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HI, I got rashes and much dryness by the ending of my periods due to pad. Which medicine I should apply so the pain, itching and redness get reduces.

Dr. Sujata Sinha 93% (1749 ratings)
M.B.B.S, Post Graduate Diploma In Maternal & Child Health
Gynaecologist, Bokaro
Try any aloevera gel locally. but you can change the brand next time so that it is not repeated. in case this recurs even then, you should think in terms of allergy and approach a doctor locally or take online consultation
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Vaginal Fitness - Know Facts About It!

Dr. Swetha V Padaki 88% (10 ratings)
MBBS, DNB - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gynaecologist, Mysore
Vaginal Fitness - Know Facts About It!

The vagina is a tube-like muscular structure of the female genital tract that extends from the cervix to the vulva. It is a delicate organ which is prone to injuries and infections.Complications related to urination, menstruation and sexual intercourse- all affect the vaginal health.

Here are five questions associated with vaginal problems that are commonly experienced but rarely discussed:
 

1. Why does it feel itchy before menstruation?

The hormonal cycle reduces the amount of estrogen secreted right before the period starts. This reduces the moisture content of the inner membranes of the vagina; the skin becomes thinner and slightly dry. This can cause the itching. However, if the itching and burning sensation is too severe, it could be an infection and should be checked out.

2. What is the white discharge?
 

The greasy white discharge is due to the ovulation cycle. It usually occurs once a month because the amount of secretion increases right before ovulation. Some women may experience this discharge more frequently but it is nothing to worry about unless there is an unpleasant odor. Odorous discharge could be a sign of bacterial infection.

3. How often should you have a vaginal examination?

You should get a vaginal examination at least once a year. This is important for a general health assessment and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. If you are using birth control medication, there might be irregularity in the hormonal cycles and this can lead to a number of conditions- another reason to get an annual vaginal examination.

4. Does it smell differently at different times?

It usually smells differently for every woman and even that unique smell changes with the cycles of ovulation and menstruation due to changes in the pH level of the vagina. The normal vaginal pH value is between 3.8 and 4.6. Before menstruation, it may smell acidic followed by a bitter smell for a few days after menstruation. It may also smell differently after a workout (due to sweat) or after sex (due to lubrication). However, a foul smell accompanied by discharge, might be a cause for concern.

5. Why does it feel dry sometimes?
 

Vaginal dryness is normally experienced by women after the age of 45 or after pregnancy. However, dryness is also common just before menstruation. It also happens in women who use anti-allergy medications or birth control pills because they cause dryness in all the mucous membranes of the body.

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Vaginal Health - 5 Unconventional Questions About It!

Dr. Jayashri S 90% (176 ratings)
MBBS, MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Vaginal Health - 5 Unconventional Questions About It!

The vagina is a tube-like muscular structure of the female genital tract that extends from the cervix to the vulva. It is a delicate organ which is prone to injuries and infections.Complications related to urination, menstruation and sexual intercourse- all affect the vaginal health.

Here are five questions associated with vaginal problems that are commonly experienced but rarely discussed:

1. Why does it feel itchy before menstruation?

The hormonal cycle reduces the amount of estrogen secreted right before the period starts. This reduces the moisture content of the inner membranes of the vagina; the skin becomes thinner and slightly dry. This can cause the itching. However, if the itching and burning sensation is too severe, it could be an infection and should be checked out.

2. What is the white discharge?

The greasy white discharge is due to the ovulation cycle. It usually occurs once a month because the amount of secretion increases right before ovulation. Some women may experience this discharge more frequently but it is nothing to worry about unless there is an unpleasant odor. Odorous discharge could be a sign of bacterial infection.

3. How often should you have a vaginal examination?

You should get a vaginal examination at least once a year. This is important for a general health assessment and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. If you are using birth control medication, there might be irregularity in the hormonal cycles and this can lead to a number of conditions- another reason to get an annual vaginal examination.

