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#GetComfortable with Canesten and a Giveaway!

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Today I am talking about another kind of health. Not the kind that’s all running and smoothies, but the actual kind where something is wrong. More specifically I’m going to talk about “feminine health”.

Canesten are a brand I am very familiar with. Multiple periods on antibiotics many years ago meant I had endless problems with thrush, and made a lot of use of their products. I was eventually diagnosed with a systemic Candida infection that had also given me skin rashes and digestive issues, which I treated with a combination of self help and medication from my Doctor.

Despite this, when they first got in touch about their #GetComfortable campaign I thought long and hard about whether it was a subject I would normally write about, then I realised that’s exactly what the campaign is about. Getting rid of that awkwardness we have about admitting that our lady parts are ever anything less than fresh, healthy and smelling of roses (top tip, if yours DOES smell of roses you might want to get that checked out as well).

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It’s interesting that even the topic of the campaign “Feminine Health” is still a bit of a euphemism, because we’re not talking just about feminine health, but more specifically vaginal health.

Do you find Feminine Health a difficult topic to discuss?

For years I wouldn’t even go to the doctor about the repeated bouts of thrush. I just sheepishly bought my tablets and creams over the counter and slunk off to treat it myself. If I’d gone to the doctor sooner I could have saved myself a lot of time, and money for that matter. The new #GetComfortable Canesten website tells you to do exactly that. It also contains a lot of really helpful information about how to differentiate between thrush and other conditions such as Bacterial Vaginosis.

One thing we’re not always told is how to look after our lady parts on a daily basis. They’re just sort of “there”. I remember being told not to use soap once, but not really why. The reason is that the pH is different to the rest of your body. Most of the time just using water is absolutely fine, but if you are prone to infections you might find using a product that specifically helps maintain that pH balance useful. Canesten have a range of washes and wipes (really good for camping or gym bags!) that are perfect for this and worth checking out.

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To help motivate us to get comfortable discussing our intimate health I have a £30 voucher for Triumph to giveaway so you can treat yourself to some new lingerie to help you get even more comfortable!

To be in with a chance of winning, I want to hear your stories, so all you have to do is leave a comment and tell me “What do you think will make you more comfortable with your intimate health?”.

Log into the rafflecopter widget to enter, and once you’ve left your comment there’s another couple of bonus entry options!

This post is in collaboration with Canesten, but as ever all thoughts, opinions and health issues are my own!

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134 Responses
  • Lyn
    December 20, 2015

    Loved the article. Made me think. What would make a personal difference is finding time to exercise more. I move very little in any given day.

  • Tracey Peach
    December 20, 2015

    By talking more openly about it with my friends & family, this will also make them feel more comfortable too

  • frances hopkins
    December 20, 2015

    To be honest, not a lot, I don’t like talking about things like that 🙁

  • Kim Styles
    December 20, 2015

    nothing i am quite confident

  • Andrew Hindley
    December 20, 2015

    talking more openly

  • Mark Mccaffery
    December 20, 2015

    A more adult conversation about it.

  • Hilda Wright
    December 20, 2015

    I’ve never really had a problem with it. I think from the moment I first started having sex as a teenager I’ve dealt with what needed to be dealt with as and when I’ve needed to. I went to the family planning clinic for the pill, had smear tests whenever they were due. I’ve also had various ongoing issues which I’ve never had a problem talking to the doctor about. Yes its a little undignified being checked at the doctors and I don’t like it, but that’s just a part of life. You have to take responsibility and look after yourself!

  • Maggie Coates (@Pumpkin2k9)
    December 20, 2015

    I don’t have a problem. If I have a problem, I will discuss it as required.

  • Davina Mellon
    December 20, 2015

    I think if people are more open about it, it’d make everyone a bit more comfortable about themselves.

  • lornakennedy
    December 20, 2015

    maybe there should be more blogs and open conversations to help encourage other women to discussing themselves

  • lovethatglowblog
    December 20, 2015

    Being able to find someone that you trust and feel very comfortable with, to talk about these issues x

  • iain maciver
    December 20, 2015

    finding someone to talk about it with

  • Val Swift
    December 20, 2015

    Perhaps would feel a bit more comfortable about it if my mum was more approachable, I plan to be a lot more open with my children and talk to them so they fell more comfortable in talking about things if they need to!

