@butterfly01 Since you’ve tried all the standard things without much luck, it’s probably time to see someone who specialises in vulval dermatology. Check out this site for some good information about vulval conditions that can cause itch or pain. You can see a list of vulvovaginal specialist clinics in Australia & NZ here. Hope you can find some…[Read more]
Hi @tea and @butterfly01 vaginal itch is really, really common! It can be triggered by many things you described-an increase in vaginal discharge, using panty liners, shaving, wearing synthetic underwear & tight clothing as well as washing or douching with perfumed or disinfecting soaps as well as vaginal hygiene products.
Believe it or not the…[Read more]
Hi @tea and @allliison, I’m sorry you regret the labioplasty too. Everyone woman has a different labia & no one is the same. When its comes to labia’s, there is no normal.
Labioplasty is an elective surgical procedure to cosmetically change the shape or reduce the size of the labia minora, that is, the inner lips of the vagina.
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Hi @arethamorce & thanks for sharing your experience. Medicinal cannabis (marijuana) is not widely available in NSW. There is only one cannabis medicine approved in Australia (for treatment in multiple sclerosis). Any other use is considered experimental & a doctor would have to apply to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to prescribe it…[Read more]
@butterfly01 it’s hard to predict how long the surgery or recovery following a general anaesthetic will be. A nurse will care for your whole body during this time. By letting your nurse know, she will know that this bleeding is normal & not a possible complication of surgery. @tea surgery is very different procedure to a pap smear (cervical screen…[Read more]
@tea, nipples are extremely sensitive to temperature & touch. Any stimulation can make them erect, including clothes. Nipple piercings increase the sensitivity. This is completely normal. @aphrodite9 is right in that no two nipples are the same. However any changes in the skin, painful swelling or nipple discharge should be checked by a doctor.
Thanks @ekoorb9 I’m happy to help. @butterfly01 having your period during surgery is really common! It’s totally ok to wear a pad on the day. It’s important to let your nurse know that you’ve got your period. Depending on what kind of surgery you have & even if you need a catheter, they’ll support you in deciding the right kind of protection.
HI @butterfly01 🙂 It sounds like you’ve been referred for colposcopy following some abnormal results on your cervical screening test (previously known as pap smear, but now called CST). Colposcopy is a special test a gynaecologist does to look at the cells on your cervix a bit more closely. Sometimes they may also take a small biopsy on the…[Read more]
Hi @aunt_flo, it’s a good question! There are no serious effects to taking the contraceptive pill twice in one day. What some people may experience is nausea (feeling sick), vomiting & irregular bleeding. There are no long term effects if it happens more than once. The days of the week are imprinted on the back of the pill sheet which may help in…[Read more]
@catdog this is a natural method of contraception & relies on taking your body temperature everyday upon waking. After ovulation your basal body temperature will rise by 0.2 to 0.5 degree’s celsius. Once the temperature has risen for 3 days on a row, then condomless sex is considered less a risk for pregnancy. It’s not 100% reliable & the failure…[Read more]
There are a lot of options in getting tested for STIs @catdog & @tea, however costs may vary depending where you go. With a Medicare card STI testing is for free if you visit a ‘bulk billing’ GP or Medical Centre or a Family Planning Clinic.
Without a medicare card (a national health card) it may cost approximately $250.
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Sure @tea. Period sex is a risk for infections transmitted by blood. These are HIV, Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C.
If you were born in Australia it’s very likely that you were vaccinated as a child for Hepatitis B. The good news is that this provides life long protection. If you were born overseas the vaccinations are available at your local GP & is…[Read more]
Vaginal itch is really, really common. There are 10,000 nerve endings in the vagina which make it sensitive. You’re right @aphrodite9 many things can cause an itch. Women always have a little bit of candida or yeast in the vagina, however it may overgrow when ‘healthy’ bacteria is damaged. Thrush is not an STI. @goldenrose it’s usually caused by…[Read more]
@aphrodite9 I wouldn’t worry about cloudy urine alone. The main thing is pain when you wee & feeling the need to go more frequently. UTIs are caused by bacteria that gets into the urethera (the hole where wee comes out — not the vagina). Sometimes sex will trigger it just because of the moving around of bodies & fluids & rubbing… all that…[Read more]
STI testing may seem complicated! @curiousss There are different tests for different infections & it depends on your gender, the sex your having & the gender of your partners as to what risks are involved. Both GPs & sexual health clinics use the same standard type of tests.
Urine tests & vaginal swabs are both accurate @tea @catdog @goldenrose.…[Read more]
No age @tea. If they both tested for HIV & STIs at the beginning of the relationship then this is mostly safe. The only time they may need to get tested again is if any partner experienced any new genital symptoms. As @stephaniaaaah says, infections like genital warts & herpes are not routinely tested for in a STI check.
@aunt_flo Interesting question! It’s hard to know where these myths start. I’d guess it’s people trying to make sense of something that they only partly understand. Sometimes health care providers can actually be the source of the problem when they don’t take the time to explain things properly.
You’re right that there are heaps of myths about…[Read more]
@tea A lot of contraceptives have the benefit of reducing or stopping periods. Not everyone responds the same though. A lot of people using Mirena IUD, contraceptive implant (Implanon rod in your arm), or getting the Depo injection will either stop getting periods or have only spotting. Check out my blogs on contraception here & here for more…[Read more]