thepeacockangel:

a-bayani:

quelola:

sapphrikah:

severelycalm:

xyrophile:

alisonofagun:

fyeahalisonc:

nogoodnicklowermiddleclassbrat:

catcherintherhine:

A woman recently went to use a Kotex brand tampon and fortunately was a little clumsy getting it out of the packaging and discovered patches of mold growing all over the product that was seconds away from being inserted inside her. She wrote to the manufacturer and was horrified to discover that this is fairly common and received nothing more than a cookie cutter apology and some coupons to buy more of their products.
I urge anyone who uses this brand or other brands of tampons to pay closer attention when using or to perhaps consider switching to a different type of reusable product such as a Diva Cup or washable cloth liners. This is absolutely repulsive and although I no longer have periods, I felt I should inform my followers about this for their own health and safety. 
Source

WHAT.

I literally JUST put in a tampon without looking at it. wtf Kotex!!

Oh dear god.

eeewwwww. I’m really glad i don’t put in tampons without taking them out of the little plastic thingies (i had a bad experience once ok)

I really need to buy that Diva Cup

this is fucking ALARMING. I now use a diva cup (in as we speak, woop!) but, how many tampons have i used in the past? uuughhhhh. Please, please, be careful, menstruating folks.

OMG. Anyone who uses a tampon be advised! Much gratitude to my inner voice that told me to abort the tampon I once used after 10 minutes. Never used one again. How does this even happen though wow.

well if tampons didn’t already scare the shit outta me…
if i ever menstruate in the future…
i will never get this image out of my head omg

and this is why I like OB no applicator tampons.

fucking CHRIST switching to OB immediately

thepeacockangel:

a-bayani:

quelola:

sapphrikah:

severelycalm:

xyrophile:

alisonofagun:

fyeahalisonc:

nogoodnicklowermiddleclassbrat:

catcherintherhine:

A woman recently went to use a Kotex brand tampon and fortunately was a little clumsy getting it out of the packaging and discovered patches of mold growing all over the product that was seconds away from being inserted inside her. She wrote to the manufacturer and was horrified to discover that this is fairly common and received nothing more than a cookie cutter apology and some coupons to buy more of their products.

I urge anyone who uses this brand or other brands of tampons to pay closer attention when using or to perhaps consider switching to a different type of reusable product such as a Diva Cup or washable cloth liners. This is absolutely repulsive and although I no longer have periods, I felt I should inform my followers about this for their own health and safety. 

Source

WHAT.

I literally JUST put in a tampon without looking at it. wtf Kotex!!

Oh dear god.

eeewwwww. I’m really glad i don’t put in tampons without taking them out of the little plastic thingies (i had a bad experience once ok)

I really need to buy that Diva Cup

this is fucking ALARMING. I now use a diva cup (in as we speak, woop!) but, how many tampons have i used in the past? uuughhhhh. Please, please, be careful, menstruating folks.

OMG. Anyone who uses a tampon be advised! Much gratitude to my inner voice that told me to abort the tampon I once used after 10 minutes. Never used one again. How does this even happen though wow.

well if tampons didn’t already scare the shit outta me…

if i ever menstruate in the future…

i will never get this image out of my head omg

and this is why I like OB no applicator tampons.

fucking CHRIST switching to OB immediately

15 Interesting Things About Vaginas and the 'surrounding landscape'

kinktasticsada:

republicoflabia:

It’s amazing how much misinformation is out there about the vagina, and the entire vulva in general. Given how fascinated our society is with the “female” body, you’d think we’d be a little more informed. But from what I discovered while soliciting questions for my book What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend, many of us still have a lot to learn.

To help out, I’ve compiled a few things you may not know about the vagina.

