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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

Postby obituary » Tue May 12, 2009 3:26 am UTC

...probably silly and already been asked, but how does an IUD work? ;-;
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

Postby PictureSarah » Tue May 12, 2009 3:45 am UTC

From www.emedicinehealth.com:

Hormonal and copper IUDs work in different ways. With a copper IUD, a small amount of copper is released into the uterus. This type of IUD does not affect ovulation or the menstrual cycle. Copper IUDs prevent sperm from being able to go into the egg by immobilizing the sperm on the way to the fallopian tubes. If an egg does become fertilized, implantation on the wall of the uterus is prevented because copper changes the lining of the uterus.

With hormonal IUDs, a small amount of progestin or a similar hormone is released into the uterus. These hormones thicken cervical mucus and make it difficult for sperm to enter the cervix. Hormonal IUDs also slow down the growth of the uterine lining, making it inhospitable for fertilized eggs.
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

Postby mrbaggins » Tue May 12, 2009 10:45 am UTC

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mrbaggins wrote:Well, seeing as it seems like an xkcd theme, you might be interested to know it got dropped in a line in a new show called Castle, starring Nathan Fillion.

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That's a reference to Discovery channel's shark week, not the euphemism for menstruation. But wikipedia says that in the show weeds they actually did use it as the euphemism. Which is cool.

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Postby Moo » Tue May 12, 2009 10:47 am UTC

It does make a bit more sense for a (presumably, I haven't watched it) macho male character to find shows about sharks very fun, rather than menstruation.
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

Postby Cassi » Tue May 12, 2009 12:45 pm UTC

Bad cramps today, making me feel miserable and a bit sick. I am not the tiniest bit impressed. I *should* be fine after today -- it's day 2, and it's normally only the first two days that I get cramps. But it's completely ruined any chance of actually accomplishing anything...
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

Postby Isotope_238 » Tue May 12, 2009 10:29 pm UTC

Cramps are the No. 1 reason I wish I could make my menstrual cycle just go away.

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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

Postby Magic Smoothie » Wed May 13, 2009 12:27 am UTC

Wtf, Shark Week. You're a week early and didn't give me any warnings.

Also, I have an awesome new sundress that I shall be posting pics of soon.
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

Postby PictureSarah » Wed May 13, 2009 12:51 am UTC

Day after IUD insertion, and thankfully the godawful, horrible, terrible cramps are gone. Just normal girlweek cramps that can be conquered by advil.
One concerning thing, though, is that I can't feel the string. My obgyn said to call if I can't feel the string, so I've left a message with her, but I don't think the IUD has actually expelled or anythin...I just have a deep cervix and stubby fingers. I don't think I'll EVER be able to feel the string, as I don't remember a time I've ever been able to touch my own cervix. Anyone know what I can possibly do about this? I'm afraid maybe she'll have to remove the IUD, and put it back or put a new one back with a longer string.
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Postby obituary » Wed May 13, 2009 12:54 am UTC

If you're used-ish to this one would it be bad to take it out? or was the experience just uncomfortable enough that you dont want to repeat it?
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

Postby PictureSarah » Wed May 13, 2009 12:56 am UTC

Yeah, I'm not terribly eager to repeat the experience of getting it put in. That hurt quite a bit. Plus, the whole point of the damn thing is that I don't have to worry about it for 10 years.
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

Postby sophyturtle » Wed May 13, 2009 2:24 am UTC

It will probably be okay, you might be able to find the string at different times of the month (or maybe you could have someone else check). I could not really find it for like the first week.
Also, I doubt they would remove it just to give you one with a longer string. They don't want to dilate the cervix when they don't have to.
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

Postby PictureSarah » Wed May 13, 2009 2:58 am UTC

Well, I had the boy check for me, and he couldn't find it either, but I imagine it's pretty hard feeling for something like that when you can't feel it from the other side.

Also, they didn't actually dilate my cervix. That's why they had me come in during Shark Week. so that it was open enough that they didn't have to.
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

Postby apricity » Wed May 13, 2009 4:32 am UTC

I couldn't find mine either for a while, until I realized it was just because the texture made it hard to distinguish from the rest of me.
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

Postby Hyphe » Wed May 13, 2009 12:06 pm UTC

Arrrrgh, Shark Week! :x I've been chasing this guy for *two years*, and now I finally get a chance, you decide to turn up a week bloody early! Graaaar! *rages*

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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

Postby Kyberely » Wed May 13, 2009 6:56 pm UTC

Almost all the way through shark week and no cramps. yay!!!

