I’ve always been pretty comfortable talking about any aspect of women’s intimate health and today is no different. I am more of a woman than I was a few years ago having had kids and I think that those subjects that are seen as ‘taboo’ just aren’t an issue for me. Having said that, when I was much younger, I shied away from having any type of intimate conversation with any female family member, preferring instead to talk about it amongst friends.
I had a couple of experiences in particular where I was ridiculed after hitting puberty and having an ever changing body; I was laughed at and that was absolutely not cool! I would like to think that if I ever had a daughter that she would be able to come to me openly and be quite frank about those kinds of changes so I could help her adjust but, as it is, I have two boys. I know that when they grow up they’ll be questioning ‘the life of females’ and I want to be open and honest with them too.
The fact is the more we shy away from those intimate health taboos, the ones that, as females, we are more than likely to experience as least once in our lives, the more it becomes a tarred subject and people become less educated about it. Canesten believe that if your knowledge of women’s health is up to scratch you’re sufficiently equipped to make decisions about your health and you’ll be able to be comfortable with your body and have confidence in yourself.
Women’s Intimate Health
Intimate health isn’t just talking about puberty and periods but also about things like cystitis, thrush and even BV (bacterial vaginosis); do you know the difference?
We need to normalise these conversations by taking it one step further and opening up about them. These are ALL common ailments in women and are not anything to be embarrassed about. There are huge knowledge gaps which are mostly likely due to the persistent stigma around these topics but the more educated we are, the better we’ll all be for it.
BV Or Thrush?
When something isn’t quite going to plan downstairs, the first thing I know that I do is put it to the back of my mind and that it will correct itself overnight! Others won’t address it because they’re too worried or because they don’t have time to think that anything else is going on.
It’s usually a little while later that I’ll seek medical advice. Typically I’ll try and get diagnosed at the pharmacy first (there’s nothing they haven’t heard and it saves you a trip to the doctor!) but there are women who are more than likely to try and self diagnose. If you are going to do this it’s so, so important to understand your symptoms so you can treat yourself properly and fix the problem, rather than prolonging it.
Bacterial Vaginosis is actually twice as common as thrush and is the most common vaginal infection among women. Despite this, lots of us have never heard of BV and just assume it’s thrush anyway. However, there are quite a few differences you can look out for;
- BV can possibly give you a fishy smell. Thrush has no smell.
- If you have BV your discharge may be thin, greyish and watery and it may be in excess too. Thrush would make your discharge thick and curd-like.
- You would only have occasional discomfort with BV whereas with thrush the skin around your vulva is likely to become red, irritated and you may have an intense itching or burning sensation
It’s incredibly important to understand the difference between the two! So, ladies, how well do you really know your vagina? Gentlemen, feel free to join in even if you don’t have a vagina!
Take The Canesten Quiz!
Canesten are committed to helping women by offering them healthcare products and knowledge. Their aim is to keep women in control of their intimate health and close in on those large knowledge gaps. I scored 5/6 on their ‘myth busting quiz‘ which I was quite impressed with actually! I love knowing that I know about my body and that I can address those intimate issues with no problem.
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