4. Does it smell differently at different times?

It usually smells differently for every woman and even that unique smell changes with the cycles of ovulation and menstruation due to changes in the pH level of the vagina. The normal vaginal pH value is between 3.8 and 4.6. Before menstruation, it may smell acidic followed by a bitter smell for a few days after menstruation. It may also smell differently after a workout (due to sweat) or after sex (due to lubrication). However, a foul smell accompanied by discharge, might be a cause for concern.

5. Why does it feel dry sometimes?

Vaginal dryness is normally experienced by women after the age of 45 or after pregnancy. However, dryness is also common just before menstruation. It also happens in women who use anti-allergy medications or birth control pills because they cause dryness in all the mucous membranes of the body.

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Premature Menopause - How Does It Affect Your Body?

Dr. Gautam Sonawane 85% (10 ratings)
DGO, DNB - Obs & Gynae, Certificate Training In Gynaecologic Endoscopy, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
Premature Menopause - How Does It Affect Your Body?

During the natural course of events, a woman's body starts its reproductive phase with menarche and at about 50 years of age, attains menopause. This is when the reproductive function ceases and the ovaries stop producing the hormone estrogen and progesterone. This is medically termed early or premature menopause. 

Menopause that occurs before 40 years of age is termed as Premature Menopause; it is due to primary ovarian insufficiency and occurs in 1% of the women.  If it occurs between 45 to 50 years, it is termed as early menopause.

Causes of premature menopause: Normal ageing, family history, genetic disorders, autoimmune disorders, toxins, and surgery are some reasons that could lead to premature menopause.

Effects: Estrogen and progesterone have a lot of beneficial effects on a woman's body. Reduction in their levels leads to some of the below changes:

  • Emotional changes like mood swings, irritability, and in some cases depression, especially in premature menopause.
  • Irregular cycles before complete cessation of the menstrual cycles.
  • General mucosal dryness leading to vaginal drynessdry skindry eyes.
  • There also would be urinary incontinence and reduced sex drive due to reduced hormone levels.
  • For women who still would want to have children, infertility would be a big cause for concern. This could lead to other emotional issues, worsening the depression.
  • Bones lose their density and get weak and are more prone to fracture. This leads to Osteoporosis.
  • Postmenopause, women are more prone to heart attacks and stroke, leading to cardiovascular health issues. Though not fully proven, this is believed to be true as the good role that estrogen plays on blood vessels is negated with menopause.
  • Menopause leads to accelerated damage of genetic structures, thereby leading to faster ageing. This also leaves a feeling in the women of being less attractive and less desirable.

There is also a good news, that after menopause women are at lesser risk of cancer especially, breast and ovarian.

However, it is not easy for women to handle premature menopause. The body undergoes some changes much earlier than expected, and it requires a lot of support and caring and comforting to come to terms with it especially, if associated with infertility or chemotherapy for cancer. Emotional issues of not being able to have children and feeling less attractive require frank talks to boost the person's confidence and increase self-worthiness.

It is easier said than done, but one of the key ways to handle premature menopause is an open discussion.

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HI, My wife's vagina is mostly dry. Kindly suggest me a lube which I can easily find in the market.

Dr. Dhivya 92% (120 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Chennai
Hi, you can try using KY jelly. You can find this in any of the medical store & its not an irritant. Also have more foreplay to get her orgasm. If dryness persist, consult a Homoeopathy doctor nearby.
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Hello I am not feeling well. I having a problem with vaginal itching. dry. sex during pain. pubic hair problem.

Dr. Sathish Erra 92% (19124 ratings)
BHMS, Diploma in Dermatology
Sexologist, Hyderabad
Avoid scented pads or toilet paper, creams, bubble bath, feminine sprays, and douches. Use water and a plain, unscented soap to regularly clean your external genital area. Always wipe from front to back after having a bowel movement.
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Vaginal Vault Prolapse - How To Handle It?

Dr. Smita Vats 91% (210 ratings)
FICMCH, Diploma In Laproscopic Surgery, Certified in Laparoscopy & Hysteroscopy, DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology), MBBS
Gynaecologist, Gurgaon
Vaginal Vault Prolapse - How To Handle It?