  • justjules33
    December 20, 2015

    By remembering we all have a problem at some point and it is better to go a little bit red and get the problem sorted than be quiet and let it get worse 🙂 My children are very open and have taught me to laugh it off have a giggle and not be too serious but most importantly get the help you need 🙂

  • kate andrews
    December 20, 2015

    I think it needs to start at a younger age at school or maybe doctors should do a class for young girls about these issues as well as, the importance of smear tests and breast checks. It might make us less embarrassed to talk about it later on in life. If I need to talk to anyone I discuss it with my husband or doctor

  • kim plant
    December 20, 2015

    never feel shy to talk about it x

  • Rich Tyler
    December 20, 2015

    Worry less, take it with a pinch of salt, talk openly with a close friend or familt member

  • Kathrine B
    December 20, 2015

    No feeling shy or embarrassed when talking about these topics and remembering everyone has to deal with this at some point!

  • claire griffiths
    December 20, 2015

    i am already confident at discussing this

  • SARAH PRICE
    December 20, 2015

    Very handy products x

  • Karen Davey
    December 20, 2015

    i am a very open talker about ladies health especially after having to have a hysterectomy due to problems , everyone deserves to discuss everything !!

  • ashleigh allan
    December 20, 2015

    by speaking with people i trust

  • sheridarby
    December 20, 2015

    Being able to discuss it more openly

  • Farhana
    December 20, 2015

    I speak to people trust so I guess safety from immature people

  • clairew137
    December 20, 2015

    Worry less but talk when need to.

  • Gilly Holmes
    December 20, 2015

    It doesn’t other me

  • modzy78
    December 20, 2015

    I think it’s important to be matter of fact about it and start talking at a young age. If you’re raised to believe your body is somehow shameful, of course you won’t want to talk about it.

  • sallyann Johnston
    December 20, 2015

    Talking about it with someone is quite easy for me so confident x

  • Hazel REa
    December 20, 2015

    I always remind myself that to a doctor this is nothing different from a sprained ankle – it’s something to be fixed.

  • emilyy4444
    December 20, 2015

    talk to someone you trust, you will feel better after!

  • Susan H
    December 20, 2015

    Being a nurse i have seen most things that go wrong in your pants and with easy access to doctors i don’t have the normal worries.

  • lokasey
    December 20, 2015

    Being honest with myself

  • Natalie Crossan
    December 20, 2015

    more people talking about it

  • Katherine L
    December 20, 2015

    If someone led the conversation and gave the opportunity for people to participate whenever they feel comfortable.

  • Martina Evans
    December 20, 2015

    Speaking about it to close relatives and/or my best friend (people who I can trust). Also, hearing or reading about other peoples experiences through videos and blogs I find can be quite reassuring at times.

  • Katie
    December 20, 2015

    Think they should be easier to buy in supermarkets without being embarrassed by packing or anything xx

  • claire little
    December 20, 2015

    I’m quite open about it already but if it’s the right person to speak with.

  • gaby L
    December 20, 2015

    it being talked about in the media more often will make it more acceptable/less embarrassing to talk about

  • Katie skeoch
    December 20, 2015

    A fuller check at your gp would be great & would get more women talking & thinking about their feminine care

  • Solange
    December 21, 2015

    Probably talking about it to a woman.

  • Ruth Harwood
    December 21, 2015

    Talking it through with someone who has similar issues so I don’t feel alone xx

  • Lorraine Tinsley
    December 21, 2015

    I don’t get embarassed anymore, having 2 kids takes that away from you. I would say that every needs to talk about it openly and frankly, if it becomes normal no one will be uncomfortable

  • Helen Humphries
    December 21, 2015

    I don’t like talking about it with my Dr because I know him and no matter how much people say it isn’t odd it just is! A chemist or at a clinic, female Dr or friends is fine though.

  • Fran
    December 21, 2015

    Being in a ridiculous amount og pain is what got me to talk to my Dr. After the first time, I became a lot more blase about it.

