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#NoShame: A frank discussion about women’s health (ad)

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We women are a busy bunch. We try to balance health, work, family, and personal life — the daily pressures on women are as high as they’ve ever been. And somehow we manage this pressure on our own, for the most part. What I strive to always do is create a space to discuss what others sometimes consider private — the more we talk about our problems, the less alone we feel, right? Wanna talk periods? I’m your girl. Mental health? Bring it. Body hair? Sure! Sex, personal struggles, whatever… let’s talk.

When it comes to women’s health, we’re often reluctant, even embarrassed, to discuss health issues, especially intimate health; but more often than not, I find that the conversations we don’t want to have are usually the most important.

So today, we’re going to talk frankly about women’s health, with #NoShame! Let’s break down some of the stuff we all know happens, and nobody wants to chat about:

Constipation
Makes you squirm, right? I don’t know what it is about women and poop, but most of us are terrible at it and quite often end up constipated. Not only does it cause abdominal pain or discomfort, but it can also affect how you feel about yourself in public, often making you feel self-conscious about bloating. I take magnesium daily, so thankfully, this isn’t a problem I suffer with anymore, but sometimes you need to bring in the big guns — With RestoraLAX®, you can effectively restore your body’s natural rhythm without the side effects like cramps, bloating or gas.

Urinary incontinence
Oh yes, ladies, I know you know what I’m talking about. It’s why none of you want to jump on trampolines, right? It’s another subject that can be a taboo for many people, but why? According to CanadianContinence.ca, as many as 3.3 million Canadians (nearly 10% of the general population) experience some form of it, with 33% of women over the age of 40 experiencing symptoms. Like most taboo topics, we feel the need to hide it from others because we think it’s less common than it really is! I can Kegel all the livelong day, and I’ll never have the control I did before having kids, that’s just life. The Canadian Continence Foundation website has useful information from doctors and tips on how to manage it, thankfully.

#VaginaStruggles
When people think of vaginal issues, the first thought usually jumps to UTIs or yeast infections. The not-so-talked-about Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is a very common occurring infection. BV can occur when the pH balance in the vagina is affected, as a high pH level allows growth of undesirable bacterial microorganisms.  The main symptoms associated with BV are odour and abnormal discharge. The makers of Canesten have launched CanesBalance® to help you treat the symptoms of the infection by restoring the normal vaginal pH level and relieving abnormal vaginal discharge and odour.

Periods, period.
Every month, women all over the world go through the discomfort of cramps, bloating, even headaches with our periods. With Midol®, you can help relieve these common symptoms, and finally take control of your calendar.

Perimenopause & Menopause
What’s with women wanting to tuck this conversation into a deep corner? Let’s chat about it, because let me tell you: it’s not fun. Not even a little. For me, perimenopause has ushered in a whole host of crazy symptoms, and being able to talk openly about them is so important. We need coping tools — sure, a healthy diet and exercise can help, and we all know we need less stress, but the reality is menopause happens regardless of our lifestyles, and we need ways to handle it, and know we’re not the only ones going through it. Talk. More!

Whatever the case or issue, let’s make a habit out of talking about it frankly and openly – we should never feel ashamed about discussing our health, and you are never alone! I’d love to hear your thoughts on these taboo subjects, and things you’ve done to help fuel the conversations.

 

 

 

 

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

 

 

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