Intimate hygiene and intimate ailments are often linked, but there are other reasons that can cause these ailments. From the first moments of her life, the genitals of a little girl require special attention. A woman in the making, her genitals will continue to evolve until she reaches sexual maturity. From puberty until her menopause , the woman will go through physiological phenomena that oscillate between rising and falling hormones . These hormonal fluctuations are accompanied by disorders, pain in the lower abdomen , which can be benign or acute, going so far as to directly affect the reproductive system. Here you will discover the causes of these ailments and how appropriate intimate hygiene can help or make these ailments worse.
Secrets of women: intimate hygiene and intimate ailments
Signs and pathologies
At least 3 out of four women are prone, during their lifetime, to troublesome gynecological infections that are not serious. We are going to make a listing to learn how to recognize them.
Vaginal discharge is normal secretion that reflects the good hormonal release of estrogen . They are used to protect and naturally clean the vagina. Overall, they help regulate and balance the vaginal flora by expelling impurities. These losses are thicker and more abundant before menstruation and during early pregnancy. However, when they become fragrant and take on a different appearance, such as a change in color, it is better to consult because more or less violent itching will appear in the vulva and vagina. Itching can be a sign of yeast infection caused by a fungus, candida albicans .
Similarly, estrogens are implicated because at the end of the cycle just before menstruation, glycogen is produced under the effect of these hormones. It is a sugar contained in the vagina which promotes the multiplication of these fungi. Antibiotic and cortisone treatments can cause an imbalance in the vaginal flora and also trigger yeast infections .
Also, other factors are also involved such as:
Wearing tight clothes ;
Excessive and too frequent intimate hygiene ;
- A cleanser for your intimate hygiene that is too aggressive;
- The stress ;
A contraceptive ;
A sexually transmitted disease ;
- A drop in immunity due to certain diseases etc.
To put an end to it, an antifungal and probiotics based on lactobacilli will be necessary.
Cystitis is the second reason for consultation with prescription of antibiotics. It is a relatively mild urinary tract infection but can be accompanied by fever and pain, witnesses of the severity of the infection. Indeed, cystitis is located in the bladder and is due in 90% of cases to the proliferation of intestinal bacteria that have migrated to the vagina. It is characterized by a frequent urge to urinate, even a few drops, with a burning sensation during urination . The urine may be accompanied by blood, hematuria , be cloudy and malodorous.
Bartholinitis appears in the labia minora when the Bartholin's gland becomes clogged. Of infectious origin, the abscess is very painful and may be accompanied by redness. Drug treatment will be sufficient most of the time. Occasionally, surgery may be necessary.
Vulvitis is an inflammation of the vulva related to irritation or bacterial infection. It is manifested by swelling, itching, redness and pain.
It can also be a dermatological disease or an excess of intimate hygiene. Depending on the germ in question, antibiotic treatment can rebalance the intimate flora.
Abnormal bleeding during and outside of periods
It is during adolescence that the menstrual cycle begins with the onset of the first period. This cyclical phenomenon begins on the first day of the onset of menstruation and lasts on average about 28 days. He will need to adapt his care routine because intimate hygiene is upset (blood, bad smells, etc.).
It happens that we lose too much blood and / or that the rules are prolonged: it is menorrhagia . To realize this, it is enough to detect these signs which do not deceive such as changing too often hygienic protections, clothes or sheets. These heavy periods with clots are sometimes accompanied by abdominal pain that alters the lives of women who suffer from it. Sometimes anemia results from menorrhagia .
Most often, bleeding outside of your period is not serious. They are called metrorrhagia or spotting . Indeed, the bleeding can be more or less abundant but if they are accompanied by other symptoms, it is better to make sure that everything is fine and consult a gynecologist because this situation is abnormal. First of all, the doctor will make sure that this blood loss is not due to a badly implanted pregnancy because it is potentially fatal. Sometimes the embryo is outside the uterus. Apart from pregnancy, the causes of this untimely bleeding can be the consequence of hormonal disorders or be the sign of a more serious condition.
Abdominal pain and intimate disorders
Pelvic pain is pain that is located in the abdomen.
They can be a gynecological symptom that can affect and affect a woman's reproductive system. These pains vary in intensity and can become painful cramps
, sometimes occurring in waves. Often they appear during menstruation, they are dysmenorrhea.
In addition, it is then a normal phenomenon since these contractions allow the expulsion of the tissues of the endometrium
Be careful, however, because having pain in the lower abdomen can also be a symptom that should lead to consultation. Indeed, if it is frequent, unusual or intense and if your intimate hygiene deteriorates, it may be:
Ovarian cyst : Usually benign, the swelling contains fluid and is found on one or both ovaries. This situation is abnormal if it is accompanied by chronic pain;
Torsion of the ovary : often associated with an ovarian cyst, the pain is similar to a stabbing because it is intense, sharp and can be accompanied by nausea. It will then be necessary to operate urgently;
Endometriosis : an asymptomatic, inflammatory and chronic disease, it is caused by the presence of endometrial tissue outside the uterus. These tissues are not expelled and migrate into the fallopian tubes, ovaries, vagina, etc. It can be accompanied by intense pain and bleeding. It is important to be able to make a diagnosis if you have endometriosis because infertility can occur.
Prevention is better than cure
It is useful to be able to consult a gynecologist at least once a year in order to have a follow-up to reassure yourself and be sure that everything is going well.
Several reasons can push us to consult a gynecologist:
abnormal pain, bleeding and discharge ;
- a need for contraception ;
an abnormal breast lump ;
- during pregnancy ;
- during infertility ;
- at menopause .
Depending on the consultation, several types of examinations can be performed such as:
a cervical smear to prevent cancer of the cervix and in particular when one becomes sexually active to detect sexually transmitted diseases;
a vaginal examination to auscultate internally the pelvic organs vagina, cervix, uterus and ovaries;
a pelvic ultrasound to visualize the internal genitalia;
palpation of the chest to detect a suspicious mass;
a medically assisted procreation process ;
during childbirth or a caesarean section if the gynecologist is also an obstetrician.
Our intimate flora is precious , it deserves special attention and delicate care.
You have to make sure you find the right balance so as not to neglect this fragile area because the baba of good intimate health depends on paying particular attention to your diet as well as regular and effective intimate hygiene .
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