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Postby mystic_aura » Sat Sep 08, 2012 4:18 pm UTC

Epilating makes me feel accomplished. The fact that there's a machine involved and a process to go through is fascinating ^_^. It's been about 3 years since I started I think [quite by accident], and I find it a lot easier to do my legs now then back then. I find that it grows back slower, and is definitely sparser.

Of course, an epilating playlist is mandatory >_>. Loud, blaring music down your hearing-holes.
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Postby sophyturtle » Sat Sep 08, 2012 4:41 pm UTC

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Postby suffer-cait » Sat Sep 08, 2012 7:05 pm UTC

do you have something you do instead sophie?
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Postby symple » Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:23 pm UTC

Complaint and seeking advice about yeastiebeastie / girly bits thrush
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Yeast infections / thrush. Hate it. Have it more frequently than I should, 2 times in the last 3 months. Might be 3 counting the possible possibility today. Sick of treatments involving jamming a pessary up in me or antibiotic pills that overrule my birth control pills for the day or cream that I have to jam up inside me for a week.

What are possible reasons for me to keep getting this? What are good habits I can use to avoid this in the future?

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Postby Cathy » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:31 pm UTC

Are you:
- using heavily hormonal medicine or BC?
- currently starting or ending a particular birth control?
- using body soap?
- douching?
- being rough on lady bits?

For 4 months after I got my IUD I had persistent yeast infections. I asked my OBGYN about it and she said that hormonal changes can trigger them, and so lots of women going through menopause get them. Also, people going on and off of the pill and other hormonal birth controls. Technically, the Mirena has low levels of hormones, but my system just happens to be sensitive to them.

Also, scented body soaps and lotions set me off. :(

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Postby Sungura » Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:27 pm UTC

Are you on any antibiotics?
Do you wash your hands well before using tampons/cups?
And maybe a silly one to ask, but do you wipe front-to-back or back-to-front when you use the toilet? You should wipe front-to-back.
I knew someone who swore that eating the yogurt with the active live cultures in it solved it for her.

Washing up well after sexytimes is important too.
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Postby Virtual_Aardvark » Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:34 pm UTC

Another one that I've heard is to avoid tight, synthetic underwear if possible. By this I don't mean only boxer shorts are acceptable, but wearing comfortable bikini or boyshort type panties is a good idea. Thongs are to be avoided.

Aside from that eat more yogurt I guess?
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Postby crowey » Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:51 pm UTC

Urg. Tried to get an IUD today, after months of not being able to get an appointment, failed.

Spoiler for talking about my bits :oops:
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The doctor couldn't get the dilator in to my cervix, she tried several times but it wouldn't go, so no IUD for me today. She said to call the local sexual health clinic and get an appointment since they do it more regularly (My doc is a GP with a side line in women's health, rather than a specialist) and have ways and means of making a cervix open up. I called them, but apparently she has to refer me. My doctors office is now closed until tomorrow.
It's really annoying, since I'm clearly not going to get an appointment for another month now, and even then it might not work out.
Meanwhile I still have the unpleasant feelings of having had someone rummaging around in my vagina and trying to fit a bit of metal through a small hole.

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Postby existential_elevator » Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:55 pm UTC

*hugs* I'm sorry :( You'll be in better hands next time, though.

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Postby crowey » Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:00 pm UTC

Thanks, and yeah, not that my doctor was bad or anything, my cervix was uncooperative and she doesn't have the anaesthetics and stuff that the clinic does. Or something.

Ah well...

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Postby symple » Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:48 am UTC

Thanks for the advice guys! After the first bout of ladypart cheese-making 2 months ago I was all "Oh me yarm better use EXTRA SOAP in the shower all the time!!" so I suppose the next couple of times isn't THAT surprising ><" I'm guessing starting up on sex again was adding something too. Need moar hygiene. But not more soap. Soap bad.

Just have to keep an eye on it I guess. If I get fourth time, I go see a doctor. I know I said that after the 2nd time, if it ever happened again, but one trip to the pharmacy and it's back under control, so not that much motivation yet.

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Postby Sungura » Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:08 pm UTC

If sex is a new factor, depending as to how well you wash, you may just be sensitive to your partner's body-chemistry too? Wouldn't be the first time that's happened. Even if you like to snuggle afterwards and such, maybe it's worth trying to rinse it all off well pretty quickly after and /then/ snuggle. Like I said, those showers that "detatch" and turn into hand-held shower heads are awesome for washing off quickly and well. They are like $15 too for the cheapest versions if you dont have one they are easy to install. Make sure your partner has good hygeine too, washing appendages well that are going in you before hand (they can & should use soap for that since it's not going internal, I assume they rinse well!) if they have poor hygeine or if you are really sensitive that could be a major contributor as well it might be worth asking them to wash up before sexytimes. Could always do it together and make it part of foreplay too.

