Sexual Health

Irregular Periods with Depo

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Question

I'm on the fifth month of Depo Provera, and while I was pretty prepared for the side effect of "irregular periods" I can't say I was all that thrilled to realize that that meant having my period straight for about 4-5 weeks. I went on the shot initially because the pill wasn't helping that much with my cramps, which were debilitating at times. These periods aren't bad, very light bleeding mostly and little to no cramping. But there are also very other unpleasant side effects for 5 weeks which are stomach issues. I have IBS and before when I was on the pill I knew I'd have one or two bad days because of my hormones, but now I could have an IBS flare-up whenever my body feels like it, which is annoying and stressful especially since school has started. I can't orgasm or get "turned on" without awful cramps or bleeding right after, which is also very annoying. And lastly, it's a 5-week roller coaster of emotions. I already have anxiety, so these hormones make it pretty bad sometimes for absolutely no reason. I guess to finally get to my question, will these periods eventually go away? I get my third shot in two weeks and I'm excited for it because the second shot made the first 5-week period go away. Or should I consider a different type of birth control besides the shot or pill?

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Chlamydia and Oral Sex

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Question

If a female has chlamydia, how likely is it that she will infect her partner with chlamydia of the throat during oral sex? Also, how likely is the reverse to happen: If someone has chlamydia of the throat, how likely is it that he/she will infect a female with chlamydia while giving her oral sex? How about transmission of throat to throat during kissing?

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Birth Control and Anxiety?

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Question

I started birth control maybe six months ago, and recently have been experiencing a lot of anxiety, with no major life changes. It was just a sporadic thing the first couple months, but has become more of a regular occurrence the past few weeks. Could this be a side effect of the pill, since it is hormones? Is it safe to just stop taking the pill?

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Taking Apri

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Question

Hello, I know I should take my pill at the same time every day (I am on Apri, a 28 day cycle monophasic pill), but I'm curious if there is a window of time (for example, plus or minus 2 hours of my normal time) that is safe for me to take my pill and have the effectiveness stay the same. Thanks!

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Clearing HPV

Friday, May 16, 2014


Question

I am a 22 year old male who recently developed genital warts. I have been using podoflix treatment. They have gone away and recurred twice now in two months, and I know this is often the case. I read that in two years, the majority of HPV infections clear. This is a virus so what does infection clearing mean? In terms of warts, will they go away if the infection clears, and what is the situation with future partners and contagion?

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