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Dealing with vaginal dryness during menopause

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Menopause is a natural stage in every woman’s life and the experience is as individual as you are. However, most women will notice a change in their intimate area and intimate health over time, experiencing symptoms such as vaginal dryness and irregular periods. These changes don’t mean that you can’t continue to enjoy a healthy and vibrant lifestyle or sex life as there are many treatment options available to address these symptoms.

 

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What is Menopause?

Menopause occurs when the female sex hormone estrogen decreases. Before you reach menopause estrogen regulates your ovulation and menstruation. When your levels of estrogen naturally decrease, your menstrual cycles end and you stop ovulating and stop having regular periods. When you reach menopause it’s unlikely you will be able to get pregnant.

During menopause your periods become less frequent and eventually stop. The average age for menopause in the UK is 51 years old, but some women can experience premature menopause, even before 40 years old. If you are under 50 years old, you are diagnosed as going through menopause once you haven’t had a period for two years, but if you are over 50 the diagnosis occurs once you haven’t had a period for only one year.

 

What are Menopause symptoms?

The main symptom of menopause is a change (usually a decrease) in the pattern of your monthly periods. The changes in your hormones can also cause other symptoms, such as hot flushes, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, mood changes, sleeping problems and urinary tract infections or cystitis. Because every woman will experience menopause differently, symptoms vary from woman to woman.

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Treating the symptoms of menopause

Depending on the severity of your symptoms, there are many different treatments and remedies you can try to help find relief. These range from simple changes to your diet and lifestyle, to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as prescribed by your doctor.
Some symptoms can be treated very specifically. For example, if you’re suffering from vaginal dryness, you can use an intimate moisturiser such as Canesintima to soothe and moisturise, even during sex. You might find that making changes to your lifestyle, such as eating a more balanced diet and exercising regularly, can also be helpful in managing your symptoms

As menopause is different for everyone it can sometimes be difficult to manage. If you’re struggling, your doctor will understand and will be able to talk you through different options available to you.

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Sex: lubricants or moisturisers?

Lubricants provide short term lubrication (for example, before intercourse) while moisturisers provide more long-lasting relief. Learn more about Canesintima which both lubricates and moisturises here.

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Everything you need to know about Thrush

1. What is Thrush?

The common vaginal yeast infection thrush is a type of vaginitis – an inflammation of your vagina. Both fungus and bacteria naturally live in your vagina, but when the fungus Candida albicans increases, it can cause thrush. This fungus may increase when your immune system is weak or when good bacteria (called lactobacilli) can’t keep the fungus under control.

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There are times when you are more prone to thrush:

  • If you are pregnant
  • If you have finished a course of antibiotics
  • If you have diabetes
  • If you are on your period
  • If you take birth control pills
  • If you have an HIV infection

2. Who gets thrush?

Having thrush is normal – around 75% of women will experience it at least once in their lives , while many women may suffer from recurrent thrush.

If you've never had thrush before and you think you may have it, visit your doctor. Once you recognise your own symptoms and you know they’re not serious, we’ll help you to deal with thrush independently at home. Thrush doesn’t take long to clear up once you’ve started treatment.

 

3. Symptoms of Thrush

Thrush or vaginal candidiasis are the general and medical terms used to describe a common vaginal yeast infection. Thrush occurs when there is an overgrowth of Candida albicans (yeast-like fungus) in your vagina. This occurs when the good bacteria in your vagina can’t keep the fungus (Candida albicans) under control, creating a suitable environment for Candida albicans to increase.
Just so you know, thrush is not a sexually transmitted infection. It can be really uncomfortable, but in the majority of cases it’s simple to treat.
Everyone is different, so your symptoms may differ from a friend’s. They may also change each time you get thrush, so watch out for these common symptoms and whether your symptoms are mild, moderate or more complicated.

 

Most people experience symptoms such as:

  • An itchy vagina / vulva
  • Soreness around the entrance to your vagina (vulva)
  • Slight swelling of your vaginal lips (labia)
  • Cottage cheese-like white discharge

These symptoms aren’t uncommon:

  • Pain during sex
  • Thick discharge
  • Red and swollen labia
  • Burning around your vulva
  • Pain when you urinate
  • Sores in your vaginal area
  • Cracked skin around your vulva

You should see your doctor if:

  • You are experiencing thrush for the first time
  • You get thrush frequently, or if it returns in less than 2 months
  • There is no improvement in your symptoms within three days, or if they’ve not disappeared within seven days
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You have multiple sexual partners
  • You are under 12 years old
  • You have fever, chills, nausea, or vomiting
  • You have a smelly or unusual discharge
  • You feel abdominal pain
  • You have previously had an allergic reaction to other thrush medications

 

4. Treating Thrush

Treatment can be quite straight forward.
To treat the infection you can use an internal product that contains the active ingredient clotrimazole or fluconazole. Choose from the oral pill, soft gel pessary, pessary or internal cream. These products all treat your infection, but different people prefer different treatment options. External thrush creams will help to soothe your symptoms such as itching.  You can buy our products separately or you can purchase a combi pack containing both the internal and external treatments.

 

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Father’s Day gifting with Love Island’s Chris Hughes

Father's Day with Love Islands Chris Hughes

Between coining the infamously named ‘Muggy Mike’ and his (ever so slightly worrying) love of cows, Chris Hughes quickly became one of our fave contestants on last year’s Love Island. That’s why we were super-excited to find out what he’s planning to get his pa, Paul, for Father’s Day. After some disastrous buys in the past (watch the vid to get the lowdown), Chris has come a long way with his present picking, and he’s ready to impart that wisdom on those of us who are feeling a bit stuck. So forget about socks, pants and slippers – poor dads, aye! – and find out about the pressies that’ll really make him smile…

The daytime fragrance

If you wanna get your dad something he’s really gonna love, you can’t go wrong with a good fragrance, and Diesel Only The Brave is a fave among the fellas. It’s fresh on first spritz, which makes it perfect for the mornings, and dries down to warm, spicy base notes of amber and leather accords – très masculine! Nice pick, Chris!

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Men need moisture, too

If you’re on a bit of a tighter budget, Chris has got that covered, too. Skincare might not be top of your pop’s shopping list, but it’s a great thing for you to treat him to – especially if you know your stuff. Keep it simple and go for a good quality anti-ageing moisturiser like L’Oreal Men Expert Vita Lift 5 Anti-Ageing Moisturiser. With Pro-Retinol (a powerful anti-wrinkle ingredient), your dad will be looking fresh-faced in no time…

The night-time fragrance

Musk is a must for the evening scent. Chris has opted for Hugo Boss BOSS Bottled Night EDT (a great choice), which has musk in its base, along with warming notes of sandalwood and Louro Amarelo wood. These deep scents are balanced with softer top and heart notes of lavender, African violet and jasmine – he’ll LOVE it.

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Close shave

If your dad’s a bloke with a beard, a really good quality razor will make his day. Chris knows that when you’re shaving, convenience is key. That’s why he’s giving his dad the Philips AquaTouch Wet and Dry Electric Shaver. The Aquatec seal on the product means he can shave in the shower if he wants to and shave dry as normal. For a close, clean shave and easy-to-clean blades, this is the one.

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