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Can you explain the diagram? Are those two different cervix opening shapes? Or is one doing that because of menstruation? Is one bad? I'm guessing you just chose a random image.
inb4 >le google it!!!!
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Nulliparous or nonparous is the cervical opening of a woman that hasn't given birth to a child.
Parous is the cervical opening after a women has given birth.
The type of cervical opening is just an indicator that show whether or not a women have given birth and doesn't have any affect on the body afterwards.
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Funny how this thread was created at the exact hour I started my period. Cheers nonas!
>Please don’t be creepy or make any sexual posts about period “fetishes” that’s gross
I don't think there's anything to do but wait it out, I just wanted to say I relate hard to this anon. As a straight woman who's never been on hormonal birth control I've always been very affected by ovulation. I low-key can't wait to hit menopause so this obsession will end kek (jk).
Also I am obsessed with the way my bf smells. By now I think he is used to me nuzzling his armpits, but he hasn't been with a lot of girls so I'm afraid he thinks I am just a weirdo lol. Yesterday I sat down and leaned in to smell him first thing in the morning because he smelled so good, but sadly he became self-conscious and went to change his shirt because he thought he was a bit sweaty. To make things worse I was compelled to ask him if I could have his old shirt in my backpack so I could "smell it at work haha jk". He didn't give it to me.
Getting off any pharmaceuticals they give you in an attempt to “regulate” your cycle is the first step! The second step is tracking and regulating your circadian rhythm, eating a steady healthy diet made up of foods that aid in hormonal health (carrots
, protein from all kinds of animals, root vegetables, aromatics, lots of ginger, red raspberry leaf tea, saturated fats), and instead of imprisoning yourself into some kind of strict workout routine make it a habit to walk as many extra miles as you can daily to shake up your guts a little. I hope this helps!
The whole "size 1" "size 2" thing is kinda bullshit it just has to do with how active you are, how heavy your flow is, and most importantly, YOUR BODY. Theres no way a T-chart will be able to tell you for certain what size is best for you. If its "falling out" it may be that its too big? Dont worry about whether your a virgin or not. Its a learning curve, I'd say give it about 3-4 periods to get familiar with, and if it still doesnt work, try another brand/size. Depending on the brand you got (or if you bought it on Amazon), you may be able to get your money back.
I really recommend the Period Nirvana Youtube channel, she has a lot of videos that address newbie questions. Also it may just be that the cup isnt 100% your thing (but dont give up so early in the game!!)
r/menstrualcups is also a good resource to talk to other women trying the same products as you: https://www.reddit.com/r/menstrualcups/
Menstrual discs and period underwear are also great options. I notice you said you wanted to stop using pads, I found period underwear to be the best substitute, and its not as gross as people think tbh. I usually use it as a backup to my disc/cup. I hope you can make these products work for you cause they can really be life changing when you figure them out. Gl
I’m not the OP who made that thread and I started googling it but maybe this helps? https://www.gfmer.ch/ccdc/pdf/module1.pdf
>The size and shape of the cervix vary widely with age, hormonal state, and parity.
>In the nulliparous female it is barrel shaped with a small circular external os at the center of the cervix. (fig. 2a).
>In parous women, cervix is bulky and the external os becomes slit-like (fig. 2b).
(page 6 in the PDF)
I also got a feeling the image for the thread was chosen randomly.
And I’m not a native English speaker but just found out that “parous” means “ having produced offspring”, so looks like the difference is women who haven’t give birth vs those who did (different shape).
(samefag for second post + sage)
A few months ago I started getting vaginal cramps during my period; it sucked, but the internet said it was normal. Now the cramps are happening outside of my period and I've had them today all day, non-stop, alternating between very sharp jolts of pain and an overall soreness. I have no other symptoms at all (no weird discharge, no pain during sex, no spotting, no bloating) so I have no clue what's going on (I do have a lot of PCOS symptoms and would like to ask for an assessment but I'm reading that it should give you pain in the ovaries, not the actual vagina itself?).
I'm calling the doctor tomorrow if it doesn't stop by then, but getting appointments and then tests done takes so long. Painkillers don't work, a hot water bottle only helps a little, walking/stretching helps temporarily but my college classes require me to sit all day.
Do any of you nonnies get weird vaginal cramps? Do you have any advice on how to alleviate them?
