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I don't usually do this sort of thing. This is a blog made by someone who hasn't blogged since Xanga was cool.

“In the United States, access to tampons and pads for low-income women is a real problem, too: food stamps don’t cover feminine hygiene products, so some women resort to selling their food stamps in order to pay for “luxuries” like tampons. Women in prison often don’t have access to sanitary products at all, and the high cost of a product that half the population needs multiple times a day, every month for approximately 30 years, is simply, well, bullshit.”

- The case for free tampons (via stuffmomnevertoldyou)

You know, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anybody suggest that toilet paper or paper towels in public bathrooms shouldn’t be free.  We’d consider it outrageous if that very basic necessity were to be missing, or provided only for purchase.

And yet.

(via animatedamerican)

I got an IUD today and now I’m gonna write about it

This might be oversharing, but that’s what the internet is for!

There are plenty of anxiety-ridden forum posts all over the internets of people panicking about their impending IUD insertions, and I read a lot of those posts before I did it. I figure if anybody wants to get some info on my experience, they can come here and read about it as I remember day of.

My appointment was this morning at 8:30. Before I left the house I took 600mg of ibuprofen. My doc made me schedule the appointment during my period, because it’s supposed to be less painful that way, but she gave me no painkillers, no cervical block, no instructions to take ibuprofen before the procedure, no nothing. Apparently other doctors prescribe anti-anxiety meds, opiates, misoprostol, or over-the-counter painkillers. Well, great.

The first thing she had me do was give her a urine sample so she could do a pregnancy test. I think this was the first pregnancy test I’ve ever taken. I passed it! No babies. 

She had me sign a release form and get into my gown. Then she used this horrible-looking brown-red liquid to clean the area around the cervix. She inserted the speculum and asked me I was comfortable and ready. I said sure. Then she OH MY FUCKING GOD HOLY SHIT WHAT WAS THAT

Yeah, it hurt. A lot. It felt like somebody had reached up my vagina to behind my navel and then pinched me, hard, with something spiky. Like tweezers. I had to remind myself to breathe. I yelled, rather loudly, and then cursed a bunch, which my gyn thought was funny. She was very understanding and considerate, and in her expert hands the whole procedure took maybe 30 seconds. I’m so glad I went to somebody who had lots of experience, and who has an IUD herself. 

The worst part of the experience was that there were two painful parts - the initial opening of my cervix and sounding of my uterus, and then the actual insertion. After she sounded me (which sounds horrible, doesn’t it? yeah, it felt horrible), she asked me if I wanted to take a breather to recover. I told her no, I wanted her to keep going. I figured it would be better to power through, and I think it was. 

When she was done, she told me to just lie there and do nothing for a little bit. A nurse came in and offered me water. I had waves of strong cramps that were as bad as my absolute worst periods, if not worse. I had to keep reminding myself that it was better than pregnancy and labor! I laid there for several minutes just whimpering and feeling sorry for myself as the pain slowly subsided.

After some time I was able to stand up and move around. I got dressed and headed out. Because I’m insured I didn’t pay a cent (thanks, Obama!). I kept feeling like my legs were going to give out from under me and also that I might poop or vomit. It was very unpleasant. We took a cab home, thank GOD, and I went right to my bed, where I drank some tea, clung to my heating pad and sent really sad snapchats. The dogs joined me in bed. We napped. 

The heavy cramps stuck around for another hour. Since then, I’ve had a constant dull ache in my lower back and along my left hip, with intermittent abdominal cramping. My left leg has cramped up a few times as well. I think tension and an involuntary jerk during insertion may have led me to pull a muscle on my left side somewhere, which is stupid and unfortunate and most likely uncommon. I’ve had some bleeding, too, but lighter than a normal period. That’s supposed to last for a few days. I wasn’t very hungry when lunchtime rolled around, but my appetite returned at dinner. Now it’s midnight, and I’m feeling ok - a little achy, but nothing horrible. 

I’m not supposed to have sex or use tampons for two days, due to an increased risk of bacterial infection. I’m also not allowed to use my Diva Cup anymore, out of a similar concern. I have to say, I was really disappointed to learn that - but I was also informed that most women only get “pantiliner periods”, so it’s no big loss. 

And that’s it! Now I’ve got 5 years of pregnancy prevention, and if all goes well (no failure, no rejection), I only have to think about this procedure again when I’m 26. That’s a long way away.

I’ll update if anything worth noting happens, or to record what day 2 is like, pain-wise. If anybody’s got questions, feel free to let me know!



- When I was your age, television was called books. And this is a special book. It was the book my father used to read to me when I was sick… and I used to read it to your father. Today I’m going to read it to you.
- Does it got any sports in it?
- Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…

what movie is this ?