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Postby NovaNatalia » Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:28 pm UTC

Oh wow, thank you muchly!
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No problem. I'm not super attached to Old Navy, either, it just happened to be easy to put together an outfit from there. Shoes/belt/scarf etc. are totally whatever you'd prefer, too. Accessories like belts, scarves and jewelry can be an easy way to add a pop of color to an otherwise pretty neutral outfit (like black and denim) and also dress something up that is otherwise super casual.
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Postby blue_eyedspacemonkey » Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:53 pm UTC

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Postby Sungura » Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:56 pm UTC

So...kinda long post, thought it might help anyone else thinking about fixing their damn uteruses once in for all (if you hate it like I hated mine).
Not really spoilered for anything in particular, just details and long. Happy to entertain questions if people have them.
Spoiler:
So if you know any of my history I've ranted about many times in the past in this thread, I started menstrating kinda early in life and had problems since early teen years, got better after Shro went with me to my first gyno visit in my early 20's and I got the mirena, but the mirena stopped working after about 2 years, and a new mirena did not fix it. Half dozen gynos later and finally found a good one.

He listened to my history, and my troubles, and how it really kills a good 25% of my life plus inhibits another 60% or so, I only had a few days a month when I wasn't bleeding and in pain. We went over everything I'd tried, which was pretty much everything, which did nothing at normal doses except maybe make me ill, and at high doses maybe helped a little, but I was so sick from the medicine I was in bed anyway.

There is a lot these days going for things like NovaSure, a way to cauterize the entire endometrium so it never grows back again, it's an outpatient procedure and less invasive than a hysterectomy. But with a family history of uterine cancer - which my symptoms are bad and often mean I will get it later in life - and cauterization methods often increase risk of uterine cancer, this was obviously not a good way to go. In addition, he figured out I was cycling DAILY. which is why blood tests and stuff didn't show hormones out of whack. I just had massive proliferation of my endometrium and was continually building/bleeding. This is why nothing was stopping it, yet there were no signs of any abnormalities and all the tests were showing normal. Ah-ha!

So with the "cause" figured out - in quotes because even doc admited medical science doesn't know shit about how to deal with that sort of thing, and with all the med options not working, I was SOL - he suggested the best option be a hysterectomy. YAY! because that is what I was wanting for years anyway. It never felt like a part of my body, ever, just some evil implant that would not let up.

Two weeks ago I had DaVinci surgery - robotic assisted hysto. Still have ovaries for the hormones so I don't shock into menopause. So far no side effects, although I'm not cleared for sexytimes for a few more weeks (and I suspect it will be fine once I can again I don't feel any lack of sensation) and I am really bad at doing nothing during my recovery. I didn't even have external stitches just wound glue that comes off on its own. I'm sure as the weeks go on the muscle soreness will go away, really it just feels like achy muscles more than anything, and lack of core because using core muscles hurts. But that's about it. And I haven't gained any weight yet, actually have lost a couple pounds. So I think the "gain weight after" is more typical for older & less active people.

Anyway. Two weeks post-op and I am pissed as heck about now feeling better but still being on restricted activity and it's SPRING and nice outside and the world is going by so that is hard to deal with. But if I do too much i risk a hernia still.

So anyway. Yeah. If you hate your uterus and it's causing you nothing but trouble I definitely recommend the DaVinci robotic surgery and get the little fucker out.
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Postby Ashlah » Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:32 pm UTC

Is it weird to congratulate you on a hysterectomy? Because I'm going to: Congratulations! I don't post all that much, but I have followed your frustrating tales, and I'm so glad you've finally gotten what you wanted, that it was a relatively minor surgery, and that you're finally feeling better. It must feel like a whole new life! Very happy for you.

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Postby Sungura » Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:03 am UTC

Not weird at all :-) :D
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Postby addams » Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:38 am UTC

I'll add my congratulations, too.

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Postby ameretrifle » Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:45 am UTC

Me too, after how much trouble it was giving you I'm glad you were able to pull the trigger and make that happen. Congratulations, hope the future is brighter, should at least be considerably less red :)

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Postby Enuja » Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:01 pm UTC

I am so extremely happy that you finally got your uterus out! And also very happy that you finally found a doctor willing to really listen to you, take your problems seriously, and suggest a hysterectomy.

After my mother had her hysterectomy, I stayed at her place to help her out. And the surgery really knocked her back fer serious. I'm so glad to hear that you're recovering well. Sad to hear that you're going a bit stir crazy, but a future of having a body that lets you do things, instead of drags you down all the time, sounds fantastic! Yeah to actually getting the medical intervention you need!

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Postby Sungura » Sun Mar 29, 2015 3:23 am UTC

thank you everyone =)

yesterday I had my first "normalish" day, i say that becuase usually I do more, but I got up, went to work for a half day, came home, played with puppy, did some training, then went out to dinner, so it was a full day. And then today I was out and about all day too. Now I feel sore again though, so pain meds and resting tomorrow it is. I think it's the whole "starting to be better but pushing it too fast" thing. I'll get the hang of the right balance.