Oh and something i forgot to mention - make sure you dry off after washing very well too! Moisture hanging out down there is a lovely breeding ground. If you sweat and your undies get damp, change the undies. Buy more or do laundry more often if you have to, or a trick I use since I"m really active and sweat a lot is use the cheap dayliners then those just soak up the moisture and I change it instead. Less envrionment friendly but more convienent during all-day-long workshops and such.
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Postby semicharmed » Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:01 pm UTC

I think I chafed the hell out of my vag Thursday. Went bike riding with a friend, which means I rode to her place (~15 miles), then we rode the loop in the park by her (~10 miles), and then disassembled the bike to throw it in the back of her car. Very end of shark week, so I had my cup in, which I think was a mistake. No weird smells, no unusual discharge but OH GOD am I itchy. I just want to sit in a cool tub or shove some ice cubes into my crotch.

Also, does anyone else routinely go for bike rides? And have a relatively flat butt? I seem completely unable to find a bike seat that's comfortable for rides longer than 5 or so miles. My bike is a hybrid women's-model Jamis, needs a seat hooks onto the rails, so the huge cruiser seats are out.

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Postby crowey » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:19 pm UTC

Funny you should mention it, I have the exact same problem and was pondering it this afternoon as my arse got increasingly uncomfortable... Big cruiser seats are bad in a different way, I have one on one of my bikes, I only do shorter rides (~10 miles or less) and it digs in to the back of my thighs (like, on the crease where buttock meets leg) and pinches a nerve or something so I have to stop and stretch every 5 miles or so. The more streamlined seat on my road bike doesn't do that, but I can feel my arse bones on the saddle and it crushes my lady bits :cry: .

this article has some tips on choosing a saddle. I'm thinking of getting something like this, I'm planning on doing a triathlon next year, so need to get my bikes more comfortable soon!

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Postby Cathy » Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:11 am UTC

Seriously, I feel like ever since I grew hips I can't ride a bike for more than 10 minute without my ass/hips/ladybits taking a beating. What's up with that?

Edit: 'scuse my cursing.

Also, what I said about hormone changes can be in response to lots of sexytimes all of a sudden, 'cause your body say "Oh, sex! I'd better ramp up the hormones for the baby making!"

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Postby suffer-cait » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:23 am UTC

this. so much this. I even bought this crazy cushy gel, 2-inch thick seat pad when I was 12 and still death. it's half the reason i no longer bike.
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Postby semicharmed » Sun Sep 16, 2012 11:31 am UTC

Yeah, the chafing is new - although definitely so much better today than yesterday - buuuut sore ass? Basically a constant. And on rides like the one I took the other day, I'm pretty sure I end up with bruised where my assbones hit seat. Should really find a hand mirror and check, since there is no way I am getting my eyes down to where I could actually see them.

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Postby podbaydoor » Sun Sep 16, 2012 3:43 pm UTC

Re: bacteria problems with ladybits, is there a way I can get the benefits of yogurt without eating yogurt? It sets off the lactose sensitivity thing.

Re: biking and chafing, I need to get a gel seat. I'm supposed to ride 15 miles in October (while in costume) and this has me worried. The last time I rode my bike it was for 30 miles and, as suffer-cait puts it, death.
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Postby apricity » Sun Sep 16, 2012 5:48 pm UTC

I have this seat, which has been working out pretty well for me. I like that it has the rubber bumper rather than springs, so shock is absorbed but there's no bouncing. And the "pillow top" is actually pretty firm, but still quite comfortable and cushioned. I got mine at Target, so they definitely have it in physical stores to check out.
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Postby PictureSarah » Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:12 pm UTC

podbaydoor wrote:Re: bacteria problems with ladybits, is there a way I can get the benefits of yogurt without eating yogurt? It sets off the lactose sensitivity thing.


I know they definitely make vegan kefir, which contains many of the helpful bacteria and probiotics that yogurt has. I have seen it in various natural food stores. I don't know how it tastes, though.
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Postby suffer-cait » Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:11 pm UTC

podbaydoor wrote:Re: bacteria problems with ladybits, is there a way I can get the benefits of yogurt without eating yogurt? It sets off the lactose sensitivity thing.
I thought the process of making it into yogurt removed the lactose. cause I can eat yogurt like crazy without any problems, but fuck i should not have had that mac and cheese last night.
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Postby semicharmed » Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:28 pm UTC

podbaydoor wrote:Re: bacteria problems with ladybits, is there a way I can get the benefits of yogurt without eating yogurt? It sets off the lactose sensitivity thing.


They also make caplets of acidophilus, and more fancy 'probiotic' capsules - as a kid, I was prone to armpit yeast infections in my armpits after antibiotics - and everytime I had strep, my mom would start giving me applesauce + acidophilus caplets, until I was old enough to swallow pills.

