Saturday, July 23, 2016
Cambodia - Daily Habits for Healthy Genitalia
Genital care is an important issue for women, as allowing small problems to go untreated can have an impact on reproductive health. Dr. Ty Sovannaroth, from Mearda Maternity, has more than 10 years of experience working in the fields of obstetrics, gynecology, ultrasound and infertility treatment. She advises women to adopt good hygiene habits in order to prevent reproductive health problems.
YT : What are the most common genital health problems experienced by women?
Dr. Sovannaroth: The problems that I encounter most often in my health consultation room – and I believe this is true at other clinics – are leucorrhea, and vaginal itching resulting from fungal infections. Vaginal discharge is not abnormal; most of the cases I encounter are in the “normal” category. Only about 30 percent of cases stem from problems requiring serious treatment. Some clinics will offer medicine to women in cases of normal leucorrhea, but the condition will continue regardless.
YT : What symptoms of leucorrhea should women look out for?
Dr. Sovannaroth: Normally occurring leucorrhea [discharge] has no bad smell, is not particularly greenish and is not accompanied by pubic tenderness or fever. The symptoms can vary. Some women experience leucorrhea more than others, and this can be an annoyance. More serious forms of leucorrhea are accompanied by symptoms such as itching inside the vagina and cloudy discharge.
YT : What should a woman do if she sees signs of leucorrhea?
Dr. Sovannaroth: Women should not try to assess their leucorrhea condition themselves. They need to visit a health consultation room so the symptoms can be analyzed. Certain infection can cause inflammation of the cervix, which can affect the uterine membrane and cause other problems later in life. I always advise patients who come to see me about the importance of good living habits. In general, relying solely on medical treatment [after the fact] cannot keep us free of illness forever.
Leucorrhea can result from stress. Stress alters a woman’s hormonal balance and weakens the immune system. A good way to release stress is to exercise. Women can get sufficient exercise by walking for up to 30 minutes every morning and evening.
Avoid wearing tight clothes; the genital area needs a ventilated environment. Wearing jeans that are too tight, for example, can lead to fungal growth.
You should wear underwear made from soft, thin fabric that allows air to flow through. If your underwear is often moist due to normal leucorrhea then you should change your underwear often.
When swimming, avoid staying in the pool for too long.
Clean the genital area using clean water every time you use the restroom. Using the hand to scrub the area is not necessary; rinsing with water is enough. Some people clean their genital area using lime juice or salt water; that is the wrong way to do it and can cause the vagina to swell.
Consult your doctor before buying a feminine wash to ensure you choose a product that is right for your condition. If you think it’s time for a genital cleaning, this should be done by a doctor.
YT : What is a good daily vaginal care routine for women in normal health?
Dr. Sovannaroth: Women in normal health can clean the vaginal area with clean water, normal water, or warm water; do not use hot water. If you are feeling unhygienic during your menstrual period, use a feminine wash during your period. Or you can use it daily, twice a day, morning and evening. A good feminine wash to use should have a pH level of 4 to 4.5.