A: Many women experience “spotting”, which is abnormal vaginal bleeding between periods. When bleeding occurs between normal periods, there are many possible causes. You should see a doctor and get tested to help find out the cause, especially if you’re pregnant.
Q: WHAT IS A YEAST INFECTION?
A: Yeast infections are a common cause of irritation of the vagina and vulva (area around the opening to the vagina). About 75 percent of women have a vaginal yeast infection at some time during their lives. Symptoms of vaginal yeast infections in women may be mild or very uncomfortable. These may include
Itching, burning and irritation of the vagina or vulva
Painful urination and/or intercourse
Abnormal vaginal discharge, usually described as looking like cottage cheese
There are several things you can do to help prevent a yeast infection:
Wear underpants and pantyhose with a cotton crotch
Wear loose-fitting bottoms when you exercise, rather than tight-fitting clothing
Avoid wearing wet bathing suits or exercise clothing for long periods of time, and wash them after each use
Don't use douches, which can irritate the vagina
Q: WHAT IS DOUCHING?
A: Douching means rinsing or cleaning out the vagina by squirting water or other fluids into the vagina. Many women douche, but doctors do not recommend it. Douching changes the balance of natural chemicals in your vagina. This can make it easier for you to get dangerous infections. The vagina actually cleans itself on the inside with natural fluids. The best way to clean the outside of your vagina is to wash with warm water and gentle soap during a bath or shower.
Q: WHAT IS MOTHERHOOD URINARY INCONTINENCE?
A: Pregnancy can contribute to a weakening of pelvic floor muscles, which affect your bladder. This means you may experience leakage when you cough, sneeze, lift, laugh or do exercise. A good way to absorb leaks is to wear CAREFREE® panty liners. Their thin and flexible design means you can enjoy your life without worrying about having an embarrassing moment.
Q: I MISSED MY PERIOD, SHOULD I BE WORRIED?
A: There are many natural reasons for missing your period, like stress, weight changes, traveling a lot or new medications. It may also signal pregnancy, which is easy enough to check with a home pregnancy test or a visit to your doctor.
But a missed or delayed period can also be due to many other factors, so if it persists, you should see your doctor. For more information about delayed or missed menstruation, click here