Women’s most common health problems

We covered Men’s Body Issues, now here are 3 medical and body issues that happen mostly to women. Sorry, sisters!

Stretch marks can happen when you lose or gain weight fast. The skin stretches when there’s rapid growth, and when it’s overstretched the elastin and collagen (which give skin its strength and elasticity) become thinner and can break. Stretch marks are a normal part of growing up for teenagers and these teen growth-spurt marks often disappear altogether. Many women also get stretch marks when they are pregnant.

How to prevent stretch marks: Rule 1 is to avoid yo-yo dieting. If you feel you need to lose weight, go for slow and steady over time, giving your skin time to catch up! Use a massage glove to help improve your circulation and encourage new tissue growth, and moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!

Yeast Infection. If you’re having vaginal discharge that’s white and thick, and an annoying itch, you probably have something known as a yeast infection, a common condition caused by a yeast called Candida albicans. The bacteria and yeast in the vagina from the time you’re born are usually kept in check by “good” bacteria, but when the amount of the bacteria is reduced, the yeast can grow and cause problems. Here are some things that can affect your natural bacterial balance:

  • Oral contraceptives
  • Wearing tight clothes, pantyhose and wet bathing suits.
  • Antibiotics
  • Pregnancy
  • Excessive douching
  • Intrauterine devices
  • Diabetes

Candida, like any fungus, really likes warm, dark, moist places, so wearing tight clothes that trap moisture can create the perfect conditions for developing a yeast infection. The first time you think you may have a yeast infection, see your doctor to get a definite diagnosis and treatment.

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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) – also called bladder infections – are a common problem for a women due to our design. A woman’s sterile urethral opening is right near two big sources of bacteria: the rectum and the vagina. Bacteria from these areas can move toward the urethra from the rectum if a woman wipes the wrong way after going to the bathroom, and could cause a UTI. During sexual intercourse, bacteria in the urethra can be pushed toward the bladder.

How to avoid bladder infections

  • urinate when you get the urge – don’t hold it in for ages
  • drink at least 6 glasses of water a day
  • take showers instead of baths
  • wipe from front to back whenever you go to the bathroom
  • urinate before and right after sexual intercourse

If a bladder infection is diagnosed early, it’s usually easy to treat. A urine test at the doctor’s office will confirm the infection and it’s treated with a few days of antibiotic treatment. It’s always a good idea to drink lots of water to help ‘flush’ the system.