#GetComfortable with your intimate health.

Syd is going through one of those classic little kids phases at the moment, where his most used words are poo, wee and especially willy. I was chatting to one of the other Mums at school about his new favourite word, and we got onto how ‘willy’ is so acceptable that nobody would really look twice at a small boy saying it, but there really isn’t a similarly accepted name for girls bits. Fanny, which on face value should be as inoffensive as willy, both being based on names and all, just isn’t as culturally acceptable. She has settled on Foo-Foo with her little girl, and a quick straw poll of other parents came up with various euphemisms being deployed – twinkles and daisies and all manner of pretty but non-specific terminology.

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When we cannot even decide on a society wide acceptable name to call ‘our bits’ in public, is it any wonder that many of us still feel uncomfortable discussing our intimate health? And even that term, intimate health, is a bit euphemistic isn’t it! I have to say that having had three children and the associated rummaging that goes along with pregnancy and child-birth, I am more comfortable discussing my vagina than I was previously, but still it’s hardly a conversation for the bus is it?

So how much do I know about looking after my vaginal health? Well – I know that you should avoid washing your intimate area with harsh soaps and cleansers – they can do more harm than good when it comes to protecting the natural PH balance and bacteria needed for good vaginal health. And I know you can’t treat thrush with a strawberry fromage frais. (Don’t ask.)

It isn’t much knowledge really is it? I have been generally quite lucky in that I have only had cystitis and thrush a couple of times each, unlike some of my friends who have suffered repeatedly. Both were really unpleasant and painful, but thankfully a trip to the doctors the first time soon got me treated and feeling well – and the second time around I knew the symptoms and managed to treat with over the counter products before things got too bad. 

Canesten have recently re-launched their website to provide a wealth of information to help you really take charge of your own intimate health (though do always consult a healthcare professional if you are unsure of your symptoms or are in a lot of pain.) Not only do they talk you through their range of products designed to take care of your intimate areas, the website also includes a wide range of feminine hygiene information from Canesten. There is a wealth of information on both prevention and treatment of the most common problems women face – thrush, cystitis, vaginitis is and vaginal dryness. There is a helpful symptom checker too, so you can reassure yourself any self-diagnosis is on the right track. 

So how can we get more comfortable with our intimate health?

  • We can educate ourselves about how to stay healthy and the common problems and solutions.
  • We can remember that to health care professionals the word vagina is no more shocking than the word elbow. They are not embarrassed, nor should we be.
  • We can proudly shout in public that we have vaginas and we are not ashamed of them. 

Well. Maybe that last one is going a little far, but really, I am a grown woman – I don’t have a ‘daisy’ or a ‘twinkle’ and I don’t want to be like my Nan and mutter about ‘down there’ under my breath. Call a spade a spade and the parts of your body by their proper name, and failing that, I rather like fanny – wouldn’t it be lovely if it became as every day as willy! 

Canesten is committed to helping women on their life journey, reassuring them with knowledge and innovative solutions to keep them in control of their intimate health. So, let’s forget crossed legs, worried glances, frantic symptom searching and embarrassing conversations. Now it’s time for you to get comfortable.

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73 Comments

  1. Tracy K Nixon
    March 11, 2016 / 10:08 am

    If you prefer to speak to a female nurse/doctor then ask. Remember they hear the same complaints and worries nearly every day so don’t feel embarrassed and fear you are the only one to suffer because you are certainly not!

  2. iain maciver
    March 11, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    not good bottling all better to talk

  3. Sinead ORourke
    March 11, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    Tallk to a nurse

  4. kim neville
    March 11, 2016 / 3:45 pm

    Relax and talk to someone who you can talk about anything to and trust to make it easier

  5. Catriona Hutchinson
    March 11, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    Reassure yourself that what you’re saying won’t be new. They’re trained and that’s what they’re there for

  6. Fi Ni Neachtain
    March 11, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    Ever since I was a child I’ve been taught that these things are all very private and shouldn’t openly be discussed. It’s sad that it’s that way for most people too and that we can’t even agree on what to call our private bits in public!

  7. Mary Heald
    March 11, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    Realising that the doctor will have heard it all before!

