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Feminine hygiene and why women should be more open about it

by Dr Prem Community Writer
Feminine hygiene

During the winter months our health often suffers with colds, flu and a number of viruses taking over many homes and places of work across the country.  From a winter sniffle to a chesty cough, we try our best to keep our health in good condition during the colder months; but we should be prioritizing our personal health all year round.

bacterial-infectionWhen the word “health” comes to mind, we often think of factors such as maintaining good mental health, making sure our bodies are in good condition and making sure our overall quality of life is the best it can be. Although this is all very important, there is one aspect of health which isn’t spoke about as openly; this being feminine hygiene.

Vaginal health is something most women don’t feel comfortable talking about, according to a recent survey that found 41% of respondents wouldn’t feel comfortable speaking to a healthcare professional. Issues such a Bacterial Vaginosis affect a large amount of women every year and it’s nothing to be ashamed of; although there is a taboo surrounding the subject.

To make women feel more empowered when it comes to feminine hygiene, BETAFEM®took their #SixLetterWord campaign to the streets of the UK, to find out what the public thought and filmed their responses. As part of their campaign both men and women feature, all of which range in age; to try and break the stigma around feminine hygiene concerns.

How can women maintain good feminine hygiene?

There are many ways in which women can maintain good feminine hygiene and minimize the chances of issues such as bacterial infections.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps towards good feminine hygiene; from exercising to eating a balanced diet, but it’s important to be cautious with soaps you use on a daily basis. Perfumed soaps, washes and some wipes are one of the biggest causes of vaginal issues, including irritation and dryness.

To avoid this from happening, introduce a mildly fragrances wash or foam into your daily hygiene routine. Products like these have been created especially to improve feminine hygiene and leave you feeling fresh and empowered.

Why we should be open when it comes to feminine hygiene

talk-to-healthcare-professional.If you had a headache or cold, you’d happily mention it or talk to someone about it; so why isn’t this the case when it comes to feminine hygiene? Issues such as bacterial infections affect thousands of women across the country each year and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

If you have any feminine hygiene concerns and don’t feel comfortable talking to a friend or relative, then there are healthcare professionals on hand who can give you all the advice you need.

We want to know what you thought of the BETAFEM® campaign. Share your thoughts on social, using #SixLetterWord and tag @BetafemUK.

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