Vaginal Vault Prolapse is the condition where the upper portion of vagina may lose its normal shape and drop or sag down into the vaginal canal or maybe even outside the vagina. This may occur after a hysterectomy or even simultaneously with uterine prolapse. 

The treatment of vaginal vault prolapse varies with the severity and extremity of your symptoms. Your health care provider may suggest medications and physical therapy to treat your condition if you feel that the prolapse is not bothersome. However, you might have to undergo surgery later if your symptoms worsen and the prolapse affects your quality of life and hinders functional ability.  You must keep in mind that usually more than one area is affected by weakness in your pelvic floor. 
The symptoms of Vaginal Vault Prolapse include- backache, pelvic heaviness, bulging mass into or sometimes outside your vagina that hinders normal activities such as walking and sitting, vaginal bleeding and releasing urine involuntarily. 

Treatments:

1.        Medication
Most of the women with this condition usually go through menopause around the same time. Since the estrogen levels are severely lowered during menopause, it causes vaginal dryness. Discussing about estrogen therapy with your health care provider is a must if you wish to remedy your vaginal dryness. Not every woman should take estrogen so it is imperative to talk to a medical expert first. Usually women are treated with estrogens before they go into surgery.

2.        Physical Therapy
Most health care experts recommend pelvic floor exercises as physical therapy using biofeedback so as to strengthen the specific muscles of your pelvic floor. Biofeedback is the usage of monitoring devices that contain sensors and are placed either in your rectum, vagina or on your skin. Biofeedback is very important because it tells you the strength of each muscle you are squeezing i.e. contractions, and if you are squeezing the right muscles in order to perform the exercise correctly. Long term usage of biofeedback in physical therapy leads to strengthening of your muscles and a reduction in your symptoms. 

3.        Surgery
Corrective surgery may be performed on you by the surgeon either through the abdomen or vagina. If the surgeon is performing the corrective surgery through the vagina, he will use the ligaments which support the uterus to solve the problem.          
 

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Homeopathic Medicines For Vaginal Candidiasis!

Dr. Swarup Kumar Ghosh 88% (82 ratings)
MD - Bio-Chemistry, MF Homeo (London), DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery), BHMS
Homeopath, Kolkata

Top natural homeopathic remedies for vaginal candidiasis

Sepia and calcarea carb:- best homeopathic remedies for vaginal candidiasis with milky white vaginal discharge
Both sepia and calcarea carb are top natural homeopathic medicines for treating vaginal candidiasis where the vaginal discharge is milky white in color. The women needing sepia complain of excessive itching, excoriation in the vulva and vagina along with milky white vaginal discharge. The itching is not relieved by scratching. There are soreness and swelling of the labia minora, vulva and vagina. Heat in genitals is also noted. Irritation and stitches in vagina are also felt. Sepia is also the best homeopathic prescription for pain in vagina on coition due to vaginal candidiasis. It is a very beneficial remedy for complaints experienced around climacteric or menopausal time. Bearing down pains in womb are also a characteristic key note guiding its use. Homeopathic medicine calcarea carb too is of great help in the treatment of vaginal candidiasis with milky white vaginal discharge. One major prominent symptom for using calcarea carb is worsening of the vaginal discharge on passing urine. The discharge is accompanied by burning and itching in the genitals that is worse before and after periods. The vagina and vulva show signs of swelling, with redness. A history of heavy bleeding during periods may be found in women needing calcarea carb.

Pulsatilla: homeopathic remedy for vaginal candidiasis with peculiar thick, creamy vaginal discharge
Pulsatilla is an ideal homeopathic remedy forvaginal candidiasis with a peculiar thick, creamy vaginal discharge. The discharge is accompanied by much burning and corrosive itching in the genitals. The vaginal discharge is experienced throughout the month i. E. Before, during and after periods. The discharge is very acrid. Backache can be narrated by a few women. Apart from these particular features, some general symptoms of high significance should also be taken into consideration for using pulsatilla. The first among these is absence of thirst the whole day even if the mouth is dry. The second is the desire for cool open air. A person feels quite better in open surroundings in general. The third symptom refers to the mental state of women: sensitive nature and weeping easily. The woman has a very mild nature and starts to weep over minor issues. Consolation is relieving for the women. Such women are also of yielding disposition.

