Do you have the house to yourself – children at school and men doing something outside? Good, because sometimes it’s nice to talk in private about the downsides of being a woman – and yes, sometimes it’s not much fun. There is the time of the month until we reach about 50, and then we can look forward to the menopause, with possible migraines and vaginal discomfort. Health issues that can really have an impact on your daily life. Fortunately, many of these complaints are treatable. Here are some of our tips on how to avoid or treat health issues that predominantly affect women.
Today, let’s talk about our vaginas; after all, this is one area that us ladies are rarely keen to discuss in public. However, most women in the UK will experience thrush, a yeast infection caused by the Candida yeast fungus. Signs that you have thrush include an itchy vulva, vaginal discharge that may be thicker or more watery than usual, or pain during or after sex. Luckily, thrush is easy to treat with over the counter medications. If the thrush keeps returning, however, it’s a good idea to see your GP. Here are some tips to prevent a yeast infection:
- Not eating too much sugar, especially if you are diabetic
- Do not use vaginal showers or irritating soap
- Use condoms during sex
- Wear cotton pants rather than ones made from synthetic fabrics
If, in spite of these measures, the symptoms persist, seek some treatment and get an STI test. Bacterial vaginosis, chlamydia and other genital diseases can cause similar vaginal complaints
The average age for the menopause in the UK is 51, but there is a huge variation; every woman is different. The change is a difficult time of life for many women who are plagued by hot flushes, night sweats and sleep problems. However, this transitional time does not always have to be miserable. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can make a big difference. The medication ensures that your decreasing oestrogen levels are boosted, causing most complaints to disappear. If you don’t like the idea of taking hormones, there are also many dietary supplements and homoeopathic drugs that help support the body during menopause. Making changes to your lifestyle can also help. Drink plenty of water, go to bed on time and eat healthily. Keep on exercising, and enjoy an active sex life. Good for your mood and your body!
3. Hanging breasts
Help, my breasts are sagging! Many young mothers who have given birth will experience droopy breasts. However, significant weight loss and being post menopausal can also turn the pretest of breasts into ones requiring high tech support. Today you can choose from many creams that help to strengthen breast skin. Other tips for beautiful, firm breasts:
- Avoid crash diets – the inevitable yo yo effect and can damage the tautness and elasticity of the skin
- Train your chest muscles. There are a few simple but effective exercises on the internet that have an uplifting effect on your body
- Eat healthily. Vitamins and minerals ensure the formation of elastin and collagen, necessary to keep your skin firm
Think about your posture. Chris Cole, a physiotherapist from Portsmouth, says that standing tall with your shoulders back can make a huge difference to the appearance of your breasts.
A migraine is very common – one in seven people in the UK suffer from the condition, and women are adversely affected; 33 percent of women get or suffer from a migraine compared to only 13 percent of men. Women are much more sensitive to this form of a headache. A migraine is unfortunately difficult to prevent. However, attacks tend to be shorter if drugs are taken on time so you should take your migraine medications as soon as you feel an attack coming on. Afraid to eat something that provokes a migraine attack? Don’t worry: doctors today believe there is probably no relationship between diet and migraine. Consult your GP if you often suffer from menstrual migraines: special (hormonal) medicines are available.
Do you leak a few drops of wee after coughing, sneezing, laughing or jumping on a trampoline? If so, you are not alone; incontinence is very common – in fact, one in three UK women experience a form of bladder weakness. Incontinence – the involuntary leakage of urine – can have several causes. Often, weak pelvic floor muscles are the offender, especially after the stresses placed on the area by pregnancy. By training them, you can have more control over the flow of urine. Incontinence, however, can also be caused by other things, such as bladder inflammation or a prolapsed bladder so go to the doctor if the problem persists and don’t suffer in silence.
80 percent of couples who are trying to conceive will do so within one year. If you are not one of the lucky ones, you may have fertility problems, especially if you are over 36 years of age. Female infertility in Great Britain can be caused by endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), blocked Fallopian tubes and a lack of monthly ovulation. Sometimes an irregular cycle plays a role, which makes it harder to work out which days you are fertile. An ovulation home test or thermometer can help you with this. These tools will show you which days you should aim to have sex so the chance of fertilization is greatest. In addition, there are medicines, such as Clomid, that stimulate ovulation.
Although many female health problems can be cured or prevented at the outset, we recommend seeing a doctor for serious or persistent complaints.
Sources: Nhs, Tena,