Wednesday, July 1, 2020

When to See a Doctor, Even if You're Embarrased

We have all been there at one time or another; there’s a health issue you’ve got that, while not major, is embarassing and hard to talk about, even with a healthcare professional. As women, we feel a keen pressure to not always be on top of issues relating to everything health and beauty related, but we also have a hard time talking about subjects that are taboo or embarrassing for fear that we’ll be judged or mocked. Perfection isn’t attainable for everyone, but it can just be so hard to tackle those embarrassing health issues when they arise. 

Photo Credit: Andrea Piacquadio

    While it can be uncomfortable and downright embarrassing to talk about, dealing with health issues as they arise is really important, especially when it deals with digestive and/or reproductive health, two areas in which women are often reluctant to talk about. Below are a few examples of embarrassing health issues and how to stop avoiding them and deal, with minimal embarrassment. 

Chronic Sweating
We all sweat; whether at the gym, dealing with a stressful situation or just muddling through an especially hot summer, we’ve all had those moments where we’re soaking through our favorite t-shirt. But if you’re sweating seems far more pronounced than normal, and you find that your chronic sweating is ruining your favorite clothing or causing you embarrassment, it may be time to treat the issue with something more than just a strong antiperspirant. 

A doctor or pharmacist can prescribe you a stronger anti-perspirant product that can combat your increased sweating. These products usually contain a higher percentage of aluminium, so they aren’t without some risk. If a prescription product isn’t for you, there are some over the counter deodorant and antiperspirant products that, while a little pricier, might just do the trick. 

Odd Smells 
If you’ve noticed odd smells near the underwear region, it can be a huge source of embarrassment and shame. While it’s very unlikely that other people are noticing (we know that’s bothering you!), you notice it, and that’s enough. Odd smells do not mean that you aren’t clean or that you aren’t taking care of yourself. Actually, odd or unpleasant orders in this area could be indicative of a bacterial or yeast infection. Bacterial infections such as bacterial vaginosis happen to everyone, and while uncomfortable and awkward, are very easily treated. Bacterial vaginosis treatment such as Fleurstat targets the bacteria and remove their attachment from your vaginal walls, so you can feel some relief. These products work quickly and can be attained by a pharmacist. 

Bathroom Problems
If you have to go to the bathroom frequently, and/or experiencing stomach and abdomen upsets such as bloating, gas, nausea, stomach cramps or other issues, you may be tempted to ignore it. But if you’ve tried several over the counter medications, modified your diet and you’re still having the issues, it’s time to see a doctor. Constant gastrointestinal upset can be indicative of a larger issue, such as disease like Crohn's or Celiac Disease, IBS, and more. Many of these illnesses, while somewhat serious, can be easily treated and alleviated with dietary changes and supplements. It’s best to get on top of it right away. 

    These are just three situations in which you should definitely suck it up and speak to a doctor or pharmacist. Private health situations can be awkward and embarrassing, but suffering with an untreated health condition or problem is far worse, believe us. Be proactive and look after your health - all of it - today.

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