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A resource of possible use and interest: the Museum of Menstruation.

(Crossposted to little_details.)

The Museum of Menstruation--a grand rambling cross-referential time suck covering cultural, historical, medical, and commercial aspects of the topic, and aspiring to be the Junior Woodchucks' Guide on the subject--is a monument to the geekish obsessive special interest of one Harry Findlay.

My prior attempts to post this have been spamspanked, so relevant links are going into the comment section.

Gynefix or paraguard?

i was planning to get the iud then i found out about the gynefix and now i cant decide which one to get?! Which one is better any ideas?
When i asked my gp about gynefix they said they've only fitted 1 or 2 gynefix so far so they wont do it unless maybe if im firm on in and really beg them . They told me family planning clinic offers it but when i went there the other day they said they dont? And also apparently it has a higher chance of perforation and its for people with a smaller uterus? :/
So now im really confused which would be better for me? Im petite and had my 2nd baby who's 8months still breastfeeding. I want a non hormonal iud which suits me but I've never got one fitted before so have no idea. Both places are not familiar with the gynefix amd pushing for the t shaped coil but my question is which is actually better or would be better for me? And is it a good idea to get my gp to insert it considering they've only done it like twice? Im in the uk btw.

Ortho Tricyclen Lo pregnancy risk?

Hello all,

After having been on Nuvaring for a couple of years I'm tired of the side effects, so I'm switching back to the pill. Before Nuvaring I was on Ortho Tricyclen, but this time they've given me Tricyclen Lo.

My boyfriend and I have been relying on the Nuvaring alone (i.e., no condoms or pull-out). But I have one friend, and I think a second mutual friend, who got pregnant on Tricyclen Lo. This is anecdotal, I know, but it's enough to give me pause.

Neither my boyfriend nor I are eager to start having to use condoms, but we're not thrilled with the idea of an oops either. If it makes any difference, I've always been good about taking my pills on time. Anyway, is there a greater risk with this particular pill?

Thanks for any help!

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Hello,

I am 53 years old and just recently had my annual OBGYN exam where the doctor refused to refill my BC prescription based on how high my BP was. The plan is to stop the pill and insert a Mirena IUD on January 31.

Has anyone else been in this situation? was wondering if anyone had an idea how soon after stopping the estrogen from the pill would my BP lower/normalize to what it really will be so I can have a truer reading and start the right BP med dose?
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vaginal itching after oral sex?

Hi Superstars!

So anytime after my husband performs oral sex on me, the inside of my labia and vagina start to itch very badly. The itching goes on for two or three days, then goes away. Could it be some sort of bacterial reaction? Or maybe a yeast infection (I've never had a yeast infection that I know of, so I don't have a good frame of reference)?

Thank you for your input!

Lost tampons

So I am already working up to making an gyno appointment but I have been told I am crazy so many times that I am trying to find some commiseration first :

Has anyone else had issues with honestly, truly, losing tampons to the black hole that is their cervix?

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found lump near nipple but no insurance?

hi everyone

i recently found a lump- not sure what it is. it started as a swollen painful flat red spot right near my nipple. its dime sized. when i press on the redness i can feel like a hard swollen spot almost cyst like underneath? the thing is i got laser hair removal around my nipple recently. i cant see any ingrown hairs - to me it doesnt look like a typical ingrown hair. my insurance deductable rain out til january and i’m very scared right now

Breakthrough bleeding

Hi there,
I've been on Levlen for a year or so. I skipped my placebo pills for the first time last month and it was fine for the first few weeks. I'm now on the last week of active pills on this second pill pack and I've had what feels like period cramping and some brown, slightly bloody discharge for the last week or so. Is this a typical reaction? I was prepared for breakthrough bleeding but thought it would happen in the week I was supposed to take the placebo pills, not 3 weeks after! I also have IBS so I'm sometimes unsure if abdominal cramping is due to that.. First time I've ever been hanging out for a period to see if that kicks away these cramps!

Thanks for sharing your experiences :)