I ended up going to ER kek, you can read about my experience in the vent thread >>>/ot/1422511
I don't want to scare anyone from trying the cup but be careful if you have vaginismus
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Honestly, I know you're saying that you're craving attention, but my best advice would just be to lay low and sort of stay away from everyone during your worst days. Just have some cozy days at home if you can, with your favorite soothing things (movies, tea/snacks, music, lil creative hobbies). Just ride it out while minimizing harm to yourself and others.
Wanna give some general tips that I wish I knew earlier. Hated that I was a woman for so long because of PMDD symptoms :(
Certain supplements can help with regulating your cycle: Vitamin B6, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, and Vitamin D
Learn about the menstruation phases and start tracking them. When you are on your period focus on low impact workouts (long walks, swimming, dancing, etc…)
Eat for your cycle. High nutrient food, aromatics, and protein are all great when menstruating. Raspberry tea is helpful for a lot of women. Tea with tumeric, ginger, honey, and lemon is good. If you don't like ginger normally consider getting ginger pills. Avoid cold food.
Sleep more and learn how to sleep quickly. Muscle relaxation techniques are helpful, if you are paranoid about blood stains get some designated period sheets and a mattress pad. Consider a weighted blanket and heat pack. Learn to do 10-20 minute long power naps.
If weed is available try CBD I like to place a couple drops of CBD oil on my stomach and inside my vagina. If you need additional pain management drugs naproxen is better as an anti-inflamatory med.
Orgasms can help reduce period pain.
If nothing helps and your period feels unmanagably painful, causes depression, and actively harms your work and personal relationship then go to your doctor. They will be dismissive or try to immediately put you on birth control. Advocate for yourself as hard as possible. Menstrual disorders like PMDD, Endo, and PCOS are more common than you think. Your period might suck but it shouldn't push you to suicide.
Give yourself the kindness you would give a friend. You don't need to be at 100% when you are in pain
Thank you nona, very appreciated. I want to add: Dong Quai. I'm not one to believe in natural supplements and all that woo stuff but Dong Quai does wonders for me, it basically gets rid of all of my PMS symptoms and makes my actual period less severe. The only problem is built up tolerance, I need to stop taking it for a few cycles for it to have the desired effect again.
Another tip I wish I knew sooner: Take your painkillers before the actual pain starts. Especially if they are anti-inflammatory and anti-pyretic. They are more effective that way.
same here nona (including wearing the incontinence pants). I bled so much once I had to go to hospital and whilst I was there they gave me some tranexamic acid and told me to ask my doctor for a repeat prescription. i highly recommend it. basically it promotes clotting (you only take it the days you bleed) and results in a much lighter period. I still get the worst cramps though.
I've never heard of the separate hymen before. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of problems we face due to our reproductive systems. So many things can and do go wrong, it's a nightmare.
sounds like it could be endo. if they offer an exploratory laparoscopy, please do it. Healthy organs can be damaged by untreated endo
the surgery is done outpatient and i recovered quickly from it. they only make 3 tiny cuts and hide them well. i can barely find mine anymore.
Update again, my period started today! Very relieved.>>304604
Oh it might have been that, I was eating less recently without realising.
So, update, I just started bleeding. It is way lighter than how my periods usually start, and my period isn't due until I think mid January. How do I know if it's implantation bleeding, a miscarriage, or my period coming early?
I feel so weird using Lolcow for medical advice haha but I have no one else to turn to! Thank you to the anon who responded to my earlier post!
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Good morning nonnas, I'm a bit worried mostly because this hasn't happened to me before:
So, on 21st December I got my period but it was super light and had no cramps, which is unusual for me. Usually my periods are a bit heavy for the first 2 days including manageable cramps and some clots, then they drop off and my period usually clears up by day 4. However, this December period was barely one at all, and it was very short. I assumed this was just a one-off and carried on with my day, I didn't have any unusual pain or felt extremely weak or anything.
But then this morning I woke up bleeding pretty heavy. I woke up naturally, not because I was in pain (I'm still not) but I'm obviously concerned as I don't know if this is just my period finishing itself off/starting again or another problem. The blood is quite dark so it's fresh, not that bbq sauce old blood stuff. I've already tried to ring the doctors but there's a massive queue atm. I don't know if this is normal or something I need to go to the hospital for? I don't feel like I'm about to die or anything kek, nor am I in pain or dizzy or anything, I'm just bleeding as if it was my period all over again.
Thank you nonnas.
is it possible on the 21st you ovulated? (it's not out of the question for me to bleed during ovulation - for a couple days even) That would mean this heavy bleeding is your actual period.
