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Hi Sir, I am 23 years old female. I use Vwash. I want to know, is it safe for my intimate area? And recommend me what I use instead of it?

No, you don't need this. In fact no female needs this. Theses are all market gimmicks. Our body has its own mechanism to clean the area. Do the following-- 1. You maintain high grade of personal hygiene. 2. Do change your undergarments at least 2 times a day 3. Wear cotton underclothes. 4. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids. 5. Keep the area dry. For more details you can consult me.
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Gynaecology Problems - How Can Ayurveda Handle Them?

Gynaecology Problems - How Can Ayurveda Handle Them?

Women can face a number of gynecological issues at various stages of their life. This includes irregular periods, painful periods, infertility, uterine cysts, impotency and frizidity. According to Ayurveda, most of these issues arise from an unhealthy diet and lifestyle that disturbs the balance of doshas. The symptoms exhibited thus depend on which of the three doshas; vata, pitta or kapha is aggravated and which is lowered. This, in turn, means that to treat these gynecological issues, Ayurvedic doctors attempt to correct the balance of doshas through lifestyle changes and herbal remedies.

  • Diet: Women need more energy than men, especially during menstruation. Thus, it is important to eat a healthy, well-balanced meal. Avoid processed foods, teas and caffeinated drinks and focus on whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables. Do not skip your meals. The type of fruits and vegetables that should be eaten will also be determined by the dosha that has been aggravated. For example, if the kapha dosha has been aggravated, one must eat light food and favour vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, carrots and garlic.
  • Lifestyle: Along with eating the right food, it is also important to eat at the right time. Along with this, you must also get enough sleep, exercise regularly and not be overcome by stress. When it comes to stress management, yoga is very beneficial. It is also important to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Herbal Remedies: When it comes to herbal remedies, Ayurveda does not merely treat the symptoms shown, but also strengthens the patient’s overall mental and physical health. These remedies have negligible side effects and are easily available. For example, if you suffer from painful periods, ginger, saffron and licorice root could help relieve the pain. Even more serious gynecological issues such as infertility can be treated with Ayurveda. In such cases, the treatment can take many forms. This includes herbal remedies made from Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Guduchi, Triphala etc. and Swedanam to sweat the toxins out of the body. In cases of frigidity, treatment could include remedies made of banyan tree root that has been powdered and milk or milk and powdered Ashwagandha. For the treatment of uterine fibroids, herbal remedies may be prepared from Guggul, Varuna, Aloe Vera or Asoka. These may also be combined together.

Panchakarma treatment can also be very helpful in treating gynecological issues. This involves five different types of treatments based on the patient’s complaint and overall health.
 

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Vitamins & Minerals - Know The Requirement Of It In Women!

Vitamins & Minerals - Know The Requirement  Of It In Women!

Women’s physiologic needs are somewhat different from men. Since they have an altogether different build and physiologic processes they also have a different nutritional need compared to men. Women in different age groups need a number of minerals and vitamins in higher quantities than men in the same age group. Here are some of the most important minerals and vitamins for women.

Calcium 

Calcium is essential for strong bones, healthy muscles, and more in both men and women. However, it is all the more essential for women since they start losing bone after menopause. They need to get enough calcium throughout their lives so that they don’t suffer from porous bones and problems associated with it. You need to build a sustainable bone density within 19 to 30 years of age since you are invariably going to lose some as you age and cross menopause. If the diet is not enough, you may consider supplements but with medical advice. Dairy products, calcium-fortified juices, beans, cereals, almonds, leafy greens, salmon they all deliver a good amount of calcium.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is also essential for healthy bones and women tends to get porous bones as they age. It may also reduce the risk of some cancers and heart diseases. But the significance of Vitamin D lies in the fact that it promotes calcium absorption. Without Vitamin D, calcium-rich diet and supplements would not be of any use. One can get vitamin D in sea fishes like tuna and salmon, fortified milk, fruit juices, cereals etc. One also needs to get enough of sunshine since vitamin D is made in the skin on exposure to sunlight.

Iron

Iron helps increase hemoglobin that in turn enhances the number of red blood cells in the blood. This keeps blood healthy. Women undergo heavy menstrual bleeding, and to counter that they need healthy blood level. Women also need healthy blood level since it is through the blood that the fetus derives all the nutrition. So they need iron-rich diets and/or iron supplements. If they don’t get enough iron, they may suffer from anemia. The best sources of Iron are animal sources since the iron found in animal meat is heme iron, which is easily assimilated by the body.