  1. Pubic hair is not just a biological accident that forces us to the waxing salon. It serves three critical functions. First, it protects the delicate vagina. Second, it serves as a reproductive billboard to alert potential mates that you are biologically (if not emotionally) prepared to procreate. And last, it’s a pheromone carpet and traps the scents that lead potential mates to the promised land. So you might think twice before you shave it all off. It’s there for a reason. Embrace it.
  2. There are 8000 nerve endings in the clitoris, dedicated exclusively to [person with a vigina] pleasure. The penis only has 4000. Who says God didn’t take care of us [people with vaginas]?
  3. The average vagina is 3-4 inches long, but fear not if your [person with a penis] is hung like a horse. The vagina can expand by 200% when sexually aroused, kind of like a balloon. Remember, the vagina was made to birth babies, so it’s exceedingly elastic. If you have pain when getting it on with someone large, you can use dilators to help stretch the vagina so you can accommodate the whole package.
  4. The vagina doesn’t connect to the lung. While the vagina can expand, it’s not an open conduit to the abdominal cavity. While microscopic sperm can swim through a tiny hole in the cervix, a tampon simply won’t fit. So if you lose something in there, don’t worry. Reach in all the way and pull it out. Do not — I repeat, do not — go hunting for whatever you’ve lost with a pair of pliers. Think of your vagina as being like a sock. If you lose a banana in a sock…it stays in the sock.
  5. Yes, it’s true — your vagina can fall out. Not to belabor the sock metaphor, but it can turn inside out just like a worn out sweat sock and hang between your legs as you get older. But don’t fret; this condition — called pelvic prolapse — can be fixed.
  6. Vaginas have something in common with sharks. Both contain squalene, a substance that exists in both shark livers and natural vaginal lubricant. (Cue music: “She’s a maneater…” “they’re a personeater”)
  7. You can catch sexually transmitted diseases even if you use a condom. Sorry to break it to you, but the skin of the vulva can still touch infectious skin of the scrotum — and BAM! Warts. Herpes. Molluscum contagiosum. Pubic lice. So pick your partners carefully.
  8. The average length of the labia minora is less than ¾ inch long (yes, someone got out a ruler and measured 2981 women). Only 1.8% of persons with vulvae have labia longer than 1 ½ inches. But remember, every vulva is different and special. Some lips hang down. Some are tucked up neatly inside. Some are long. Some are short. Some are even. Some aren’t. All are beautiful. You’re perfect just the way you are.
  9. While hair on your head can live up to seven years, pubic hair has a life expectancy of about three weeks, which is why it only grows so long. So don’t worry if you opt not to groom your pubes — you won’t need to braid them any time soon.
  10. The word “vagina” comes from the Latin root meaning “sheath for a sword,” which may explain why some people simply hate the word. So if you don’t like the word “vagina,” pick your own name for your parts. Just call it something and don’t be afraid to talk about it.
  11. Only about 30% of [people with vaginas] have orgasms from intercourse alone. The clitoris is where the action is. Most people with vaginas] who do orgasm during sex have figured out how to hit their sweet spot, either from positioning or from direct stimulation of the clitoris with fingers.
  12. Increasing evidence suggests that the G spot feels good because it lies right over a deep part of the clitoris. Although experts describe the G spot as being inside the vagina on the anterior wall, just under the urethra, the crura of the clitoris actually runs right there. And a recent study demonstrated that vaginal orgasms may actually be deep clitoral orgasms. But who cares? An orgasm is an orgasm. Appreciate it, regardless of where it comes from.
  13. Vaginal farts (some call them “queefs” or “varts”) happen to almost all people with vagina at one time or another, especially during sex or other forms of exercise. So don’t be embarrassed if your hooha lets out a toot. You’re perfectly normal.
  14. Some {people with vaginas] do ejaculate during orgasm, but you’re normal if you don’t. The controversial “female ejaculation” most likely represents two different phenomena. If it’s a small amount of milky fluid, it likely comes from the paraurethral glands inside the urethra. If it’s a cup, it’s probably pee. Many times, it may be a little bit of both. But don’t stress out about peeing on yourself. Put a towel under you and surrender to the experience.
  15. Safe sex (or even just orgasm alone) is good for you. Benefits include lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke, reducing your risk of breast cancer, bolstering your immune system, helping you sleep, making you appear more youthful, improving your fitness, regulating menstrual cycles, relieving menstrual cramps, helping with chronic pain, reducing the risk of depression, lowering stress levels, and improving self esteem. So go at it!

I have edited this slightly to try to improve the wording to make it less cissexist. It is still heteronormative, however. 

To my knowledge, the bit about squirting is based on a one-person study, which found similar proteins to urine in the ejaculate. Not exactly definitive, by any means, since other studies have found the exact opposite.

Addendum to #3: Fingering before penetration is (imo) a sexier alternative to dilators. Insert two fingers and spread them apart as far as you can; repeat in all directions until you’re comfortable with moving on. Either strategy works for people dealing with vaginismus, too.

Glycine rex: Birth Control Pills

newanddifferentsun:

fuckyeahsexeducation:

sexandrelationships:

Some medications can reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills. Tell every physician who gives you medication that you are taking oral contraceptives. Use a back up method, such as foam or condoms, when you use any of the following medications and herbal remedies:

There is no evidence that any kind of hormonal birth control, like the depo shot, nuva ring, patch or IUDs are affected by antibiotics.

Thanks for the info! I wasn’t sure so I just figure better safe than sorry. Definitely good to know though!

