The first step to staying healthy as a woman is identifying what you're up against. If you know the conditions that pose the biggest threat, you can easily take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. The good news is that even though these health concerns vary based on your age and genetics, most of them are preventable and manageable.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an inflammation of the vagina that occurs when the bacterial balance in the vagina is off. The vagina has natural bacteria. However, when harmful bacteria overgrows in the vagina, it causes inflammation.
Vaginal atrophy or atrophic vaginitis is a condition that causes the thinning, drying, and inflammation of the vaginal tissue. This condition occurs due to lack of estrogen and is therefore common in pre-menopausal and menopausal women. However, vaginal atrophy may also occur due to medical conditions and treatments that affect estrogen production. Fortunately, it is possible to treat vaginal atrophy and relieve symptoms to improve the quality of life.
Does your vagina feel itchy? Have you noticed a difference in your discharge lately? Do you have a burning sensation when you pee or have sex? Or maybe you've sensed an odour coming from your vagina. Believe it or not, many women across various ages experience these problems. Fortunately, there are solutions for bacterial vaginosis (BV) and yeast infections. But how do you know if it is BV or a yeast infection?
The female body undergoes several biological changes. One of these monumental changes is menopause. Officially, menopause is diagnosed 12 months after the last menstruation. However, there's a long period leading up to menopause called perimenopause or menopausal transition. This period can last as long as 14 years and is a natural part of the aging process.