Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Camming when you're on...
Periods. They are a pain in the ass, but a fact of life. I think we all get a bit pissed off with them at one point or another, but for ladies working in the adult industry a period can cost you a weeks wages.
I have had several aspiring cam girls email me recently regarding their monthly menstruation and how one might get around this messy situation and avoid losing income. I thought about it for a while and came up with a few options, but there is only really one I am truly happy with.
There is an old escort trick of using a small piece of sponge and inserting it inside yourself to absorb the flow while still leaving room for insertion of fingers/dildos etc. I would say that if you do this for only a couple of hours and are incredibly safe, not using a sponge with dyes or really scratchy exterior (obviously!), etc it may be OK, you must be very careful! If you were to forget you had it inside you and leave it there you would be at risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) which is very, very nasty! Lethal in some cases. The sponge could be difficult to retrieve if it gets pushed a bit too far into the cervix too, so be prepared for an interesting chat with a doctor or very, very close friend if you can't get that baby out.
I also researched whether or not a mooncup type form of sanitary product would be useful for cam girls as this would be medically safer I feel, but unfortunately the cup sits low in the cervix and so penetration would not be ideal. Penetration would only be very shallow at best.
If you are not looking to use toys or penetrate yourself during a show while you are on your period you could use a mooncup or the old stripper trick of using a tampon with the string tucked in or cut off. Again I would recommend thinking carefully before cutting off the string from the tampon as this can make it hard to remove and if it gets stuck will warrant a fast trip to your gyno/ER if you have no friends willing or able to assist you.
Contraceptive wise if you discuss this with your doctor you could go on the pill and just run several of the packs together. My doctor told me personally that if I didn't want to bleed just run the packs together until I ended up with breakthrough bleeding and then take my 7 pill free days. This normally happens after about 3 months or so. However, this was advice I received from my doctor who was happy with my blood pressure and medical history etc. Do not use this blog as free reign to alter any medical advice you have been given regarding contraception. Talk to your doctor because at the end of the day it is completely confidential and you are not obligated to give them any real reason behind your enquiry anyway. You just don't like having periods, okay doc?!
The contraceptive implant has also been known to stop periods altogether for some women, for others it just makes them a little irregular. My best friend has about one period a year on the implant so again could be worth looking in to if you want to use contraception as a means of controlling your cycle.
My best advice though really is just take the time off. I understand making money is important to us, but I think putting anything that isn't medically safe into your vagina is not okay. Your health should be your primary concern over making money in these instances. You are intelligent, adult women and therefore can be trusted to make the best decisions for yourself which is why I am posting all of the above options, however I do think you should consider just taking the 5 days or so to just look after yourself.
Camming constantly, week after week is not easy and many performers suffer from burnout. Also where we physically see our money grow during our shifts it can be very easy to become focused solely on earning and getting more, never satisfied with our current paycheck even when we can make so much more compared to people working regular entry level jobs. I think taking 5 days off to pamper and nurture ourselves is a good way to recharge and get back into the hectic camming routine.
Camming can be very stressful, you can slow days, mean customers, soreness downstairs from playing too much so why not just be kind to yourself, give yourself permission to let the money take a backseat for a few days and remember that you are what is important in this scenario and your spiritual and physical well being come first. Get a spray tan, manicure, treat yourself to a fancy dinner or some new lingerie, just do something for you during that time and know you will be recharged and even better when you get back on cam in a couple of days. You deserve it.
I don't think anyone really needs the added stress of a sponge up the vajayjay now do they?
Hope you are all well and having a great time on cam.