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Transwomen will now be admitted, making them unique among the nation’s 114 single-sex colleges. As Mills’ president told KTVU, “We were the first women’s college west of the Rockies. We were the first women’s college to have a computer science program. This is just another in many firsts.”
Great move by Mills. Here’s another take on the story from SF Gate.
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I enjoyed your post about miconazole, I was wondering if you had any opinions on gentian violet as a cheaper OTC remedy for yeast? I know, I know, it’s messy. And my NP called me “old school” when I talked about using it for vaginal yeast infections. But lots of my lactation clients use it, and I’ve had great success with it as a powerful and single-dose remedy for vaginal yeast infections. I hate miconazole with a fiery passion, so I usually just do the gentian violet/probiotics/garlic clove up the vag thing!
What is it? It’s a chemical used to kill fungi, like yeast. It’s also a coal-tar derivative, which means that it started as coal and was sent through a significantly chemically process to get it to coal-tar and then again from coal-tar to gentian violet. It used to be used in the 60s and 70s much more often than it is now.
Why don’t we use it anymore? Well, there are NO STUDIES specifying how to use it in the vagina. There are studies that say yes, it does kill fungus, and there are studies that say yes, it does work for fungus in the mouth, but there is nothing specifying the dose, the concentration, and the length of use in vaginas. There’s no information even saying that it’s even safe.
But do people use it for vaginal yeast infections? Yes, they do. Here are some important notes about using it for vaginas from a vulvovaginal specialist doctor that I respect:
- Use only concentrations of 1% or less, otherwise it can be very irritating to the walls of the vagina
- Gentian violet is messy, and bright purple. Expect that it will stain everything, including your skin. Wear a pad and undies you don’t care about while you use it and after you finish.
- No sexual activity while using gentian violet, as that will tear the skin and potentially cause you to be permanently tattooed.
- What you need to use it:
- Disposable gloves
- Gentian violet 1%
- A disposable Tupperware type plastic container for mixing the gentian violet and soaking the tampon
- Tampons with a plastic applicator (a cardboard applicator will fall apart in the liquid)
- A tablespoon (and possibly teaspoon) that you won’t mind throwing away
- Dark towels
- Vaseline to coat your skin (if you choose)
- Underwear that you won’t mind throwing away
- Plastic baggies (for throwing away the tampon applicator, you don’t want to risk stains as you chuck the tampon in the trash, but obviously you can avoid this step if you like)
How to do it (taken from this article):
- Wash your hands. Apply Vaseline to protect the skin of your vulva if you decide on that option. Have your pad secure in the underwear that you are going to put on and close at hand. Wash your hands again and dry them well. Put on the disposable gloves. (you can also apply the Vaseline while the tampon is soaking up the gentian violet if mixing up the stuff with your bottoms off bothers you and you think you can be quick about it).
- Add one tablespoon of gentian violet 1% to the Tupperware container. If you plan on diluting it add another tablespoon of water and you will have a 0.5% solution (based on the oral studies for thrush 0.5% is probably fine and likely to be less irritating). You don’t need much liquid. If you want to make a 0.1% solution use one teaspoon of gentian violet and three tablespoons of water.
- Take the tampon out of the wrapper and put the tip in the gentian violet. The liquid will soak up into the tampon through the opening at the tip. Let it soak about ¾ of the way up. This will not take very long (a few minutes at most).
- Insert the tampon as you normally would and put the applicator in the baggie to throw away. Remove the tampon after 3-4 hours and discard, remove sooner if you have irritation.
- Repeat this for 5 to 12 days depending on your symptoms. Starting at once a day seems reasonable.
- If you fail this or any other treatment for yeast you should get a yeast (mycology) culture before retreating. Many women and their health care providers incorrectly diagnose chronic yeast based on symptoms or the and what they see (or think they see) under the microscope. A mycology culture is the gold standard. You don’t want to use any treatment repeatedly for a problem that you may not have.
I hope that’s helpful! I know some people who use it, but it sort of seems to me like it’s a bit of a hassle. However, if you’re hoping to avoid some of the traditional anti-fungals, I can see it working. If you use gentian violet regularly, let me know what you think! I’d love more information on it.
Personal FYSE post
Have an interview with a local doula group! They need another doula to handle some of their work. They’re actually the ones letting me take their birthing classes for free, and we’ve talked a little on facebook! They said they really liked my resume.
I’m really nervous, because this is my first interview ever, and this would be my first actual taxable job. They have a lot of resources that would really help me get certified and help me with the doula profession in general.
Anyone have any tips for interviews, specifically doula related interviews? I have no clue what to expect and I’m really nervous.
I’m afraid of needles but I want to get the HPV vaccine. What should I do?
Someone asked us:
How badly does the HPV vaccine hurt? I know that I should get it because it’s an important vaccine and I feel so stupid but I’ve been putting it off because I’ve heard that it’s really painful and I hate needles and I’m so scared!
I am so there with you on hating needles. I can’t tell you how much of a weenie I am about getting shots and blood work. But as nervous as I was about getting my HPV shots, they didn’t end up being particularly painful or eventful. I psyched myself up for a whole lot of nothing.
But, everyone reacts to shots differently — some people have pain and others don’t. My advice: plan ahead to make things go as smoothly and painlessly as possible. Here are some things you can do to make the process easier:
Tell your doctor or nurse about your concerns. It’s unlikely that you’re the first patient they’ve seen with a fear of needles, so they’ll be prepared to deal with your needle anxiety.
Bring something distracting to do. Try to use your time before your appointment for relaxation — read a book, listen to some music, engage in something that calms your nerves so you’ll be less tense when you go in.
Use the buddy system. Having someone there who can comfort you if you start to panic can make a huge difference.
Give yourself something to look forward to after your appointment. Because you deserve a reward for taking care of your health and facing your fears.
From one scaredy cat to another, I know it can be hard but I promise it’s totally worth it.
-Mylanie at Planned Parenthood
I’ve had a fear of needles forever. One thing that helped me was never looking at the needle. You sit down in the chair, close your eyes or look at a fixed point in front of you and focus on your breathing. Counting to 7 while breathing in and then breathing out to make sure you don’t hyperventilate. Imagine yourself somewhere else. Somewhere you are comfortable and makes you feel good. It can be a totally made up place.
so it finally happened
in midwife circles the fact I’m trans* came up and someone was like
"if I was expecting, I probably wouldn’t ask you to be my midwife."
and I was like
"That’s fine. Because the wonderful thing is, you get to choose who your midwife is. And your midwife gets to accept. Why do you think voicing the fact you wouldn’t pick me has any bearing whatsoever? Am I supposed to feel bad that, gosh gee willikers, some white lady in Boston doesn’t want me to be their midwife? That’s fine - because I am not looking to serve you."
That’s the beautiful thing about having many different midwives out there - there’s the right midwife for everybody who wants one. And go you, parteira, for not freaking out on her or letting her cramp your style. I’m so excited for you to become a midwife!
This is one of my fears about being a doula. All doula material assumes that you are a woman, and although now there is 1 male doula that exists… that’s not very reassuring.