The best routine in keeping female genital safe and healthy are mere simple practices that most women do not put into consideration. As we may know, the female genital Safety and health is one area many women portray some nonchalant attitude towards it until they get infected by some bacteria.
Even though it doesn’t require a stressful process to care for this, it’s been recorded that most ladies lack the basic knowledge on how to care for their genitals. This is highly detrimental to the overall health of a woman and by extension to her partner.
Ask any adult male about the taste of the female lady part, and so many answers are gotten ranging from salty to bitter, sexy to fishy.
The female lady part is a complex environment of bacteria, temperature, and moisture. Therefore, while bacteria could be the reason for you visiting a specialist in the hospital, not all bacteria cause damage to your vag!na. This is because some of these bacteria are there for the sole purpose of protecting your lady part.
According to Professor Ronnie Lamont, spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “the vag!na contains more bacteria than anywhere else in the body after the bowel, but the bacteria are there for some good reasons”, and their functions include:
- Provide “numerical dominance” – they outnumber other potential harmful bacteria that might enter the vag!na
- Help keep the vag!na’s pH balance (how acidic the vag!na is) at an even level, which helps keep the balance of bacteria healthy
- Can produce bacteriocins (naturally occurring antibiotics) to reduce or kill other bacteria entering the vag!na
- Produce a substance that stops invading bacteria sticking to the vag!na walls, which prevents bacteria invading the tissues
Knowing your body system as a lady goes a long way to tell you how serious you take your health and how you should be your very first doctor. Many women with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) don’t feel the symptoms of it unless and until they get tested in the hospitals.
Therefore, anyone who thinks has contracted an STI through one way or the other should take the first step of getting herself tested as soon as possible.
Female Genital Safety- Common Infections and Treatment
Good news is that, with well qualified medical personnel, bacteria infections are very easy to treat. But in a situation where one does not seek immediate medical attention in treating, it could get worse and lead to more serious problems to one’s over all health system.
Also, while some people get infected faster and quicker, others do not as our body systems are different. Common Infections of a female lady part include:
1. Yeast infection
According to the Mayo Clinic, 3 out of 4 women will experience a yeast infection at one point or the other in their lives. An individual who has contracted yeast infection is likely to fall a victim to it a second time.
It is caused by an overgrowth of a fungus called candida which is found to have its natural habitat in the body of a human. Symptoms of Yeast Infection includes the following:
- Itching and irritation of the vulva (outer vag!na)
- Odourless but lumpy white discharge.
- Pain during $.ex
Even though yeast infection isn’t considered a $exually transmitted disease, it can spread by $exual contact from an infected partner. Treatment for yeast infections is relatively simple, depending on their severity.
Treatment of Yeast Infection
- A one- to three-day regimen of an antifungal cream, ointment, tablet, or suppository. Common antifungal medications are butoconazole(Gynazole), miconazole (Lotrimin), Monistat, and terconazole (Terazol). These medications can be in prescription or over-the-counter form.
- A single dose of oral medication, such as fluconazole (Diflucan).
- Women should wear undies made from pure cotton.
- Use only mild soap in washing the Vulva (outside) and just water for the inside of your lady part.
- Do not spray perfumes around the Vag!na. Reason is that perfumes can cause irritation to the vag!na.
- Antibiotics may also create imbalance in a woman’s flora (her body’s unique balance of healthy bacteria). Pregnant women are especially prone to getting yeast infections. You can treat yeast infections with an over-the-counter cream or prescription pills.
- Cut off all forms of $.exual activity until you have been given a clear bill by your doctor.
2. Urinary tract infection (UTI)
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) might be a woman’s least favourite acronym. However, half over the number of women could get infected and this could even be worse as doctors are running out of antibiotics because the bacteria that causes UTI are becoming more and more resistant to today’s medicine.
In some cases they have to go to the extreme length to prescribe a fourth antibiotic because the first three didn’t work.
An untreated UTI may lead to kidney infection and cause more damage to your health system. Avoiding UTI in the first place remains your best bet.
Symptoms and How To Identify UTI.
- When an individual experiences a burning sensation anytime she urinates
- Having a frequent urge to urinate but very little urine comes out when you do
- Lower abdomen/tummy feels lots of pain
- Cloudy, dark, bloody, or strange-smelling urine
- Always feeling tired even when you do nothing or little chores
- Fever or chills- this is a sign that the infections have reached your kidney.
