Nearly 3 out of 4 young women avoid seeing a gynecologist when necessary because they’re embarrassed. Ladies, if you’re reading this, please know that your reproductive system is a miraculous force of nature and you should never feel ashamed of discussing its health.
We at Bright Side have compiled a list of issues that are too often ignored until they become major health problems. We hope that you’ll sit back, relax, read, and remember that your well-being is priority number one.
The risk of vaginitis
Vaginitis is a type of inflammation that can cause itchiness, odor, discharge, and pain. Sounds lovely, right? It can be caused by a number of factors and the good news is that it’s not always infectious.
Tampons, soaps, and lubricants can cause noninfectious vaginitis. So make sure to use natural, un-scented products and wash gently with water and natural soaps. If you feel that you have an infectious form of vaginitis, see your doctor as soon as possible.
Issues after overzealous cleaning
Ladies, we all want to be fresh downstairs but excessive cleaning and unnatural chemicals can harm the natural bacterial balance of your vagina and cause infection. So set that fruity scented product back on the shelf and go for the natural, unscented soap or products that are specially made for therapeutic and intimate hygiene.
The danger of STIs or STDs
Worldwide, more than one million people contract an STD every day, so it’s important to take this matter seriously, and see a doctor from time to time.
Many infections go unnoticed because they don’t have immediate symptoms. Other infections have symptoms like itchiness, burning, bumps, warts, or stinging during urination — which can all be symptoms of an STI, but are not sure signs.
The problem of spotting
Spotting is defined as light bleeding outside of your menstrual cycle. Totally unfair, right?! It can be caused by ovarian cysts, skipping birth control pills, or even stress. It’s important to take time for self-care during stressful seasons of your life.
Do things like take a warm bath, get a massage, and remember that your health is more important than meeting that deadline. If stress isn’t the case, consider what could be changing your hormones and talk to a gynecologist if the problem continues.
Bad smells due to the food you eat
No, you’re not a potato just because you had a few fries, but it is true that the scent of our lady parts can often be affected by what we eat. So, no you’re not crazy next time you think you smell like pineapple or cinnamon because bad food can definitely cause a sour scent.
Do you take proper care of your private parts? Have you ever not sought medical treatment because you were embarrassed? Share your thoughts in the comments below!