Comfort is really important to me. It’s why I get changed back into my Pyjamas as soon as I get through the front door, it’s why I don’t really like wearing socks because I feel more comfortable in bare feet, it’s why I prefer to have feather pillows on the bed. We spend a lot of time and effort on the things around us to make sure we’re comfortable, but often forget the most important part; our own bodies.
How I feel about my body has changed a lot in the past few years. In my teens and twenties I was really body concious, screening all outfits to make sure they flattered my figure, even if it wasn’t particularly comfortable. I wore padded bras, suck-it-all in pants and it was a relief to get home after a night out and take it all off! Now it has grown and birthed two children, it then nurtured both those children by breastfeeding, it then chased the older one and now the younger one around and kept them happy. It’s a different shape now, and one I am far less reluctant to hide, and I’m happy with it!
I am actually much happier to talk about my body since having children and entering my thirties, I’m even slightly happier to talk about my ‘private parts’ these days, as once you’ve had a child it’s not really private any more even when you have a C section like I did. But even now I sometimes inwardly cringe when the subject comes up, even though it rarely does!
Why exactly are we so reluctant to talk about our ‘bits’? People worry about smear tests, but they could be life saving, people don’t talk about thrush but suffer in silence. I bet almost every adult woman has experienced it, but I don’t think I’ve actually talked about it in person to anyone other than my mum before, and her advice was to use natural yoghurt on a tampon! So here we go, a post about looking after yourself down there, and why we shouldn’t be afraid to chat about it! I talk to my friends about what face wash I could use to reduce blackheads, and what hand cream to use to stop dryness. Why should I not talk about my front-bum! I remember really suffering with thrush just after I had Athena, although many women get thrush during pregnancy not after! When people came over to see my lovely week old baby and asked how I was I wanted to say “my fanny is on fire! It’s more painful than recovering from a C section in fact! For almost a week I was suffering from excruciating pain, as well as the post-partum blood loss. Finally I got the courage to go and see a pharmacist and with the aid of cream and an oral tablet it was gone in a day or two.
So why do we cringe when the topic of our fannies arises? After all we’ve all got one! We rarely ever even call it a vagina, but that’s what it is! You might have noticed me referring to the intimate parts by several different names so far in this post to avoid saying vagina, isn’t it daft?We’ve taught our toddler to call hers a ‘foo foo’ as we’d not really thought about it when she asked and that was the first thing the sprang to mind, but thinking about it why have we not just called it what it is? Why is there such a stigma about it, and why don’t we talk about them very often! If we cant even decide what to call it, how am I going to confidently teach her about good health down there! I am going to make a real effort to ensure that she knows about good intimate health, and that she’s not afraid to talk about it, whatever she ends up calling it! I don’t remember thrush ever being mentioned in sex-ed/health classes at school, even when they split the girls and the boys up and had the perfect opportunity to teach a captive audience!
It’s just as important to keep your vagina healthy and clean (there! look I said it!) as it is to brush your teeth! Knowing how to look after it properly will mean less instances of thrush too, not using perfumed products and wearing cotton pants for example. Canesten want to help make sure you #GetComfortable at home and have a whole host of useful information online. I’ve just read through the info there and found out some causes I had no idea about, and I’m in my thirties? Why aren’t we talking about this stuff, we could (and should!) be helping each other out!
So tell me, Do you find feminine health a difficult topic to discuss? If so, why do you think that is? If you’re willing to write me a an answer in the comments below then you could be in with a chance of winning a £50 John Lewis voucher thanks to Canesten, who are really working hard to try and end the stigma of talking about our intimate areas. If you’re a mother to a girl, please don’t let the awkwardness continue for another generation, talk to your daughters!
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