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January 12th, 2013

Hello! I stumbled onto this page from the menstrual cup LJ with a question in mind. I hope this is the right place to ask it!

I'm 22, graduated from college last May and am now living back at home. I have insurance.
All of my medical needs were done on campus, as needed. We had a "women's health" clinic where I got pap smeared, tried bc (horrible experience), got an annual exam, etc.

Now that I'm back home, I have zero doctors of any sort. I not only have no primary care doctor (I resort to Minute Clinics as needed) but also don't have a womanly doctor to go to. My mom had mentioned that I should go see one (this something rarely mentioned but it somehow came up in convo), but one... I thought you only needed to go every two years? (Actually I think that is discretionary depending on your doc?)and two-- she attempted to subtly leave me a business card for who I'm going to assume is her doctor(?) and I'm one of those theres-no-way-in-hell-i'm-using-her-doctor people, no matter HOW beneficial it could be.

Which brings me to point out: I'm really stubborn and touchy about these kinds of things, so please bear with!

I had a really nice young girl at the women's health center who I saw a few times when I needed to, and I'd really like to find someone similar to replace her. I still consider myself of college age/ a college student and really don't want an old lady staring at my lady parts... I want to find someone young and friendly and who is used to being around college age/ younger students but I truly have no idea how to go about finding anyone without being weird and attempting to ask my friends or something(?)... and I wouldn't really feel comfortable doing that.

I've been thinking about finding a planned parenthood to go to, since I know they deal with people of all ages and I assume are very welcoming & such, but I'm still concerned I'll get stuck with the cranky old lady who doesn't respect my sensitivities when it comes to my body/health :(

Is there somewhere else I can look to find a lady doctor that suits my liking? Or is it kind of a shot in the dark and I'm just stuck with what I get?
And seeing as I'm not taking BC or having any other issues... is it supposed to be once a year? or every two? or discretionary depending on your doc?


June 19th, 2012

Hey everyone, I have a question!
I was prescribed the microgynon pill to delay my period as I'm going away this Thursday for two weeks and can't really be on.
Unfortunately, I think she told me the wrong thing! I have only have about a 21 day gap between each period which meant that I would come on halfway through. The doctor said to start taking the pill the first day of my period before I go which was the 6th June. So I did that, but I have now been on my period non stop since then! It was very brown/black at the beginning - which is unusual for me - and on recommendation from a friend, I stopped taking the pill last friday. Now my period seems to have gone back to "normal mode" so is now red. I've resigned myself to the fact that I'm going to have to be on at the beginning of the trip, but will my period last as long as it would normally? Or i have managed to freakishly mutate my cylce?
Please help!

March 23rd, 2012


Hi ladies,

This is going to be broad, so I'm going to stick it under a cut....
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November 30th, 2010


just wanted to know if there was any dangers to starting your pill again after being two weeks off??? and is there any way to know if your sterile???

November 14th, 2010

This isn't really a post about my feminine bits, but I thought I'd give it a try anyway. If this post is considered off topic then mods feel free to delete it.

I started getting this pain in my buttocks and lower back whenever I stand or walk around for longer than 5 minutes.  If I continue to stand or walk, the pain becomes excruciating.  I am forced to sit down.  I have researched a bit on sciatica and thought it might be what it is, but I thought maybe someone in this community might know if I'm correct.  Of course I am going to the doctor to get it looked at but thought I might jump the gun a bit and ask you wonderful ladies.

Any comments are appreciated.

Thanks :)

October 26th, 2010

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I have been undergoing huge amounts of stress... the final end of my divorce and the big final bill, a car accident, a death in the family and the end of another big relationship... going off anti-depressants all at the same time, due to the fact that I don't think they're working but have helped me gain weight.

i had one sexual liaison two weeks ago, we used a condom and birth control.

i am going to have an IUD put in. 3 days AFTER I had sex with said person, I stopped taking my pills because i thought that there was no purpose anymore if no relationship was going anywhere and I was going to get this IUD soon.

So I stopped my pills a week early, but a few days after i had sex.

was i supposed to have my period when i stopped? because it didn't happen, so i thought "ok, i still really have one more week to go." usually I get my period on Sunday, but I haven't gotten it yet.

Am I totally freaking out prematurely? i'm usually pretty good at being ontime. i know the odds of being pregnant from sex with a condom AND b.c. is super super super rare, but this is one more thing that i really don't need and have no idea how to survive.

September 5th, 2010

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I have light bumps on my labia majora. They don't have a cauliflower like appearance. They aren't raised like a button. they don't have dimples, no white heads. They are about 1 mm to 2 mm in size. They don't burn, they don't itch, not tender at all and they are only in the area where the hair grows. They don't break open when I shave. The don't hurt when I squeeze them. I have no other symptoms at all. I have nothing in the mucus membrane, nothing on the labia minora nothing. I looked all over online on STD sites for rare and common STDs and nothing fits the description at all. No pictures match at all.

August 29th, 2010

Over recent months I've been experiencing a problem with peeing.  Basically the problem is I feel the urge to go constantly.  Often I go to the toilet and then by the time I'm washing my hands it feels like my bladder is full again.  If I go back and sit on the toilet I might be able to squeeze out a dribble then if I stay a while longer another dribble etc.  When I do any sport where I exert myself I empty my bladder before hand but every time I exert myself I'm worried I will wet myself because it feels like I need to go again.  Now every time I leave the house I'm anxious and won't go anywhere there's not a toilet nearby.  I haven't wet myself or had any bladder leakage to date but that feeling of needing to go all the time has me worried and confused.

I saw a doctor and she sent me for a urine test (presumably to test for urine tract infection).  I had to ring the clinic for results and wasn't able to talk to the doctor - a staff member just told me "the results are fine - there's nothing to worry about".  Now I can't get back in with that doctor for several weeks.  I'm thinking about switching doctors.  I'm wondering if doing kegels exercises might help but if its not bladder weakness I don't want to do anything that might "mask" the problem.

I'm mainly here hoping anyone with a bladder weakness can describe their symptoms and let me know if its similar.

June 5th, 2010

I'm a first-time poster and I was curious about soaps that were gentle for that intimate area. I recently found out that it's better to use just water but sometimes I feel that I need a little extra clean.

What soaps would you guys recommend that would be gentle for the area?

Also, is it true that antibacterial soaps (like Dial) can cause/help you be prone to yeast infections?

I currently have a yeast infection(at least I hope it is) and I'm waiting the recommended 3 - 7 days for the meds to take full effect. Should I refrain from washing my vulva with anything other then water until the infection clears up?

Thanks for all your help! ^_^

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