This post is an uncomfortable one. About something uncomfortable. Something I don’t think I’ve ever written about and certainly not something I would really talk about. Intimate health isn’t high on my list of topics of conversation but that’s the point of this post. Feminine hygiene & health is vitally important but something which we have a tendency to keep quiet on. Something which we worry about and quietly google to try and find out what’s causing the discomfort so that we don’t have to go to the GP and show him (or her) “down there”.
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I must admit that having had three children I’m less shy about what’s going on down there. If it needs treating, it needs treating. I will never forget arriving at the hospital in labour with Ben and one of the nurses telling me to “leave my dignity at the door” – and whilst she said it in jest, she wasn’t far wrong. I remember feeling all coy when I had that first internal examination, being carefully covered with a sheet and so forth but by the time I’d been in labour for 26 hours and had an emergency c section the whole world seemed to have seen my wares – it certainly left me less self conscious when it came to my “girl’s bits”. That said I’m still not skipping with joy when it comes to be time to lie legs akimbo in the Dr’s surgery . . .
Smear tests, thrush and funny smells are all things bound to make us girls cringe and bury our heads in the sand but they are all issues which need addressing. As someone prone to chest infections which need treating with antibiotics I’m no stranger to a bout of thrush as a parting gift from my illness. It took me a long time to realise that it was thrush I was suffering from and that it was the antibiotics which were causing it – my own lack of knowledge around this certainly prolonged my discomfort as I tended to just leave it to clear up on its own rather than getting treated appropriately. I remember waking myself up in the night with intense irritation of it (that’s the politest way I can think of putting it . . . I’m sure you know what I’m talking about!)
Now that I know I can be prone to thrush – I also know ways I can help myself to avoid it, or at least curtail it’s stay! The right underwear, the right hygiene products . . . you can get more information about thrush on the Canesten site.
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