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All About Women’s Health

Women’s health is super important and these facts will help you know when to panic or just relax. There is a lot of research on the internet. This will be a quick but informative guide to touch base on common issues women can possibly be dealing with. 

Breasts

Starting from the top. Breast examination is important. Here is a guide on how to properly examine breasts.

Differences in Abnormal Lumps

If a painful lump comes around your period and is gone when you’re not menstruating it is normal.

 A  cancer lump or tumor usually feels hard or firm. It typically has an irregular shape, and it may feel as if it is stuck to the skin or deep tissue within the breast. Cancer is not usually painful, especially in the early stages.

If you have history of breast cancer always get it checked by a medical professional.

Mastitis: Inflammation, redness and pain on the mammary glands and very common if breastfeeding.

Treatments: Warm compresses, plenty of hydration, and in worst cases antibiotics.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Symptoms: Urgency, Burning, Painful Urination and Blood in Urine.

Prevention:

Water/ Proper Hydration

Don’t hold your urine for too long. If you have to pee just go.

Shower or always pee after sex.

Wipe front to back, not back to front.

Probiotics

Treatment:

D-Mannose: A supplement with the potent part of cranberry and is great for preventing or treating early cases of UTI

Worst case scenario: prescription antibiotics are necessary. Do not wait too many days with symptoms because the bacteria can continue to go up the urinary system and make it worse, causing cystitis or severe kidney infection. **Take probiotics at night to prevent a yeast infection from occurring. ** Antibiotics make an imbalance of good bacteria.

Vaginal Discharge Explained

Clear and watery discharge: is mainly normal and is linked to a heavy workout or if you have been sweating a lot.

Clear and stretchy discharge: is completely normal and can mean you are ovulating.

White discharge: is not considered abnormal if you are at the beginning or the end of your menstrual cycle. If it is followed by itching, and a thick cottage cheese like consistency; it can mean a yeast infection. If there is itching, fishy odor, and pelvic pain it could mean you have bacterial vaginosis.

Brown or bloody discharge: is your period. It can be brownish towards the beginning or the end of your cycle. If you are pregnant and experience these symptoms it can mean you are having a spontaneous abortion.

Yellow Discharge: can be normal but it is usually a sign of infection linked to trichomoniasis. It is passed through sexual intercourse and should definitely be checked out by a doctor. Or it can be other kinds of sexually transmitted diseases.

Tips

Always listen to what your body is telling you. Ignoring the symptoms will not make it go away. Waiting only makes the situation worse. If you feel abnormal symptoms pay a visit to a healthcare provider or gynecologist and get checked out. Remember, No one knows your body better than you do. If its not something you have always had, trust your gut.

Let’s share this information and help keep all the women in our family with the most optimum health .