Let's talk vaginas. Every woman has one, and vaginal health is extremely important but with so many misconceptions out there, many women don't understand how it really works.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, an estimated 912 new cases of cervical cancer will be diagnosed in Australia in 2017.
Dr. Garry Cussell from Specialist Clinics of Australia gives his top five recommendations for things you can do to keep your lady parts happy and healthy.
You don't have to wash your vagina all the time, in fact it is recommended you don't. Steer clear of soaps ladies! Soap can be drying to the sensitive area. The vagina is self-cleaning so all you really need is some warm water and you'll be as fresh as a daisy.
Ageing and childbirth can alter vaginal elasticity and hydration, significantly impacting on quality of life, sexual intercourse and urinal function. Owner and clinical director of Specialist Clinics of Australia, Dr. Garry Cussell recommends GynaeLase for women experiencing these conditions. The safe, painless, non-invasive laser and radio frequency treatment rejuvenates the vagina in just three sessions, bringing it back to health and happiness.
Acknowledge the side effects of antibiotics
Did you know antibiotics can throw off the balance of lactobacilli (the good bacteria) that keeps your vagina healthy and free from thrush (a common infection caused by the overgrowth of candida)? Don't pass up your prescription, simply load up on some probiotics like natural Greek yogurt to restore harmony.
Do Your Kegels (pelvic floor exercises)
Many women suffer from urinary incontinence after childbirth which can lead to embarrassing accidents happening in public, or the inability to exercise and jump around with the kids. If you notice these symptoms, Kegel exercises should be your next best friend. Alternatively, three simple non-invasive, 20-minute sessions with GynaeLase at Specialist Clinics of Australia can stop urinary incontinence in its tracks.
Don't miss your check-up!
Every lady should ensure they never miss their pap smear with their doctor which is required every 2 years. The pap test looks for the possibility of cervical cancer and can identify early changes before the cancer develops. Cancer of the cervix is usually due to the HPV virus. Your doctor can also take a vaginal swab to identify if there's any bacterial, yeast or viral infections.