I know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but I want to talk about another body part today that you may be less comfortable talking about. It’s the part that our culture is so afraid of, that we seldom call it by name. Instead we call it by a code name like, pocket-book, snatch, fly trap, down stairs, and my stuff. I’m sure you’ve got one that I’ve never heard of. My question to you, is why can’t we just say the word? Vagina! There I’ve said it for you.
A woman’s vagina is the seat of her creativity. It’s the one thing that makes her undeniably female. Yet we have been conditioned by society to be ashamed of our “private part” and even embarrassed at the mention of its name. We’ll if you’ve ever experienced any feminine problems, you know how hard it is to find answers. Go to your local library and type vagina into the search engine and you will be shocked by how many books don’t populate the list. Women don’t even want to write about the vagina.
Ladies, it’s time you empower yourself by learning about yourself. Why should your mate or your gynecologist know more about what your anatomy looks and feels like than you do? I dare you to take a mirror and look down there. Know what is normal for you, so that if something abnormal occurs you can speak intelligently about the matter to your doctor and get help.
Common threats to V health include:
- Bacterial Vaginosis
- Yeast Infection
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
If left untreated, these infections can lead to infertility, miscarriages, preterm labor, ectopic pregnancy, cervical cancer and a host of other reproductive issues. Protect yourself and your reproductive health. It starts with small but effective lifestyle changes.
- Stop douching it kills the “good” bacteria living in the vagina that protect you from infections.
- Choose your sexual partner wisely. If you change partners, use condoms until you are sure they are clean.
- Change tampons and pads every two to six hours to prevent irritation to the delicate skin of the vulva.
The Little Things You Can Do Today
- Lose the hot pants, spanx and any other tight-fitting clothing.
- Wear loose-fitting white, cotton underwear. If you workout a lot you may even try a pair of breathable boy shorts.
- Abstain from sex if you are experiencing any itching or burning.
- Throw away all talc and other powders and sprays. They often make your problems worse. A foul odor needs to be checked out, not covered up.
- Go commando in the evenings when you’re at home. Just like you ditch your bra at night, drop the panties too and let your body breathe.
Until Next Week,
Nicole D.P. McLaughlin, PT
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