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WARNING: The following post has information and details about my period and birth control pills. Read at your own risk.

SO, I have a follow-up appointment tomorrow since I've switched BC 'n' such lately....just a little look at the pipes.

And I started a day early, today. I should have started tomorrow evening (and yes, I know it's beyond ridiculous that I can usually predict not on the day but the hour), but now I'm stuck with an appointment AND a slight, er, problem.

SOOOOOO, anyone know if I can just go anyway? Things aren't *ahem* heavy or anything, and I need to get in there before the 21st because that's when the insurance runs out and I need to sneak in another three months of pills on the Army. I'm not even completely sure there's a PAP involved, just a consult.

It's not like I can call in the morning and ask...I'll need to drop off the kids and haul booty up to the base to make sure I get through security by 8:30, so I have 15 minutes to craaaaaaaawl past the MPs to the medical cetner and be there 15 minutes before my appointment. Those nurses mean business when they say to get there 15 minutes early. I learned that the hard way.

Thoughts?

impolite





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SOOOOOO, anyone know if I can just go anyway? Things aren't *ahem* heavy or anything, and I need to get in there before the 21st because that's when the insurance runs out and I need to sneak in another three months of pills on the Army. I'm not even completely sure there's a PAP involved, just a consult.

Definitely.Go.
when you arrive tell them you are flowing and the doc may wish to skip/reschedule that part of the exam, but you want the rest of the appointment, and to refill your scrips.
they can, do the PAP during this, it is just messier.

Then you can go back for the rechedule - or not and just cancel it when the insurance runs out but you will have your refills.

peace & appointments
t
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SOOOOOO, anyone know if I can just go anyway? Things aren't *ahem* heavy or anything, and I need to get in there before the 21st because that's when the insurance runs out and I need to sneak in another three months of pills on the Army. I'm not even completely sure there's a PAP involved, just a consult.

Greetings, impolite, I think you could go. You are not by far and away the only one on her period, light, heavy or in-between who has had a need for a pelvic exam (if indeed you do) - I did my share of these exams on women in the midst of their flow. It's possible to use a syringe filled with warm water to wash the fluids away from the cervical opening and the vaginal walls if it comes to that. The only complicated part COULD be the pap smear in that the extra cells shed by menstrual flow could obscure the cervical cells collected that need to be read microscopically. I'm not an OB/Gyn - medgoddess (Kristi) is, so perhaps she could answer you more definitely, but there are also plenty of women for whom their major gynecological issue is menometrorrhagia (or prolonged, heavy periods) and who may essentially find it IMPOSSIBLE to be off their period at the time of an appointment. Guess who gets gyn exams anyway?

I envy you the precision of your timing. I am still regular but think I'll be slowing down soon because this year I will be 50 and my mom, who had a hysterectomy (though whose ovaries were left in place) at age 35 THINKS she went into menopause around age 51. Hers was so easy she said she barely noticed it - nary a hot flash nor emotional flare-ups nor foggy-brain. I hope I take after her. But what I really hope is that I still retain SOME kind of warning sign that I will be about to start my flow. Messes suck and can you believe I don't think I've made it through a single d*mn period since age 11 when I started without having at least a slight mess somehow? That is practically 40 YEARS of unimpeded periods (I never did have kids), and given 12 months in a year, that is a stupid *480* periods with some stupid stain in my undies or on the bedsheets or something. Yuck. It's not like I'm NEW at this or anything. Is it any wonder that I keep a container of Iron-Out in the laundry room? Sigh. And just to add insult to injury, I still have cramps. Yuck, YUck, YUCK. Enough, already, eh? But ibuprofen works just fine (kissing the ground in thanks) and I've somehow mananged to keep my youthful visage - must be all that estrogen I must still be producing. Nonetheless, I don't think I could for sure anymore be able to predict THAT closely when things will begin. It used to be that close when I was on the pill, 20 years ago or so. Now I have to rely on nature to hint to me and sometimes I think I've gone deaf where nature's whispers are concerned.

xraymd

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Is it any wonder that I keep a container of Iron-Out in the laundry room?

Off the shelf hydrogen peroxide is also excellent at removing blood & other protein stains (should you happen to be stabbed or something, your first thought will, of course, be how will I ever get this blood out?

peace & H2O2
t
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Just go. They are used to that kind of stuff.
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WARNING: The following post has information and details about my period and birth control pills. Read at your own risk.

WOOT! Blood & hormones, what could be better than that?

eag
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WOOT! Blood & hormones, what could be better than that?



Mucous.

RJ
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Mucous.

RJ


Mmmmmmm, mucous.

Homer
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