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jedikaiti

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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1545 on: December 24, 2013, 12:46:30 PM »
I did some research on Mono, and it seems that MANY people contract it during their lives and never know they have had it.  In its mild form, the symptoms are much like a  cold or flu.  And since it is a virus, antibiotics don't work, and you have to tough it out.  OTOH, one exposure confers later immunity.

Unless, of course, you're me. Had it when I was 12, and again in college. UGH.
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« Reply #1546 on: December 24, 2013, 12:52:56 PM »
Reading all about contraception here....makes me really glad I'm a lesbian. And reminds me of a, seriously I have to tell you this story.

I was in college at the time and one of the girls had decided she wanted to go on the pill, so I took her to get it (she didn't have a car and was new to town), after we picked up her script from the pharmacy she was reading the little insert and was asking if I knew about this, that and other. Because of my mother's sex education that started at 3 (age appropriate), I did know several things but some of it I didn't know. She was talking about how she was going to have to remember to take it every day at the same time and I commented "So glad I don't have to remember to do that", which promoted her to ask "Oh, you aren't on the pill? Do you do depo or that patch thing?" and I responded that no I didn't take any contraceptive medication. Cue her "But, Glitter, aren't, don't you pretty regularly play Scrabble?" and said "Well yes, but I'm a lesbian", and she says "But, aren't you worried about getting pregnant?", I just kind of stared at her for awhile. The pieces did fall into place eventually and she goes "Oh right...I never thought about that..lucky".

I've actually had a few adults forget exactly how babies are made. It's kind of funny to watch them go, oh right cause you'd need and you don't have...got it.

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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1547 on: December 24, 2013, 01:02:33 PM »
On a slight tangent from birth control, did you know that the SSRI class of antidepressants (Prozac, etc.) were never tested on female subjects before being given FDA approval and released for public use, specifically because the doctors didn't want to have to factor in the menstrual cycle and the hormonal and neurochemical changes that occur during it, during testing?  Even though they are prescribed much more frequently for women? >:( That's something I didn't know until I started researching it, and I think few people know, but I think people (well, at least women taking SSRIs) should know. My post-doc research is/was on more or less exactly that, incidentally.

Reading all about contraception here....makes me really glad I'm a lesbian. And reminds me of a, seriously I have to tell you this story.
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« Reply #1548 on: December 24, 2013, 03:35:04 PM »
A friend of mine gave birth (naturally and at home) recently.  When the midwife came for a check up a couple of days afterwards, she announced to my friend "we'll have to sort out some contraception for you."

While it's a good thing they go through this with new mothers, my (exhausted and sore) friend just thought, "steady on, give me a chance!"

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« Reply #1549 on: December 24, 2013, 05:28:12 PM »
I did some research on Mono, and it seems that MANY people contract it during their lives and never know they have had it.  In its mild form, the symptoms are much like a  cold or flu.  And since it is a virus, antibiotics don't work, and you have to tough it out.  OTOH, one exposure confers later immunity.

Unless, of course, you're me. Had it when I was 12, and again in college. UGH.

Technically, once you have mono, it stays in your system, dormant. So yes, you can only get it once, but you can have symptoms resurface, generally when your immune system is already low for another reason. It's really unfortunate, I have had 4 separate "bouts" of mono because my immune system is compromised, so when I got pneumonia, bronchitis, and a really awful case of the flu (three separate incidents, not all at once luckily!), my mono resurfaced. Sigh.

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« Reply #1550 on: December 24, 2013, 06:00:21 PM »
Speaking of contraception, I don't think I've mentioned this before - a friend of mine thought that she was safe from pregnancy while she was breastfeeding her firstborn.  She was astonished when she got pregnant with Son #2 when Son #1 was less than a year old.  She asked me "Did you know you could get pregnant while you're breastfeeding?"  Bemused, I said "Uh, I never thought about it, but I would have thought it was possible, yes."  "Oh.  Well, I didn't."

(To be fair, my understanding is that breastfeeding makes it LESS likely for you to get pregnant - it's your body's way of trying to make sure you don't have too many babies too quickly.  It's by no means foolproof, though.)
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« Reply #1551 on: December 24, 2013, 06:07:48 PM »
On a slight tangent from birth control, did you know that the SSRI class of antidepressants (Prozac, etc.) were never tested on female subjects before being given FDA approval and released for public use, specifically because the doctors didn't want to have to factor in the menstrual cycle and the hormonal and neurochemical changes that occur during it, during testing? Even though they are prescribed much more frequently for women? >:( That's something I didn't know until I started researching it, and I think few people know, but I think people (well, at least women taking SSRIs) should know. My post-doc research is/was on more or less exactly that, incidentally.
Isn't that the case for most testing for new meds?
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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1552 on: December 24, 2013, 09:30:23 PM »
When I was younger, every prescription antibiotic I ever received came with a big, garish sticker warning about how antibiotics could compromise the effectiveness of birth control pills. Haven't seen one lately, but maybe that's because the pharmacist saw my DOB (1958) and figured it was no longer an issue.

