Personal question for just the ladies- possible tmi

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  1. skittledoo

    skittledoo Crazy naked dog lady

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    Advice needed.

    So I recently started having a lot of pain down there. I'm completely swollen down there, skin is inflamed and it hurts like bloody hell to wipe when I go to the bathroom. I need to see a Dr like yesterday.

    Here's my dilemma. My health insurance was through my parents but it cut off on my 26th birthday a few months ago. I'm still in the process of trying to figure out an affordable health insurance option because holy crap buying your own insurance is expensive.

    That said, this is not something that can wait and I'm worried. I can't have sex with my husband right now because of the pain and I'm not willing to anyways until I see a dr and get treated for whatever is going on.

    Are there free health clinics that offer gynocology stuff for this sort of thing? If not then how do I go about finding a gynocologist that isn't going to charge me an arm and a leg? I can't afford to be billed thousands of dollars right now, but I also don't think I can afford to not see a dr.
     
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    Something like Planned Parenthood should offer some services like that fairly cheap, given that their funds haven't been dropped in your area.

    Doc in the Boxes aren't bad, and depending on what you have and what you need you're only looking at $200 tops, maybe. Walk in clinic, type of thing.

    Actual Gyno might be a bit more, but I don't think you'd even hit a thousand. Maybe $300-$700 range? Depending on how highly they think of themselves, I guess. Everything over that I would assume is a specialist-in-house.
     
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    Planned parenthood has a sliding scale depending on your income. If you don't have a PP (my area doesn't) the health department usually does. In my area, because we don't have a PP, there are nurses who have a women's clinic at the Health Department one day a week. They do all testing, etc and go by income as well.

    If all else fails, you can always go to a walk in/urgent care type facility
     
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    Do you have anything like Planned Parenthood around there? Or a minute clinic? Do you think it's any kind of yeast infection?
     
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    sparks19 I'd rather be at Disney

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    Would just go to a GP... Regular old
    Doctor. My doc would be the first person I would go to and it woildn't cost anywhere near THOUSANDS of dollars. Maybe $200. So just go to your doc
     
  6. skittledoo

    skittledoo Crazy naked dog lady

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    It could be a yeast infection, but I'm unsure. I've had yeast infections before and this seems different. It could be though.

    I just checked online and we do have a planned parenthood. The closest one is in Falls Church which is roughly about an hour from me, but seriously I'd drive wherever at this point honestly because this is just miserable. I can afford probably roughly about $300-400 max though lesser is better since I still need to fly my cat back from Lauren's still. He was just neutered (thank you SO much to you and PW for taking him in to have that done btw) so I still need to pay for his pre-flight vet inspection, flight and I think he needs a new carrier since he has grown a bit. Aiming to get him back before the end of this month, preferably after my next paycheck.
     
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    skittledoo Crazy naked dog lady

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    I don't have a GP dr that I go see so I would have to find one in the area that would be willing to take me. The last time I actually saw a dr was when we lived in New Mexico... I know that's not good since I should be having normal yearly checkups. :/
     
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    No worries, I have no "regular" doctor and don't go for yearly general health checkups. I do go for yearly girly visits. Prior to having insurance I used Planned Parenthood (when I lived in IL) and the health dept (here). I don't think I ever paid more than $50 at the health dept.
     
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    The website I found for PP out here had a list of some of their prices. It definitely looks affordable... no more than around $200 it seems. Do you have to pay them the full amount during your visit or do they usually bill you?
     
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    I also second (third???) PP, they are a great organization for ppl who can't afford "retail" care.

    Where ever you go tho, good vibes that its just a really nasty yeast infection & nothing serious.
     
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    sillysally Obey the Toad.

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    Ok awesome. My next day off work is on Wednesday so I'm going to see if I can get in first thing on Wednesday. Any ideas what I can do in the meantime to calm the area? Would yogurt help at all you think because of the probiotics?
     
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    If it burns when you pee you can take a squirt bottle with warm water and sort of squirt the water at the area while you pee to dilute it and hopefully help the pain. Also, you could try a warm washcloth on the area. I know yeast infection kits come with a soothing cream but I don't know if that's specific to yeast infections or can be used on all types of infections down there.
     
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    This may sound odd, but if it's a yeast infection and it's burning and driving you nuts, this does work.

    Take a disposable glove and fill the fingers with plain yogurt - just the fingers - and then freeze. Take out one 'finger' and insert/apply. Yes, it's cold and yes, it's messy, but when I had a yeast infection it was the only thing that calmed it all down and actually helped clear things up. http://www.natural-homeremedies-for-life.com/home-remedies-for-yeast-infections.html

    Just have to hide the glove or explain to your roomates (in my case anyway) when they find it....
     
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    I go to PP for my lady visits. I have insurence, but if I didn't it would cost me $90 with the sliding scale. I pay my copay day of, but I'm sure they'd work with you. They are awesome.
     
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    The warm water idea actually sounds like it would help with the pain part honestly

    Ya I knew I had heard something about yogurt helping. I'm going to give this a shot. I don't have to worry about anyone finding the glove and having to explain it lol. We have a little mini fridge that has a freezer that I can freeze it in and my husband is the only one that would possibly find it. He already knows what is going on so I'm not too worried about having to explain it to him.

    I definitely think PP is the route I'm going to take. I just hope hope hope that the doctor they have that handles this exam is female... the idea of a male doctor staring at my hoo hoo area skeeves me out.
     
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    If you don't want to do all that work with the glove - you can just use a tampon applicator. Fill it with yogurt and squirt it in.

    The only times I had a yeast infection (twice), I used yogurt and it killed it right off, never went to the dr for them.
     
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    I know this is going to sound weird but do you think it's possible that you are having some kind of allergic reaction to something you are using? (Soap, powder & even some intimate lubricant as well as the lube from some condom brands ... Even toilet paper.).

    I am sorry if this sounds intrusive lol, but sometimes it's the hung you'd never thought it'd be.
     
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    DD has a very good point! Have you changed anything you put on or in your body recently?

    I know that people can be allergic to things that would cause swelling and pain in that area: latex (condoms), preservatives in lube/spermacides, even sperm itself!
     
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    On the PP suggestion - I would highly recommend you call your regular doctor/gyno (whoever you were seeing before) and ask how much it would be, then call PP and ask how much it would be. I was without insurance for three months, and of course my depo injection fell in that three months. I called my doctor and they told me how much getting the shot would be, then transferred me to the pharmacy so I could ask how much the injection itself was (it is over $50 without Rx insurance.) I called PP and asked them how much it would be. Without the price of the shot itself included, they were OVER twice what it was going to be TOTAL at my regular doctor.

    Just call and check how much the exam fees will be before you go. I was REALLY surprised it was going to be that expensive at PP.
     

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