Sometimes women get follicular or "functional" cysts in the ovary. These are normal and tend to just go away, but occasionally one can cause some bleeding and period-like symptoms at ovulation when it resolves itself.
I used to be really alarmed at ovulation bleeding but then I learned many women have it.
It's 100% ovulation bleeding like >>306593
said, it sucks but it's normal. It's suprising to me how few people know this can happen, not criticizing you nonita, please don't take it the wrong way, I'm just once again dissapointed at the lack of education on women's health.
Thanks for responding nonnas. It might be that, I was just confused because the 21st december was when my actual
period was supposed to come, not this light short bleeding stuff. It just didn't feel like a period at all, although it was due. I guess it could have been a late ovulation, then? God it's confusing.
I'm still bleeding today but it's slightly less heavy. I spoke to a woman through the NHS last night and she has arranged for me to call a doctor on Monday if things don't start to clear up by then.
I really hope it's just a hormone fluctuation that's fucked my cycle up - I get really traumatised just thinking about people inspecting my vagina/cervix etc so I'm hoping it's nothing. Fingers crossed and thanks for your answers nonnas.
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High t doesn't always mean PCOS. I'd ask for a copy of your hormone level tests since a lot of doctors label women has high t when their testosterone isn't even close to being high
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i'm so tired of hormones. my face was fine two days ago, and today it looks like an exploded landmine from all the acne. decided to also pick at milia with a (sterile) needle, cause why the fuck not, it's not like any more redness will make a difference kek. day 2 of your period is the fucking worst in all aspects tbh.
Yes I also have terrible poops>>313482
Yes. I probably have PMDD because on top of my mental issues and not being medicated properly (not my fault, can't afford) my hormones flare up and I literally feel like sappy, horny death who is constantly sullen and lonely and affected by everything around me>>313425
yes. It can last as long as over a week for me before I get my period and then it becomes less, it sucks and you’re definitely not alone with this.>>313577
same my doctor offered me hormones to threat it but I‘ll try with sports etc and stress reduction first because I have no idea how my body will react to such an intervention seeing that pms/pmdd is an issue with the way your brain reacts to hormone changes and not necessarily the hormones itself if I understood it correctly. Wish I knew about it earlier. anyone else here has bad PMS and didn’t notice it for a long time? I legit thought I was insane before I started to track my cycle and recognized the pattern.
I always takes baths on my period, I've never had issues. Never heard of it damaging the uterus lining, how does that even work? It's the same level of people saying not to use soap on your vagina, yeah obviously don't scrub inside
but use soap to wash the outside of yourself. If you aren't purposefully directing water inside to clean yourself it should be fine.
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Will night sweats from progesterone cream ease up? I am in my early 30's, nonmenopausal. I got some progesterone cream because my libido has been zilch for 10+ years and I was suck of it. It fucking works but I'm sweating buckets at night. Am I going to die or get cancer bc I did this without a doctor? Will my hormones level out after this inital period of time? I don't want to go back nonnies
Update: saw my OB today and she prescribed me some progesterone in the form of the "mini pill" birth control. I noticed that the progesterone cream has 21mg, while the pills only have .35 mg. Huge difference. I also fuckin forgot to ask about the night sweats but there aren't studies (that my doctor was aware of) on women in their 30's taking progesterone supplements. Obviously the pills are nice because the dosage will be the exact same every time; the cream comes out in pumps and I can never be sure exactly how much is in a pump (product settling, etc.).
Also sorry if this isn't the correct thread, I'm not using this for birth control so this seemed more fitting.
I have had my hormones checked & everything seems normal. My doctor literally said that it's not worth going over & that hormones have very little to do with this. That sounds wrong but ok… I do not have any gyno illnesses or complications aside from some cysts on my ovaries that I've been told are normal and nothing to worry about.
Side note, when I had my bilateral salpingectomy, the doctor gave me photos from the cameras they used for the surgery and I was able to see the cysts which were tinyyy, I was shocked. I thought they would be bigger even though mine are apparently not bad. I also got to see in the pics the process of burning off/removing the fallopian tubes which was cool, and I always wondered what my uterus actually looks like- a small round organ, not like the perfect triangles you see in medical diagrams [which is normal, obv it's gonna be perfectly flat & laid out in a diagram]. Was super interesting. Anyhoo thatks for the reply nonna
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Why am I getting my period twice a month? This is hell on earth. Now I can only go 1-2 weeks without ibuprofen because the pain is that bad (both during and before the period). Is it because I'm eating more burgers lately? I can't think of any other huge lifestyle changes.
