Even with your busy schedule, you should always make time to visit your gynecologist at least once a year in order to begin screening for cervical and breast cancer. In addition to a yearly physical exam, a yearly pelvic exam helps ensure that you stay healthy and are always aware of your feminine health and hygiene. There are many other reasons to see a gynecologist, such as:
- If you plan to get pregnant
- If you experience bleeding between periods
- If you experience a milky vaginal discharge with a fishy odor
- If you have a family history of pre-menopausal breast cancer
- If you think you or your partner may have an STD
- If you experience any pain, itching, swelling, or bleeding that is out of the ordinary
All women should have annual Pap smears beginning at age 21, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Women 21 to 29 should get a Pap every two years, then annually from ages 30 to 64.
You may wish to read this article from “womenshealth.gov” about why you need a pap smear, how to get one, and how to prepare for one:
If you are sexually active, learn about STD’s and how to stay safe at:
Your Feminine Health and the Importance of pH
During these years women become more concerned about their feminine health. Your feminine health is impacted by pH balance, lactobacillus, yeast and bacteria. A normal vaginal pH of 3.5 to 4.5 is important for maintaining good vaginal health. At this optimum level, your vagina contains a balance of lactobacillus, necessary bacteria, and some yeast cells. This delicate balance can be easily disturbed. When balance is disturbed, problems like vaginal odor causing microorganisms can flourish. Studies show that vaginal issues often occur when vaginal pH is elevated. By maintaining a healthy vaginal pH, you can reduce your risk of vaginal issues. pH can be elevated by many everyday occurrences such as:
- Your period
- Hormone fluctuations
There are many options for women when it comes to taking control of your feminine health. The RepHresh family of products are clinically tested and shown to provide significant benefits. We encourage you to talk to your doctor about vaginal pH, menstruation, yeast, bacteria and all of your feminine issues.