12:25 am - 05/04/2010

Kinda Intimate Question

Ok, I'll be blunt... as I was going down on my bf... and licking around his private area, he asked me if I would kiss his anus.... I was a little scared to be honest... so I told him may be next time, I was licked there myself before, and it felt good, but I have never done it to anyone? is it ok for a girl to do that? Does anyone have experience? like how do you go about it?? What does it feel like?? sorry for all the questions but I do want to try it I think, just squemish a little.... thanks:)
 Hello! 

I have been lurking around for a bit and I have a few questions that I wasn't able to find straight answers to. I figured i'd condense them all into one post. 

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10:43 am - 05/04/2010

Periods

Do you count the first day of your period as the first day you have any bleeding, be it spotting or whatever..or do you count it from the first day you start fully bleeding?
I'm waiting to hear from my doctor or a nurse about this and it could apparently take up to three days... so I thought I'd post this here.

I have a mild case of PCOS and hypothyroidism. I am currently on Metformin. I just upped my dose to 1000mg this past Thursday (April 29th). I was on 500mg of Metformin for two months.
My situation is that on Friday or Saturday (cant remember) I had a cramp in the lower, middle part of my stomach. On Sunday I started feeling a lot of small sharp pains in my right ovary area and it was sore to the touch. I am under the impression that this could be ovulation pain. Since I have PCOS I do not ovulate on my own, I have felt myself ovulate one other time and that was last year when I took Clomid and Metformin to get pregnant. I ovulated on 50mg of Clomid with 500mg of Metformin, I conceived that first month but had a miscarriage.
It is now Tuesday afternoon (48 hours after I started feeling the ovulation pain) and I dont feel it as much now but I can now somewhat feel it on the left side.

How long is it "normal" to have ovulation pain? Especially when youre body isnt used to it? I'm still in that 48 hour window of it starting so maybe this is normal?
Is it possible to ovulate from both ovaries a day or two apart? I know that fertility drugs can cause you to ovulate from both sides and produce twins but is this possible with just taking Metformin? I have also questioned if I am dealing with hyperstimulated ovaries but from what I read that doesnt happen until a week after ovulation and you have a lot of other side effects with it like vomiting.

I am kind of concerned that my Metformin is causing this pain. Could this be possible? My second attempt at taking Metformin was in November 2009 and I had a LOT of pressure right away on both sides of my ovaries, I stopped taking the medicine and the pain went away. When I started taking the Metformin again (third time) two months ago, I had no side effects, no pressure or anything. Now that I have bumped up to 1000mg it is different this time. This current situation is different from the previous attempt because this time around it included the sharp little pains and it was only on my right side (which is the same side I ovulated from last year and conceived).

I also want to add that I get my period every 6-7 weeks so I am in the middle of my cycle, where I could be ovulating.
Thanks in advance.

Well it is. :D

Yesterday, during my visit to the Endocrinologist, he informed me that I might very likely have PCOS based on my symptoms (hirsutism, acne, irregular periods). We didn't get to heavy into talking about it because most of the time was spent trying to track down lab results that should've been sent to his office weeks ago, so I figured I'd hit up VP to learn more about it. I'd go to wikipedia but some of the things on there can be false.I'm still in the testing phase but all signs point to PCOS thus far.

So what do I have to look forward to with PCOS? Will this condition become worse with time or stay the same? 

He also prescribed me Ortho TriCyclen to help with the acne and hirsutism. My mother is strongly opposed to this believing that the birth control will build up in my system and cause me to have a blood clot or a stroke. I told her I was doing it anyways because I'd have to try. Plus she's not the one who has to shave every morning before school. But will it build up in my system over time or is that a myth? I know birth control itself is a risk to take but a small one and I don't smoke so I'm not elevating my chances.

Can I combat weight gain from the PCOS with exercise and proper eating? Or is that out of my control? He also mentioned testing me for blood sugar levels as PCOS can lead to insulin resistance, so should I stop eating sugary things? 

 

I've got dry, painful itchy vulva (and the very entrance of my vagina), red, but with no particular unusual smell or discharge. This has been going on for over a week, and I don't know what's going on.

I wear cotton underwear. I don't take oestrogen-containing birth control pills (I'm on a progestogen-only method, and I'm not having sex at the moment), I haven't changed my medications recently. I haven't taken any systemic antibiotics- I used a small amount of mupiprocin ointment on a mildly infected wound on my hip, but I can't imagine that would have major systemic effects. I don't have any relevant health conditions.

On my last STI screen my then-partner and I both tested negative, and I have no reason to believe he cheated on me or withheld information.

I have been really stressed about uni and work, which is the only thing I can think of that might be even remotely contributing.

Does anyone have any idea what might be going on?

Thanks!
3:22 pm - 05/04/2010

Early Period due to diet?

Hello.

I started a diet about 2-3 weeks ago and have lost six pounds so far. I've been excising a lot, cut my calories at least a third (range is in 1300-1650), and am drinking more water.