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Postby Chandani » Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:25 pm UTC

I have an off-topic question...
So I'm moving into my dorm pretty soon, and they have communal bathrooms. The showers are on one side of the bathroom, with the toilets on the other. The showers are just shower stalls, but there is a hook to put stuff nearby. I don't remember where the benches are in the scenario. I think there might be a bench outside the shower stall, but I'm not sure.

Anyway, so Shark Week started, and it's going to be happening during my first week at school (wonderful). Do you guys have any tips for handling period hygenie in communal bathrooms like this? I wear pads, so I'm thinking of putting the pad on beforehand in the new underwear before taking a shower.

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Postby podbaydoor » Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:55 pm UTC

suffer-cait wrote:
podbaydoor wrote:Re: bacteria problems with ladybits, is there a way I can get the benefits of yogurt without eating yogurt? It sets off the lactose sensitivity thing.
I thought the process of making it into yogurt removed the lactose. cause I can eat yogurt like crazy without any problems, but fuck i should not have had that mac and cheese last night.

That's funny, 'cos I can eat cheese as much as I please, but even just half a container of yogurt sends me into the bathroom. I should probably go to the doctor and get this whole thing actually diagnosed or something.

@semicharmed, thanks for the tip. So far I've just been sucking down vast quantities of water and chamomile tea for this episode of UTI Mk. 4: Electric Boogaloo: The Embiggening but I want it to end faster, dammit.
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Postby natraj » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:15 pm UTC

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podbaydoor wrote:Re: bacteria problems with ladybits, is there a way I can get the benefits of yogurt without eating yogurt? It sets off the lactose sensitivity thing.


I know they definitely make vegan kefir, which contains many of the helpful bacteria and probiotics that yogurt has. I have seen it in various natural food stores. I don't know how it tastes, though.


the brand So Delicious makes coconut-milk based kefir (and yogurt too!) that is exceptionally delicious. they also make soy yogurts that i cannot vouch for because i don't like soymilk/soy yogurt so i haven't tried them, but if you are not averse to soymlik they might also be good. at any rate their coconutmilk-based products are by far the best-tasting yogurtsubstitutes that i have found.
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Postby podbaydoor » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:35 pm UTC

Just checked out the So Delicious website and it looks like dairy-free heaven. Thanks for the tip.
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Postby Kithplana » Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:24 am UTC

Chandani wrote:Anyway, so Shark Week started, and it's going to be happening during my first week at school (wonderful). Do you guys have any tips for handling period hygenie in communal bathrooms like this? I wear pads, so I'm thinking of putting the pad on beforehand in the new underwear before taking a shower.

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Postby KestrelLowing » Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:20 am UTC

Chandani wrote:I have an off-topic question...
So I'm moving into my dorm pretty soon, and they have communal bathrooms. The showers are on one side of the bathroom, with the toilets on the other. The showers are just shower stalls, but there is a hook to put stuff nearby. I don't remember where the benches are in the scenario. I think there might be a bench outside the shower stall, but I'm not sure.

Anyway, so Shark Week started, and it's going to be happening during my first week at school (wonderful). Do you guys have any tips for handling period hygenie in communal bathrooms like this? I wear pads, so I'm thinking of putting the pad on beforehand in the new underwear before taking a shower.


That's pretty much what I did before I got my diva cup. I would just put the new pad on in the toilet right before my shower, arrange clothing strategically, (most of the time I wore only a robe to the bathroom that had pockets, so I'd put the undies in one of the pockets) and then shower.

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Postby Sungura » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:47 pm UTC

Off topic from current but I have been sick and tired of being typecast into male bodies for vertical caving so I created this illustration. I thought it might help someone here because I tried to explain curvy bodies and how you can't categorize people and make assumptions. Most caving gear, especially everything for rope work (climbing and decending rope) was invented by men for men. I'm really struggling with getting a system working for me, getting there, but I can't climb over 500ft so far (still ideas to try though). If anything, maybe it is interesting to think about body mechanics and apply to whatever physical activities you enjoy doing or maybe it will help explain something new. Spoilered for huge illustration

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Postby MadParrot » Wed Sep 26, 2012 4:34 am UTC

Just got a copper IUD put in...

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Postby Hofstadter'sLaw » Sat Sep 29, 2012 5:46 pm UTC

When I had to start birth control pills a few months ago because of period issues, I told my gyno that I wanted a generic brand because I have to pay full price for whatever I get and don’t have a job so money is tight. So she gave me two packs of samples of one brand, which turned out to be $75 when I went to get it at the pharmacy. I told her I needed a cheaper generic brand, so she gave me another sample of a brand that turned out to be $50 when I went to get it filled. I asked for a cheaper generic brand again, and the third brand she prescribed was $25 (only because I had a coupon--otherwise it would have been $75). The pharmacist told me the generic would be $9, but she couldn’t give it to me because the doctor had made a note not to give me generics on the prescription paper.

