Wednesday, April 4, 2018

OPP: The Bugs That Bug Me (Nope, Not STIs)

This is not one of my old posts, but one by Pervertically Virtuous. (scroll to bottom for more info)
(FYI: some links in this post are dead)

Pervertically Virtuous posted: "When people freak out about casual sex with many partners, most of the time they freak out about sexual health. One of the first questions I get when people hear about my lifestyle - well-meaning folks as well as moral crusaders - is "But what about sexua"

recovered post by Pervertically Virtuous

The Bugs That Bug Me (Nope, Not STIs)

by Pervertically Virtuous
urinary-terrorist-incidentWhen people freak out about casual sex with many partners, most of the time they freak out about sexual health. One of the first questions I get when people hear about my lifestyle - well-meaning folks as well as moral crusaders - is "But what about sexually transmitted infections?"
The reality is that STIs are really not a big deal. Yes, STIs are out there, but prevalence is typically low, especially among (mostly) heterosexual people, and there is a pretty good way to prevent them - this thing called condoms. When used effectively, they are pretty damn effective at stopping almost everything. And the things they can't stop, either won't kill you (HSV - Herpes) or there's a vaccine for the most dangerous strains (HPV - human papilloma virus).
I started using condoms fairly consistently (as in about 90% of the time) about 10-12 years ago. Since then, I have slept with about 400-500 men. The number of STIs I've caught in the same period? 0. Zilch. Nada. None.
My point is, if you're smart about it, you can live a very promiscuous life largely or completely STI free.
What I have found is much harder to do when you are as sexually active as I am is staying free from non-sexually-transmitted genital issues. Issues that are primarily due imbalances in the vaginal flora and its PH value (i.e., acidity) which results simply from a lot of activity in that area of your body, or because of your pussy was moist for a long time, or because bad bacteria from your anal area made its way over to the vaginal area.
The three banes of my existence
(I'm not sure 'bane' can be plural, but it will have to be for this post)
Candida albicans is probably my longest-standing enemy. I was in my early teens the first time I had the displeasure to encounter it, and it's been with me ever since. Sometimes it's very frequent (as in twice a month), sometimes a year will go by without one (a year!), but it's there.
It's unpleasant and itchy, and completely not sexually transmitted. It's caused by the overgrowth of a fungus that already lives in your vaginal area, but because of some imbalance it start multiplying too much.
I got my first UTI when I was 20 or so, and I've been getting them ever since. I've been to several urologists and each has told me the same thing - I most likely have a sticky and short urethra. Bacteria (usually Escherichia Coli) sticks to it and then it makes it  up to the urinary tract quickly and easily. And there's nothing they can do about it. Great.
Drink a lot of water. Take cranberry supplements. Wash and pee immediately after sex. Don't do ass-to-pussy without washing. Take an antibiotic before or immediately after a night of crazy sex.
I do all that and still get them.
This is fairly new one for me. I've only started getting it in the last five or six years. It's basically an imbalance between the good and the bad bacteria in your vaginal area. The doctors don't really understand how it happens, but for some reason, you're at higher risk if you smoke, douche, or have multiple partners. I don't smoke or douche, but yeah, I'm not giving up on my multiple partners.
I get all three of these so often, that I don't even go see a doctor for them anymore. I can recognize the symptoms as soon as they appear (sharp lower abdominal pain - UTI; itchy, cottage-cheese like discharge - yeast; fishy odor, high pH - BV), and I have a standing prescription for the pills that take care of each. Whenever I notice something creeping up, I pop a pill or five, and problem solved. Until the next one.
I'm a pretty healthy person otherwise. I rarely get sick, get the flue, colds, coughs. I can't remember the last time I took antibiotics for a respiratory infection. But I don't go anywhere without my Nitrofurantoin, Metronidazol, and Fluconazol.
"It comes with the lifestyle"
I've talked to some of my other highly sexually active girlfriends and I'm not the only one who is bothered by these bastards. "It comes with the lifestyle," said one. And it really does. It's like the hazards that come with many other hobbies or professions. Athletes (pro or amateur) have to deal with constant acute or overuse injuries. Chronic computer users get carpal tunnel. Celebrities have to deal with psycho stalkers and paparazzi. Sluts have to deal with non-communicable vaginal issues.
I don't think those problems any worse or better than any of the other occupational or recreational hazards in and of themselves. It's that society has instilled a particular disgust, disdain, fear of and for these particular issue. Because they have to do with sex. But that's just more of the same bullshit society wants us to think and feel about anything sexual that doesn't conform to the strict idea of heterosexual, monogamous, procreative vanilla sex. And you know how much I care about that.
So, I'm perfectly dealing with the unpleasantness of my UTIs, yeast infections, and BVs if that is the price to pay for an incredibly exciting sex life that brings endless joy into my life. If you are not, then by all means, don't do it. To each their own.
Pervertically Virtuous | April 4, 2014 at 10:32 am |

In the process of recovering my own old posts via email I discovered some of P.V.'s. Like me, her old accounts have been terminated, and she seems to have disappeared from the internet. This is a damn shame since I consider her one of the best sex bloggers I've ever had the chance to read and follow. I'm reposting her old posts as a historical archive, and if she ever returns to blogging I'm happy to hand them back to her.
To be clear: the copyright on this work is hers, and remains with her - I didn't write it and I make no claim to it.

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