May 19th, 2013


Links Round Up: Week Ending 19 May 2013

Hi and welcome to our latest edition of the Links Round Up!

For those who may not know, the LRU is a compilation of items from the past week that may be of interest to VPers and is intended to broaden the kinds of conversations we have here.

To submit articles for next week's round-up, e-mail If you have additional articles you'd like folks to know about this week, feel free to comment directly to this post.

As a reminder, in lieu of trigger warnings, I use keywords describing the themes of the piece. Please skim these before deciding to read the excerpt or click through for the full article. Outside sources are not safe spaces, and mainstream source's comments should almost always be avoided. The links I highlight don't necessarily reflect VP's views, or even my own, for that matter.

This week's round-up includes: language and mental illness, sex education for children and adults, LinkedIn and sex work, substituting "sex" for "rape," and "kangaroo care" for premature babies.

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Thoughts on any of these stories? Also, what have you been reading (or writing!) this week?

Pain Urinating?

Hey VP'ers so I have a weird problem. Whenever I pee and I'm trying to finish I get this pain in my urinary tract. It's not like UTI pain, but rather a bruised/squeezed sort of pain if that makes sense. My pee isn't cloudy, there's no burning, nor smell. I can start peeing fine, but when I'm trying to finish this pain creeps up and I can still pee, but it's just slightly painful. I don't think I have a bruised clit or anything because it doesn't hurt when I masturbate. Does anyone have a clue as to what this might be? I've been drinking more pop (I normally drink tea/water) and am wondering if that is what is causing some of this pain? Does anyone have any natural remedies that might relieve some of this/make it go away? Thanks for your help!

Bleeding Through on Nuvaring??

Has anybody out there had issues with bleeding through on the Nuvaring??   I started using the Nuvaring last August after terminating a pregnancy - so I haven't had a normal period since last June.  My normal periods were heavy and a bit chunky at times but my periods since starting have been more like the discharge after the abortion (dark, dry, minimal) and only last about 2-3 days (usually starting 2-3 days after I take it out and stopping the minute I insert the new ring at the end of the week)....until now.  Last week I started spotting the day before I was supposed to take it out and now, 3 days after putting in the new one, I'm still bleeding.  It's nowhere near as heavy or painful as my old/normal period, but I've had cramps and the blood is "fresher" (red, less dried out) than it's been since I started using the ring.  Is my body still adjusting to the abortion/birth control drama of last summer?  Is something else going on?  Should I take the ring out and just let my period go until it is done and start over in a week? 

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Living with Eczema

This is not vagina-related, but it is self-image-related I wanted to get some sort of feedback from the non-judgemental, helpful masses here.

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I guess I don't know what I'm trying to say, here. I will ask, though: Does anyone here suffer from eczema or chronic dry skin? How do you deal with it? Am I alone in thinking the way I do about my skin?

vaginal odor help!

Ok so as long as I can remember I've had an odor down there I remember ever since elementary school I've had it. I went to the gyn a couple of times they said there is no infection I'm 17 years old now and a virgin. The odor down there literally smells like an underarm when I get sweaty or hot like the musty smell u smell when u forget to put on deodorant and I also have alot of discharge. What can I do about this? Will home remedies work like the garlic or apple cider vinegar remedy ??