One of the questions I have for my gyno in two weeks at my 4 wk postop checkup is to recommend me a general practitioner. My gyno has no bedside manner, is mater of fact, straightforward, intelligent, able to troubleshoot problems. I can handle no bedside manner.

Oh also awesome, so when he sent me home with info on various options including a dvd of the davinici robot surgery, he asked later if I'd looked it all over and watched the videos. I said yea, and the dvd was crap because it was a bunch of old ladies saying how nice it was to sit and have tea (basically). He said yeah...it is. I said it's okay, I looked it up on youtube and found real videos. He actually got a bit animated for a bit, yeah youtube is awesome and collegues will post videos of their techniques and so it's turned into a really neat exchange of ideas tool, at least for this. He gets neat tips and tricks. So what do you know, internet is more than cats and porn :P I think that's pretty awesome.
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Postby Aaeriele » Sun Mar 29, 2015 6:04 pm UTC

Sungura wrote:So what do you know, internet is more than cats and porn :P I think that's pretty awesome.


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Postby rath358 » Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:19 pm UTC

random question: Is nail polish remover supposed to take forever to work? I can't tell whether the difference between generic remover and my roommate's 98% acetone is waaay greater than I thought, or this top coat is making things way harder

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Postby poxic » Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:27 pm UTC

I don't recall remover taking more than a few seconds to start working. If the acetone is diluted way down, that could be the problem. (If sniffing it doesn't melt a few nose hairs, it might be watered down.)

It's possible that topcoats have evolved into mighty acetone resisters in the last decade or so since I've used nail polish, and they do put up a bit of a fight. Maybe swipe a swabful of your roomie's remover to see if you need a new bottle?
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Postby rath358 » Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:33 pm UTC

Not at my apartment. But I was just using his lab acetone. Living with a mad scientist has benefits.

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Postby Fractal_Tangent » Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:36 pm UTC

I find that topcoats make it take ages for my nail polish remover to work. I think I'm using something with acetone but I've had my nail polish on now for upwards of a week, I clipped my nails so I didn't have to take it off and I'm in the wrong house entirely to find it. (It's so chipped and now it has paint on it, which actually looks pretty cool. There must be a youtube video for random paint splattery looking nails that doesn't involve me actually having to paint anywhere)
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Postby paulisa » Sun Apr 05, 2015 7:57 am UTC

I haven't used proper nail polish remover in years, and I seldom wear nail polish and never with a top coat, so take this with a grain of salt. When I use lab acetone to remove nail polish, I wipe a bit of it over every nail and let it sit for a second or two before I mechanically remove the polish with an acetone-soaked swab. As far as I remember, it usually wipes off alright.
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Postby Killerofsheep » Sun Apr 05, 2015 3:36 pm UTC

I'm not a woman, but I feel like due to gender-roles etc., people in this thread would be more knowledgeable than in the man thread. I need advice on removing leg hair, at the moment I'm using my face razor, which is kinda slow and slightly painful (keep cutting myself), and was wanting to try waxing or epilating. However I don't want to buy some cheap wax that kills my leg, and I'm unsure if buying an epilator is worth it. If you have wax brand suggestions, I'd appreciate if they were available in Australia. Thanks!

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Postby Sungura » Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:39 pm UTC

I can't find the men thread it might be current wordfilters hiding it :P Feel free to share this there...

1) shaving legs def needs shaving cream or at least sudsy soap. Sharp razor works best. I actually use a basic men's gillette razor because the ones with the empty "back" of the blades makes washing it out best (and you do need to rinse out the hairs to keep it working best!)

2) for more permanent - Sugaring. Moom is a common over counter version. It's like waxing but better.

*in anything you do - moisture moisture moisture! dry legs crack really easily and cut easier I find! culturally I don't think it's common for men to lotion. Get some. Keep them moisturized and shaving will be easier (don't lotion right before shaving though)*
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Postby Quercus » Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:53 pm UTC

Sungura wrote:we can't find the men thread it might be current thingth that change words to other words hiding it :P Feel free to share thith there...


Done. This is good advice, particularly re. lotion. I think part of the reason men don't often do that (apart from the usual gender role BS) is because applying lotion on top of significant body hair just feels icky.

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Postby rath358 » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:08 pm UTC

Actually, while on this topic, do any of you try to trim really long hairs before shaving? If so, with what?
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Postby suffer-cait » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:17 pm UTC

electric buzzer is best for that, though then you might choose to get one that does against the skin too. for my privates i sometimes just use scissors, but it's easier in such dense locations.
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Postby Quercus » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:25 pm UTC

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rath358 wrote:Actually, while on thith topic, do any of you try to trim really long hairs before shaving? If so, with what?
Shaving thuper hairy legs tends to burn through our razors


Continuing the spirit of mutually-useful-gender-thread-cross-pollination here is what I do:

On the rare occasion that I shave body hair (normally the time between "this feels nice" and "this is way too much effort" is pretty short) I tend to use my beard trimmer first. I have used a couple of trimmers specifically designed for body hair, but they have been terrible compared to any of my hair/beard trimmers. Apart from delicate and fiddly areas I can recommend this trimmer. It's quick, effective, cordless and the battery lasts forever. Standing in the bathtub makes for easier clean-up.

