May 26th, 2013

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Birth control question

Hello everyone. Have a quick birth control pill question!

I recently decided to go back on the pill. I've been off it for about 6 years now, and I can't for the life of me remember anything about how it works. I didn't realize this until after I left the drs office, or I would have asked.

Quick background: I get my period about every 35 days, for two days. Sometimes it shows up a few days earlier than that, but never under 30 days.

My pharmacist said because I'm due for my period next week, to just go ahead and wait for it so that it starts regular from the beginning, but with my cycle so long how does it work once I get towards the end of my pack?

So I take the regular pills, and then the "empty" ones at the end but am I continuing onto the next pack then at the end of the  "empty" ones regardless if I have my period or not? I assume I just continue onto the next pack?

I can't remember what I use to do. I don't think my period was this long last time I was on it, so I don't think it was a problem.

Sorry if this has been answered before, and thanks for any answers provided.

Itching after sex?

I had sex on Friday night, and the next day I started experiencing itching around the entrance of my vagina, even more so this morning. We did have sex for quite a long time, and being sick with a cold everything has been a bit dry - I was nowhere near as wet as I usually would be. I'm guessing it's just from a bit of chafing from the sex that's probably healing? I've experienced it before, after extended sessions. Has anyone else had this?

Thanks :)

Links Round Up: Week Ending 26 May 2013

Hi and welcome to our latest edition of the Links Round Up! Happy Memorial Day to any folks who will be observing it.

For folks who don't 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: access intimacy; bodily autonomy and popular culture; why it's okay to be fat; on the phrase "strong is the new skinny;" body positivity and disability; and a critique of Chrysalis Lingerie.

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