It’s getting really frustrating that my gyno seems to be totally ignoring what I say about my money situation. Any suggestions on what to do? Would a normal doctor be able to prescribe a generic brand if I told them about the problem I was having with my gyno?

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Postby ShortChelsea » Sat Sep 29, 2012 6:24 pm UTC

I'm pretty sure that a normal doctor would be able to. My former pediatrician prescribed my pills.

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Postby LaSargenta » Sat Sep 29, 2012 6:46 pm UTC

Is it possible that you gyn has a reason for not prescribing the $9 bc pills that include something medical? Not all birth control pills are the same, nor react the same with everyone. Some people fare better (hormone-wise) with one formulation over another.

HOWEVER, from your description, it seems like you're not getting heard. Also, I have gathered that if you are switching brands or formulations in trying to find the best fit (whether physical or for the cost), the hormone dose might not be the same and care has to be taken in how the switch between is done so you ARE actually covered w.r.t. birth control during that time. Personally, I recommend another gyn. Is there a Planned Parenthood clinic or similar within reach? They know their stuff and can help you with this.

Note, I am not a doc nor other medical person. I have also never used The Pill for my b.c., so this is all second-hand and courtesy of PP's website and similar knowledge bases.

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Postby Virtual_Aardvark » Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:39 pm UTC

If you are near a planned parenthood there's also a reasonable chance they'll give you b.c. for free.
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Postby LaSargenta » Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:48 pm UTC

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Do you know any female engineers? If so, what type of work do they do? I've come to the realization that of the female engineers I know, all of them are either project managers or something similar. I also know one who's also in technical sales (basically, she has to actually know what the product does as she's selling it to engineers).

All the female engineers at my current internship are product managers, as were the ones in the two internships I had before this. Also, when going to a few 'women in engineering' events in high school, all the female engineers that were there were also product managers.

I got put in another product management role this internship. I'm terrified because I suck at it. I know the only way to get better at things is to practice, but I'm just really, really bad at it and it's the type of thing I really shouldn't be doing because I'm so bad at it. I'm starting to think I get pushed that way simply because people think I 'should' be good at it - people skills and everything.

More than a day late and dollar short here, but just checking in as another female engineer. Geotech. Explosives. Tunnelling. Waterproofing said tunnels. From the replies about software and your use of "product managers", I'm not sure I'm what you're looking for there though. I know quite a few structural engineers who are female. Other Geotechs. Our senior geologist (at my company) is female -- we let her be an honorary engineer. 8-)

No female partners yet, though. And only 2 senior associates.

In my world, being a project manager is a step up. While there are many, many reasons to enjoy being a field engineer, I've had a back injury and climbing down and up as much as 60 feet of scaffolding ladder, or riding in one of those shaft elevators (which aren't as concerned with jarring the spine as passenger elevators are) into a damp or wet hole in the ground, wearing PPE that only gets heavier the longer the day is, has gotten old. Sometimes I ache. Sitting in front of a computer for too long also causes me to ache, but as a manager I have more flexibility with what I can do with my body. I never was an analyst -- that's for PhD's at my company -- so, I paid my dues in the field. I still want to be out there for milestones, though, to ensure that stages are ended and begun properly, and random visits to make sure all is going smoothly. Also, having spent as much time in the field as I have helps with planning a project and anticipating likely problems.

Now, there might be other reasons that you are being pushed into management. Have you asked your supervisor(s) why they suggest/voluneteer/promote you for these jobs? Maybe they see you having something you don't see in yourself. Or maybe they just are making assumptions about female=people skills. That would be very short-sighted of them if that is the correct answer.

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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Postby GodspeedYouAli » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:25 pm UTC

So is the thread title a pun?


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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Postby LaSargenta » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:54 pm UTC

GodspeedYouAli wrote:So is the thread title a pun?


/content


You have to ask?!

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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Postby GodspeedYouAli » Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:54 am UTC

I'll let myself out :P
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Postby Cathy » Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:26 pm UTC

Sungura wrote:Off topic from current but I have been sick and tired of being typecast into male bodies for vertical caving so I created this illustration. I thought it might help someone here because I tried to explain curvy bodies and how you can't categorize people and make assumptions. Most caving gear, especially everything for rope work (climbing and decending rope) was invented by men for men. I'm really struggling with getting a system working for me, getting there, but I can't climb over 500ft so far (still ideas to try though). If anything, maybe it is interesting to think about body mechanics and apply to whatever physical activities you enjoy doing or maybe it will help explain something new. Spoilered for huge illustration

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This is *so cool.*
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