There are many health subjects that aren’t discussed enough, but they should. They’re considered taboo subjects, even though they’re serious issues. Take these five women’s health issues, for example. Some of these could be embarrassing subjects, but according to Dr. Alyssa Dweck, co-author of V is for Vagina, your body’s health should never be an embarrassing topic.
We Pee When We Sneeze
As women grow older, they suffer from a weak bladder. Many are embarrassed to say they pee a little when they sneeze. However, it’s perfectly normal, especially for women who had multiple vaginal deliveries, are overweight, or have a family history of stress incontinence. Dweck recommends talking to your doctor to discuss natural home remedies to help put an end to the leaking.
Forgetting About Your Tampon
Sometimes, you can forget about the smallest things— even your tampon. But, you’ll begin to notice you left it in when you smell a horrible odor. It can be embarrassing, but it happens. Try to safely remove it yourself. If you can’t, Dweck recommends seeing a gynecologist before you could develop a vaginal infection.
Postpartum Depression Is Real
Ask any mother who is diagnosed with postpartum depression and they will tell you it is a very serious mental disorder. Symptoms might include insomnia, loss of appetite, irritability, and a disconnect between the mother and her baby. While the stigma of postpartum depression has lifted over the years, there’s still a long way to go.
A Stuck Diaphragm
This could happen to anyone: You just had sex and you can’t retrieve your diaphragm. It’s stuck. Your first instinct would be to panic and to be embarrassed to tell anyone. Dweck says there isn’t any danger and there’s no need to be embarrassed. Visit your gynecologist as soon as possible. They’re a professional; they won’t judge you.
Strong Odor After Sex
If you notice a strong odor after sex, don’t freak out. Many women suffer from a bacterial vaginosis (BV), in which there’s an imbalance of the normal bacterial balance in the vagina. This is easily treated with oral or vaginal antibiotics. Again, visit your gynecologist, and don’t be afraid to share what’s happening to your body.