  • aaron broad
    December 21, 2015

    realising everyone deals with it I guess and that will me worth it in the long run

  • Angela McDonald
    December 21, 2015

    I try to relax and remember i’m only human – other people have these problems, concerns, etc too!

  • Angela treadway
    December 21, 2015

    I dont find it that uncomfortable luckily my family are quite open…but i see it as we are all human x

  • Kimberley H
    December 21, 2015

    Nothing, I’ve never found it an issue.

  • denise cross
    December 22, 2015

    Being open about everything

  • Hassina Begum
    December 22, 2015

    I talk to my female doctor.

  • Nat
    December 22, 2015

    I think maybe if the packaging and marketing for hygiene products was a bit more modernised and aimed at younger people. The products usually look like they’re from the 80s and aimed at older women.

  • Sarah
    December 22, 2015

    I’ve never had a problem with discussing any health issue with a doctor, male or female, I don’t know if its because I’ve always been so open about it in general with family and friends but I’m quite comfortable discussing anything. I’ve always viewed it as health professionals are trained to treat and diagnose problems, they really don’t judge or think anything of it, we all experience health issues so it isn’t something to be embarrassed about. I do think it needs to be more widely accepted in day to day life and the media can help with that. It really should be a taboo subject for anyone.

    • Sarah
      December 22, 2015

      I meant to say it really shouldn’t be a taboo subject for anyone!

  • Helen Thurston
    December 22, 2015

    I’ve not found a problem talking about things like this with my female friends/doctor – not that it comes up a lot in general conversation (but then we talk about mooncups, periods, etc anyway). I’m lucky enough never to have had thrush but I don’t take antibiotics and have a fairly good immune system which I believe helps.

  • Tracy Hanson
    December 22, 2015

    I don’t have issues talking to very close friends about stuff like this, BUT when you get a friend who you think could handle it in a mature way and acts like she’s never been kissed (erm, I know you have lol) it’s embarassing. I don’t mind talking to doctors about any issues I might or think I might have but do prefer a female doctor if any examinations are taking place. Was brought up to be a bit more “open” (not too open though) and could chat about periods etc with Mum from an early age. I think the more people who are willing to take a mature approach to chatting about this the better. More people will feel they can approach their friends if they have any concerns.

  • Beky Austerberry
    December 22, 2015

    I dont have issues talking about things like that

  • Laura @ Laura : Fat 2 Fit
    December 22, 2015

    I actually don’t think there’s anything that would make me more comfortable – if I was to have any problems at all, I wouldn’t hesitate to talk about it or discuss it and I have no problems doing to the doctors for any personal issues – I would rather have the problems sorted and not have to worry about them than just suffer in silence.

  • Kelly Hemmings
    December 23, 2015

    Nothing to be shy about. Everyone is human so if you remember that I find that’s what makes me feel more comfortable and less shy.

  • craftywren
    December 23, 2015

    a female GP would be nice

  • Lynsey Buchanan
    December 24, 2015

    I am comfortable to talk about my intimate health. If I had a problem I would rather get it sorted quickly than be to scared to get it look at. You have to meet life head on whatever the obstacle,

  • Gerri Tennant
    December 24, 2015

    The more women discuss this the more acceptable it becomes to discuss it. I had to have a colonoscopy not long ago and it was amazing how once I had mentioned it I ‘collected’ people who were also in the same position and we had an unofficial support network set up before you could blink – keep up the good work.

  • Michelle lintern
    December 24, 2015

    Being honest with friends

  • Cassy Fry
    December 24, 2015

    Talking about it, but as I am an introvert, reading about it first. I think it just needs an open dialogue/info exchange between women. I’m pretty comfortable about my intimate health, but only after years of reluctantly having to deal with it! Thanks for writing this one!

  • Heather Oliver
    December 24, 2015

    I feel lucky that the bond I have with my roller derby team allows us to talk about anything with each other, with no judgement, a lot of support and humour. I feel like everyone just needs to talk about it more, as unnerving as it is the first time to do it.

