Clean and Dry Knowing My Body
 


   
 

Puberty is the time when your body begins to develop and change as you move from a kid to adult. Your body is preparing itself to become sexually active leading to rapid physical and hormonal changes. It’s natural for you to feel like something is wrong when these changes occur.

Usually puberty starts between ages 8 and 13 in girls and ages 9 and 15 in boys.

 

If you are a mother to a teen daughter, help your daughter feel more confident and in-control of her body. Talk to her about the changes in her body and what she can expect. Let her know that she should watch out for significant changes in vaginal discharge or odour, which could be signs of an infection. But above all, please stress that her body is designed to find its own balance and to have a unique odour and its own pattern of discharge - that it's all perfectly normal!

 

Puberty is also the best time to start following a daily intimate hygiene routine. Like using Clean and Dry Daily Intimate Wash or Clean and Dry Daily Intimate Cleansing Foam Wash during bath. They protect and cleanse the vaginal area, the vitamin and Aloe Vera extracts moisturize the skin and keep it fresh, soft and protected. They maintain the pH value of the intimate area and keep away itching, irritation and infections.

 

Let’s look at some of the key changes that begin during puberty:


Periods:

A girl has her first period during puberty. Most women find that their periods start between the ages of 10 and 16. It's normal to have a menstrual cycle as long as 35 days or as short as 22, although the average menstrual cycle is 28 days long.

 

Period pain is very common and there’s nothing to get scared about. The best way to tackle this pain is through a workout. Eat well, sleep well and exercise! Cutting down on saturated fat and caffeine can sometimes help with the breast pain experienced by many women.


Support tights can help heavy, tired or aching legs caused by pre-menstrual fluid retention.

 

During puberty you may also experience vaginal itching caused by your period, perspiration and hormonal changes. It is important to maintain feminine hygiene during your periods.


PMS:

You can be more susceptible to stress when you are approaching your period. Hormonal changes can make you anxious, emotional and less able to take life's little irritations in your stride. This is PMS and the symptoms go away by themselves within a couple of days of you starting to bleed.

 

Spend as much time outside as you can when you have the PMS blues. Natural daylight boosts your levels of serotonin and dopamine and can really help. PMS quite often gets worse as you get into your thirties and forties.



If you are sexually active, make sure your male partner wears a condom, every time. It provides protection against pregnancy, AIDS and other STDs. All it takes is one exposure to contract AIDS or another STD. So please, don’t be shy and insist on a condom.

 

Some problems that you should watch out for when you are sexually active:

 

• Abdominal pain

 

• Abnormal bleeding

 

• Fever and/or chills

 

• Vulvovaginal lesions

 

• Abnormal or foul discharge

 

• Painful urination

 

• Missed period

 

These problems could be an indication of vaginal infections or yeast infections.

 

Follow a daily intimate hygiene routine by using a Clean and Dry Intimate Wash or Clean and Dry Daily Intimate Cleansing Foam Wash to keep the vaginal area clean and free of infections.

When you become pregnant, your body undergoes a variety of changes. It is important that you are aware of the normal changes during pregnancy and that you inform your doctor about any changes that may appear abnormal.

 

DISCHARGE
One of the first changes you may experience is in your vaginal discharge. Normal vaginal discharge during pregnancy, called leukorrhea is thin, white, milky and mild-smelling. Leukorrhea is normal and nothing for you to worry about.

 

If the vaginal discharge is green or yellowish, strong smelling, and/or accompanied by redness or itching, you may have a vaginal infection.

 

One of the most common vaginal infections during pregnancy is Candidiasis, also known as a yeast infection. Your doctor can easily treat vaginal infections. Another cause of abnormal discharge could also be an STD.

You should notify your doctor any time there is a change in normal pregnancy discharge. Never try to diagnose and treat yourself.

 

SPOTTING
Spotting during pregnancy can be normal but should be mentioned to your doctor. Notify your doctor immediately if you experience spotting or bleeding that lasts longer than a day and is accompanied by cramping or pain.

Follow these simple do’s and don’t during pregnancy to keep yourself infection free.

 

• Avoid tampons during pregnancy. They can introduce new germs into the vagina.

 

• Feminine hygiene deodorant sprays should not be used due to increased chances of perineal irritation, cystitis, and urethritis. Undesirable odours can be controlled with Clean and Dry daily intimate wash, Clean and Dry Daily Intimate Cleansing Foam Wash or Clean and Dry Daily Intimate Powder.

 

• Wear clothes that are lightweight, non-constrictive, adjustable, absorbent, and ones that enhance your sense of well being.

 

• Use pantyliners if the increased discharge makes you uncomfortable.

 

• Do not use constrictive round garters or girdles, they can interfere with the blood's circulation from the legs.

 

• Wear shoes that are comfortable and well-fitting, easy to put on, especially in the last trimester when it is difficult to bend over to tie or buckle. They should also have a good solid base of support (broad heel), not high or narrow heels to avoid a fall.