Has anybody else had a problem with tampons where they feel fine when you are stood up but are agonisingly painful when you sit down. I have to sit on the very edge of my chair to avoid pain and get very funny looks from people. It feels like it's hitting the top of my inside so I think I might just be too small.
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

Postby Rinsaikeru » Wed May 13, 2009 8:04 pm UTC

Actually, based on your description I'd say you haven't put it in far enough.
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Postby Magic Smoothie » Wed May 13, 2009 11:24 pm UTC

Yayyy I finally got myself a DivaCup and it is AWESOME! I got it in on my first try with the punch-down fold, but it really hurt when I had to remove it- any pointers?
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Postby Rinsaikeru » Wed May 13, 2009 11:27 pm UTC

My method for removal is pinch, twist out. The only time it hurts is when I've taken too many tries to get the diva cup in (because either it won't pop or I've just not done it correctly)--so I'm over sensitive already.

Is it a friction hurt or a popping hurt?
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

Postby jmrz » Thu May 14, 2009 2:31 am UTC

Magic Smoothie: Make sure you squish it enough before you remove it so the air seal breaks. Otherwise it will most definitely be painful or uncomfortable to remove. I generally hold the bottom of it between my thumb and finger and squish the bottom so the air seal breaks, then pull it out, and kind of fold it a bit so it doesn't pop open on the way out.

I found removing it harder than getting it in, so it's just a matter of practice until you figure out the best way.
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Postby Curious » Thu May 14, 2009 2:43 am UTC

I still find it really awkward to buy sanitary pads in shops. I mean, I don't think I've ever actually seen another woman buy any sanitary pads. I'm telling myself: "Maybe they're all using tampons. Or they're on the pill."

It's like the women's health-care shelf magically gets restocked every so often. When nobody buys anything from it.
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Postby Rinsaikeru » Thu May 14, 2009 2:55 am UTC

I don't really find it awkward--but then I also spend time reading all the new gimmicky stuff in the condom/lubricant section to see what they've come up with now.
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Postby Magic Smoothie » Thu May 14, 2009 3:00 am UTC

jmrz wrote:Magic Smoothie: Make sure you squish it enough before you remove it so the air seal breaks. Otherwise it will most definitely be painful or uncomfortable to remove. I generally hold the bottom of it between my thumb and finger and squish the bottom so the air seal breaks, then pull it out, and kind of fold it a bit so it doesn't pop open on the way out.

I found removing it harder than getting it in, so it's just a matter of practice until you figure out the best way.
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

Postby PictureSarah » Thu May 14, 2009 3:16 am UTC

Curious wrote:I still find it really awkward to buy sanitary pads in shops. I mean, I don't think I've ever actually seen another woman buy any sanitary pads. I'm telling myself: "Maybe they're all using tampons. Or they're on the pill."

It's like the women's health-care shelf magically gets restocked every so often. When nobody buys anything from it.


Just a note - unless it's one of the pills that is specifically designed to limit menstruation to 4 times a year or whatever, women on the pill still have monthly periods.
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Postby sophyturtle » Thu May 14, 2009 3:52 am UTC

I always used to just walk around with them when I bought disposable products. When I need more sponges (like now) I totally ask the dude stocking the section if they have what I want and when it will be in. Many women are not so comfortable with it I think, and try to hide things a little.
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

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Curious wrote:I still find it really awkward to buy sanitary pads in shops. I mean, I don't think I've ever actually seen another woman buy any sanitary pads. I'm telling myself: "Maybe they're all using tampons. Or they're on the pill."

It's like the women's health-care shelf magically gets restocked every so often. When nobody buys anything from it.


Have you had an STD check or smear done yet? I used to be embarrassed and awkward too. But now that I've had three different doctors looking 'down there' and sticking stuff up there over the past 4 and a half years, and have picked up a prescription for 72 condoms from pharmacy in a really small town... buying sanitary pads? No problem. It's the least embarrassing thing as far as women's-health issues go! Though, now that you mention it, I'm not sure if I've ever seen anyone else buying them either... but then, how much do we really nosey into what others are buying?

