Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Keeping the balance

Aside from the risk of STDs - that are greatly reduced though obsessive use of condoms and lube - a working girl needs to watch out for other health risks. I've now had my Hep B immunity checked, they never got back to me, so I assume in the NZ health care system that no news is good news and I don't need a booster. I have also had a flu shot for this year, if you are suspicious of vaccinations watch this TED talk, vaccinations are brilliant, they save lives... and in this case prevent the inconvenience of being sick for a couple of weeks.

As far as I know there are 3 main, minor, health issues that regularly effect prostitutes and here is how I'm going to work on preventing them:

It's a common and annoying fungal infection that results in a very and uncomfortable vagina, and discharge that is not unlike cottage cheese. I don't know exactly why it effects prostitutes, maybe it is the amount of lubricant that we use that upsets the balance in the vagina and turns a nice healthy balance of natural yeast into a horrid angry world of angst, discomfort, pain and stress. I think the trick with thrush is not to over treat it. I felt an itch a couple of weeks ago, and thought it could be thrush and decided not do a panic buy of the strongest medication. I cut out sugar (and didn't enjoy my morning tea nearly as much) and started to eat at least one natural yogurt each day, and the itch went away. I now take a capsule of "good bacteria" (acidophilus which is in natural yogurt) each morning to help stay in balance. This has had a fantastic side effect of helping my bowels that have been dodgy since a stint in Africa a couple of years ago.

Urinary tract infections, again very common for working girls, a bacterial infection that effects the urinary tract. I'm no doctor, but I did read a reason why this is a problem for working girls: when females are turned on the clitoris swells which pushes closed the urinary tract preventing any bacteria from getting in. Prostitutes are more likely to have sex when they are not turned on. A couple of the symptoms are always needing to pee, and a feeling you need to pee. So my prevention plan for this one is to pee. Yep, I maintain a high intake of liquids during my shift and keep the liquids moving through me to flush out my system. If I think I might be getting a UTI, I hit the cranberry juice hard and that seems to clear it up. There are concentrated cranberry tablets available, but cranberry juice is delicious.

This one is new to me, but when Dorian described it to me I'm sure I have had it before but just didn't know what it was... the worst sounding name ever: bacterial vaginosis. Eugh. Like thrush it is an imbalance of natural bacteria, different bacteria I guess. The symptoms of BV are very smelly vaginal discharge that is (unlike thrush) watery, and itchyness. Sounds horrible. But apparently it has an easy fix with a cream or tablet from the chemist and I've read that eating garlic helps. I have heard (but could be wrong) that it can be brought on by frequent use of lubricant which can upset the ph balance. I'm going to deal with this one just by being aware of it, and hopefully catching it early if I do get it.

So that is my routine for a happy vagina, bacteria tablets, drinking loads of fluids, cotton underwear when not on shift. I also rinse my mouth with anti-bacterial listerine after every client, take cold sore prevention tablets, and I'm going to start cleaning the showers with anti-bacterial disinfectant at the beginning of every shift to prevent athlete's foot.

I feel like it is a weird game of killing bacteria (the bad bacteria) and growing bacteria (the good bacteria) to maintain that perfect bacterial balance.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Getting it on... line

I'm developing an stronger online presence. My profile picture is now of me, yes, that is actually me with the majority of my face cut out and no tattoos showing. I also now have a twitter page for discovering and sharing interesting tweetable links and info that we stumble upon along the way. You can find me at .

I was thinking as I cropped out my own face who I was protecting by hiding my part-time occupation. Really, my family are pretty open minded, they know me and they know I make often strange lifestyle choices but my choices are reasoned and I have a good sense of balance. Sure my mother wouldn't brag about it to her friends, but she was very tolerant when I tried my hand (tits, arse) at lap dancing a few years ago. My friends also know me and they are open minded. It's all the other people, the people that I perhaps shouldn't care about.

I don't want any of the customers from my day job to know I spend 11 hours a week being a whore because they might not see it the same way that I do and judge me or my company. I don't want to hear the opinions of my flatmates' friends or my workmates' friends or my friends' friends on the sex industry or what it means to be a hooker. So I don't tell anyone to protect myself from other people's judgement. Some days I think I should be braver than that, other days I think I'm a very wise woman with a good sense of self preservation.

I must say though I have a lot of admiration for those who work in the porn industry and those working girls who have their faces showing on brothel websites and escort forums.

Work on Saturday was good, one lovely regular and a couple of new clients. One bought me a box of delicious handmade Belgium chocolates. Yum.

I'm getting better at talking dirty too, I had a client who spent 3 hours talking about fantasies. That was fun, I would just take his ideas and run with them thrown in a few extra adjectives along the way. I also had another client who was into stockings, this foot fetish thing was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. He was not very clear about his kink. He asked if my stockings were laddered or dirty, I said no (because they weren't) he was most disappointed because that was what he was into. If he had just said that to begin with I would have been happy to play along. It's all about communication in the end.

Shifts worked: 14
Total jobs: 51
Unique clients: 46