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Being a woman is pretty much like being in a secret society where we can all relate to, and groan about, certain things associated with being a woman. Our common wins and woes connect us and provide comfort knowing we're not alone.
Having conversations about pregnancy, pregnancy symptoms, periods, sex, feminine hygiene and other areas that are universally understood and experienced by women is therapeutic for those of us who are actually amidst certain feminine commonalities.
That being said, it's time we create more conversations so that we can help more women feel positive and empowered enough to overcome certain feminine casualties!
Okay, hopping off my soapbox now.
This was actually a segway into a discussion about one of the most common casualties of being a female: vaginal infections.
Our vaginas pretty much have their own unique system of doing things and us women can either poke or pet the bear with our behaviors.
The kicker is that the behaviors that poke the bear are behaviors that are completely normal and are apart of everyday life, such as sex, food, clothing, bathing, etc.Take BV (Bacterial Vaginosis) for example. BV is the most common vaginal infection in women in their childbearing years (15-44), and researchers
don't even know the cause of it or how some women get it. All they know is that the infection typically occurs in women who are sexually active (narrows it down...Not really...."typically occurs").
Or how about yeast infections? About 75% of women will experience a yeast infection in their lifetime and they can be caused by spikes in estrogen around your period or during pregnancy, taking antibiotics, by diabetes, or high-glucose diets.
You're also probably not alone if you have, or have ever had Trichomoniasis. Of the three most common vaginal infections, Trichomoniasis or "Trich" is the only one that is considered a sexually transmitted disease. Trich is caused by a single-celled parasite, Trichomonas vaginalis, that can be passed to a partner during intercourse.
ARE OUR VAGINAS NOT SAFE WITH ANYTHING?
Actually, they are. One of the most proven methods for maintaining a healthy and happy vagina is through the use of the natural supplement called Boric Acid.
Because the vagina is homeostatic, it requires a balance of organisms such as good bacteria (Lactobacilli) and Yeast. Boric Acid helps to regulate this natural balance, called Flora, so that certain everyday behavior (sex, periods, pregnancy, antibiotics, etc.) don't disrupt the balance.
Boric Acid is made from a naturally occurring mineral, has weakened acidity, and has mild antiseptic, antibiotic, and antifungal properties.
Bottom line, it's time we have more conversations about those things we as women all related to, one of them being vaginal infections. The less timid we are about having conversations about the things we experience, the more likely we can share vital knowledge that'll help save our fellow females from them!