In my teen years I had a tendency to turn my crushes into obsessions.
My brother Noah had a friend named Mike with whom I was COMPLETELY gaga over. To the point that I threw Noah a “surprise” birthday BBQ just so I could invite Mike and (hopefully) spend some quality time wooing him. This may sound like a really pathetic attempt to get a boys attention but trust me when I say it’s not nearly the worst in my arsenal of memories, once I get my mind on something I exert any and all of my energies into getting it. It took a few years out of high school for me to realize this tactic did not work so well with people.
So the barbecue goes off without a hitch and it’s decided we will move the party down the street to watch a movie at a friends house. I had picked out my cutest tight baby blue skirt, with matching jean jacket and a pair of high wedgies for the occasion, in other words I was lookin’ good. In this state, was I going to miss an opportunity to walk in front of the pack and show off my strut? No, no I wasn’t.
Much to my eternal dismay when I arrived at the house and took a bathroom break I saw that I had sat in a nice big splotch of ketchup.
Which looked much more like a period problem than a condiment problem. Which turned my sexy strut into one of my most embarrassing moments.
Sure I came out and talked loudly about how I’d sat in ketchup but my announcement was greeted only with sympathetic, disbelieving nods.
Kotex and their neon and black tampon-camouflaging-boxes want me to know that periods are nothing to be embarrassed about, and they’re right. Yet, women everywhere have female related problems that they suffer through because it’s embarrassing or should not be discussed in civilized company or some other reason I don’t know about. So I thought it might be a good topic to address so that we could share some of our tips about dealing with pesky problems. Some of us might feel much more comfortable reading about it on a blog than discussing it over brunch. I’m going to probably be pretty blunt so if you consider yourself too sensitive for topics such as these, I suggest not reading further. No hard feelings.
Here’s where it gets gritty:
A while back I noticed a fishy smell in my undercarriage. I also noticed I was itchy and had more discharge than usual. I figured I had a yeast infection so I went to the doctor. Turns out, I had Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) so the doc gave me an antibiotic and sent me on my way. The pill cleared it up but it wasn’t long before I got another one. Apparently there are many factors but some women are just prone to them or get them chronically. Not very long after I noticed the symptoms coming back, now that it had been diagnosed by a pro I felt pretty confident that I knew what I had but I was really hesitant to go back in cause it’s expensive, takes forever and I hate antibiotics so I found something at Walgreens that was $30 bucks and claimed to homeopathic-ally clear it up after 6 days. Again, it worked but it took longer than I liked and before I knew it, I saw symptoms again. I was not thrilled. I took to the internets and found out many women were having success using a hydrogen peroxide douche. I was pretty skeptical because I had heard that douching actually causes many problems plus HP seemed pretty intense for such a thing. It took many testimonials and a medical study to finally talk my into it. I went out and spent $2 bucks on some and followed the directions HERE. Guess what? It completely cleared it up. I instantly smelled fresh and felt better, I repeated it again for the next couple of nights and it has’t come back since. I felt like it might a couple of months later so I did one treatment and got right back on track.
The simplicity of this and the fact that I spent so much time and money and had to choke down antibiotics before discovering it made me feel like it was info I just could not sit on while many of my readers could be suffering the same thing (since I read that it effects %30 of us)!
It got me thinking that there are probably other awesome remedies that you guys could share as well.
So whether it’s a girly problem or just a regular health solution of any kind I’d love to hear it.
I hope you guys don’t mind me being so personal, I wouldn’t have been TMI if I didn’t think it could really benefit some of you, promise:)