  8. karen cowley
    March 11, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    Just to relax about it, keep telling yurself, its nothing they haven’t seen or heard before x

  9. Susan Smith
    March 11, 2016 / 4:53 pm

    Relax, take a deep breath, and then go for it, better to long term ,

  10. Andrea Fletcher
    March 11, 2016 / 5:03 pm

    Just remember doctor do this every day.

  11. clair downham
    March 11, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    just get it all off your chest we are all the same with same problems

  12. laura banks
    March 11, 2016 / 7:32 pm

    its always better to talk than bottling things up at the end of the day we pretty much have the same issues

  13. Gwyn Sharps
    March 11, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Ask for a female nurse or doctor and remember they’re used to dealing with these sorts of things.

  14. Julie Ward
    March 11, 2016 / 11:44 pm

    We don’t have any problem about this, sons talk to me about anything and I would talk to them, it shouldn’t be a big issue

  15. Jay
    March 12, 2016 / 12:06 am

    Really think about why you feel embarrassed, why you may use silly terms for your anatomy – in short unpack all that nonsense, deprogram and things will be far easier.

  16. March 12, 2016 / 7:52 am

    Ask to speak to a female doctor if you prefer. If you have a hospital appointment, it’s worth checking this will be available before you go.

  17. March 12, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    Talk to some you trust and try not to worry about being emberrased

  18. Karl Borowy
    March 12, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    be confident ,,love yourself …bring a friend

  19. Helen Stratton
    March 12, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    Remember that it has all been seen and heard of before.

  20. Anna K
    March 13, 2016 / 8:53 am

    Just take a deep breath and say it, doctors have always heard much worse.

  21. Michelle O'Neill
    March 13, 2016 / 6:02 pm

    Just try and remember everybody is built the same x

  22. March 13, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    With two daughters and two sons we have regular verbal flinging about of our bits! Willy and winky (for my little boy) but you’re right – we don’t really call our bits anything. Foof is one I think! I am giggling now! How silly! Kaz x

  23. Emily Clark
    March 14, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    Don’t be afraid to laugh! We all have girly bits…and they are funny.

  24. Stevie
    March 15, 2016 / 12:31 pm

    I think getting to know your Doctor or Chemist is a good step.

  25. michelle dootson
    March 16, 2016 / 10:50 am

    i prefer to speak to a female doctor/nurse

  26. carole n
    March 16, 2016 / 12:27 pm

    try to be serious and to the point

  27. Lorna
    March 16, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    You can join serious online forums, or have a cup of tea and a chat with close friends, what ever it is, as soon as you start speaking, I promise you will feel better just for getting it off your chest 🙂

  28. sharon martin
    March 17, 2016 / 10:15 am

    talk a deep breath, relax and talk to someone your comfortable talking too

  29. Greig spencer
    March 20, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    talk to a medical pro like a nurse or doctor

  30. Lauren Old
    March 20, 2016 / 6:03 pm

    Talk about anonymously in a chat room with other women experiencing the same feelings, before going to a female nurse about it

  31. Julie
    March 20, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    Speak to a health professional about it, they’ll have seen and heard it all before so keep reminding yourself of that.

  32. Lyndsey
    March 22, 2016 / 5:31 pm

    just think that you are not the only one who has embarrassing problems

  33. EJ Dunn
    March 22, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    Oh everyone has a private area. No point being squeamish about it all!

  34. March 22, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    See a female doctor and remember they deal with this kind of thing every day x

  35. Denise C
    March 23, 2016 / 8:45 am

    Just say it – the doctor does this all day, every day so would have heard it many times already

  36. March 23, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    We are all the same, and nothing is too embarrassing, a problem shared is a problem halved

  37. Carly M
    March 23, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    Just remember you’re not the only one who has to deal with it and it’s totally normal!

  38. MANDY DOHERTY
    March 23, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    Write everything down so if you start to become embarrassed you can show the doctor/nurse your notes z

  39. Charmian Filewood
    March 24, 2016 / 12:33 am

    Remembering that its normal to sometimes have intimate health issues, noone is judging you and make sure you get an appointment with someone you feel relaxed and comfortable with (sometimes a nurse may be more approachable than a GP)

  40. March 24, 2016 / 1:17 am

    I always tell myself ‘ everyone either has a vagina or a penis’ so why be shy

  41. Kathleen Lynch
    March 24, 2016 / 9:25 am

    If you feel embarrassed do some research on the internet first, you will see that you are not alone. Chat forums are better for this as you can scare yourself silly on medical sites.

