May 13th, 2013

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So for the last couple weeks, I have been having one day U.T.I.s. the symptoms are common ones but it only lasts the day and then it's gone. Also, for the last week and a half, my lower back has been extremely sore. Not like period cramps, but like my bones/muscles are sore or something. What could this be?


MMMMonday: International Day Against Homophoboa & Transphobia

Sorry this is late, folks! My dog broke my Internet! (Okay, not really. But my Internet was not Interneting.)

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And I don't know what to do with that. I mean, yes -- I've contacted the legislators who've supported the bill, my own legislators, and any other legislators I think will listen. But I also fear that -- if these are the public words and official acts of people we've elected to help and safeguard -- this is just the tip of a very big iceberg.

How have you, or people you know, worked to confront anti-gay and anti-trans prejudices? What suggestions do you, or they, have for others looking to do so?

Hard, Painful Lump on Upper Labia Minora

Hi Everyone,

I tried to get in to see a doctor, but it seems like all of the gynecologists around here are booked for about a month out.  Anyway, this is the first time that this has ever happened to me, but I have a tender, hard lump on my labia minora.

I read about Bartholin's gland cysts and abscesses, but mine is definitely up higher/more forward than that (like, closer to my clitoris area as opposed to at my vaginal canal...not that it's anywhere near my clitoris - I'm just trying to explain where on my labia minora it is, if that makes sense) it's not really anywhere near the area of the Bartholin's glands.

Anyway, it just started as a hard bump that I noticed this morning while washing in the shower.  I noticed that the area felt tender, and it didn't take me long to find this when I started feeling around.  Since then, it seems to have gotten larger and more pronounced.  It might be just slightly smaller than the size of a pea right now, and it's tender to the touch and when I sit certain ways.

It seems like it's under the skin, because the skin doesn't seem abraded or abnormal...maybe just stretched out to accommodate the lump.

So...what is this, and what can I do?  Will it get a lot worse?

I guess just a little bit more background on me:  I'm 26 years old and I'm married, with no kids yet.  My husband and I are monogamous.

Oh, and I also think I have a yeast infection.  I have been getting progressively itchier for weeks now, and I think I've been smelling kind of bread-like for a few days now.  My discharge is thick and white today, so it seems like it's getting worse.  What can I use to get rid of it?  I'm mostly worried that if I use Monistat, it will somehow interfere with my Paragard (copper) IUD.

Thanks a bunch!

Probiotic vaginal suppositories for YI

Practical question:  Has anyone tried some of these, homemade or store-bought?

Also: I've heard some people say online that applying probiotics directly to the vagina isn't helpful.  Does anyone know why that would be, since if part of one's problem in a YI is that there isn't enough good bacteria, putting more right in the area wouldn't help?