12:08 am - 06/26/2013

Switching pills

Hey! I'm switching pills from Yaz to Camrese Lo because of anxiety before my period. I have a few questions though:

1. The pharmacist I picked the new pill up from said I need to use backup protection for the full pill pack (which is 3 months!!) but the packet insert said backup is only necessary for 7 days. Any ideas on this?

2. The insert also said that 2-4 women of 100 get pregnant on Camrese Lo, compared to Yaz which is 1-2. Any idea why this would be? I know it's a lower dose pill but that significant of a change worries me.

And 3. Anyone ever taken this pill or LoSeasonique (the brand name)? Any pros/cons?

Thanks in advance for any help!
I'm posting this for my wife. I'm sorry about the length of this; it is a bit complex and, I think, fairly unusual.

We are both 64 years old. She told me a week or so ago that she thought she might have a UTI because she was feeling some irritation similar to what she has had before with those. Later, she told me that she was feeling something strange in her vulva and asked me to look at it.
What I was seeing LOOKED like something protruding through the surface (skin) of the vestibule (ie, between her inner labia), between her clitoris and urethral opening, well in front of her vaginal opening. It is much darker and purplish, very different from the skin of the vestibule. It was not a bulge under the skin, but looked as though the surface tissues had split open and something internal (bladder?) was poking through. It was about 3/8" in diameter and protruding about 1/4". Using her inner labia, I could push what was protruding back in and it would take a few seconds for it to return to protruding. It SEEMS like it is a hernia that is not only poking through the abdominal wall, but also through the surface of her vestibule. Doing research online, I found plenty of references to hernias which occur generally in that area, but seem to normally end up showing up within the outer labia and not being exposed as this apparently is. Yes, I do wish I had taken a picture! As some background, she has always had trouble with control/strength of her pelvic floor muscles, so they are likely fairly weak.
I encouraged her to get an appointment with her PCP doctor, which she did, but was seen by a new-ish doctor in the practice so that she wouldn't have to wait a few days to see her usual doctor. This doctor told her it looked as though she had a prolapsed uterus, which totally baffles me as I felt no evidence of this with my finger when I was checking it out initially. I also have had experience with someone who has had a prolapsed uterus and that was very clearly evident in the vagina or at the opening of the vagina. This protrusion was a good inch forward of the vaginal opening. This doctor sent her to get a transvaginal ultrasound, but the technician performing that was only 'looking' for problems with the uterus and likely did not even see the actual problem herself (because she didn't know about it because my wife didn't make sure the technician understood what her complaint was, relying on her doctor having given reasonable instructions). The ultrasound did not show anything remarkable 'little change from previous exam'. Back to the doctor who saw her in the first place who spoke of using a pessary to support the uterus and also, thankfully, set her up with a referral to a gynecologist whom she will see thursday.
To me, this seems as though it is a risky and scary thing to be happening; if it truly is a protrusion of some internal part of her abdominal cavity (and her bladder seems like it is about all it could be), it seems as though there is a significant risk of infection into the abdominal cavity. I have been totally unable to find anything described that is similar to this on the web, other than anal fissures and some of the pictures of those look very similar to this when they are coupled with a hernia at the same site. So I might call this a vestibular fissure with hernia.
Has anyone heard of or experienced anything like this before? Am I right that this (assuming I am interpreting what I am seeing correctly!) is potentially much more serious than a prolapsed uterus? I am hoping that the gynecologist she will be seeing can correctly identify what is happening and explain it to my wife and propose a correction for it (which, I am assuming, would require surgery to repair the hernia and close the fissure). Unfortunately, I can't be there with her as I am over 4 hours away from home; I will give her some specific things to point out the the gynecologist and questions to ask; any suggestions about what I might be missing here to help get this resolved?

Thanks for helping out a guy worried about his wife.

---Edited to add in a picture: picture below the cutCollapse ) I am noticing that the protrusion is bigger than it was a few days ago.

Thanks for the inputs so far!
I submitted an entry on Sunday about bleeding after rough sex. To give backstory, I had sex Saturday with my boyfriend twice during the day. A few hours later, I noticed a bloody discharge when I wiped. Since then, I've had what sea to be kind of a light period up until today and still going.

Rest of this may be TMI. I'm on HBC (previfem) and my "scheduled period" should have happened yesterday or today. The bleeding I'm experiencing isn't like my normal flow. Enough to need a tampon but not NEARLY as much as usual at all by any means. Consistency is lighter too... Some bright red, pink, brownish at once. More... watery than usual?

Last time I had sex was about 13 days ago (not counting this past Saturday) and we used a condom and my boyfriend never ejaculated. We stopped because neither of us were really feeling it. And before that was in April. I had a normal period in May and April.

I took a home pregnancy test last night that read negative but I'm still so worried and nervous. I've been googling way too much and convinced this is somehow implantation bleeding or something. I've had cramping last few days.

If anyone has any thoughts on this, please let me know. Thanks!!!!
Hey all! A long time since I last posted!

I went to my gynecologist (due for a pap smear and checkup) and also went to my GP (also due for a regular checkup and routine bloodwork) and after exams by two doctors, two pregnancy tests and a blood test, and a particularly gory period (ughhhhh) it's official: it's totally possible to develop a linea nigra for absolutely no reason. My gyn said that it's something that happens frequently when on certain birth control pills and that stacking them can cause a slight bump up in the hormones and therefore cause the darkening, especially if one spends a lot of time tanning in the tropical sun (hee hee). And my hormone levels came back completely normal too.

The more you know! Hope this is helpful to any other superstars who randomly develop a linea nigra and are not pregnant and also don't have symptoms of hormonal problems.  

My son was complete breech and I had a cesarean to deliver him one year ago.  Since then I get intermittent pain inside (I assume in my womb?) sometimes when I walk too much.  It feels like a tugging beneath my scar.

Has anyone else experienced this?

I'm not sure if it's connected or not but I have lost a lot of weight since he was born and I think the pain started once I was 10 lbs under my pre-pregnancy weight.

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