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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

Postby LL Cool J » Thu May 14, 2009 6:00 am UTC

I bought a pregnancy test for a friend once- that was awkward/amusing. The supermarket checkout guy wished me 'good luck'. I'm not embarrassed by things like that any more, but I definitely used to be.
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Postby blue_eyedspacemonkey » Thu May 14, 2009 7:30 am UTC

I've never been uncomfortable about stuff like that. I once went with a friend to buy condoms as she wanted moral support as she was embarrassed at the time. She was in a long-established relationship, and I was a virgin. Go figure :)
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Postby Kyberely » Thu May 14, 2009 7:36 am UTC

blue_eyedspacemonkey wrote:I've never been uncomfortable about stuff like that. I once went with a friend to buy condoms as she wanted moral support as she was embarrassed at the time. She was in a long-established relationship, and I was a virgin. Go figure :)


This was me and my friend a few weeks ago. She kept saying that the condoms were for a 'friend' she was meeting later that night even though she had already told me that she was going on a date with her boyfriend of over a year and I knew full well that she was sleeping with him.
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Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread-The thread that gives (every month)

Postby dragonridingsorceress » Thu May 14, 2009 9:23 am UTC

Curious wrote:I still find it really awkward to buy sanitary pads in shops. I mean, I don't think I've ever actually seen another woman buy any sanitary pads. I'm telling myself: "Maybe they're all using tampons. Or they're on the pill."

It's like the women's health-care shelf magically gets restocked every so often. When nobody buys anything from it.

I have no problem buying pads/tampons. It's just a part of life.

Though I'll always remember the time I went shopping with my cousin. When I picked up a few packets she went so red, and tried to cover them up with other stuff in the trolley.

On another note, pmt/s-ing has hit me worse than normal. I've felt on the brink of bursting into tears all week. :( It usually makes me short-tempered, and I usually end up in a big row (usually with Dad, and almost always over something stupid/insignificant). And yes, the row happened this week, but afterwards I cried and cried...
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Postby DJorgensen » Thu May 14, 2009 10:39 am UTC

I'm kinda just used to being the one to have to get pads or condoms or pregnancy tests or such. It doesn't phase me anymore really. Though buying condoms and phallic vegetables is still a goal of mine, as is a pregnancy test and a coat hanger (or something else just as bad - though we can't get alcohol in grocery stores here). I think that I just got used to it by being a cashier for many years. Hell, I even had to help some girls find the right vegetables for a bachelorette party once. I'm always afraid of buying the wrong pads though.
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Postby Teapot » Thu May 14, 2009 10:43 am UTC

Curious wrote:I still find it really awkward to buy sanitary pads in shops. I mean, I don't think I've ever actually seen another woman buy any sanitary pads. I'm telling myself: "Maybe they're all using tampons. Or they're on the pill."

It's like the women's health-care shelf magically gets restocked every so often. When nobody buys anything from it.
I work as a cashier and I have seen pretty much every type of pad we stock go through my checkout, so I promise you you're not the only one buying them. :D

I used to get really awkward buying pads, and I used to always go through a checkout where a woman was scanning things because I found that less embarrassing. Then I discovered it's really fun to put pads in your shopping if you have a male cashier. There seems to be about a 50/50 chance that they all of a sudden get all nervous looking when they scan them. Also fun is buying condoms at the place you work and going to your supervisor's till. That was pretty funny.
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Postby Sungura » Thu May 14, 2009 11:47 am UTC

I used to hate buying pads, but now I just don't care. Everyone knows it's a part of life, and I figured I was the one most embarrassed by it and no one else cared. After I figured that out, I didn't care either.
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Postby PictureSarah » Thu May 14, 2009 3:20 pm UTC

I've never been embarrassed about buying pads, tampons, condoms, lube, etc. I was fairly embarrassed the first time I bought a pregnancy test, particularly since my cashier (loudly) asked me if I was trying to be pregnant or not pregnant, informed me that she had 4 kids at home and wished me good luck. That was awkward. Generally speaking, though, I figure A) everyone has a body, and they take maintenance. So what? and B) Cashiers see people buy all these things every day. It is not noteworthy.
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PictureSarah wrote:I've never been embarrassed about buying pads, tampons, condoms, lube, etc. I was fairly embarrassed the first time I bought a pregnancy test, particularly since my cashier (loudly) asked me if I was trying to be pregnant or not pregnant, informed me that she had 4 kids at home and wished me good luck. That was awkward. Generally speaking, though, I figure A) everyone has a body, and they take maintenance. So what? and B) Cashiers see people buy all these things every day. It is not noteworthy.

