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.
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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