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