Everything I've read says that it's possible my period could stop due to the drastic change, but apparently the opposite has happened.

I'm on birth control and have been for two years with no problems. I have my period 3 times a year, every 4 months. My last period was 2 months ago, and now I am spotting a little.

I hate having my period, but I'm not sure if I should just stop my BC and have one right now, or keep taking it and hope that it goes away?
I made a gyno appointment for tomorrow. Unfortunately, my period came 2 weeks early because I took Plan B. My question is, can I go to the gyno to get birth control even though I'm on my period? I know you can't get a pap smear while your period is heavy, but mine has lessened to a moderate flow. Do you even need a pap smear to get an Rx for birth control? This is (obviously) my first gyno visit so I'm really not sure how this works...especially on your period.

And I would totally just reschedule but that would take months :\


thank you <3
I'm a bit of a hypochondriac. Okay, a lot of a hypochondriac. If I have anything like a really bad symptom my brain jumps to the worst possibilities. What's especially unfortunate is that I'm also very good at Google, PubMed, and researching what I could potentially have... so I get all sorts of ideas I don't need to, most of the time :-P

Today I had an irritable bowel syndrome attack, nothing too out of the ordinary for me. I had coffee in the morning so it wasn't exactly a surprise that I was running to the bathroom all afternoon. When I have IBS attacks I also tend to have urinary urgency and increased urinary frequency, as I did today. They've found that urinary dysfunction is present in up to 50% of women with IBS, since the bladder is made up of smooth muscle like the intestines. Anyway, I wouldn't have worried at all since that's a normal abnormality for me, except that when I went to go lay down after one bathroom session, I started absentmindely feeling/massaging my gut and back area. My abdomen felt fine. But on the left side of my back, under the last rib, it was really tender and a little painful when I pressed on it. When I compared the other side it was tender too, but not quite as much. I compared it to the rest of my back and to my abdomen, and nowhere else felt as uncomfortable. And of course, now that I've poked and prodded those two spots a lot to try and figure it out, they are a bit sore even when I'm not touching them.

But are they sore just because I was poking them? After all the whole reason I started prodding was because it felt tender and a little painful.

Info: sexually active, monogamous, on NuvaRing, 25yro female. I had one UTI 4 years ago.
Last week I felt really tired and had a bit of a sore throat and stuffy nose, no other symptoms.
This week I have been feeling perfectly normal, with the exception of the IBS today. I didn't start having increased urinary frequency/urgency until my IBS started acting up; it was normal up until that point. No pain on urination, just the heaviness of not being able to fully empty the bladder/having to go in stops and starts. Which again, happens during IBS attacks for me. I did have to hold it longer than usual earlier this morning, before the IBS flared.

So do I need to go 'OH MY GAWD SILENT KIDNEY INFECTION' (as if it were stones I'd be in agony right now) or do I just go 'Meh, one of those times I get tender spots?' I get them now and then in other areas, like near my collarbone, without ill effect. Could it be coincidence that this time the tender areas were by the kidneys, since they weren't actually aching or anything before I started palpating in that area?

Help a hypochondriac out -- give me an answer one way or the other. Should I be worrying about kidney involvement? Or should I not be worrying unless urinary frequency continues tomorrow after the IBS is over/I start having other urinary tract signs/I get serious signs like fever and lethargy? Like many people coming to VP on such issues I am a poor graduate student with shitty insurance, so I'd really like to avoid spending the money if it's likely I'm overreacting.

THANKS!
I've heard great things about grape seed oil.
Does anyone have any experience with using it for lube?
I'm just curious because I have hated every lube I've ever tried.. and rubbing oil on the area feels nice when you are recovering from a YI.
Can you use it for intercourse?
11:11 pm - 05/04/2010

overall ickies

So, the last couple days I've been feeling overall icky- Bad headache, dizziness and nausea. Normally I'd just say the nausea was part of the headache but I've never really been a headache gal. Also, my boyfriend and I have a great sex life but lately I've been a little lazy with taking my pill exactly on time.

How time sensitive would you say the Pill is? (I'm on Ocella, generic Yasmin if it makes a dif.) I've been late in taking it up to 4 hours lately. Except for last night when I forgot and took it this morning (6am, I'm normally supposed to take it at 10:30pm) but there was no sex last night.

Me being on the pill is our only BC method...we live together, are serious, and have discussed what we might do if by chance I do get preggers.

I might just be jumping to conclusions but I just found out an ex-co-worker of mine just got preggers, which seems young to me (we're the same age) I just tend to worry.
I've also just started a new job on Monday after being unemployed for 3 months, it could just be the change in schedule maybe?

But the headache is bad, the nausea seems to worsen and the worst of my dizziniess happened while I was driving home today (scary)

any ideas ladies? thank you

*EDIT: One more thing to note, I've been continuously taking the pill for 3 or 4 months now and skipping periods
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