Treatment of UTI
- Drink lots of water (even when you start feeling better so as to flush out all the bacteria).
- Don’t wait or delay to urinate.
- If you do have prescribed antibiotics, make sure you finish it.
- It is healthy to urinate before and after sexual intercourse, as the flow of urine can help clear away bacteria that may have been collected in the urethra.
- After using the restroom, you can wipe yourself from front to back (wiping away from the urethra) to avoid bringing bacteria from the anus towards the urethra.
While UTI affects both sexes, women may be more likely to get UTIs because their urethra is shorter than a man’s and is closer to their anus (back passage).
3. Bacterial vaginosis
Even though Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is known to be a mild health problem that can easily go away on it’s own, not treating it or paying attention to it in some cases have snowballed into difficult health conditions like miscarriage, early (preterm) delivery, and uterine infection after pregnancy.
While most women show no symptoms at all, BV can produce a fishy-smelling grey discharge.
Symptoms of Bacteria Vaginosis.
Signs that an individual is infected by Bacterial Vaginosis may include:
- Thin, gray, white or green vaginal discharge
- Foul-smelling “fishy” vaginal odor
- Vaginal itching
- Burning during urination
The risk of developing BV increases with:
- Having a new $.ex partner or Multiple partners (sometimes a woman can develop BV without any sexual contact).
- Natural lack of lactobacilli bacteria. If your natural vaginal environment doesn’t produce enough of the good lactobacilli bacteria, you’re more likely to develop bacterial vaginosis.
- The use of Vag!nal deodorant
Treatment of Bacteria Vaginosis
Metronidazole – This remains the most common antibiotic for BV. It is available:
- In tablet form, to be taken orally (swallowed) twice daily for seven days. Seen as the most effective treatment. This is also the preferred treatment if the woman is breastfeeding or pregnant.
In the event that Metronidazole did not work, Trinidazole is administered as the best alternative in treating BV or if it returns after treatment.
Trinidazole is an oral medication taken as a single dose. While using it to treat BV, patient, must stay away completely from alcohol.
4. Never you try Douching/Say No to Douching
For the sake of young girls who like to try anything when coming of age, a douche is any liquid a woman flushes into her vag!na in order to clean the inside.
Any one who tries this keeps her self at risk because the very delicate balance of the good bacteria in your lady part is wiped off and the process can also aid those harmful bacteria in finding their way into the main system of a lady’s body.
According to Dena Harris, M.D., a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University, The vag!na actually cleans itself naturally. Aside water and mild soap to wash the outer part of it, do not try using any other product to cleanse your honeypot.
Further studies have also shown that using intra-vag!nal hygiene products can put you at increased risk of infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, and STDs. Most of these products are factory processed that have been mixed with chemicals that are not suitable to be in the body of a lady.
So therefore, a lady has no business using these factory made goods to cleanse her lady part because it cleanses itself naturally. It does this daily by secreting a little portion of a fluid known as female discharge.
Also, a douche can dry out and irritate the sensitive vag!nal walls, which increases risk of abrasions (cuts and scratches) and infection.
Anal douching is not recommended for women and even men.
Discharge is clear or whitish and has a light scent. If your discharge has a very different color or smell from how it should be normally, then you should be really concerned because this may indicate an infection. So if when in doubt, it is appropriate that your doctor immediately without delay.
Best Routine in keeping Female Genital Safe and Healthy.
- Many Wet Wipes have been found to have chemicals that cause skin irritation, not a good idea of feminine hygiene. What is a good ides is the Hand Bidet Sprayer.
- Washing with water is far cleaner, healthier and convenient while right at the toilet/rest room.
- Wear cotton underwear.
- Tight clothes should be discarded.
- Sharing of bathing items shouldn’t be encouraged especially those in boarding schools and boot camps
- Sanitary sprays, suppositories, scented or coloured pads or tampons, and bubble bath or toilet paper that contains perfume should be avoided completely.
- When diagnosed any Vag!nal infection, totally stay of any form of intimacy with your partner until youare completely cured and a clean bill of health is given to you by your doctor.
- Finally, as a woman and being your very first doctor when it comes to matters of your health, take note of those changes in your body such as any unusual discharge, itchiness, burning, soreness, and unusual foul odour from your vag!na. It could be a sign that you have contracted any of the following STIs- gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, BV (Bacteria vaginosis), yeast infections, UTIs (Urinary tract infactions) and other infections.
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