sd;lfkajw3;orijo23ij’a UTIs are the WORST! I get them chronically and every time I feel one coming I freak out.
The past couple of years I’ve learned how to manage them. Here’s what you need to know about UTIs:
-There are no safe, holistic approaches to cure a UTI (although there are ways to cope which I’ll talk about below). A urinary tract infection cannot be flushed out of your system and it won’t go away on its own! Left untreated, the bacteria will make its way up to your kidneys and give you a more serious infection. If you think you have one (burns to pee, feels like you have to pee when you don’t, only little drips coming out, achey pelvis) see a doc for treatment ASAP.
-There are ways to keep bacteria away from your urethra to help prevent UTIs. Here’s what I do:
*Wear cotton undies (full butt is best) whenever possible
*Don’t wear pants that are really tight too often
*Take cranberry pills, I take 3 per day
*Drink enough water!!!! THIS IS HUGE
*Wipe front to back
*Pee before and after sex
*Avoid bubble baths or putting soap around your vulva
Showers are your friend!
-While I have a UTI, it helps me to use a heating pad and amp up the water drinking even more. While you’re waiting to see a doctor, you could use a UTI pain reliever called “Azo” - just remember that even though you won’t be in pain, the infection is still there.
-If you get more than 3 UTIs a year, talk to your doctor about it. There are other causes for UTIs beside bacteria (even though that’s most common) so it’s worth investigating.
hope you feel better soon :(
And avoid citrus fruits and acidic foods :)
….is this real life
I duno, but i jolly well home so! I might just have to do that one day for shizz and giggles.
Having PCOS myself i think this is fantastic. I have problem with excessive hair growth and in some embarassing places too :( and it makes me feel so ugly. But at the same time, due to have eczema i have to be careful and use hair removal sparingly. I believe that women shouldn’t be made to feel like freaks due to hair of all things. Every single human being has hair, this whole hair removal industry is toxic, more so than their products. Removing body hair doesn’t make you cleaner or happier, fitting in with societies ideals makes us have the sense of being cleaner and happier when removing body hair deemed unhygeinic, dirty and freakish. Body hair is there for a reason, and in some, like me, it’s different, but we should be celebrating our differences, than trying to banish them away.
On the subject of body hair, I’m doing Armpits for August!
For anyone who’s not heard of it, here’s the facebook description:Armpits4August is a month long charity event for cis and trans women – starting this year, in August 2012. Participants will grow underarm hair for one month, and get friends to sponsor them to raise money for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is something a lot of women have, but it’s hardly ever talked about. A common symptom of PCOS can be hirsutism (excessive hair growth), so by growing our body hair we are working towards having pride in our body hair, not shame. Pit Pride will provide a stimulus and safe space to discuss women’s often complicated, emotional, or embarrassing experience of body hair. We believe the shame a lot of women feel about their body hair is a consequence of living in a society that regulates, controls and dictates that women’s bodies must conform to incredibly narrow beauty standards. This creates a physically, socially, and mentally damaging image of what is ‘natural’ – an image that turns out to be no more than an idea. There is no standard, universal, typical – let alone ‘normal’ – pattern of body hair for women. We think that the display of underarm hairgrowth in August 2012 will be one way of demonstrating this, so we will also construct an online archive of photos to show the diversity of hair that we have: colour, shape, density, texture, speed, etc. We will also be providing you with resources for other creative events to celebrate your body hair, such as body hair mapping, pit pamper parties, discussion groups, and more!
We welcome comment, debate, encouragement and criticism on the blog, especially from women who have experienced the intersections of oppression (race, class, gender, ethnicity, ableism, sexual orientation etc.) differently/additionally to ourselves, and are keen to engage with critiques of the limitations of such a project as well as its benefits in order to make it as inclusive as possible. We do not, however, welcome any attempts to tell us that post-pubescent women with body hair (no matter how much) are disgusting, unhygienic, ‘un-natural,’ etc. Nor will we accept any form of misogyny, sexism, racism, homophobia, classism or any anti-feminist/trans/queer rhetoric or other such hateful speech: these comments will be deleted.
Pit Pride/Armpits for August is being organised by a small group of women (full-, part- and no-time hairies) that, whilst not necessarily agreeing on everything, believe talking and acting on these issues is important. We would LOVE to hear from anyone who would like to get involved with organisation (at any level), both in London (where we are mostly based/centred) as well as anyone who would like to roll this out in other regions/cities/countries/galaxies.I’m not raising money, as I’ve always found asking people for sponsorship a bit uncomfortable, so just doing it in solidarity! Mainly because the idea of not shaving my underarms makes me feel deeply uncomfortable, I’ve tried not doing it before and not enjoyed it, which I think is more of a reason to do it smash my own inhibitions about it. Esspecially when i know other people are doing it and that there’s that kind of support network.So it’s been 6 days and I have a tiny bit of hair!
‘mother nature’ £5
I can’t wait to get a new camera at the end of the month, it really does not do this necklace justice. It’s my first attempt at making a long beaded necklace. The thread didn’t help by splitting half way through, making it hard to put new beads on, but with a quick snip from a pair of handy scissors it was solved. HUZZAH!
‘i <3 the irish’ £3 (Taken with Instagram)
‘the posh bird’ £3 (Taken with Instagram)
‘basic inspiration’ £1 (Taken with Instagram)
‘posh doggy’ £1 (Taken with Instagram)
‘run forest, run’ £3 (Taken with Instagram)