B.1) Cashiers see what people buy every day and trust me, your daily hygiene and personal needs are not anything but normal.
It is the guy 3 steps ahead of you buying the(in checkout order): pregnancy test, atlas, crayons, lighter fluid, wire coat hanger, 2ply rope, vaseline, air freshener, adult diapers, bleach, box set of knives and knife sharpener, What to Expect when Expecting, Basic Anatomy of the Human Body, 60 gallon trash bags, eggs, brownie mix, rat poisoning, and flowers that they are still thinking about. “Hmm, I wonder how many children he has? He sure was hot! I wish he had noticed me.(insert fantasy)”

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I've never bought condoms, pads, tampons, or anything really similar.
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Postby DJorgensen » Thu May 14, 2009 5:33 pm UTC

SDIX wrote:
PictureSarah wrote:I've never been embarrassed about buying pads, tampons, condoms, lube, etc. I was fairly embarrassed the first time I bought a pregnancy test, particularly since my cashier (loudly) asked me if I was trying to be pregnant or not pregnant, informed me that she had 4 kids at home and wished me good luck. That was awkward. Generally speaking, though, I figure A) everyone has a body, and they take maintenance. So what? and B) Cashiers see people buy all these things every day. It is not noteworthy.

B.1) Cashiers see what people buy every day and trust me, your daily hygiene and personal needs are not anything but normal.
It is the guy 3 steps ahead of you buying the(in checkout order): pregnancy test, atlas, crayons, lighter fluid, wire coat hanger, 2ply rope, vaseline, air freshener, adult diapers, bleach, box set of knives and knife sharpener, What to Expect when Expecting, Basic Anatomy of the Human Body, 60 gallon trash bags, eggs, brownie mix, rat poisoning, and flowers that they are still thinking about. “Hmm, I wonder how many children he has? He sure was hot! I wish he had noticed me.(insert fantasy)”

First time I read through that I was like, "but where is the bleach?"
Then I noticed you that one covered too *impressed*
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Postby diotimajsh » Thu May 14, 2009 5:46 pm UTC

Heh, I've bought pads for friends a few times. It did make me a little more nervous/embarrassed than I'd like to admit, but it wasn't too bad.
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Postby SDIX » Thu May 14, 2009 5:52 pm UTC

DJorgensen wrote:First time I read through that I was like, "but where is the bleach?"
Then I noticed you that one covered too *impressed*
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Postby nightlina » Fri May 15, 2009 2:04 am UTC

diotimajsh wrote:Heh, I've bought pads for friends a few times. It did make me a little more nervous/embarrassed than I'd like to admit, but it wasn't too bad.

My most embarrassing experience lately was asking my boyfriend to buy pads for me... I felt horrible >< But he was remarkably cool about it (normally he doesn't even want to admit the existence of Shark Week :P) and went and got me what I needed. <3 him so much.

I used to be a bit embarrassed about buying pads, but not any less embarrassed than I would be about buying tampons. Maybe it's just a quirk of the stores around here, but there's always an enormous wall of pads with heaps and heaps of variety. Whereas the tampon section is quite small. Pretty much every time I go to buy them I see someone else there also looking at them (although normally I'll try and wait until they're gone to actually step forward and get my pack...)

Nowadays i'm mostly cool with getting the packets but can still be a bit funny when I go up to the counter to purchase them. Especially if it's a young guy at the counter :P I'm the same if I've just bought a g-string or something - I'd much rather have a lady at the checkout than a dude.
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Postby Flying Betty » Fri May 15, 2009 2:22 am UTC

I've never had trouble buying pads or tampons. I was over the embarrassment by the time I was actually buying my own. It took me a long time to get over the embarrassment of asking my mom to buy them, or putting them on the grocery list that was on the refrigerator, though. I also worked as a cashier, and after a few days I don't think I batted an eye at the things people bought.

Also, I was wandering through my local natural food store the other day and saw that they had a Diva Cup on the shelf! That's the first time I've seen one for sale in an actual store.
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