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HEALTH CONDITIONS

Feminine Hygiene

Overview
Symptoms
Commonly Prescribed Drugs
Home Remedies
Doctors to Consult
Overview

Feminine Hygiene is a part of a woman's health that should be paid special attention to so that the occurrence of various vaginal infections and genital disorders can be prevented. Some factors that may affect a woman's vaginal health include unprotected sex, pelvic fractures, certain health conditions that cause vaginal dryness (ex. Diabetes and Sjogren's syndrome), medications such as antibiotics, feminine-hygiene products (ex. Tampons, douches), birth control products, pregnancy and childbirth, age, and change in hormone levels.

Complications that a women may encounter when she does not practice good feminine hygiene include infections and irritations, Toxic shock syndrome, vaginal dryness, and STI transmission.

Symptoms

It is best to see your doctor if you notice any of the following:

  • Changes in the color, odor and consistency of vaginal discharge
  • Painful urination and blood in urine
  • Severe cramps
Risk Factors
Commonly Prescribed Drugs
  • Vaginal creams and gels for infections and irritations
  • Vaginal antiseptics and disinfectants
Treatment and Management
Home Remedies
  • Avoid perfumed soaps, gels and antiseptics. Perfumed or scented feminine hygiene products can disrupt the pH and healthy balance of bacteria in the vagina and lead to irritation.
  • Wash more than once day during your period with non-allergenic soaps.
  • Avoid the use of douches unless medically recommended since douching disrupts the normal vaginal bacteria.
  • Practice safe sex. Bacteria and viruses may enter the vagina during intercourse and may result to chlamydia, gonorrhoea, genital herpes, genital warts, syphilis and HIV.
  • Women age 25 to 64 are encouraged to undergo cervical screening so that abnormal changes in the cervix can be identified early and treated.
  • Wear loose, absorbent underwear
  • Wipe from front to back so that infection of the vagina with harmful microorganisms from the anus is prevented
  • If you are considering the use of a contraceptive method, after consulting a doctor and choosing one that will work best for you, specific care instructions related to said contraceptive method should be followed especially for those concerning IUDs, cervical caps, sponges, and others.
Doctors to Consult
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