Its Embarrsing And Just Not Funny

I have had a lot of vaginal problems since the rape... I absolutely hate going for pap smears, vaginal examinations and the like

today I have had a itchy vaginal labia area and just sort of felt into my vagina walls a bit and it didn't really feel right.

I had a little diarrhoea today and getting over my period ... I was so itchy and still using pinetasal and hydrozole

but used some cleansing wipes as well...

I just feel so yuky down there ... my anal area has been so sore with constipation yesterday and then diarrhoea today so I didn't eat much.

I sort of felt a slight lump... I know I have a nabothian cyst on the cervix but it was just strange. 

I am worried when this starts up... its off putting ... and then the worry sets in ...

if you read this please don't laugh its serious and has been so for over 10 years now...

this rash over my face, arms and neck does not help my self esteem .. I even had a few boils as well last week...

 I have had boils before as far back as 15 years ago they were bad for a while and so sore... painful the swelling is huge.

and I am sick of itching..

I feel dirty all the time and use heaps of peroxide ...
czaristacrystals czaristacrystals
36-40, F
5 Responses May 11, 2012

Hi there,<br />
I'm a Uni of Technology Sydney student writing an article about how the HPV vaccination ( which was given to girls in school between 2007-2009) is having such a dramatic effect on sexual health that it may ELIMINATE pap-smears, stirrups and speculums in turn for a basic swab! I'm looking for women who have had a bad pap smear experience/ are terrified of them/ find them painful and or awkward to comment for my article! It's just for a uni assessment and not for further publication! Any assistance would be FANTASTIC! I would however need a real name, please help! Thanks! Ally Dennis

and people wonder why I find sex and romance a complete bloody hassle and misery??

