In collaboration with Canesten.
Where women’s intimate wellbeing is concerned I think we are definitely seeing a shift. A proportion of ladies are becoming more open about talking about any health problems and seeking help, but there is still a long way to go to help those who feel embarrassed when issues or health concerns crop up.
Sadly, there are still a lot of women who would prefer to suffer in silence instead of going to see their GP as they are challenged by crippling embarrassment when it comes to their intimate wellbeing. With any health problem, it’s always important to seek medical advice if needed and intimate health issues should be treated exactly the same.
I haven’t always felt empowered about my own intimate health and sometimes I still struggle. To be fair, talking about your private parts to your doctor isn’t the most pleasant way to spend an afternoon, however, it could make all the difference to your overall health depending on what the issue is. After giving birth and going for cervical screenings, I feel that my fear on this topic has lessened and if something did arise I wouldn’t feel scared to pick up the phone anymore. I know that I would feel a little nervous about the appointment, but knowing that I was taking positive action to benefit my health would be a massive motivator.
Major steps are needed to help the women who are anxious over their intimate wellbeing and there are 3 key areas that I think could potentially help.
Empowering women to get comfortable with their bodies
A lack of body confidence can cause us to shy away and hide from intimate issues. I think for a lot of women (me included) it’s not something that was spoken so openly about at home when a child. Therefore, when these health issues do arise it’s too embarrassing to talk about them. If we can unlearn this shame and get comfortable with our bodies there will be a higher chance to get it checked without hesitation.
Education is power
A massive factor which could be part of the taboo surrounding intimate health is a lack of education. Other than at school it’s perhaps the only education on this topic that some women have ever received.
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Keep the conversation flowing
Talking can be powerful. The more we talk about a particular topic then the more normal it becomes in society. To help eradicate the stigma that surrounds intimate wellbeing it’s important to keep that conversation flowing to reduce the level of embarrassment.
Looking after your wellbeing in any form is a major self care practice. There are lots of ways to practice self care and it doesn’t need to take long, try these ideas to practice self care in 10 minutes and under.
Are you confident in talking about your intimate health? How do you think we can eradicate the taboo surrounding this topic?
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