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It’s summer and; therefore, oh so easy to get a yeast infection!  Here’s the good news … you don’t have to suffer!  Try these 4 tips to keep you happy and healthy ‘down there’.

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

After a long winter, I realize that there’s nothing I’m craving more than the hot sun and patio weather. What I don’t miss are the pesky issues “down there” that also come with soaking up the sun. Yes, you read that right. For many women, the warmer temperature brings an increased risk of an “itch” that nobody likes to talk about – yeast infections.

Surprisingly, yeast infections affect more women than you think! Approximately five per cent of women experience reoccurring yeast infections (3 to 4 infections in the last year)[1] and this has a lot to do with heat. The infection occurs when moisture gets trapped and yeast can overgrow, causing itching, burning and discomfort. If you’ve had one, you know exactly what I’m talking about.IMG_1557The good news is that with a few simple tips, you can avoid that pesky itch.

  1.  Remember to dry off: Relaxing in a hot tub is the perfect way to enjoy a warm, summer evening. However, yeast grows best in a moist environment, making hot tubs a breeding ground for unwanted infections. This means it’s important to dry off well afterwards and change into dry clothes right away. Use this same approach when spending the day at the beach or pool.
  2.   Know your pH: Many vaginal health issues, including odour, itchiness and yeast infections stem from an unbalanced pH. RepHresh™ Gel is a gynecologist recommended product and clinically proven to be pH balanced which can help to eliminate feminine odour and relieve feminine discomfort.
  3.   Wear cotton undies: Unfortunately, your tight skinny jeans may not be the best option this summer. Warm, tight clothing allows for little oxygen movement making the perfect breeding ground for yeast. If you must rock the skinnies, wear cotton underwear.
  4.   Take healthy measures: RepHresh™ Pro-B reduces the number of urogenital pathogenic bacteria and yeast on vaginal surfaces. It’s clinically tested and works by balancing the yeast and bacteria that are naturally present in a woman’s body to help restore and maintain proper vaginal flora. Try adding one capsule to your daily routine to keep your body on track and ensure nothing slows you down this summer!

How are you going to beat the summer heat?  If you’ve tried either of these products, I’d love it if you left me a comment with your thoughts.  Don’t be shy … the more we open up and discuss these “issues” the more we educate ourselves.

Please visit:

http://www.rephresh.com/ http://www.replens.ca and https://www.facebook.com/rephreshproducts

[1] http://bodyandhealth.canada.com/healthfeature/gethealthfeature/oh-no-not-another-yeast-infection
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100 ml natural blueberry juice
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4 drops of lavender essential oil

Directions:

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Store in fridge.

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It’s pertinent that we educate ourselves and raise awareness on the importance of pH, so let’s empower women to open up about vaginal health and seek out proper prevention and treatment options.

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

It is very common for women to not discuss such sensitive topics as their feminine health/vaginal health with others, or at least not feel comfortable enough to do so within their close circles … not even with their doctors!  While I was growing up, this was definitely very true for me.  Funny enough, it was only after childbirth that I became less concerned with my embarrassment and more concerned with my health.

Unfortunately, the reality is it’s common for women to experience a variety of vaginal health issues, for instance, vaginal dryness post or reoccurring and bothersome yeast infections; sadly, it’s also common for most to not be educated about the elements that can affect feminine health. This lack of knowledge of the symptoms can lead to confusion on what to do to treat any symptoms, what products are available to them over the counter, and whether or not to see their physician.  When in doubt, it’s always best to get a proper diagnosis.

To empower themselves, women need to increase their knowledge about their feminine health:

– learn how to maintain proper pH

– understand your vaginal ecosystem and personal pH level

– understand how menopause may impact your vaginal health

– learn preventative and treatment measures for any personal vaginal health issues

We know that women often look to the internet for answers to their most intimate health questions because we’re often too embarrassed to ask our friends, loved ones, and in some cases, doctors.  The truth is that common issues like yeast infections affect most women at some point during their lives. In fact, about 5% of women suffer from recurrent yeast infections (more than 4 infections in the last year, or at least 3 infections in the last year that are unrelated to antibiotic use)[1] so it’s time we stop being ashamed and start talking about it.

Vaginal dryness during perimenopause and menopause is another issue that we really need to start talking about. Given that the average life expectancy for a Canadian woman is 84 years[2], most can expect to live over one-third of their lives in a menopausal state.  All woman experience menopause symptoms differently, though almost half (47 per cent) experience vaginal dryness.  One-third of women are too embarrassed to talk about vaginal dryness and; therefore, leave their symptoms untreated. We need to educate women about menopausal misconceptions as well!  Vaginal dryness is not a normal part of aging, and intimacy doesn’t have to be a challenge.

Are you noticing a pattern here?  Women are embarrassed to discuss intimate health concerns … and they shouldn’t be!