  • Samantha loughlin
    December 25, 2015

    Just feeling more relaxed I think xx

  • Ruth Harwood
    December 26, 2015

    I usually am ok, but it might be more comfortable if I knew other people were talking about it despite feeling uncomfortable xx

  • Maria P
    December 26, 2015

    To speak with a person who I know well

  • Margery Lumsdaine
    December 26, 2015

    I don’t think I will ever enjoy talking about such issues, but I just take a deep breath and get on with it, and I can’t think of anything that will make it easier for me

  • fionajk42
    December 26, 2015

    I would prefer if I could speak to a sympathetic female doctor, but there does not seem to be a way to request a specific gender of the doctor when making an appointment.

  • Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)
    December 26, 2015

    Just remembering that it’s an issue everybody has to deal with!

  • lindsay chadburn
    December 27, 2015

    remembering everyone is in the same boat

  • Tracey @ One Frazzled Mum
    December 27, 2015

    I have always been comfortable discussing this with friends but tend to keep it to myself or discuss with a doctor

  • Sophie Lester
    December 27, 2015

    More information about it about so that it becomes more normal to talk about.

  • alisa moore
    December 27, 2015

    more people opening up to talk about it

  • Tracey Tedford
    December 27, 2015

    Being brought up to talk openly about it and not making it such a taboo subject

  • Charlotte Moore
    December 27, 2015

    Talking more openly and confidently

  • Donna Caldwell
    December 27, 2015

    Find I can talk about it with friends

  • Deb Bev (@Cecilalm52)
    December 27, 2015

    It helps when you can read reviews and discussion on products as you can for anything else

  • Judith Allen
    December 27, 2015

    My mum couldn’t even manage a chat about periods with me, just produced a pack of sanitary towels, said that I might be needing these soon, and ran away. So just being calmly honest and open. We all have those private parts.

  • Claire Ward
    December 28, 2015

    Being comfortable with the people u are talking to

  • christine westlake
    December 28, 2015

    people need to be more open

  • KayleighWhite (@xxfluffywhitexx)
    December 28, 2015

    Being able to speak to a female nurse/doctor – my GP surgery has so many male locums. If I want a female I have to wait weeks/months at a time or be seen by a very young unapproachable nurse.

  • Janine C
    December 28, 2015

    Pushing myself to talk about it with my friends more

  • Patricia Fraser
    December 28, 2015

    If you have a problem do not hesitate to talk to your doctor or nurse as they have seen it all before.

  • MANDY DOHERTY
    December 28, 2015

    I’m quite comfortable talking to family and close friends, but if you aren’t then talk to a doctor or nurse as they deal with these things all the time

  • Jennifer Carroll
    December 28, 2015

    More open communication and somewhere to get answers without direct human interaction.

  • Laura Caraher
    December 28, 2015

    I think it’s important to start talking about it at a young age and being more open with your friends

  • Gemma Massey
    December 29, 2015

    Talking more openly was embarrassed at first but everyone is in the same boat at the end of the day x

  • Michaela Hannah
    December 29, 2015

    I think i would feel more comfortable about my intimate health and talking about it if other people were more open talking about it around me

  • Alison Macdonald
    December 29, 2015

    If talking with a GP prefer them to be female or can easily talk to my mum or other female relatives.

  • Katie Walker
    December 29, 2015

    I don’t mind talking about it I have few friends but we are close so it is not embarrasing for me to talk about these things

  • Aoife
    December 29, 2015

    I can talk to close friends about these things. Has definitely got easier as I have got older and not so embarassable.

  • Jacqueline Chapman
    December 29, 2015

    I have no problem at all discussing this, I’m not easily embarrassed!

  • sue mcdermott
    December 29, 2015

    I don’t mind talking about this

  • olivia280177
    December 29, 2015

    I’m fine talking about it with a doctor as and when needed.

  • Tasha Hamilton (@battynatty29)
    December 29, 2015

    Promote the subject so other people are comfortable talking about it without it being such a taboo thing

  • Natalie Gillham
    December 30, 2015

    I am comfortable talking about my intimate health but more comfortable if others are being open about it with me

  • Vicky
    December 30, 2015

    nice piece

  • liz ferguson
    December 30, 2015

    Talking to someone you trust

  • Mary Chez
    December 30, 2015

    I’m already confident and able to talk about these issues but I’m sure not everyone is.

