New study suggests vulvodynia common but underdiagnosed

fuckyeahgenderstudies:

What great timing! A new study ("Prevalence and demographic characteristics of vulvodynia in a population-based sample", American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology) (which you can also read about at the Huffington Post using the big link above if you don’t have access to ScienceDirect), shows that vulvodynia (vaginal pain) is far more common than previously thought, with about a one-in-twelve of us with vulvas having experienced it at one time or another. 

You can read about my own struggles with vulval pain as well as lot more on vulval genitality and sexuality in my “vagina monologues” series, here.

Crucially, what this study shows it that although vulvodynia is a relatively common condition, it’s extremely underdiagnosed.

Of 208 women meeting vulvodynia criteria, 101 (48.6%) had sought treatment, and only 3 (1.4%) had been diagnosed with vulvodynia (unweighted values).

That’s terrible! One fucking per cent. And it gets worse. Of study participants who had previous symptoms of vulvodynia (n=384), they took a mean of 12.5 years to resolve. Yes, vulvodynia is not an easy condition to treat, but when only one per cent of sufferers has a concrete diagnosis, despite nearly fifty times that number having sought treatment, i would imagine that a significant contributory factor behind that large symptom-resolution interval is the fact that sufferers’ pain just isn’t being treated.

I’m comparatively lucky in that my vulvodynia is provoked (caused by touching) rather than unprovoked (not caused by touching; and, although not necessarily unrelenting, causes the sufferer to be in a lot more pain than the unprovoked variety). Some people can’t even sit down without being in extreme pain.

This study highlights how important it is to raise the profile of disorders like this so that sufferers know that it’s not something they have to just put up with and so that physicians know what the hell it is and can adequately and expediently diagnose and treat the condition.

And, remember, this isn’t really about a “sexual problem” (although the sexual aspect can present a problem for some—but it doesn’t have to; see my discussion about how i have a great sex life without penetration here). This is about pain. 

just doing hw listening to taylor swift’s early work

Schizophrenia, trauma and misdiagnosis

traumatherapist:

Severe trauma is known to cause psychotic symptoms and we know some things about those.

  • Several studies found a correlation between the severity of abuse and severity of psychotic symptoms.
  • Trauma is more often associated with the positive symptoms of hallucinations and delusions…

In all the Western media craze over the young Pakistani activist Malala, there is a key point ignored about her: She is not only a Muslim feminist, she is a socialist with Marxist tendencies. In her own words: “I am convinced Socialism is the only answer and I urge all comrades to take this struggle to a victorious conclusion. Only this will free us from the chains of bigotry and exploitation.”

jamiesinverguenza:

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so-treu:

whatisthat-velvet:

Drag ha, Hari!

well i mean.

jamiesinverguenza:

[Image: a screencap of a tweet by @harikondabolu that reads, “Apparently @IGGYAZALEA thinks she should be allowed to say the N-word. Yet, she’s allowed to say the word “Ferguson,” but she doesn’t.”]

so-treu:

whatisthat-velvet:

Drag ha, Hari!

well i mean.

So there are two programs in social work school, one for people who are just entering the field and will have an unpaid field placement, and one for people who are already working in the field and will use their paying job as their field placement. The schedule results in the two programs not having many classes together. Guess which one is all white people? I’m in the working students program but have one class w two years… in the two year class, there are four students of color. In my working students classes, there are maybe 1-3 white Americans and the rest POC. It concerns me that the ones in the two year program (the white people) get a social work education surrounded by other white people… and may end up more arrogant, more ignorant, and probably getting better jobs when graduate than people who’ve been in the field.

glad to know I can still reach the point of the semester where all my clothes are covered in lint and I’m five mins late to actually everything

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.

it’s the kind of day where i’m listening to dar williams and my friends are moving but like i just wanna know where do i have to move to become a country musician?

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timebasedmetadatagod:

im gonna be honest, i did this and it looks great

timebasedmetadatagod:

im gonna be honest, i did this and it looks great

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i love the moon but today looking at the full moon and i was like why people always gotta say the moon is feminine. who orbits around who in the universe. sun gives life, boom.

I know that Black creativity has saved your life many times before. I know, because I’ve seen it happen. I’ve listened as non-Black people in my communities raised on Hip Hop talked about how it was the only relatable, empowering culture they found that also educated and radicalized them as a youth. It was formational. I’ve watched people become politicized, shaping their new political identities after bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Assata Shakur, Angela Davis and Frantz Fanon. I’ve watched as folks become activist celebrities using radical ideas from Black Power and Civil Rights movements to shape programs that do not benefit Black people. I’ve watched as people make livings and loads of social capital off of DJing Black music, dancing, walking and dressing like Black people, selling the Black aesthetic to others. I’ve heard that friends use Nina Simone and Sade to sing them back from depression, Rihanna and D’Angelo to get them in the mood. So many people in my communities, lately, have been using Octavia Butler to renew their hope for radical futures. Without Black people, what would your lives be? You might be thinking, you know, it’s so much more complicated than all this, race is complex, we’re all part of the human family, etc., etc…

Black art is not free for all damaged souls. When Nina sang about strange fruit, she was talking about a lynching…of Black people. When Black rappers say Fuck the Police, they speak to a state system of lynching…Black people. Your pain and isolation, however real it may be, is not the same as being Black. Your self-adoption into hip hop and djembe drumming and spoken word, makes our art forms all about you. You, however well meaning, have stolen Black labour and invention and used it for your own purpose. It warps the medium and changes the message, the magic, the healing. From now on, consider how the cost of consuming, appropriating, regurgitating, and getting your life in multiple ways from Black art, Black culture, and Black peoples’ creative genius detrimentally impacts our lives. Being Black in an anti-black world means experiencing daily attacks that threaten our dignity, our happiness, our freedom, and often our lives; and in order to enjoy Black culture, you’re going to have to take action to help get these back.

But because Black people’s labour, language, intelligence, creativity, and survival arts have always been considered free for the taking, you probably didn’t feel ways about using it. You probably didn’t think twice. Black culture is the most pilfered, the most ‘borrowed,’ the most thieved culture, and we’ve seen this happen time and tie again.

Nadijah Robinson

Quote is from her essay Black Art Is Not A Free For All on Black Girl Dangerous. Read it all. Truly exquisite writing, especially as non-Black people continue to use, consume, pilfer, plagiarize and be appropriative of Black cultural production and art while simultaneously suggesting that Black culture, especially that Black American culture, does not exist. 

I’ve also watched non-Black people suggest Black people contribute “nothing” to anti-oppression theory or praxis while their ENTIRE FRAMEWORK for approaching it is via Black cultural production or Black women’s epistemology.

Like…the cognitive dissonance proffered via perspectives shaped by anti-Blackness is astounding.

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you can tell it’s true that technology is superficial substitute for communication because my mother and i can occasionally have civil conversations over text message

jenny calendar technopagan computer teacher giving me reason to live

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