'Blue' genitals do indeed exist, can be painful

Student Health Services

Is there such a thing as "blue clitoris" like there is "blue balls"?

"Blue balls" is the term used for the condition where sexual arousal results in blood engorgement of the penis and testicles and no sexual release (orgasm) occurs. Return of normal blood flow is slower when there is no orgasm. The result can be aching discomfort to acute pain.

There is a female equivalent where the entire pelvis (uterus, vagina) becomes engorged. The clitoris is an erectile tissue that increases in size but not to the extent of the penis. Women experience pelvic pain, menstrual-like cramps and occasionally urinary symptoms (usually urgency and difficulty in urination).

Things that may be helpful include sexual release through self-stimulation (masturbation), heat or ice, anti-inflammatory medicines and time.

Where should unemployed graduates go for inexpensive health care?

There are several possibilities:

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Clinic.

Through your local hospital you can apply for Arizona Cost Containment Health Services. Eligibility is based on assets and ability to pay.

Individual plans through an HMO (Health Maintenance Organizations) are cheaper than private insurance.

A general family medicine book at the library or bookstore is a very good resource for first aid and treating common ailments.

Planned Parenthood provides excellent gynecological care at a reasonable cost.

Office visits with a family doctor in private practice may run $30 to $60 or more. It is much better to seek out a family doctor or urgent care clinic if illnesses are not getting better or not responding to self-treatment, over-the-counter medicines, etc. If you wait until you are ill enough to go to an emergency room, your bill may be more than $1,000.

Is there really a disease called "crabs"? What is it?

Crabs is a descriptive and slang term for the small, round, tan lice that infest the pubic hair. The scientific name is Pediculosis Pubis. These organisms are transmitted by direct contact, using combs and brushes, and clothing or bedclothes which contain mature lice or nits (eggs).

Crabs can be found in all hairy areas including eyebrows and eyelashes.

Management of lice (pubic, head or body) includes treating infected persons and contacts with specific lotions or shampoos. These are available by prescription and over the counter both are very toxic and should be used with extreme caution. Also, inanimate objects such as combs, brushes or bedding need to be treated with available "pediculocide" sprays and drying in a hot dryer cycle for at least 30 minutes. Spraying upholstery and carpets with pediculocide sprays and vacuuming is recommended.

Itching may persist long after the infection is gone. Patients should seek medical care rather than repeatedly treat.

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