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing, one of Canada’s most trusted physicians, Dr. Marla Shapiro. We discussed women’s health issues and solutions; such as, Replens and RepHresh.  RepHresh products help women treat yeast infections and vaginal odour and itching; Replens helps treat vaginal dryness.  By discussing vaginal health and promoting healthy habits “down there”, it’s hopeful that we’ll be able to break through the barrier and make a positive change.
Check out my interview With Dr. Marla Shapiro:

1) Can you provide me with 3 symptoms that women absolutely need to tell their doctors about?

A1) The top three symptoms that women notice and are not sure if  it’s a concern, or if it’s normal, are:  odour, discharge, and itch.

2) I’ve read that “Lower estrogen levels affect the vagina’s acid-alkaline balance, which can spur inflammation—along with thinning and drying of the vaginal walls, which can cause itching, burning, and redness. Regular sex can prevent this atrophy.” [womenshealthmag.com November 2014]
Is this true? What other ways can we prevent this atrophy?

A2) That is specifically focusing on a certain age group (menopause), when permanent changes occur, the pH becomes more alkaline, and there’s an estrogen deficit and it won’t restore.  Yes, regular sex can can be preventative.

But, for younger women (and all ages), pH varies.  It doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a disease.  There’s a variation on each woman’s normal and that can lead to infection(s).  There’s a narrow range of a balanced pH of 3.5 to 4.5 and variations can incur change within the ‘natural range’.

What is the role of pH?

Think of the vagina as an ecosystem.  There’s healthy bacteria and there’s yeast, and a balance of the two is ‘normal’.  Any influence or change in that balance can cause a change in discharge and odour.

The use of product locally (like a gel) will help pH become balanced again.

3) Why do women experience vaginal odours?

A3) Vaginal odours can be normal or a sign of infection.

[29% of the time it’s due to yeast (yeast infection)]

[50% of the time it’s bacterial (bacterial vaginosis)]

[The rest of the time it’s just a variation from the normal pH range of 3.5 to 4.5]

4) Growing up I experienced many yeast infections. Now as an adult (an older adult) I can’t remember the last time I had one. Why? What caused it to disappear? I’m not complaining, just curious.

A4) Some factors are:  diet, hormones, sexual activity, and hormones (they change over time.)

5) Is it normal to have discharge?

A5)  yes, quite normal

You can learn more here: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/a34156/vaginal-discharge-causes-treatment/

6) Do vaginas get older? Do they age, as we age? In which way(s)? 

A6)  Yes, they do.  There are fluctuations in pH, and estrogen depletion

7) On a personal note, should I be doing Kegel exercises? Last year I had to remove massive tumours that were on my ovaries…I had a complete hysterectomy.

A7) Kegel exercises are for bladder and pelvic health so; overall, it is a good to do kegels but I suggest factoring in your personal health concerns.

8) I grew up learning not to use any products on/in your vagina … unless you had to fight off an infection. I’ll assume because it might stop you from being balanced and even cause infections. Today, why is there a push towards using these products? Is our ph level really a factor? How do we know where our pH level is at?

A8) It’s not that there’s a push.  There is a raised level of awareness or knowledge.  The pH is a factor when it’s not balanced.  See your physician to get your pH level.

Suggested Solutions:

RepHresh Pro-B Probiotic Feminine Supplement is an oral capsule (taken daily) which helps balance yeast and bacteria to help maintain vaginal health.  {30 Capsules – $37.99}

Replens Vaginal Moisturizer is a hormone-free treatment which provides relief of menopausal vaginal dryness symptoms.  {3ct (9 days) – $10.99 / 8ct (24 days) – $20.99 / 14ct (42 days) $21.99}

RepHresh pH Balancing Gel is an odour eliminating gel clinically shown as pH balanced for vaginal use that works with your body naturally to maintain a healthy vaginal pH.  {4 pre-filled applicators (each application lasts 3 days) – $22.99}

Replens Silky Smooth Personal Lubricant is a premium silicone lubricant which moisturizes and lubricates to enhance the ease and comfort of intimate sexual activity.  {80 mL – $19.99}

These products are available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, and other retailers nationwide.

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I hope you have learned some valuable information, I know I have.  I do; however, feel like we’ve just touched on “all things vaginal health”.  While I’m so grateful to have had this quality interview with Dr. Shapiro, I know you have more questions.  Remember, if you have questions and/or doubts ensure you see your physician.

Make Sure to Visit:

http://www.rephresh.com/   http://www.replens.ca and    https://www.facebook.com/rephreshproducts

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[1]http://bodyandhealth.canada.com/healthfeature/gethealthfeature/oh-no-not-another-yeast-infection
[2]http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/life-expectancy-in-canada-hits-80-for-men-84-for-women-1.2644355