  42. Jade Hewlett
    March 24, 2016 / 1:23 pm

    Remember that you’re not the only one with the problem and won’t be the last to have the same problem

  43. Sheri Darby
    March 24, 2016 / 4:57 pm

    We all have the same problems – there is nothing to be embarassed about

  44. Mary Campbell
    March 24, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    Use humour, as it lightens the mood considerably

  45. jessica cook
    March 24, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    The internet is a wealth of knowledge on these matter and if u are not happy talking to a friend or relative speak to your doctor

  46. olivia Kirby
    March 24, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    I would just speak to a doctor you are comfortable with

  47. Pauline Wilson
    March 24, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    Just think we all are the same with the same issues at some time in our lives

  48. Angela Paull
    March 24, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    Just remember that everybody’s body sometimes does something that’s embarrassing and that whatever your problem is will just be “normal” to someone else who’s suffered

  49. Kristin Burdsall
    March 24, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    I personally dont have any issues discussing intimate problem but thats down to my mum being very open and honest with me as i grew up. I never felt any shame or embarrassment. My mum grew up in a strict catholic family and hated being made to feel ashamed of her body. She grew up to be a nurse and has always shown me the best way to understand is to talk about things. We talked about things together and i never felt i should hide anything and still dont

  50. Jayne Kelsall
    March 24, 2016 / 10:57 pm

    remember that every one is human and your never the only one .x

  51. Karen Dixon
    March 25, 2016 / 5:25 am

    Don’t worry . When speaking to a health professional we have heard everything before and will not be the first. It is better to be in the know than ignore potential problems .

  52. Kirsty Woods
    March 25, 2016 / 7:08 am

    There is nothing to feel embarrassed about, we are all human

  53. Lisa Pond
    March 25, 2016 / 8:41 am

    Doctors and nurses have seen and heard it all before, everyone has genitalia so there’s nothing to be embarrassed of! Everything you say to them will help you in the long run 🙂

  54. betony Bennett
    March 25, 2016 / 10:58 am

    Be completely open and honest 🙂

  55. Michelle Wild
    March 25, 2016 / 11:18 am

    I speak very frankly then think of other things while enduring.

  56. Amanda Norwood
    March 25, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    Get straight to the point. The more complicated you make things the more flustered you become

  57. Kerry Smith
    March 25, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    You just have to bite the bullet. We’re all the same after all

  58. Allan Fullarton
    March 25, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    Talk to a family member.

  59. Jill f
    March 25, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    Remember gps etc have seen and heard it all before

  60. Pam Francis Gregory
    March 25, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Always ask for a female nurse/doctor if you don’t feel comfortable.

  61. Natalie Gillham
    March 25, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    Try not to be embarrassed about talking to health professionals about intimate health as they’ve heard and seen it all before and are there to help x

  62. Anneka Hulse
    March 25, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    not to feel embarrassed as all woman have the same bits and most have can problems

  63. March 25, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    Try and remember that health professionals see and deal with intimate problems all the time. If you feel more comfortable you are more than within your rights to ask for a same sex doctor/nurse or a specific health professional. I often find it easy to write down all my issues too as sometimes I can get a little flustered when trying to remember everything.

  64. Caroline Signey
    March 25, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    Don’t think too much bout what you re discussing, and remember everyone is the same

  65. Amy Lambert
    March 25, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    Talk to someone you feel comfortable with and if talking to a medical professional remember they’re trained to deal with sensitive issues so there’s no need to feel embarassed

  66. Eva Appleby
    March 25, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    Talk to a professional in your topic area who you can talk to in confidence and trust.

  67. Karen Howden
    March 25, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    be open and honest, they have heard it all before

  68. Dawn Thompson
    March 25, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    Talk to someone you feel comfortable with and who put you at ease

  69. esther james
    March 25, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    Just accept that they are there to help and be honest

  70. Rennene Hartland
    March 25, 2016 / 10:50 pm

    Just be open and remember that everyone has the same parts and different issues and their is nothing to be shy about

  71. Elizabeth Williams
    March 25, 2016 / 11:50 pm

    Relax, realise they are there to help and deal with all issues everyday.

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