Pregnancy changes your body in more ways than you might have guessed, and it doesn't stop when the baby is born. After a vaginal delivery, taking good care of yourself is an essential part of postpartum care. Here's what you can expect:

 

Vaginal soreness
If you had an episiotomy or vaginal tear during delivery, the wound might hurt for a few weeks. Extensive tears might take longer to heal. In the meantime, you can follow these simple steps to take care of the wound.

 

• Cool the wound with an ice pack, or place a chilled witch hazel pad — available in most pharmacies — between a sanitary napkin and the wound.

 

• Take the sting out of urination. Pour warm water over your vulva as you're urinating. Press a clean pad firmly against the wound when you bear down for a bowel movement.

 

• Keep the wound clean. Use a squirt bottle filled with water to rinse the tissue between the vaginal opening and anus (perineum) after using the toilet.

• Sit down carefully. If sitting is uncomfortable, sit on a pillow or padded ring.

 

• While you're healing, expect the discomfort to progressively improve. Contact your doctor if the pain intensifies, the wound becomes hot, swollen and painful, or you notice a pus-like discharge.

 

Vaginal discharge
You'll have a vaginal discharge (lochia) for a number of weeks after delivery. Expect a bright red, heavy flow of blood for the first few days. If you've been sitting or lying down, you might notice a small gush when you stand up. The discharge will gradually taper off, changing from pink or brown to yellow or white. To reduce the risk of infection, use sanitary napkins rather than tampons. Don't be alarmed if you occasionally pass small blood clots. Contact your doctor if:

 

• You soak a sanitary pad within an hour off lying down

 

• The discharge has a foul odour

 

• You pass clots larger than a golf ball

 

• You have a fever of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher

 

Contractions
You might feel contractions, sometimes called after pains, during the first few days after delivery. These contractions — which often resemble menstrual cramps — help prevent excessive bleeding by compressing the blood vessels in the uterus. For reasons that aren't entirely clear, these contractions tend to be stronger with successive deliveries. Your doctor might recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever if necessary.

 

Contact your doctor if you have a fever or if your abdomen is tender to the touch. These signs and symptoms could indicate a uterine infection.

 

Urination problems
Swelling or bruising of the tissues surrounding the bladder and urethra can lead to difficulty urinating. This problem usually resolves on its own. In the meantime, it might help to pour water across your vulva while you're sitting on the toilet.

 

Contact your doctor if you have any symptoms of a urinary tract infection.

A woman will spend more than one third of her lifetime in this stage. These years are filled with many new transitions and sometimes troubling symptoms. Women need to "take charge" of this time by empowering themselves with useful information that will help them through the changes and keep anxiety at bay.

Below are some common issues associated with peri (pre) and post menopausal years and some ways to deal with them.

 

Metabolism:


The metabolic rate of women begins to decline after age 40 about 4-5% over the next 10 years. Which is why, women find it difficult to maintain their weight during this age. The best way to avoid weight gain in this age group is to:

 

- Decrease caloric intake by 50-100 calories per day and reduce fat intake

 

- Increasing caloric expenditure in the form or physical activity. This can be through 60-90 minutes of moderate exercise (e.g. walking) or 30-40 minutes of intense exercise (e.g. running, biking, spinning and aerobics) daily, if possible.

 

- Try weight training to build muscle strength in the skeletal muscular systems and burn fat.

 

Contraception:
77% of pregnancies in women between 40-44 years of age are unplanned. It is advisable that women continue to use some form of reliable contraception during this phase. There are many options to choose from including IUD's, hormonal patches, pills, and even rings.

 

While providing birth control, these methods can often help to regulate menses (which can be very erratic during this phase of life) and control PMS symptoms.

 

Vaginal Dryness:
During peri and post menopause vaginal epithelium becomes thin, dry, fragile and even susceptible to infection. Reduced lubrication during sex is usually the first indication.


Use the Clean and Dry Intimate Wash or Clean and Dry Daily Intimate Cleansing Foam Wash daily during your shower to protect and cleanse your vaginal area. The vitamin and Aloe Vera extracts are gentle on the skin and maintain its pH balance keeping it soft and moisturized.
Non-hormonal treatment with a water-soluble lubricant is helpful. Hormonal therapy with local estrogen is another option.

 

Incontinence:
Urinary incontinence is loss of bladder control. Symptoms can range from mild leaking to uncontrollable wetting. In women, symptoms usually begin in the peri-menopausal years.

 

To help reduce incontinence symptom:

- Maintain body weight, stop smoking, and avoid caffeine

 

- Learn how to do Kegel exercises, which are pelvic floor strengthening exercises, (which involve squeezing the pelvic muscles).

 

Urinary Incontinence can lead to rashes, odour and general discomfort as a result of wetness. Sprinkle Clean and Dry Daily Intimate Powder on your vaginal area, panties, panty liners or sanitary pads. The powder soaks up the extra wetness keeping you fresh and odour-free all day long.

 

Follow a daily intimate hygiene routine by using a Clean and Dry Intimate Wash or Clean and Dry Daily Intimate Cleansing Foam Wash to keep the vaginal area clean and free of infections.