When most women think about their health, they don’t think of some big, complicated disease changing their lives. It is the everyday, small conditions that are an irritant to most of us. The key in keeping these every day conditions at bay is to understand how they happen. This article will look at some of the most common feminine complaints, what causes them and how to treat them.
Bacterial Vaginosis or Yeast Infections
More than 95% of womankind have suffered a yeast infection at some time or other in their lives. In some women in fact, they occur so regularly that they are a source of frustration. A yeast infection happens when there is an imbalance of the bacteria in your vagina. The vagina, like the stomach, contains good and bad bacteria. A healthy body will have more good than bad. Sometimes the scales tip and the bad bacteria take over. It can be caused by anything: medications that you are taking, poor diet, stress, and illness.
The symptoms are a thick, whitish and sometimes discolored discharge that has a bad smell. In serious cases, it can cause itching. There are many things that you can do to treat this condition and keep it from recurring.
Because you know that it is caused by a lack of balance in vaginal bacteria, you should aim to restore it. There are certain things that re-introduce the good bacteria that you need. An apple cider douche will do it in a matter of hours. So will a clove of garlic – before you go to bed, peel one, wash and insert whole into the vagina. It will naturally expel itself in the morning. You can repeat for a few days to be sure that you have re-stocked the good bacteria. Eating yoghurt (and sometimes douching with it) works as well. There are some cheeses that are full of healthy bacteria and that will do a great job (you should eat them).
Bladder infections or Urinary Tract Infections
These are awful: they make you want to urinate all the time, but very little comes out and it is painful. They can lead to a lot of discomfort and when they get serious, they can lead to fever, chills and lower back pain. You can easily get this infection if you have sex when your bladder is full or if you have unprotected sex with someone who has been with someone who has it. It usually needs the attention of a doctor – he will prescribe the right antibiotics. If you notice that you get them frequently, you can have a culture taken so that you can know the precise type of bacterial infection you have and get precise treatment for it. You should avoid intercourse during treatment and drink lots of water. Plenty of rest also helps.
We get them from time to time, though in more serious cases it can last for years or even go for a lifetime. Again, the problem is caused by absence of good bacteria in your vagina and you can help correct it by taking probiotics or foods that contain them. Garlic and apple cider vinegar are excellent home treatments for it. You should also soak your panties in apple cider vinegar solution for a few hours.
It helps if you don’t have sex when you are treating a vaginal odor. If you treat it for more than 10 days without success, you should see a doctor. It could be a symptom of something else.
Millions of women suffer painful periods every month. The uterus has to contract to expel the blood and it is these contractions that cause pain. There are many home remedies, and they work differently for different women. There are also pain pills formulated to deal with this kind of pain; most of them work to a certain degree. It helps if you exercise and stay fit. If your periods are extremely painful, you should see a doctor – you may have a more serious condition called endometriosis.
The effects of birth control
If you are using any kind of chemical birth control, like the pill or the injection, you may be like the millions of ladies across the world who are not sure about side effects. If non-chemical forms of birth control work for you, then you should change. Otherwise, before you take any form of pills or injections, you must do thorough research about how it affects different people. Read the general information from the manufacturer and then go to online forums where other women are talking about it.
These are some of the most common health problems that womankind has. You can prevent them by understanding your body better so that you can correct it when it is out of balance. A good diet is also critical, as is exercise. Scheduling an annul physical can help you arrest some of the more serious conditions before they become untreatable. Women who realize early that they have cervical or breast cancer have a fair chance of complete recovery. The only way to make sure that you catch something before it becomes serious is to check for it.