and another thing

There are few things more frustrating than searching for women’s health issues online. For every smidgen of decent advice I find, there are tens of thousands of search results from online forums filled with the stupidest people alive. I applaud the fact that people are going online to either find help or share stories, but the amount of misinformation out there is terrifying.

In fact, I’m so upset about the stories these girls are telling each other – virgins can’t get herpes; mystery bumps are always cancer; excessive masturbation is the cause – that I can almost overlook the fact that 98% of the posts look like this:

i have a lump beside my clit n it bout the size of a small glass ball n it goes away on its own somtimes even by the next day but everytime it comes back its bigger n hurts more its been going on 4 years everyone told me its nothing so i never worried but now i am… im scard to go to the doctors bc i dont want to find out its cancer

there is no decoloration, but I am not sure what it is. I had been only sexual active with my boyfriend threw out my whole life, but i had an incedent with my another man close to me, one night when I was drunk. And I am cant remeber if I had this lump before or after I had sexwith him. I know he had been with other partners before me and I was wonder what it might be. I had took std and hiv test a couple months before this and i plan to take another for this purpose. Though I do want to settle my mind a little before my oppoinemnt.

I also find it incredibly disheartening that most of these posts are one of two kinds: I’m too embarrassed to go to my doctor, or I don’t have insurance and can’t afford to go to the doctor. The embarrassment I understand (but wish it were otherwise); the other one makes my stomach hurt. Try being terrified at the weird things growing out of your body and having nowhere to turn, THEN go protest at the proposed US health care changes.

Sorry, tangent.

Anyway. Recurring issues with cysts. I’ve been to the doctor, both regular type and specialist, and they were no help. I don’t like random painful bumps, and the internet – usually all I ever need, in any situation – isn’t helping at all.

Now I’m depressed about my vagina AND our future. Just great.

One thought on “and another thing

  1. Don’t blame the Internets, blame the search engines.

    Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston diagnosed my wife’s extremely rare lung condition in a matter of days, after she was bounced around for 8 months from one Calgary doctor to another. BWH has a number of online resources, some of which you may find pertinent. A glance at their documents relating to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) may help you move forward in your research.

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