Thuja and nitric acid: homeopathic remedies for vaginal candidiasis with excessive soreness and ulcers
When due to extreme acridity of vaginal discharge and scratching, ulcers begin to appear in vulva or vagina, then thuja and nitric acid are the best natural homeopathic remedies. Thuja is the ideal homeopathic medicine when excessive excoriation, burning and smarting is felt in vulva and vagina due to ulcers. There is also discomfort and sensitiveness in vagina during coition. Nitric acid is the ideal homeopathic medicine when irritation in genitals with stitching type of pain is prominent. The vaginal discharge is white with excessive soreness of parts. Burning and itching are felt in vagina. The discharge may leave a yellow stain. In others, the vaginal discharge is white and stringy in nature for using nitric acid.

Monilia albicans: homeopathic remedy for vaginal candidiasis with fissures or cracks in vulva or vagina
Monilia albicans, also known as candida albicans, is a powerful nosode used in homeopathic treatment for vaginal candidiasis with efficient results. The most important indication is presence of cracks or fissures in the vulva or vagina. Itching is always present. In others, marked inflammation and swelling in the parts are noted. In a few women, vesicular eruptions containing fluid may be present in vulva or vagina for which homeopathic medicine monilia albicans is the ideal remedy.

Helonias: top homeopathic treatment for vaginal candidiasis with specific curdy deposits in vulva
Helonias is the best homeopathic remedy when peculiar curdy deposits are present in the vulva. There is inflammation of parts with swelling, intense heat, burning and redness. Intense itching in genitals too is marked. Along with this particular symptom, excessive weakness, tiredness and prostration are also frequently noticed. Backache is common along with other symptoms. A highly marked characteristic for using natural homeopathic remedy helonias is general relief when the woman keeps busy and the mind is involved in doing some work.

Homeopathic remedies for extreme itching in vulva or vagina due to vaginal candidiasis-
The top natural homeopathic medicines for controlling intense itching in vulva or vagina due to candida infection are kreosote, sepia and medorrhinum. Kreosote is a highly recommended homeopathic medicine for controlling intense itching in parts due to candida infection. It is very beneficial for women who have intense corrosive, burning and itching in vulva with a highly acrid discharge. Swelling of the vulva is also present. Sepia is used when itching is experienced along with milky white vaginal discharge. Medorrhinum is the ideal homeopathic remedy when the vaginal discharge is very thin and highly acrid with marked itching. The characteristic feature for using medorrhinum is worsening of itching when thinking of it.

Homeopathic medicines for pain or burning in vagina during coition due to candida infection-
Sepia is an excellent naturalhomeopathic remedy for pain in vagina felt on coition due to vaginal candidiasis. Homeopathic medicine lycopodium is very useful when burning in vagina is felt during and after coition. And if only sensitiveness is felt in vagina during coition, then homeopathic medicine thuja is recommended.

Vaginal Dryness - Causes And Treatment!

Dr. Ram Gopal Parihar 90% (29 ratings)
Diploma In Naturopathy, Diploma In Neurotherapy
Sexologist, Jalandhar
Vaginal Dryness - Causes And Treatment!

Desire is an elusive thing, especially in women. Anything can disturb it- a scent, a wrong touch or physiological reasons like vaginal dryness. If you want the top ways to treat this desire-dampener, read on.

Causes:

One of the most common causes of vaginal dryness is a decrease in estrogen levels during menopause or perimenopause, after childbirth, or during breastfeeding.

One in every three women falls prey to vaginal dryness during menopause. It can afflict younger women too for a couple of reasons like chemotherapy, breastfeeding, removal of ovaries, certain medicines and endometriosis.

The moisture in vagina keeps it elastic and once it tapers off, interest in sex wanes and intercourse becomes painful and the vagina feels itchy and stretched. It becomes thinner too.

The condition is diagnosed through a pelvic exam by your gynaecologist. And the good news is that it can be treated easily.

