Last year, I tested a sex toy that left me in constant vaginal pain for months. The lasting effects of this injury, however, still haunt me. Nine months later, I’m still trying to find my sex drive.
If you’re sexually active and have never been tested for STDs, you’re probably long overdue. While being nervous is completely understandable, there’s really nothing to an STD test. Read this Q&A guide on what to expect when you get tested for STDs so you’re prepared for your first time. Hopefully soon you’ll make it part of your regular health care routine.
IUDs have over a 99% effectiveness rating, making it one of the most effective forms of birth control available. Since everyone’s experience with getting the IUD can vary, I wasn’t sure what to expect with my IUD insert. Looking back, though, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
We like to think our medical professionals are free from biases, but they are no different from the rest of the world. When I saw a doctor for an infection in 2014, I had no idea how badly the discrimination I faced would affect my ability to receive medical care for almost a year.