Folate

Women in the reproductive age group need to take Folate, a type of Vitamin B, that helps in the development of the fetus and reduces the risk of congenital problems like spina bifida in children. One can get enough Folate in brown rice, dark green vegetables, sprouts, spinach, green beans, broccoli, potatoes etc. You can also get it in fortified cereals and bread. However, pregnant women or those desiring to get pregnant need to add folate in the form of supplements in their regimen. For pregnant and breastfeeding women the requirement of folate shots up.

Magnesium

Magnesium supports a number of bodily functions in both men and women, but its significance for women lies in its ability to promote strong bones and preventing bone loss. This is why it is very important for women above 40 years of age when the risk of osteoporosis increases.

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Calcium d glucarate is for estrogen control and regestrone is for excess bleeding. Both are hormonal medicines. If I take together will it be ok? Will they not have impact in each other?

Calcium d glucarate is for estrogen control and regestrone is for excess bleeding. Both are hormonal medicines. If I ...
Hi, Calcium d glucarate is not hormonal although it may help to decrease estrogen levels. It does not interact with regesterone.
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This query is for my daughter, she is 10 years old and it's her 2nd period, from which age can she start using menstrual cup, she is but scared as she has seen her friends pads leaking and she wants to be stress free.

This query is for my daughter, she is 10 years old and it's her 2nd period, from which age can she start using menstr...
Although care free and whisper are more useful for young girl .you use menstrual cup. Use cotton underwear.
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Menorrhagia - How To Get Rid Of It?

Menorrhagia - How To Get Rid Of It?

Excess bleeding or menorrhagia is a common kind of abnormal bleeding occurring at the time of menstruation. Menorrhagia causes more blood loss which leads to anaemia. Fatigue and breathlessness are common symptoms of anaemia.

Symptoms of excess bleeding

A few of the common symptoms of excessive bleeding are: 

  1. Discharge of large blood clots is a sign of heavy bleeding 
  2. Bleeding during the night which causes disruption in sleep as one has to wake up several times in the night to change the sanitary napkin 
  3. Menstruation lasts longer than usual or more than 5 to 7 days. 
  4. Any menses requiring an excess change of pads than usual 

Causes of excess bleeding 

  1. Imbalance of hormones: During adolescence and when nearing menopause, the female body undergoes some imbalance in oestrogen and progesterone hormones. At these points of time, heavy bleeding is common among women. But it’s abnormal. So get it evaluated. 
  2. Abortion / Ectopic pregnancy: Conception occurs in mid-cycle and so by the time a menses start, one could be a pregnant too. So excess bleeding occurring at menses could be also due to an abortion or miscarriage. Unlike the usual course of pregnancy, if the fertilised egg gets stuck in the fallopian tubes and develops there, It results in Ectopic pregnancy. Excess bleeding can be a sign of ectopic pregnancy too.
  3. Fibroids: Growth of fleshy solid tumours in the wall of uterus namely Fibroids can lead to excess bleeding. 
  4. Cancer: Cervical, ovarian and uterine cancers are rare causes of heavy bleeding, but it is possible. So the early detection of these conditions is better for treatment. 
  5. Adenomyosis: This is common in middle-aged women who have given birth to more than two children. In this case, the glands that appear in the lining of the uterus become deeply embedded in the muscle of the uterus wall. These women with adenomyotic uterus have severe dysmenorrhea ( pain during menses ) and excess bleeding. 
  6. Intrauterine device: IUD used for birth causes more bleeding during menstruation. In some the bleeding reduces over time, but if in excess one must get evaluated. 
  7. Pelvic inflammatory disease: PID is an infection that occurs in the uterus, other reproductive organs and the fallopian tubes. Inflammed reproductive organs bleed more and hence cause menorrhagia. 
  8. Other diseases and disorders: Diseases like that of liver, kidneys and thyroids can cause excess bleeding. Disorders in blood levels or platelets can also be a cause. 

Treatment for excess bleeding 

Several treatments are available to treat heavy bleeding during menstruation. Choosing the right one mainly depends on the reasons that cause heavy bleeding.

Non-surgical treatments: 

  1. Hormonal therapy: This therapy is used as a treatment to stabilise the lining of the uterus (endometrium) and thus regulate the menstrual bleeding. 
  2. Non-hormonal medication: A tranexamic acid is a non-hormonal medication prescribed by the doctor that promotes clotting of the blood.
  3. Nonsteroidal drugs: Nonsteroidal medications that are anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen, mefenamic acid helps to reduce blood loss. 