I have to keep a look out for cancer with our family cancer gene record.... <br />
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ovarian cancer - what you need to know<br />
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All statistics and facts are compiled from the American Cancer Society and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute<br />
risk factors<br />
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Anything that increases your odds of contracting a disease is considered a risk factor for it. Interestingly, some women with few risk factors may contract ovarian cancer, while other women with more risk factors may not.<br />
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The fact of the matter is that ALL women, simply because they are women, are at risk for developing ovarian cancer. Therefore, all women should be on guard for its symptoms, which may be vague at first but typically increase in severity as the disease progresses.<br />
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Until there are accessible, accurate, early-stage diagnostics for ovarian cancer, knowing what one's own risk factors are and being aware of and vigilant for its symptoms are a woman's only defenses. The greatest hope of surviving ovarian cancer comes with early detection.<br />
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Pap tests DO NOT detect ovarian cancer. Women at every risk level should insist on being screened regularly, even though there is room for considerable error with current screening methods such as transvaginal ultrasonography, rectovaginal pelvic examination and genetic testing for BRCA mutations.<br />
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Risk factors for certain types of ovarian cancers can include:<br />
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Having a personal or family history of ovarian cancer, breast cancer or colorectal cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, up to 10% of ovarian cancers result from an inherited tendency to develop the disease. Mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes can predispose a woman to develop breast or ovarian cancer. Colorectal cancer also carries a genetic component which may increase a woman's risk for ovarian cancer. The younger you or your family members were at the time of diagnosis, the higher your risk for developing ovarian cancer.<br />
Being post-menopausal. Most ovarian cancers develop after a woman has entered menopause, with the majority of cases being diagnosed in women age 65 and up. However, ovarian cancer can strike at any age.<br />
Being obese. A study by the American Cancer Society correlated a higher rate of ovarian cancer deaths in obese women, with the highest death rates among women who were the most obese.<br />
Experiencing undesired infertility or using fertility drugs. Women who have not had children or who have used fertility drugs to achieve pregnancy seem to have a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer than women who have had children, women who breastfed and women who have used oral contraceptives.<br />
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symptoms of ovarian cancer<br />
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What makes ovarian cancer so unspeakably dangerous is that it is hardest to detect in its early stages. Sadly, only about 19% of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed before the cancer has spread outside of the ovaries when the disease is most responsive to treatment.<br />
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To complicate matters, the ovaries are tiny organs buried deep within the abdomen, making the symptoms originating from them all the more difficult to detect and all the more likely to be confused for something far less serious. The more progressed the disease, the more pronounced the symptoms are likely to be.<br />
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The most common symptoms include:<br />
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Bloating <br />
Pelvic or abdominal pain <br />
Trouble eating or feeling full quickly <br />
Urinary urgency or frequency<br />
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Although these symptoms can also be indicative of benign conditions, they can suggest the presence of cancers in other organs. Symptoms that are out of the ordinary for you and that persist almost daily for 2 weeks or more should be brought to the immediate attention of your gynecologist.<br />
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Additional symptoms of ovarian cancer, which can also be symptoms of other conditions, include:<br />
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Upset stomach <br />
Back pain <br />
Pain during sex <br />
Constipation <br />
Menstrual changes<br />
Unexplained changes in bowel habits<br />
Unexplained weight gain or weight loss<br />
Ongoing unusual fatigue<br />
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prevention<br />
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Can ovarian cancer be prevented?<br />
Science is still far from knowing how to prevent ovarian cancer, but there is mounting evidence suggesting ways of reducing one's risk of developing the disease.<br />
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Oral contraception. Women who have used birth control pills for 5 or more consecutive years reduce their risk of developing ovarian cancer; their risk continues to drop the longer birth control pills are used. However, the use of birth control pills may elevate some risk of developing breast cancer in some women.<br />
Breast feeding and pregnancy. Having one or more children, particularly before age 25, and breast feeding may decrease one's risk of developing ovarian cancer.<br />
Surgical prevention. For women who are at particularly high risk for ovarian cancer and who are outside of their reproductive years, certain surgical procedures such as tubal ligation (tying the fallopian tubes), hysterectomy (removing the uterus) and oophorectomy (removing the ovaries) can greatly reduce the relative risk of developing ovarian cancer. However, all surgical procedures carry risks and should be discussed in full with one's physician.<br />
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diagnosis<br />
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How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?<br />
Unfortunately, 77% of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed in an advanced stage, primarily because symptoms that present in the early stages of the disease are often subtle, misinterpreted, inconsistent or ignored. Even routine pelvic exams are unlikely to detect ovarian cancer when it is most treatable before it has spread beyond the ovaries.<br />
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The sooner ovarian cancer can be correctly diagnosed, the greater a woman's chances are of surviving it. Ovarian cancer may be uncommon, but it is especially deadly. That's why it is so important for women to be aware of the symptoms and keen to their possible presence at all times.<br />
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Screening tests. Scientists and researchers continue to pursue reliable screening methods for the early detection of ovarian cancer. At present, there are a number of tests available that may be of some benefit to women at particular risk for the disease:<br />
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Pelvic exam. Even though a pelvic exam is unlikely to reveal early forms of ovarian cancer, it can still be a useful tool for helping doctors detect variations from ba<x>seline conditions. Therefore, it is highly recommended that women age 18 and up have mandatory annual vaginal exams and that women age 35 and up have annual rectovaginal exams (in which the physician palpates the rectum and vagina simultaneously to detect abnormal swelling and tenderness).<br />
Transvaginal sonography. Usually performed as a precaution among women at high risk for developing ovarian cancer or after a woman has an abnormal pelvic exam, this imaging technique uses an ultrasound instrument placed in the vagina. While more helpful than pelvic exams or CA-125 blood tests alone, the transvaginal ultrasound is limited in its ability to detect cancer early on.<br />
CA-125 test. This blood test measures levels of CA-125, a blood-borne protein produced by some ovarian cancer cells and by other non-cancerous conditions. Because this blood test may yield elevated (positive) results in the presence of non-cancerous conditions as well, it has a limited capacity for detecting early-stage ovarian cancer.<br />
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If preliminary screening methods suggest the presence of ovarian cancer, your healthcare provider may recommend conducting a CT scan, X-ray or biopsy to confirm results.<br />
stages of ovarian cancer<br />
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Ovarian cancer is classified in chronological stages I through IV. Each stage can then be further classified into sub-categories. Should you be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, your doctor will be your best resource when it comes to understanding the full categorization and classification of your cancer.<br />
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The following chart provides an overview of the four basic stages of ovarian cancer:<br />
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Stage I. Ovarian cancer is confined to one or both ovaries.<br />
Stage II. Ovarian cancer has spread to other locations in the pelvis, such as the uterus or fallopian tubes.<br />
Stage III. Ovarian cancer has spread to the lining of the abdomen (peritoneum) or to the lymph nodes within the abdomen. This is the most common stage of disease identified at the time of diagnosis.<br />
Stage IV. Ovarian cancer has spread to organs beyond the abdomen.<br />
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I also have a ovarian cyst and one is slightly bigger than the other... <br />
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the itch does drive me mad.... endep helps stop the itch a little but causes too much bladder problems and urinary issues.