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Postby SecondTalon » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:41 pm UTC

I have one of those, and I had a Wahl before it.

While I'll admit the Conair one doesn't look like a basket of Lego bricks threw up on it.... I honestly preferred how the Wahl cut. Seemed to cut more smoothly and went faster. The Conair I can't go over a certain speed, the Wahl could do about anything.

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I should probably just buy a new one already.
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Postby Quercus » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:48 pm UTC

The Wahl corded trimmers are indeed bombproof and work really well, tbh it was cordless that was the main draw for me with the Conair one (which weirdly is marketed as Babyliss in the UK, but appears to be precisely the same trimmer), I was willing to take a small drop in cutting performance for that.

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Postby SecondTalon » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:54 pm UTC

Huh, I didn't note the corded status. My mistake there. (Granted, that's what extension cables were for....... is it weird that I have a Bathroom Extension Cable for such things?)
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Postby Sungura » Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:53 am UTC

I don't think it sounds wierd to have a bathroom extension cord. We do. I cut my SO's headhair and it is easiest in shower for cleanup.

Longer hair (like 1-2cm) works best for sugaring (and waxing) so if you do want to go that route, know you need length for that. But I see the point about lotion on hairy legs being weird. Solution? Sounds silly maybe but use some good conditioner it will give some moisture to skin too not just hair! I tend to condition my body in winter months after soaping it down when I'm lazy and don't want to mess with lotion. Works almost as well.
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Postby Quercus » Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:04 am UTC

Re. conditioner tip - FTFW, you are full of great advice today Sungura, thanks :)

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Postby studyinserendipity » Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:37 am UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Huh, we didn't note the corded status. our mistake there. (Granted, that's what extension cables were for....... is it weird that we have a Bathroom Extension Cable for such thingth?)
We have a bathroom extension cord too, although that's primarily because there are no outlets in the bathroom. Anything needing a cord has to be plugged in at the kitchen.
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Postby suffer-cait » Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:55 am UTC

i feel like bathroom extension chords could make entertainment while taking a bubble bath a thing, and that's handy.
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Postby doogly » Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:57 am UTC

what could be more entertaining than bubbles?
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Postby Quercus » Tue Apr 07, 2015 12:43 pm UTC

doogly wrote:what could be more entertaining than bubbles?


How about bubbles, Brahms, a book and Bowmore single malt. You should try it sometime, it's bloody brilliant :D

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Postby Moo » Tue Apr 07, 2015 12:44 pm UTC

doogly wrote:what could be more entertaining than bubbles the possibility of electrocution?
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Postby Killerofsheep » Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:31 pm UTC

Thanks for all the advice, esp. Sungura! At the moment I have been using my shaving cream if I can be bothered. I already moisturise.
Re: Sugaring, is it worth try to make my own or is that just going to end badly? I'll look for some sugaring stuff at the supermarket this weekend.

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Postby Moo » Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:34 am UTC

It may also be hiding under the name "water soluble wax".
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Postby Shro » Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:46 pm UTC

Re: moisturizing.

Rub oil all over while still damp from the shower. Cuts down on greasy lotion feel. Lighter than lotion, which is nice for warming weather.

I use a mix of baby oil and custom jojoba/sesame/grapeseed/essential oil mix depending on how I'm feeling or how dry my skin is. This is also what I use for oil cleansing my face.

Also a reminder for shaving: EXFOLIATE. This will greatly reduce the incidence of ingrowns, especially for thicker, coarser hair.

Here's what the chronological order usually looks like for me:
Moisturize (intensive 1-2 days before removal)
Exfoliate (day before or day of)
Remove Hair
Moisturize (a sensitive/calming lotion for after)

I wouldn't try making my own sugaring wax the first time through because the waxing itself is a pretty intensive process, so I would dedicate my brain power to that part the first time through. You can also look into salons and such that do waxing, it can be very reasonable to get your legs waxed, especially if you end up spending a couple of hours on it yourself. Saves a lot of time and frustration, especially if you're unsure of what to expect.
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Postby Fractal_Tangent » Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:52 pm UTC

So I bought a facemask thing from Lush and I'm sitting here and it smells lovely. However, it is some chocolate thing and is brown. About halfway in to the process of putting this stuff on my face my brain said 'You're putting poop on your face'. I cannot get away from this.

It is not poop. It is a chocolate facemask - I hope.
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Postby suffer-cait » Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:02 pm UTC

i think it looks more like chocolate mudd, which is good! and yummy! can you eat it?
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Postby Fractal_Tangent » Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:09 pm UTC

You can not eat it. It smells like you should be able to. The last facemask thing I did with my friend, we both chipped in and got something for combination skin because I thought that would help me (super oily) and her (she's got sort of dry skin but breaks out). Did wonders for her skin, but I always had to wash my face after because there was oil in it and it was terrible.

I've taken it off now and my skin feels properly good and everything smells like chocolate. This is good.
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Postby suffer-cait » Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:18 pm UTC

that does sound lovely!
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Postby Fractal_Tangent » Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:29 pm UTC

I've been told that you can make your own facemasks. I would not be entirely against giving it a go.
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