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.Read More
April 8, 2019
5 (slightly) awkward health problems
Aside from adjusting to your new life on campus and being away from home, you’re also faced with health problems as you interact in a different environment and with people from unique backgrounds. Here are five health problems you should know about:Read More
October 8, 2018
Could I have an STD?
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) spread from person to person during any sexual activity. A mother can even pass these on to her baby during pregnancy and birth. You must always, under all circumstances, practise safe sex! Use a new condom every single time you have sex. This applies to oral sex too. According to the World Health Organization, more than a million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are acquired every day, worldwide. The majority of STIs either have no symptoms or only mild symptoms that may not be recognised as an STI. Sexually transmitted diseases are serious, and while some have symptoms,…Read More
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…Read More
June 19, 2018
Why is my penis itchy?
Genital itching happens for many reasons and is usually harmless, but even if it's harmless - it can be extremely irritating! (Not to mention embarrassing). Here are some common causes why your member may be driving you mad, and what you can do about it. Jock itch One of the most common reasons for feeling itchy around the crotch area, is jock itch. The area around the penis is often warm and moist, which makes it attractive to bacteria. Jock itch can also come from tight underwear, skin rubbing and allergies. Besides itching, symptoms of jock itch include a pink…Read More
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…Read More
August 4, 2017
The other STD you have for a lifetime
A new strain of gonorrhoea is infecting people all over the world. And, it’s untreatable, warns the World Health Organization (WHO). What is gonorrhoea? Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted disease, affecting over 70 million people each year. The bacteria that cause the infection live in warm, moist areas of the body, including the urethra, vagina, anus, throat, and female reproductive tract. Gonorrhoea is passed from person to person via unprotected oral, anal, or vaginal sex. People with more than one sexual partner or who don’t use condoms have a high risk of gonorrhoea. The infection can also spread from mother…Read More
June 23, 2017
Is it an STD or bladder infection?
Does it itch, burn or scratch down under – and you don’t quite know what it is? Infections are common but embarrassing. The good news is that they’re treatable too! It’s important to know what’s what – down there. Here’s a guide. The difference A bladder infection means that a type of bacteria has invaded your bladder, causing pain and discomfort. An STD is a sexually transmitted disease that’s passed on during intercourse (most commonly). An STD is also an infection, and could be caused by bacteria, yeast, viruses or parasites. With a bladder infection, the bacteria travel from the…Read More
April 28, 2017
It hurts when I wee – what could it be?
Pain or discomfort during urination (also known as dysuria) can be caused by many different conditions. A common one you may be familiar with, is urinary tract infection. But what if it isn't an infection? How do you treat it and when do you need to see the doctor? The three main culprits 1. Urinary tract infections A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is a common reason for burning wee. It's most common in women, but can also occur in men. The infection can be found anywhere along the urinary tract, from the kidneys, all the way down to the…Read More