Pelvic Health: The 'Low Down' on the 'Down Below'
Written by: Amanda Fisher
Hi ladies! Crazy pelvic health nerd here. I am a sucker for good pelvic health talk. Many 'Girls Nights' are spent around some wine and eventually pelvic health discussions with my friends. What can I say? I love informing women about their pelvic needs, or what I think would be good for them to know. So, why not share some of that information right here!
Let’s get the 'low down' on the 'down below'.
First thing I like to suggest to women is to keep track of your monthly cycle. Get to know your Aunt Flo. I once heard -- your menstrual cycle is like your monthly report card. It can tell you so much about your body. Your cycle will vary in length, flow and pain when you are stressed, over exercising, or eating poorly. Start by knowing what day you start your cycle (day 1) and how you feel throughout the month (tired days, crabby days, pain days, etc.) If you find that you have more pelvic pain during your 'time of the month', try eating more sweet potatoes with coconut butter and cinnamon the week before you start and see how you feel the following month. Hopefully, you will notice you have less discomfort.
Next, use safer menstrual products. The average woman will use approximately 12,000 menstrual products in her lifetime. Most well-known menstrual pads and tampons are full of harmful chemicals. These products are in direct contact with our lady parts so it is important for us to know what we are putting in our bodies. Our vaginal mucosa is like our mouth in the way that what we put in the vagina is absorbed. Do you want to eat perfume? Gross! I don’t! So, you wouldn’t want to insert a fragranced tampon into your vagina either. You might be thinking -- what if I smell 'down there'? Period blood does not smell until it has oxygenated after a length of time (in the trash, etc.) so you will be fine. You also want to look on product boxes for 100% organic cotton under the ingredients. Brands I like are Cora tampons (100% organic tampons-order online and they are shipped to your house), Seventh Generation tampons and pads and Lunette menstrual cups. There are many other great products out there to keep you safe.
Since we are on the topic of inserting healthier options into our vaginal canal, let’s discuss lube. Is wetter better? Of course! A dry vagina is not a happy vagina. Lubricants help decrease the friction between tissues, however, safer options aren’t being advertised as well as other ones. Try using lubricants that are healthier for you and keep your vagina closer to its natural habitat (pH level) such as Good Clean Love, Yes Yes Yes or Sylk. If you prefer an oil base, try coconut oil. Yes, the coconut oil that you are grilling your veggies with is the same stuff you can use during intercourse. However, please do not use coconut oil if you are using condoms because it can break them down and you could end up with a surprise.
Well, I could go on and on and on...