  • Nancy Bradford
    December 30, 2015

    Great article. I’m already quite confident but it did make me think x

  • Tracy Gladman
    December 30, 2015

    Speaking with a woman.

  • Pat Stubbs
    December 30, 2015

    more people talking about it

  • Rachel Wise
    December 30, 2015

    Try not to feel embarrassed as you are not alone – talk to those you feel comfortable with

  • Robyn Logan Clarke
    December 30, 2015

    Talking to a stranger, perhaps a clinic where i would be likely to see the person again

  • Hayley Lynch
    December 30, 2015

    Just remembering we all have bits and pieces and noone is exempt from the little problems we may have from time to time

  • Kelly (@Jakeysmummy2006)
    December 31, 2015

    To be honest I feel totally confident about talking about it – we all have the same!

  • Nat thomason
    December 31, 2015

    Coming through three years of treatment for pre cancer of the cervix has made me comfortable discussing intimate things . The treatment saves many lives if u have changes tell your doctor

  • Martina Evans
    December 31, 2015

    Talking about it more with my close female friends & family. That way I could feel better when they talk about their experience with their issue and going to the doctor.

  • sandra thomas
    December 31, 2015

    confidence makes taking about it easier

  • Christine Hobbs
    December 31, 2015

    I have three daughters and have always encouraged them to talk openly to me about any issues so we share experiences all the time. They are in their twenties now and still confide in me about intimate health and hopefully it has helped them deal with any problems

  • emma kinsey
    December 31, 2015

    being more confident with my body is key

  • lilmisssnoop
    December 31, 2015

    More awareness!

  • Maria Hackett
    December 31, 2015

    I love reading and finding out more before I talk to a consultant. This way I know what to expect and what to ask.

  • Anita hargreaves
    December 31, 2015

    Being open about it

  • emma franklin
    December 31, 2015

    Other people talking about their own problems, would make me more confident discussing my own

  • Kim W
    December 31, 2015

    Seeing a GP you trust. A specialist once gave me clomide multiple birth pills – how stupid can you get? I am still angry about it years later and she should have known better

  • Claire Haskett
    December 31, 2015

    Sharing is caring!

  • Chelsey Hollings
    December 31, 2015

    More Awareness

  • angie pickering
    December 31, 2015

    I dont have a problem with it but its nice to have a friend to talk to

  • David Crabb
    December 31, 2015

    The most important thing is to have confidence and learn that your body is your temple, that you won’t get another so be proud of it and dont care what anyone thinks especially when it comes to the importance of health and well-being.

  • Kirsti Peters
    December 31, 2015

    Nothing, I am already extremely comfy talking about anything and everything

  • Celiamay
    December 31, 2015

    Wine helps! But apart from that, I don’t shy away from talking about personal issues such as this, I’m just a bit awkward about it … which I’m going to say is a side effect of being British!

  • Dale Dow
    December 31, 2015

    Having someone I can trust to talk to x

  • milli
    December 31, 2015

    Articles like yours are very helpful and make it easier for people to understand problems & then discuss them.

  • Maddie Jasinska
    December 31, 2015

    More comfortable underwear 😀

  • Tammy Neal
    December 31, 2015

    having some one to trust to talk to xx

  • kelandab22
    December 31, 2015

    Being able to talk online or even book in at the doctors online with a few words to say what’s up would certainly make me more open to chat face to face as i know if be more prepared mentally

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

  • tracy sinclair
    December 31, 2015

    Discussing it with friends first, been comfortable with what you want to discuss, then gradually it will become easier x

  • Alison Clifford
    December 31, 2015

    This article is a great start and the links within it are great.

  • Kirsty
    December 31, 2015

    I hate talking about stuff like this but really wish it was more openly talked about and less of a taboo. I like your article and hope it will help people be more willing to discuss.

  • Tamsin Dean
    December 31, 2015

    more cotton underwear

  • Oksana Fitzgerald
    December 31, 2015

    Do not feel shy to talk about it

  • Victoria Prince
    January 1, 2016

    I’m not sure there is an answer to that really! Rescue Remedy? Deep breaths, trying not to overthink the situation and remembering that we are all human and face similar issues