I don't need a reminder app because it always happens right after the full moon, I can just look at the sky to see when it's that time again. Life is pretty good sometimes.>>315092
I'm sorry nonna that sounds horrible, I'm not sure what to say except quit the burgers and see if it makes a difference? Otherwise go to the doctor, it's not normal to have it twice a month and I imagine awful as well. Hope it gets better nonnie
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HELP nonnies my period makes me a literal incapable retard
>get first period 5 years ago
>epic, i am now a certified and licensed Woman
>my Woman license comes in the post, I get 69 xp and get a new rank and extra buffs for my character, very happy
ffw to now
>just before period: depressive and reclusive, hopeless, intermittently horny and then depressive/anxious
>during period: incredibly fatigued, want to nap every day, no energy to hang out with people, don't do as well at the gym
>look clapped: face is puffy
>feel sad and hopeless
>i feel mentally 'slow'
Does anynonny here have any way to combat this? Any supplements I need to take, any lifestyle changes? I don't want to be btfo by mother nature any more. I mean ONE WEEK per month? That's ridiculous. I can't slay only three quarters of my fertile life. I want my energy and mental stability back.
not a scrote, just retarded
please help. i am fatigued and mentally unwell during this phase of the month>>316803
anon…wtf? how can you lose that much blood? please see a doctor. i hope you're ok. if it's endo or pcos so many people go through it that you will be understood and helped.
>>316777>5 years ago
did you start late or underage…
It's natural, your hormones fuck things up, I'm sure you know about PMS.
Just make sure you're getting enough iron I guess.
Ok retarded anon. All of what you're experiencing is very normal, but if you have it quite severely you may have PMDD. I find what helps me is a generally healthier lifestyle. Eat more nutritious food, cut down on your alcohol consumption, stop smoking. Time your exercise with your cycle - do more high intensity exercise when you're in the first phase of your cycle and have more energy, transition to chilled exercise like walking, yoga and pilates with your luteal phase. As for supplements, if you have some kind of vitamin deficiency you'll definitely feel worse during your period and PMS so it may be worthwhile looking at your vitamin D, iron and B12 levels, even if just for your general health. Otherwise, you can look at taking magnesium, omega 3, evening primrose oil. All of this won't eradicate your pms, but it might help lessen it. You have to learn to live in sync with the shitty effects of your cycle and be mindful of it.
When you menstruate, not only is estrogen lower than in other phases of the menstrual cycle (and this affects your energy and mood as well), but since you lose a lot of blood it makes you iron levels drop, which obviously makes you more fatigued. It's completely normal and if you don't eat enough foods with iron in your regular diet to compensate, you can get anemia over time. Of course, if you already have an iron-rich diet (complemented with vitamin C), then you could be bleeding more than the average which would cause even more fatigue, but if your symptoms are truly unbearable to the point every time you are about to have your period you literally can't work or go to school, you might have PMS. Just being aware of these hormonal changes and how your period affects your vitamin and mineral levels can prepare you to deal with the effects of menstruation and make it more tolerable and easier to deal with.
I don't know how you haven't learned or noticed this in the 5 years you've allegedly been capable of menstruation, or how you're posting here when you're obviously pretty young, but I'm choosing to believe you are an 18 year old woman who started to menstruate at 13 and had a really shitty sexual education or whose female family members were absent or just ignorant/prudish.Now promise you'll stop posting in such a retarded way
Ah anon…this was so helpful. I don't drink or smoke but I will try to pick up omega 3, iron and b12 supplements. I'm going to start tracking it, and living in sync like you said>>316849
Alright, I'm going to get more iron in. Nawww i didn't really hear much about periods, was embarrassed to talk about it. >Now promise you'll stop posting in such a retarded wayn-no…sorry senpai…
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I just bought some boob tape and I'm literally salivating at the thought of THE RELIEF of taping them a certain way during PMS breast tenderness. I swear, SALIVATING.
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samefag but i'm on my period and i am raging inside. i have a literal fire going inside me and everything is pissing me off. it makes me think about how much worse the world would be if men ever had such huge fluctuations in hormones like this, because women are capable of being self-aware enough to not take it out on everyone around them, i think men would go on violent sprees a lot more often than they already do if they had to deal with a monthly cycle
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I've once read somewhere during certain parts of the cycle testosterone peaks and makes women more aggressive and angry aka acting more like men. Men just can't control their fucking violent emotions like animals
Slightly related: Has anyone here gone through the process of being diagnosed with PMDD? Im seriously considering going get tested for this, even though it only affects like 5% of women. I've never gone to a gyno or had taken birth control never needed a reason to, sad kek
and have the usual pms symptoms the week before my period but never thought my depression/mood swings the rest of the month outside my period could be connected to this. I lived for years like it is normal to just be really depressed and think about suicide daily for part of the month and be (somewhat) more stable for a few days. Is this something I'd go to a general doctor for or have to see a gyno about? I know I will have to see a gyno eventually anyway, should I bring this up as something I'm possibly dealing with or will they assume I'm just trying to diagnose myself?
