13 Struggles Anyone With A Vagina Can Relate To

*Mentally counts the hours your tampon has been in*

The first time you saw a speculum your heart may have leapt out of your chest.

The first time you saw a speculum your heart may have leapt out of your chest.

If you get nervous any time you think about this, it might be helpful to learn what's actually going on during a Pap smear. At least then you'll know what to expect once your feet are in the stirrups.

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You heard one horror story about toxic shock syndrome (TSS) as a teen and you were never able to get it out of your head.

You heard one horror story about toxic shock syndrome (TSS) as a teen and you were never able to get it out of your head.

Don't worry, gynecologists say it's safe to sleep with a tampon in overnight — just use the least absorbent tampon you can and don't forget about it.

Plus, TSS is actually very rare (when it was most prevalent in 1980, the rate was 6-12 per 100,000 menstruating women; but by 1986 it dropped to 1 in 100,000 menstruating women). Still, it's a life-threatening complication of a bacterial infection (usually Staphylococcus aureus or group A streptococcus) with symptoms like a high fever, vomiting, and a rash; so it makes sense to be terrified of it.

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The first time you got a UTI you might not have known what it was, but you never forgot it.

The first time you got a UTI you might not have known what it was, but you never forgot it.

Urinary tract infections suck, but they're super common. They're caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract through the urethra, which can sometimes happen during sex. And, unfortunately, some people are just particularly susceptible to UTIs.

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Now you always try to take care so it never happens again.

Now you always try to take care so it never happens again.

Yep, peeing after sex can help prevent UTIs. So can drinking lots of water, wiping from front to back, and avoiding feminine wipes or douches which can irritate the urethra.

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