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Just Girls – Odors, Bumps and Everything Inbetween

Hello ladies. We’ve all been there when something changes “down there” and the great unknown can leave you feeling worried as well as uncomfortable. I know how to take care of you at Express Healthcare, whether you think you may be pregnant or you’re concerned about Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). Here are a few things you should know about your body and how you can be better at listening to it.

Appearance

First and foremost, everyone looks different. You are a stunning, gorgeous woman, exactly the way you were made. Love your body and it will love you back.

Here is a diagram of your basic anatomy. Keep in mind, there are many variations to a woman’s appearance.

women basic anatomy

Shaving

It’s bikini season! The last thing you want are those painful red bumps that you get after shaving. This is a common result of shaving coarse hair found in your groin and armpits. This is most likely due to folliculitis, an infection of the hair follicle. There are some over-the-counter products that may provide relief or prevent these bumps. Here are some handy tips:

  • wash before and after with antibacterial soap, such as Hibiclens
  • use a fresh, sharp shaving razor
  • just trim! no need to shave all the way down to the skin
  • after, use a product that has “rubbing alcohol” in the ingredients
  • or try a little over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream, do not use more than twice a day

If these simple tricks do not help, you may have developed an infection that can be treated at our urgent care.

Douching and Discharge

Douching is a practice I discourage to all of my patients. Douching can disrupt the pH of your vagina and can leave you susceptible to an infection such as bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection. Over-the-counter tests for these problems are not reliable nor are they accurate. Having a discharge is very normal, for all women. If you are having a change in your normal discharge or odor, there may be something else going on that needs medical attention.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

These types of infections can wreak havoc on our bodies by causing Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), infertility, cervical cancer and other complications. If you have had multiple partners or have a new partner, don’t hesitate – you should be tested.

Annual Well-Woman Exam

Just like your yearly check-up, you should have a yearly female check-up in addition. This exam generally includes a Pap Smear and a breast exam. A Pap Smear is recommended beginning at the age of 21, if you are sexually active. It is so important to have your annual well-woman check-up every year. You can utilize this visit with your primary care doctor or gynecologist to discuss contraceptives or any questions you have about your sexual health or well-being

I hope I’ve answered some of your questions. Feel welcome to walk-in or make an appointment to address any concerns you might have. You know where to find us at Express Healthcare in College Park and Greenbelt, MD!

How to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)?

It’s the conversation that nobody wants to have. You think that it will never happen to you. You don’t want to talk about it because it is uncomfortable. You may even believe some of they myths out there. The truth is that a conversation about STD diseases could save your life. It only takes one time for you to get an STD disease that will affect the rest of your life.

EDUCATE YOURSELF AND YOUR CHILDREN

As a parent it is your job to teach your children about STD diseases. If you don’t sit down to have a ten minute talk, even if it is uncomfortable, you could be leading your child to their death. Nobody is going to educate your child for you. Planned Parenthood states that “It’s best to start talking with children about sexuality in early childhood – but it’s never to late.” You pave the road for your child by teaching them about what is okay and not okay, protection, STD diseases, pregnancy and more. If you are older and had nobody who has told you about healthy sexual activities then it is important that you educate yourself. Take the attitude of your body being a temple and you want to make sure that you are not harming it by any activity. You would never jump off a bridge and hope for water instead of pavement so don’t have unprotected sex and hope that you won’t be infected with one of the many STD diseases. Never believe someone who says that they have been tested. Always protect yourself and don’t count on someone else to do it for you.

STD DISEASES

STD diseases can take on many different forms and symptoms. There is not just one common STD but many. These diseases do not just affect certain people, they affect anyone who is sexually active. Some can be cured and some can not. Once you are infected with an STD disease you have to live with it for the rest of your life. Some diseases can be cured, some can be managed and some eventually lead to an early death.

According to the Huffington Post:

* Women are three times more likely to contract an STD then men.

* One in two sexually active people will contract an STD by age 25.

* Every year there are more then 19 million new cases a year.

* Left untreated STD diseases can lead to infertility, increase your risk of cancer or cause death.

* More then 50% of people will contract HPV at some point during their lives.

PROTECT YOURSELF

Getting tested annually is a huge part of protecting yourself. Nothing is one hundred percent protection besides abstinence. Express Healthcare offices does complete STD testing and can also talk to you about being healthy and sexually active. It is very common for people to go to a healthcare clinic for testing. You are among professional people who care about your well being. You have nothing to be embarressed of when you get tested and instead should be proud that you have taken the initiative to take care of your body. Always use a latex condom when having sex and stay in monogamous relationships.

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES (STDS)

WHAT DOES STDs CONSIST OF?  

* HIV

* HSV

* Syphilis screening

* Chlamydia

* Gonorrhea

It takes less than an hour to educate yourself and get tested. STD diseases affect you for a lifetime. Take the time to protect and educate yourself. Take the time to talk to your healthcare provider about STD diseases and birth control. Take your health and life into your own hands and help educate others. A box of condoms is five dollars and a life is priceless.