Archive for July, 2012
Nicole is a Certified Women’s Holistic Health Coach and Reiki Practitioner. She trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and apprenticed at a women’s holistic health center in New York City. During her training she learned that women can heal themselves from conditions like PMS, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Endometriosis, and many other conditions caused by hormonal imbalances, through the use of medicinal foods and lifestyle adjustments.
Nicole founded her wellness business The Healthy Elements two years ago so that she could help women achieve balanced hormones through nutrition and less toxic, more spiritual living. She passionately believes that these elements are the key to maintaining optimal hormonal health at any age. (more…)
Vaginitis is a general term that covers fungal (“yeast”) and bacterial infections within the vagina. Vaginitis can be an overgrowth of organisms normally found in the vagina or surrounding genital-rectal skin (e.g. yeast or bacterial vaginosis/BV). Some types of vaginitis can only be acquired by sexual contact, also known as a sexually transmitted infection or disease (“STD”). Examples of STDs which infect the vagina are trichomoniasis (“trich”), Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea. Unfortunately, if you are a woman with a new vaginal discharge, itching, or a malodor, it is not easy to know if one has an STD or simply an overgrowth of one of the “normal” vaginal organisms.
The most readily available home test kit for vaginitis is the Vagisil Screening Kit®. The cost at my local chain pharmacy was $17.50 ($15.00 for store brand). While availability and cost are good, the diagnostic capacity of this home test is very limited. This kit checks for vaginal pH. It does not indicate causes of symptoms (e.g., itching, burning, bad smell or unusual discharge), nor can it identify a specific type of infection. At best, it can indicate a more alkaline pH (more…)
Thousands of women suffer from fibroids, which often cause pain and heavy periods as well as affecting fertility. Diana Noufal, 47, a healthcare assistant, underwent a new procedure, as she tells CAROL DAVIS.
My periods have always been quite painful, but on holiday in Turkey last September it was particularly bad.
The tummy cramps stopped after a few days, but then they suddenly started again when I was at work — this time the pain was horrendous. One of the GPs at the practice where I work took me straight to hospital.
I had an ultrasound and was diagnosed with a 5cm fibroid. The doctors told me fibroids are benign growths in the muscle lining the womb, and that while they are usually harmless, they were probably the cause of the difficult periods I’d had for so long. This is because the surface of the fibroid is shed as menstrual blood.
They sent me home with medication to stop the bleeding and lots of painkillers which helped, but the problem never went away. I often had bleeding and cramps that would go on for weeks at a time.
Being in pain made me irritable and tired, and I couldn’t face swimming or going to the gym any more. I also didn’t like taking painkillers all the time. (more…)
The Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) received complaints about the ad for Acti-Fresh liners as soon as it was launched last night.
In the ad a naked young woman discusses vaginal discharge in a white room, her body artfully hidden behind a bunch of white flowers.
Campaign spokeswoman Debbie Selikman said the company wanted to cut through the taboo surrounding the word vagina. (more…)
When it’s that time of the month, we females want nothing more than to cuddle up in our snuggie, eat loads of chocolate ice cream, watch the chickiest chick flick and let the waterworks flow. Period.
But come mid-month, all that changes. A recent study conducted by researchers at Concordia University shows there’s a marked increase in women’s appearance-related behaviours during the fertile phase of the menstrual cycle. According to Gad Saad, professor of marketing and (more…)
For most women, the approximately four decade time span during which they menstruate each month, the experience is — if perhaps a bit of a nuisance — a relatively uneventful feature of the reproductive years. Mild cramps or pre-menstrual syndrome symptoms are fairly common, but these are usually short in duration, easily treated, and not debilitating. Some women, however, experience the challenge of menorrhagia, the medical term for heavy or prolonged bleeding during their periods. For individuals in this group, the monthly menstrual cycle is much more than a nuisance.
“Some women won’t even leave home on heavy flow days because they’re soaking through their protection,” said Cortez gynecologist Daniel Bohle, MD. If a woman is missing work, feeling the need to always be near a bathroom, unable to participate in exercise or social activities, or otherwise burdened by heavy bleeding, she should consider seeing her doctor to investigate treatment options.
A normal menstrual cycle lasts from a few to three to five days. According to Bohle, if a (more…)
Senior representatives of both UNFPA and UNICEF argued that Jamaican teachers and guidance counsellors are uncomfortable discussing human sexuality with the children in their classrooms and counselling centres, the Observer reported a little over a fortnight ago.
While it is easy to fall back on the idea that most persons are not socialised to discuss sexual matters with either adults or children, it is clear that teachers must get over their sexual inhibitions and develop an intelligent approach that will equip them to respond adequately and honestly to the questions about sex that children will pose at any period in their development.