"No evidence"?? According to the Mayo Clinic:

The effects of antibiotics on birth control pills may be overstated — except in the case of one antibiotic, rifampin (Rimactane). Studies clearly show that rifampin decreases the effectiveness of birth control pills in preventing ovulation. However, rifampin isn’t used widely today.

There is NO reason to take risks while there is still uncertainty in the medical community. (Or ever.) Use condoms if you’re taking antibiotics and on the pill. 

(Source: the-loveologist)

Gonorrhea Superbug: First Antibiotic-Resistant STD Strain Discovered

whiskeylovelace:

femalesexpositive:

Scientists have found the first “superbug” strain of gonorrhea — a discovery they’re calling “both alarming and predictable.”

Found in Japan, the H041 strain is resistant to the class of antibiotics, called cephalosporins, commonly used to treat the STD.

This could “transform a once easily treatable infection into a global public health threat,” reports Reuters.

Gonorrhea has become increasingly resistant to antibiotics for several years now, and the percentage of cephalosporin-resistant gonorrhea cases in the U.S. is on the rise, according to the CDC’s latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

CLICK THE LINK, READ THE ARTICLE, PRACTICE SAFER SEX. 

This is rill important. Take your health and that of your partner(s) seriously. Safer sex is sexy. Get tested. If you’re scared to go alone, bring your best friend and get tested together. Get tested with your lover. Just do it.

Will always reblog public health topics. If you’re sexually active you should be getting tested yearly; according to my roommate (a social work major who’s focusing on sexual health issues) people who tend to have many partners in a short span of time, or who sleep with someone who does, should look at getting tested every six months. And sexually active means any activity that involves coming into contact with another person’s genitals or bodily fluids, not just intercourse!

(Source: glossylalia)

Things that have been floating around my head
  • I had a pretty bad STI scare a couple of weeks ago. Thankfully it turned out I didn’t have one but I was and still am disturbed by the amount of shame and guilt I felt, and being the kind of person who wants to reach out when I’m dealing with something serious and vent - it made the whole situation worse, that I felt like I couldn’t do that without being judged. Like it would have been my fault, even though I always played safe and if I’d had one it would mean that one of my partners in the past had lied to me… I don’t know, this is very nebulous, but in the left-wing community there’s a lot of talk about slut shaming but this facet of the issue is not discussed. Attacks on slut-shaming shouldn’t focus exclusively on the acts of sex or rape; you see a decent amount of attention paid to slut-shaming based on unwanted pregnancy because it relates to the abortion issue, but I’ve never once seen it discussed as it relates to people with STIs. We should work on this.
  • As an addendum to this: We talk about being STI-free as being clean and implicitly, permanently, I’d have been unclean. That was one of the worst parts of it for me; that turn of phrase is really fucked up and hurtful and we shouldn’t be using it.
continuum:

The U.S. teen birth rate in 2009 fell to its  lowest point in almost 70 years of record-keeping - a decline that  stunned experts who believe it’s partly due to the recession.

The birth rate at my old high school shot way up last year. Like a good Texas educator, our principal blamed that on the recession, which made parents work more jobs and not stay at home to monitor their kids - and not, you know, the fact that Texas has an abstinence-only education policy (and this means that teachers are legally bound not to tell you anything about practical methods of preventing pregnancy or STDs other than “don’t have sex”, as in if they do so they get fired), and if you suggested that the district start distributing condoms in the nurse’s office you’d get laughed out of the room, and that being in the bible belt means that parents typically don’t have birds and bees talks with their kids so no wonder they have no clue what safe sex is (which my parents thankfully handled with grace, but I know kids who have literally never had a discussion about anything remotely approaching sexual health with their parents, like, ever. I know someone who learned what penises are for from a National Geographic special on lions that showed lions mating. It is that. bad.) Ass.
/rant

continuum:

The U.S. teen birth rate in 2009 fell to its lowest point in almost 70 years of record-keeping - a decline that stunned experts who believe it’s partly due to the recession.

The birth rate at my old high school shot way up last year. Like a good Texas educator, our principal blamed that on the recession, which made parents work more jobs and not stay at home to monitor their kids - and not, you know, the fact that Texas has an abstinence-only education policy (and this means that teachers are legally bound not to tell you anything about practical methods of preventing pregnancy or STDs other than “don’t have sex”, as in if they do so they get fired), and if you suggested that the district start distributing condoms in the nurse’s office you’d get laughed out of the room, and that being in the bible belt means that parents typically don’t have birds and bees talks with their kids so no wonder they have no clue what safe sex is (which my parents thankfully handled with grace, but I know kids who have literally never had a discussion about anything remotely approaching sexual health with their parents, like, ever. I know someone who learned what penises are for from a National Geographic special on lions that showed lions mating. It is that. bad.) Ass.

/rant