Regardless of its historical taboos and centuries of myths and false information surrounding it, female health is vitally important and with modern-day medicine advancement and research, we need more space and platforms to allow easy access for women to seek health advice. If you are experiencing any changes or concerns with your medical health, the most important thing is to consult your medical practitioner or doctor.
However, for general advice on female health maintenance you can do it yourself, here is my list of 4 tips to help maintain female health:
Acupuncture – Fertility
Many people experience problems when trying to conceive and this comes in many forms, including anovulation, thin uterine lining, irregular periods, endometriosis, and sperm related issues. However, acupuncture can help! If you’re having issues with conceiving and are considering IVF or assisted fertility, acupuncture can help as the treatment helps to improve blood flow to the uterus, encourages follicular growth, balances hormones to improve natural hormone secretion, promotes relaxation, reduces stress and tension and helps to improve sleep.
Pelvic exercise- overall pelvic health
The pelvic floor comprises muscles and connective tissues. These soft tissues attach to your pelvis, and more specifically, to the bones at the bottom of the pelvis. The pelvic floor also consists of the uterus, cervix, and vagina. Benefits of pelvic floor exercise include strong bladder and bowel control, improve recovery from childbirth and gynaecological surgery and improvement in sex.
If you would like some tips and tutorials for pelvic floor exercises, visit the link below.
Self-examination- cancer and lumps
For women, it’s important to check for any signs of lumps or changes to the body. The most easily identifiable is for changes in the breast. Women come in all shapes and sizes and the same applies to the breast: it can vary in consistency and size depending on mensuration, pregnancy, menopause etc.
However, the NHS Breast Screening programme has systemized a 5-point plan for being breast aware:
- know what’s normal for you
- look at your breasts and feel them
- know what changes to look for
- report any changes to a GP without delay
- attend routine screening if you’re aged 50 to 70
“Look at your breasts and feel each breast and armpit, and up to your collarbone. You may find it easiest to do this in the shower or bath, by running a soapy hand over each breast and up under each armpit.
You can also look at your breasts in the mirror. Look with your arms by your side and with them raised.”
For further information, visit the NHS website:
Probiotics- Gut health
Probiotics are healthy bacteria that help the health of the gut, which is vital for good immune function and digestive health. They can be taken as a supplement or can be found in fermented foods such as yoghurts, kefir, kombucha and fermented vegetables. Benefits of probiotics include reduction in urinary tract infections, boost the immune system and promotes overall vaginal health.
That were our 4 tips to maintain female health, we hope you find them of use! Making these small changes can make a huge impact on your health and having open platforms to talk about them openly makes it easier for women to get the right information and to identify and treat any underlying health issues.