Treatment:

Topical oestrogen therapy is the most common treatment for vaginal dryness due to low oestrogen levels. This provides oestrogen to the vagina for relieving symptoms. You can choose one of these three types of vaginal oestrogen:

  1. Vaginal Oestrogen Ring, Estring: This can be inserted into the vagina. It is a soft and flexible ring and releases a steady stream of oestrogen directly to the vaginal tissues. It needs to be replaced every three months.

  2. Vaginal Oestrogen Tablet, Vagifem: This tablet can be inserted into your vagina with an applicator as per instructions of the gynaecologist.

  3. Vaginal Oestrogen Cream, Estrace, Premarin: This cream can be inserted into the vagina using an applicator again as per the doctor’s instructions.

Several side effects are associated with these oestrogen products like vaginal bleeding and breast pain.

It is also contraindicated for women who have breast cancer or those with a history of endometrial cancer. If you have any vaginal bleeding or are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not use such products.

In order to keep the vagina more lubricated, try using a vaginal moisturizer like Replens, Lubrin instead.

Using a water-based lubricant like Astroglide and K-Y jelly before intercourse can take away the pain of intercourse.

 

Eat a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and proteins. Include more of these- Raw pumpkin, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna for their fatty acid content.

 

Also include foods with high plant oestrogens like flaxseed, soy, legumes, cherries, nuts, apples and celery.

 

Drink lots of water to stay hydrated. And, last but not the least, do regular exercise. Twenty minutes of fast walking will keep your heart strong and up the blood supply to your pelvic region and improve your hormonal balance.

Postmenopausal Bleeding - Know Causes Of It!

Dr. Geetam Bharti 90% (48 ratings)
MBBS, MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology, ex senior resident reproductive biology
Gynaecologist, Patna
Postmenopausal Bleeding - Know Causes Of It!

Most women attain menopause between the ages of late 40s and early 60s, the average age being about 51. This is an important milestone in a women-s gynecological history. One major change is altered female hormone levels, and this leads to a lot of physiological changes. From hot flashes to mood swings, there is also increased predisposition to osteoporosis and uterine cancer.

If you have not had your menstrual cycles for close to 12 months, chances are you are into menopause. So, that means absolutely no vaginal bleeding anymore whatsoever. However, if you experience bleeding, even spotting, be on the alert. It is not normal and needs to be examined, and if required, diagnosed and treated.

Postmenopausal bleeding or PMB as it is popularly called can be due to a variety of reasons. While it could be something as trivial as inflammation of the uterine or vaginal lining, it could also be an indication of more severe issues like cancer.

-        Atrophic vaginitis - Decreasing hormonal levels lead to increased dryness and therefore inflammation of the vaginal and uterine tissue. This is one of the common causes of bleeding after menopause.
-        Endometrial atrophy - Also caused by lower hormone levels, the lining of the body of the uterus gradually thins down and can get inflamed.
-        Polyps - Noncancerous growths in the uterus, cervix, vulva, or vagina can also lead to bleeding
-        Infections - General infection of any area along the uterine tract could lead to occasional bleeding
-        Cancers - Though only 1 in 10 PMB cases turn out to be cancers, the prognosis improves with early diagnosis and intervention.

Diagnosis: As repeated above, reach out to your doctor if you notice postmenopausal bleeding.  Diagnostic methods could include the following:

-        Physical exam
-        Transvaginal ultrasound
-        Endometrial biopsy
-        Hysteroscopy
-        Dilatation and Curettage
 

Treatment: Needless to say, this would depend on the diagnosis.

For very minor cases with diagnosis like altered hormone levels, no treatment may be required other than modification of the hormone replacement therapy.

For endometrial atrophy and atrophic vaginitis, use of estrogen creams and pessaries would be sufficient.
Polyps would require removal followed by cauterization (application of slight heat) to stop the bleeding.
Cancer - this would depend on the type and location and require a combination of chemotherapy and surgery.  Removal of the uterus also may be required in some cases.

So, if you have had bleeding of any sort after ayear of menopause, do not ignore it.  

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