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Women's Health
April 8, 2019

How to deal with bacterial vaginosis

No matter how healthy you are, sometimes the good bacteria that normally reside in your vagina decrease, and harmful bacteria take over. When you go for help because of discomfort or an unusual discharge, a diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis (or BV) may follow. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common microbiological syndrome among women of childbearing age. Among those who visit South African clinics, the prevalence is just over 42%. But even though bacterial vaginosis is common, it shouldn’t be ignored. The infection can increase your risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and has been linked to preterm delivery. If you…
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Women's Health
April 8, 2019

Uneven breasts? Here’s what you need to know

You’re looking at your chest in the mirror, hoping no-one will notice that your breasts aren’t identical. Maybe you should wear a different top or bra to hide their shape? You decide a loose cardigan would be best to hide them. All breasts aren’t created equally. If you’re struggling to accept your asymmetrical boobs, you are not alone. As it turns out, there’s probably a natural reason for it. The size of your breasts won’t consistently be the same size during your lifetime, and it’s rarely a reason to sound the alarm bells. Their size fluctuates, thanks to usual body…
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Women's Health
June 19, 2018

Why is my period blood dark?

Most women start menstruating (having their period) somewhere between the ages of 9 to 15. From there onwards, you become familiar with your monthly visitor. Periods aren’t the same for every woman, so you need to pay attention to any changes, like your cycle, symptoms and even the colour and consistency of the blood. It’s normal for the colour and consistency to vary over time, but strange changes in colour and thickness must be taken seriously! Get to know your period Every month, the lining of the uterus thickens to prepare you for pregnancy. If you don’t get pregnant, your…
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Women's Health
June 19, 2018

Why is it itching around my vagina?

Many women shy away from talking about their vaginas, but it’s worth learning more about the health issues you could have down there. Ladies don’t be embarrassed; it’s time you understand what your vagina is all about. Your vagina is the internal tube that connects your womb to the outside of the body. The vulva includes the inner and outer lips (labia), the clitoris, the urethral opening (where your wee comes out) and the vaginal opening. The vulva is the general name given to the outside parts of your private part. This precious part of your body can suffer many…
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Women's Health
January 5, 2018

What every woman should know about fibroids

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about, now we need to watch out for tumours in the uterus! What are fibroids? Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumours that grow within or along the walls of the uterus. The tumours are made of a small amount of cells and tissue, and grow quite quickly in size. They may grow in singles or clusters. A fibroid could be as small as an apple seed or the size of a grapefruit. In unusual cases, it may become bigger. Fibroids are very common in women of reproductive age, and they usually shrink once…
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Women's Health
January 5, 2018

Stopped The Pill? Here’s why you’re not menstruating.

Maybe you’ve decided it’s time to have a baby. Or, you just want to go off contraception. When you go off the pill, you expect your menstrual cycle to get back to normal; but what happens when your cycle doesn’t start? Post-pill amenorrhea This is a fancy way of saying that many women experience a delay of menstruation after stopping the birth control pill. You could also experience spotting, or a much lighter flow during your period. It might carry on this way for up to six months. In most cases, the effect is temporary and your cycle may return…
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Women's Health
October 31, 2017

Beating the bloat at that time of the month

In theory, the menstrual cycle is awesome. Each month a gland in the brain sends a message to your ovaries saying it’s time to release an egg. If you’re “normal” (we mean this in the best way!), this happens around 450 times in your lifetime. The reality is that having to experience this every month feels anything but awesome. Menstruating can make you feel like a completely different person, both physically and emotionally. Besides the mood swings, feeling bloated can be one of the more unpleasant side effects of menstruation. Fortunately, it isn’t something you have to suffer through. There…
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Women's Health
October 27, 2017

What exactly is Endometriosis?

Do you find yourself curled up in bed with severe period pain, popping painkillers nearly every month? Something could be wrong! Endometriosis is one of the causes of severe period pain … but what exactly is it? What is endometriosis? The endometrium is the tissue that lines the inner cavity of the uterus (womb) Endometrial cells are shed every month during menstruation Endometriosis occurs when the endometrium grows outside of the uterine cavity It is a painful condition as these endometrial growths bleed in the same manner as the endometrial lining inside the uterus does every month during menstruation Endometriosis…
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Women's Health
October 24, 2017

Ladies, here’s how to light the fire in the bedroom

It’s normal to feel a dip in your sex drive as you get older. As life and work takes its toll, the occasional drop in your hormones is perfectly common. Before beating yourself up about it, let’s get a better understanding for why this happens: Stress & sleep. Stressful events can take over your everyday life, and can drain the sexual energy right out of you – more so if you’re not getting enough sleep. A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that a good night's rest greatly enhances a woman's sex drive. So, the more you…
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Women's Health
September 7, 2017

The best way to prepare for your breast exam

In South Africa, one in 29 women will get breast cancer in their lifetime. The good news is that the earlier it’s detected, the greater your chances of survival. This is why regular breast exams are essential for your health and peace of mind. The ABCs A clinical breast exam is done by a doctor or gynaecologist in the consultation room. This is what he looks for: Rashes or dimples on the skin of your breasts. Strange lumps, bumps or discharge from your nipples. He will then feel the entire surface of your breasts, underarms and collarbone. This is done…
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