Four Health Issues That Embarrass Many Women
Some health topics can seem too embarrassing to talk about—even in the privacy of a doctor’s office. It’s understandable. Sharing personal information with a person you hardly know is bound to be unsettling.
Understand, however, that medical providers want to help you be healthy and happy. These are common issues, so you’re likely not the first person to raise them with your provider!
Millions of women experience involuntary loss of urine. This is called urinary incontinence (UI). The severity of UI can vary anywhere from slightly bothersome to totally debilitating. Rather than avoid activities you love, speak with your medical provider! UI is a health problem that often can be helped through medication and muscle-strengthening exercises.
Urinary tract infections or UTIs
When bacteria get into your bladder or kidneys, it can cause a urinary tract infection. You may experience a burning sensation when urinating, frequent urges to urinate, pressure or pain, and discolored or odd-smelling urine. Your provider can treat you with antibiotics—and give you behavioral and dietary tips to help you avoid UTIs in the future.
When frequent urination becomes a distraction in your life or prevents you from activities with family and friends, you should see your doctor. Many factors can contribute to this issue, such as too much caffeine, constipation, an unhealthy weight and smoking. But it’s wise to first begin with a visit to your health clinic; frequent urination can also be caused by a nerve signal or overactive bladder.
A multitude of contraception methods is available today. Oral contraceptives, condoms, implants… All protect against pregnancy, but how do you know which one works best for you and your partner? By talking with your doctor, you can choose the method that’s right for you.