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 Why your “lady parts” are mad at you and what you can do about it

 

Vaginal itching

There is nothing worse than needing to itch “down there” at the most embarrassing times.  It can be very frustrating to figure out why your lady parts are giving you trouble, so here is a guide to help you do some detective work and figure it out. 

In a perfect world our vagina stays acidic which suppresses the growth of yeast and bacteria.  Many things can affect this PH balance and cause irritation and itching.  Some of these things are beyond our control such as fluctuations in hormones throughout the month, your period, and changes in vaginal discharge with your menstrual cycle.  

It is normal to have some vaginal discharge.  Vaginal discharge is actually your body’s way of cleaning and moisturizing your vagina.  A healthy vagina will secrete fluids made by glands inside the vagina and cervix to carry away dead cells and bacteria.  It is normal for the amount, color and consistency of your discharge to vary throughout the month depending on where you are at in your menstrual cycle.  

Normal vaginal discharge can be clear, white, cloudy, yellowish or even contain mucous.  These can all be normal variations and there is no need to worry if you have no other symptoms.

 Even though the discharge may be normal, much like a baby can get a “diaper rash” you may experience itching/irritation simply due to the wetness of discharge or your period.  Many will describe it as mild itching, burning or a “raw” feel. There are many different causes of vaginal itching, some of the most common ones are discussed below.

 

Many of our patients are concerned with finding out what is an appropriate amount of weight gain during pregnancy. Did you know that “eating right for two” depends not just on the types of foods you are eating, but on how much weight you gain?

Read on to find out what you need to know about changing your normal eating habits and how many extra calories you should be consuming.

Different guidelines for weight gain depend on pre-pregnancy weight. Underweight patients will need to eat more than patients who are overweight to begin with. You can easily determine what your weight expectations are for your height by using an online body mass index (BMI) calculator. Simply plug in your height and pre-pregnancy weight. (If you are athletic and particularly muscular, these calculators may not be as accurate.) For overweight or obese patients, weight loss prior to pregnancy can help to reduce risks of problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure in pregnancy and their associated complications.

Everything is changing, even my vagina is mad at me!

First of all, I would like to spend a few minutes defining this elusive thing called menopause. We will start with the “official” definitions and then talk about what really happens. Menopause is more of a “process” than a single event…

  • Menopause is defined as the time when your menstrual cycles stop permanently and you are no longer fertile. This is diagnosed officially after you have gone 12 months with no menstrual cycles.
  • Perimenopause - the word “perimenopause” actually means “around” menopause. This time frame has also been called the “menopause transition” and often gets confused with true menopause. It is hard, because of the unpredictable hormone fluctuations; this is often the time when women first start noticing symptoms. It commonly occurs in our 40’s, but can even start in our mid 30’s. This does not mean you are in menopause if you are still having menstrual cycles. It is common for women to notice symptoms due to the uneven rise and fall of hormones during these years. You may even experience menopause-like symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats with sleep disturbances, and even vaginal dryness