BTW, until this thread, my 55-year-old, never been pregnant or given birth self had no clue about the bleeding after birth thing.
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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1553 on: December 24, 2013, 09:54:49 PM »
On a slight tangent from birth control, did you know that the SSRI class of antidepressants (Prozac, etc.) were never tested on female subjects before being given FDA approval and released for public use, specifically because the doctors didn't want to have to factor in the menstrual cycle and the hormonal and neurochemical changes that occur during it, during testing? Even though they are prescribed much more frequently for women? >:( That's something I didn't know until I started researching it, and I think few people know, but I think people (well, at least women taking SSRIs) should know. My post-doc research is/was on more or less exactly that, incidentally.
Isn't that the case for most testing for new meds?

Not anymore.

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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1554 on: December 25, 2013, 07:24:42 AM »
 

(To be fair, my understanding is that breastfeeding makes it LESS likely for you to get pregnant - it's your body's way of trying to make sure you don't have too many babies too quickly.  It's by no means foolproof, though.)

Oh dear... so many mothers believe this, and yet every single doctor tells you this isn't true, drives me batty.
It's sad- but the best  clue is knowing your family history. Both my grandmothers had a second child quickly after the first one, and I'm sure they were still nursing the first child since formula wasn't available. There's too many accounts of 'Irish twins' and other quickly-spaced children during times when a woman had to have been breastfeeding.

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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1555 on: December 25, 2013, 07:33:26 AM »
A friend of mine gave birth (naturally and at home) recently.  When the midwife came for a check up a couple of days afterwards, she announced to my friend "we'll have to sort out some contraception for you."

While it's a good thing they go through this with new mothers, my (exhausted and sore) friend just thought, "steady on, give me a chance!"
Once I went into a clinic because I had a fever and sore throat (turned out to be strep). While I was waiting fo the resident, I started chilling, and I was lying down on the exam table covered with my coat when he came into the room. He did a test for strep, and then asked if there were anything else I needed. Contraceptives?
I know he was just following some sort of checklist that said ask women in their 20s about BC, but at the time, I was not seeing anyone and the thought that popped into my head was, 'I'm too SICK to be doing anything like that!' In my defense, my temp was 103, and the idea of meeting a man on my walk home and suddenly being so overcome with lust and passion that I'd drag him back to my apartment was ludicrous.

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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1556 on: December 25, 2013, 02:45:47 PM »
 

(To be fair, my understanding is that breastfeeding makes it LESS likely for you to get pregnant - it's your body's way of trying to make sure you don't have too many babies too quickly.  It's by no means foolproof, though.)

Oh dear... so many mothers believe this, and yet every single doctor tells you this isn't true, drives me batty.
It's sad- but the best  clue is knowing your family history. Both my grandmothers had a second child quickly after the first one, and I'm sure they were still nursing the first child since formula wasn't available. There's too many accounts of 'Irish twins' and other quickly-spaced children during times when a woman had to have been breastfeeding.
Powdered/canned formula might not have been available, but widespread bottle feeding has been around for decades, at least since the 1930's, IIRC.  "Formula", oh-so-scientific-and-modern, was canned evaporated milk, water, and Karo syrup.  Women were automatically given injections in the hospital to dry up their milk, since breastfeeding was not only old-fashioned, but with no way to tell how much the baby was getting, was actually considered BAD for the baby!
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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1557 on: December 27, 2013, 03:54:44 PM »
I am jealous of everyone who's mothers actually told themthe facts of life.  (We live in the South and the school's philosophy is: of course boys are going to get into trouble and want sex but girls should know better!)  My mother was too embarrassed to go over it with me so she handed me an illustrated book (it was NOT a scientific text, and maybe just 30 - 50 pages) and let me figure it out on my own.  I mis-learned a lot from friends and assumed they must know better than I did.

I also knew girls in college that had no idea women have separate orifices for reproduction and bladder. 


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« Reply #1558 on: December 27, 2013, 04:00:57 PM »
I am jealous of everyone who's mothers actually told themthe facts of life.  (We live in the South and the school's philosophy is: of course boys are going to get into trouble and want sex but girls should know better!)  My mother was too embarrassed to go over it with me so she handed me an illustrated book (it was NOT a scientific text, and maybe just 30 - 50 pages) and let me figure it out on my own.  I mis-learned a lot from friends and assumed they must know better than I did.

I also knew girls in college that had no idea women have separate orifices for reproduction and bladder. 



did you mean orifice or organ?  Because the two organs are accessed through the same orifice

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« Reply #1559 on: December 27, 2013, 04:12:14 PM »
No, they aren't. The urethra on females is a different opening.