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The links round-up for the week ending 28/02/2014 includes running blood tests with only a drop of blood, an interview with a trans yoga teacher, and exploring sex in a fat body.

It's MMMMonday! Each Monday, we bring you special, maintainer-curated content intended to enrich your VP experience. Please note that you can find past MMMMonday posts using the "featured-posts" tag.

Also, a quick reminder about the other places you can find VP: [community profile] contact_vpfor questions and feedback on the way VP is run, and the Vulvapedia for basic questions.

Longtime VPers may already have a basic -- or extensive -- understanding of what endometriosis is. (If not, Endometriosis.org has some good background information.) And some may also be aware that we're at the beginning of Endometriosis Awareness Week or Endometriosis Awareness Month, depending on location.

During this time, there are often a lot of "endo 101"-type posts -- which are certainly fine and helpful in their own right, but which don't always get at the substance of what it's like living with endo. This year, we'd like to start a conversation about some of the subtler ways endometriosis impacts people's lives.

Cut for length and discussion relating to chronic pain. )

Even with all we did talk about here, we realize there are a lot of facets of endometriosis that we didn't begin to touch on. In the same vein, not all of our experiences are going to be shared by everyone with endo. Endometriosis can manifest in a fair variety of symptoms, and how people react to those symptoms can be quite individual. We did, however, want to start a conversation about endo that goes beyond just a "What is it?" baseline.

So, VPers, what's been your experience with endometriosis -- whether you have it personally, whether you're close to someone who has it, or whether your primary experience of it comes from communities like VP?
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So as it turns out, I know next to nothing about anovulatory cycles, and all of a sudden it would maybe be useful.

Salient facts: I have stage IV endometriosis; my pronouns are "they".

Up until pretty recently, my periods were generally medium-heavy, very painful, and about 29 days long (plus or minus four days either way...) with about 7 days of bleeding. I'd also started getting something I think is probably ovulation pain/Mittelschmerz.

For the last few months, I've (a) had longer cycles, (b) not had severe pain at the beginning of my period, and (c) only bled for about 3 days, and very very lightly, at that. Also relevant: at the beginning of my last period, I had an ovarian cyst burst (as near as we can make out), on an ovary that has one remaining cyst (1.7cm diameter). My other ovary looks normal in ultrasound.

Does that sound like anovulatory cycles? Because if so, I'm wondering whether that's likely to be related to changes in the way my endo is behaving, and what that means for The Future...
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I spent about four hours tonight in Accident & Emergency at my local hospital and thought I might as well write up the experience :-)

Medical detail, including brief discussion of vomit. )


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