You should go to the gyno, nona, especially since you have never gone before. Just go get checked and ask the gyno all the questions you may have.
I went to the gyno a few months ago for the first time and I don't regret it one bit. I discovered that I have polycystic ovaries, and that has helped me understand my body and menstrual cycles a lot. The woman was very kind and made sure I was comfortable through the entire process. She also answered all my questions about anatomy, pms, etc. If you can, try to ask for a female gynecologist, since I've heard some horror stories about male gynos. All the best luck to you.
Do you just have weak pain tolerance or does it really hurt? The only time I ever felt like puking from pain it was kidney stones.
sudden changes = doctor etc.
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anyone else get the most unhinged and insane thoughts right before the period? like having a full mental breakdown and convincing yourself that youre suicidal and telling close people about it weeping but then your period starts the fucking next day…
and now youre not sure which part was the messed up hormones or your actual feelings?… happened to me but also happened to my older sister so i felt a lot less retarded when she told me lol trying to do the same for a nona who needs it…
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there is a settlement about pfas in thinx underwear, settlement covers purchases from between November 12, 2016 and November 28, 2022. have to submit by the 12th of april, so six days from now.>Dickens, et al. v. Thinx Inc., No. 1:22- cv-4286-JMFhttps://www.thinxunderwearsettlement.com/
figured id share in case any amerinons want to make a few bucks back. technically you need to have purchased but you don't need to provide proof, you just gotta be ok with lying that you 'attest to purchasing under penalty of perjury' kek
>Cash reimbursement: You may receive a $7.00 refund for each purchase of up to 3 pairs of Thinx Period Underwear reflected in Thinx's records, or for which you provide a valid proof of purchase (for a total of up to $21.00). Your Claim Form will indicate whether Thinx has a record of your purchases or you need to provide proof of purchase.>Cash reimbursement without proof of purchase: You may receive a $3.50 refund for each purchase of up to 3 pairs of Thinx Period Underwear that are not reflected in Thinx's records and for which you do not have proof of purchase (for a total of up to $10.50), but which you attest to purchasing under penalty of perjury.>Voucher: You may choose to receive a voucher for a discount of 35% off future purchases of up to $150 of Eligible Voucher Products in a single purchase transaction on the Thinx website (thinx.com) (maximum discount $52.50). Please see below for a list of Eligible Voucher Products for which the voucher can be used:
My period has been due for a very long time now, I'm cramping really bad like I'm on it, but my body is not bleeding. I bled a very, very small amount three days ago, it completely stopped. It happens again today, and there's no blood an hour later. None even got on my pad. I have all the other period symptoms, it hurts excruciatingly like I am, but nothing. I had all the premenstrual symptoms, and it's fucking up. They hurt. I want to know what the fuck is going on, because my ultrasound came back completely normal, and my previous vitamin D deficiency is now at a normal level. Does anyone know what might be the problem? I'm a lesbian and a virgin, so it isn't pregnancy.
Sure! I mentioned I thought I might have PCOS to a doctor while I was being tested for something else that might be connected. Doctor was reluctant at first since I'm not overweight/don't "look" like the type, and since I'm on birth control I had to go off of it for a while to let my hormones levels go back to whatever is their natural level. I waited three months, made the request again. I got two separate blood tests; one at a random point in my cycle that showed elevated androgens, then a second one on the first day of my period to compare with the first one. That came up too high too, so I got the diagnosis.
I did get a pelvic scan later and they only found very small cysts, but I was told PCOS is no longer diagnosed from scans since women can have it without having large cysts/overly large ovaries, especially when you're on the pill.
Overall it sucks and most doctors do not take you seriously if you're not visibly obese/extremely hairy (and the male GP who referred me for the scan made things up in my letter saying I'm not hirsute and don't have painful periods, despite never meeting me or asking me about it). I think a lot of doctors that are well-meaning also just don't know much about it as PCOS is still very underdiagnosed, so it's possible they missed something.