm - 11/02/2017

IUD dislodged?

I have had my iud for about 3 years now. Today I was feeling around in there and I felt my strings, but like all of my strings. It has never been that easy to feel so much of them. Now, I am cramping a little, but I cramp off and on all month. I dont feel any severe pain. I can feel my cervix pretty easily too. Is it possible my cervis is just sitting low right now and the strings arent wrapped around my cervix, like it use to be? I have a doctor appt for tuesday, but I dont know if they even do ultrasounds at this clinic.
I will say, I only feel strings and when I touch my cervix I dont feel pain.
Hi everyone,

I went to the OBGYN today with concerns about bleeding during sex. It turns out I have an inverted cervix and that is probably what's causing the bleeding. I had a silver nitrate procedure done today and was warned about silvery discharge. However, I am also bleeding! Is this normal? I felt a little crampy after but I was not told about any potential bleeding. Has anyone else had this procedure done?
Thank you :)
Okay so I know this sounds bizarre but please help
I was tanning outside (where no one could see me) and I had my legs spread open
It wasn't more than about 30 mins total, and it wasn't consecutive. (I went inside every 10 mins or so)

I don't want to get skin cancer or something. I was also tanning yesterday and it was exposed but it doesn't hurt like it does today.

I didn't think it through. I don't know what I was thinking. But it felt good at the time.

I put ice on it for a while. I hope it will go away soon. This is really embarrassing. I thought it would be good to expose my entire body to sunlight but now I'm thinking maybe that sensitive area was not meant to see sunlight. I had my legs spread open really wide too :(

Is half an hour really that bad? I obviously won't do it again but do I need to worry or go to the doc? Please tell me this is no big deal. I tend to worry a lot. Thanks for your help.
Hi!  I'm sure I can look this up online, but I trust this group more!

I think that I have my first ever yeast infection, which makes sense since I've been on antibiotics for a while.

I wouldn't say that I have a bad case, but I would like to get rid of it obviously.  I think I've had it for a while, but thought that it was something else.

Could you tell me what treatments you use, either topically or orally, natural or medication?  I know medications are sold (but are they safe with antiobiotics?) and have seen posts about vinegar, coconut oil, and putting garlic gloves into my vagina overnight.  What tried and true method works for you?  Do I buy the medication and buy something natural, or do natual methods usually work?  I want to get rid of it urgently (bad timing:  new job) but don't want to overdo it with putting products up there and on there and with taking meds.

If I do the garlic clove thing, do I take the skin off, getting the clove to the point where I would cut it up to put it into food?  With the vinegar, do I make sure some gets into my actual vagina, or is it more in the vulva?  Is there a preferred type of vinegar?  Do I put coconut oil (which I already have; I use it for everything) into my vagina?

Thank you! 
5:50 pm - 08/29/2017

Undiagnoses illness

Sometime in June I was diagnosed with Trich given medicine and it cleared all the symptoms except for lower abdominal cramping. Went back to the gyno and she decided to test for another infection all were negative except mycoplasma hominis which is a normal bacteria in the vagina. She gave me Azithromycin and Metro to take all at once. Symptoms subsides and came back weeks later after taking these acidophilous probiotics thinking that they will help my vagina health.

Then in July the cramping would go away and then go towards my lower back causing pain. I thought maybe it was a UTI. Was given Cipro and Macro. They did not work. I went back to the ER and was told I have an inflamed cervix. All urinary tests including STI tests negative. I was given Flagyl and doxy pills and also a shot. It was sort of clearing. I feel like I needed a larger dose or longer dose of flagyl.
What in the world is causing this! The ER Dr believe it to be a bacteria.
11:06 pm - 08/25/2017

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this is my first entry to this community I think. I have a question.

I am wondering if I can renew my BC prescription over the phone at planned parenthood, or if I must go in? I would rather not have to make a trip there because I do not drive and I don't want to have to ask my bf to lug me over there lol. Also don't want to see protesters outside (I have not seen any there before, but there could be some next time...)
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