Thursday, February 6, 2014

“Down There” Discomfort A woman’s guide to tricky issues below the belt

by  R 
Let’s face it, uncomfortable itching, burning and pain ‘downstairs’ can be enough to make you want to pull your hair out, and though the topic is embarrassing to say the least, making sure that your symptoms aren’t a sign of something more serious is important. Below is a simple guide to 5 common symptoms women have and the correlating ailment they belong to, so you can ease your mind and get fast relief!
Symptoms- White odorless discharge, itching, burning, painful sex and irritated genital skin
Culprit- Yeast Infection
Simple Solutions- A yeast infection is not life-threatening, and with proper care can usually be treated at home. Doing simple things like keeping the area clean and dry, avoiding tight-fitting clothes, and wearing cotton underwear can help to quell a yeast infection. Also, eliminate simple sugars, and add yogurt to your diet, which contains “good bacteria” to ward off the overgrown yeast.
Natural Help- Herbs Cymbopogon citratus (Lemon grass), Calendula officinalis, and Tabebuia impetiginosa (Pau d’arco bark) all have antibacterial and antifungal properties, which means they can remove toxins and naturally support all systems in the body.
Vagi-Soothe™ is a homeopathic remedy that relieves vaginal itching, burning and discomfort due to yeast infection.
Symptoms- Thin grayish-white discharge with a fishy odor that is more noticeable after sexual intercourse
Culprit- Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
Simple Solutions- Many women that have bacterial vaginosis suffer no symptoms at all, but if you are among the unlucky, the symptoms are disturbing. BV is not dangerous, and though it is not related at all to a yeast infection, use the same techniques to treat it, such as  wearing clean, cotton underwear and loose clothing to allow proper aeration, and eat yogurt.
Natural Help- Nitricum acidum is an effective homeopathic ingredient used to treat discharges that burn and are particularly offensive.
Symptoms- Painful frequent urination, lower back, abdomen or pubic bone pain, and dark, foul-smelling bloody urine
Culprit – Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Simple Solutions- Drinking cranberry juice, wiping from back to front, taking a shower instead of a bath, and washing before and after sexual intercourse can help prevent these common infections.
Natural Help- Commonly recommended herbs include Buchu, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi , Lemon balm, Avena sativa , St. John’s wort, Billberry and Echinacea angustifolia.
Symptoms- Heavy, irregular vaginal bleeding, abdominal and pelvic pain, vaginal discharge
Culprit- Fibroid cyst
Simple Solutions- A very simple solution for a fibroid cyst is physical activity. Fibroids tend to dissolve on their own, but cutting calories and keeping your body in optimal health will help the process along, not to mention prevent them from coming back.
Natural Help- Chasteberry promotes hormonal balance, addresses PMS and painful menstruation, while also helping the liver to process and excrete estrogen. Dong quai is also beneficial in the treatment of irregular periods.
Above are common ailments women face that can have been known to be treated with natural remedies; however, should symptoms worsen or persist, consult with your physician.