Hello my ragtime gal
I have always taken birth control for endometriosis and to lighten up the flow.
It’s also helped with my acne that I still annoyingly get. I’m not really saying it’s a great thing, but it has its uses.
Just to weigh in on the gendered birth control… For long term solutions, as far as I know, men’s are permanent and very expensive. (at least in Pittsburgh, like $5k+) IEDs, err, IUDs can be had for relatively nothing through Planned Parenthood .
A vasectomy may be reversed, and the cost for that I think is around $30k/40k
I actually went on the pill for help with my awful painful heavy periods – not for the birth control part of it. So it’s not always just going on a powerful drug for awesome sex, which is what a lot of conservative politicians would have us all believe.
(And even if it were, there’s absolutely no problem with that)
Ack, I do not wish to be aligned with the conservative view on birth control. Just stating my own fears/logic which I know does not apply to others. I also know women who have taken BC for other health reasons and it has been helpful. I do not have the particular health issues that BC would help with so the only reason I would take it would be for its original purpose, and I feel that for me personally the hormones would be risky (I have other health issues that the hormones could possibly make much worse).
Gotcha, gotcha, it’s OK. I just am sensitive to the idea that they are only for sex, since 2 of my last 3 health plans have covered them 0%, despite my well-documented health problems. You’re totally right that they are a much stronger and potentially side effect laden drug than advertised.
I continue to have educational experiences* with and discussed many of these topics on the semi-private Velomuse women’s facebook group. Its privacy is certainly one of the perks of our group for many women. Believe it or not, I’ve left some details out of my comments below as a consideration to readers that may find offense. Still, there is some benefit to sharing information on any level.
Velomuse has done some planning for an active women’s health summit with professional panelists and some spa treatment in Pittsburgh, but the date and location planning for the event has taken a back seat over the winter. Please come to our Feb 19th Board meeting at Venture Outdoors if you’re interested in sharing ideas or just being part of the discussion.
Here are some thoughts on my personal experiences, which are not the same as every other woman’s:
*Hormone-based Birth Control pills: almost killed me in 1995. If you read the fine print, gall-bladder disease is a potential complication. I had to have mine removed, permanently impacted my ability to eat certain foods and discretion with sexual partners.
*Heavy or irregular periods: Didn’t have a problem until I got the copper IUD surgically implanted. Can’t use the Diva Cup as a result (potential suction displacing IUD). Recently, I’ve been tapering off ibuprofen for disabling cramps with raspberry leaf tea. I buy it in bulk, but even one tea bag produces immediate results.
*IUD: The copper-based Paragard (hormone-free) wasn’t anywhere close to free at Planned Parenthood, despite health insurance. Split the bill with my partner, which means a lot to me.
*PH levels: I’m being kind with that description, but I’ve found that I can’t apply creams or ointments on my skin before a ride, but maybe after a particularly long ride and I’m relaxing in loose clothing. For rides or any sweat-prone activity however, I only use synthetic shorts (no undies) with chamois cream directly on the chamois. Definitely have to wash bike shorts after every use with some baking soda type of detergent, as well.
*Peeing in the woods: I try to use discretion, but avoid anywhere near a water source despite its ability to enhance the urge. Wiping is not always possible due to local foliage and whether horses have been on the trail.
*Sex: Just learned this at a women’s sexual health workshop: “Don’t use saliva to replace lubrication.” Duh? How did I miss that in sex ed in HS? It applies to both yours and your partner’s saliva, including cleanup between foreplay and intercourse. I’m putting it in this comment because it can take you off the bike for a week or more.
I work next to prestogeorge in the strip, and they always make me a delicious ginger root, linden blossom, & raspberry leaf tea. I highly recommend it for cramps or other stomach-related ailments.
I didn’t think about, or think to ask about, using keeper/diva cup with IUD. I guess it makes sense that you should not. More to think about before making a decision on that… (I requested an appointment with planned parenthood a month ago, any idea how long it tends to take to hear back from them?)
VM: Hormonal BC almost killed me too! I use a softcup with an copper IUD and have for years – no problems yet. Anecdotes aren’t facts, just thought I’d throw my experience out there.
Why not spit for lube? It’s not my first choice but works in a pinch (so to speak).
Yes, I’d imagine quite a bit gets transferred in cunnilingus also
There’s probably some limited chance of some bacterial infection, so it’s a matter of risk versus reward
I also love how our conversations are still appearing on the front page of the BikePGH website
honestly, I just think that saliva makes a very poor lubricant.
I’m sure there are other reasons, but I feel like that’s enough.
*further reading has suggested that there may not actually be that much of a problem with using a menstrual cup with an IUD
@pinky it’s vice versa :) Birth control is side effect. Most of usage, IIRC, is hormonal regulation.
ok, so am I the only one who started thinking of a singing cartoon frog upon reading the title of this thread?
having skimmed the first post, i do believe i have had enough of the thread to not only get the gist of the topic, but to be aware that i don’t really need to read anymore.
^Surely you’re curious…where else are you going to learn about this stuff? I found the urethra thread very interesting. :)
(And yes, I’ve had Michigan J. in my head for a week now. Love him.)
Why get so freaked out about normal bodily functions? It’s not that big of a deal.
It doesnt freak me out, i jsut wish to show the proper respect & fear for its mysteries
after reading the urethra thread bleeding all over myself once/month didn’t seem so bad!
So, I tried the Diva Cup. Very comfortable and no leaks but slightly trickier to remove than I expected. (not hard to do, just quite different than tampon removal) So, I’d recommend more than one practice run at home before taking it on the road for the first time.
yeah, I use the disposable version, and they say it might take several uses, possibly even several cycles to get the hang of it.
I’m a little confused here, I thought the whole point of the diva cup was that it’s reusable, and hence, not going to be thrown into a landfill. A disposable version sounds like it defeats the purpose of the device, or am I missing something here (other than a uterus)?
For me, it’s mostly that I rarely have the money to spend on a diva cup (I think they were about $40 last time I checked), so I’d rather spend $9 once every few months for a pack of disposable ones. You wear them for 12 hours, instead of the 4 they recommend for tampons, so there’s less waste because you use fewer of them.
also, if someone wasn’t sure if they wanted to spend the $40 on a diva cup, they could try a box of the disposable ones as a trial. (Since everyone’s body is different, it’s very possible that some people might just not be able to wear menstrual cups at all)
Do any well endowed women have advice on how to prevent a sweat rash on the under side of my breasts? I’ve been riding a lot this week, and it’s in full force, and it’s pretty painful.
http://www.inter-dry.com/ is what we tell our patients to order to clear up any rash they may have under a pannis if we need the area to be rash-free before surgery. I hear it can be costly, but it works…
Haven’t read how well it works when someone is actively exercising.. My patients usually are unable to be very active before surgery. But I hear that baby powder may work under the boobs. I have no need for that, as I am as flat as a surfboard.
Well, back to the times when I was a hammer thrower… Almost all diskus thrower and shot put girls are very well endowed girls. And with 5-6 hours of excersize per day the only thing that works for them where sports bras.
If it’s that painful, it sounds similar to a rash I get downstairs in the hot weather. If I remember correctly I think the doc said basically a surface yeast infection. Try an anti-fungal like Lotrimin or one of those things (look in the “jock itch” section), although over-the-counters are usually pretty lame. If it doesn’t get better, see a doctor. I was prescribed Ketoconazol, it’s like heaven.
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