Surgical Treatments 

  1. Hysteroscopy: A long and thin scope can be inserted into the uterus through the cervix and the vagina. The doctor observes the lining of the uterus, remove the excess lining or the endometrial polyps that cause bleeding. 
  2. Dilation and curettage: In this procedure, the mouth of the uterus (cervix) to be dilated and the lining of the uterus is scrapped off to make it shed all at once and stop bleeding. 
  3. Hysterectomy: This involves removing the uterus. It is mainly done for uterus having adenomyosis, fibroids, or cancers, or when the patient does not respond to medical therapies. 
  4. Ablation: Ablation or endometrial resection allows removal of the lining of the uterus. But it may be a temporary measure as the lining recurs. 

To conclude, proper diagnosis, choosing the right treatment for excess bleeding at menses needs to be done urgently as it affects the overall health of the women suffering from it.

Nutrition For Adolescent Girls & Pregnant Women!

Nutrition For Adolescent Girls & Pregnant Women!

Adolescence is characterized by the spurt in growth, a period in which growth occurs really fast. During this time, physical changes affect the nutritional needs of the body, while lifestyle changes might affect eating habits along with the choices of food. On the other, Nutrition is equally important for all those who are pregnant as, during pregnancy, a woman's body goes through a number of physical and hormonal changes. Hence, the way one nourishes her body during this phase will affect one's health as well as her baby's.

Importance of Nutrition for Adolescent Girls

It is the spurt in growth that tends to occur in adolescence that creates an increase in the demand for energy as well as nutrients. The important set of nutrients that require to increase during adolescence include energy, protein and calcium.

Let us briefly look into how each of them is important for adolescent girls:

*Energy: Adolescents require additional energy for their growth and activity. They can meet up the requirements by having various healthy foods like lean protein sources, dairy products containing low fat, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

*Protein: Protein requirements of adolescent girls are mainly determined by the amount of protein they require for maintaining lean body mass. Protein is important both for growth and maintenance of muscle. Adolescents usually require somewhere between 45 and 60 gm of protein every day. They can get that through chicken, eggs, beef, pork, dairy products and some vegetables.

*Calcium: An adequate amount of calcium intake is necessary for developing strong and dense bones during the adolescent stage. Milk provides the highest amount of calcium in the diets of adolescents, followed by cheese, ice cream and frozen yoghurt.

**Iron: Adolescent girls require adequate amount of iron intake on a daily basis. Some of the iron-rich foods are Tofu, Tempeh, Natto, Soybeans, Lentils, Other Beans and Peas, Nuts and Seeds, Leafy Greens, Tomato Paste, Potatoes and more. 

Nutritional Requirements for Pregnant Women

Pregnant women go through a number of physical as well as hormonal changes. Hence, nourishment plays a crucial role during this time, which will have an effect on the health of women and well as their on their babies.

-Women must make sure to eat a healthy, balanced diet, which will help them stay healthy all through their pregnancy.

-The food that they have turns out to be the main source of nourishment for babies. Thus it is critical to take those foods that are rich in nutrients.

An easy way to ensure that they are getting all the required nutrients is to have different foods from each of the food groups every day. Each and every food group has something to offer for the body. For instance:

  • Grains can provide them with a good source of energy
  • Fruits and vegetables remain packed with antioxidants, fibre and vitamins that are both water-soluble and also fat-soluble.
  • Meats, nuts and legumes can provide their body with protein, folate and iron.
  • Dairy products can be a great source of calcium and also Vitamin D.
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Women Health Care Tips!

Women Health Care Tips!

The shrinking back of the uterus to its natural shape and size may lead to the occurence of afterpains. It usually happens while breastfeeding as oxytocin, the hormone which encourages the uterus to contract is released during feeding.

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I am 15 years female. I have a small build and I have an intact hymen. I want to use the menstrual cup small size instead of using pads. Can I use without any problem?

I am 15 years female. I have a small build and I have an intact hymen. I want to use the menstrual cup small size ins...
Yes you can use it. Breaking of hymen can happen even when you are riding a bike. So it is not a guarantee for virginity.
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Hello Doctor, I feel dizzy, sometimes nauseous, very weak, have sore throat, my period comes for a day then stops the second day then starts again but this time it was not a heavy flow. I take contraceptives daily every morning but I have missed one and took it the next day in the morning and I have no appetite. Please help.

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I feel dizzy, sometimes nauseous, very weak, have sore throat, my period comes for a day then stops the...
A sore throat is experienced as pain or irritation in the throat. If you are experiencing a sore throat, it is most commonly due to a viral infection. You may have a sore throat with or without fever. If the throat pain is mild, then home remedies can be helpful. However, if the sore throat is accompanied by high fever or severe pain while swallowing food/water, it usually suggests a infection that needs treatment. In such cases, you need to seek medical help for early treatment.
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