Your vagina is pretty pro at taking care of itself, ridding itself of bad bacteria and keeping itself lubricated and clean. But when we make little health mistakes, we get in the way of its natural process and can inhibit its ability to keep itself healthy.… Read More
Did you know that your period could actually be revealing important things about the state of your health? Apart from letting you know that you aren’t pregnant, your monthly cycle may give you critical clues about various aspects of your body and its wellbeing, so pay attention if you notice any of these indicators.… Read More
There are lots of reasons you may have lost your confidence or simply lack it altogether. The good news is you’re not alone. The even better news is that it’s possible to gain (or regain) it, and keep it!… Read More
It may be one of the more difficult conversations you’ll have in your life, but covering the topic of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with your partner – especially if you have one – is critical.
Firstly, stay calm. These days, up to 50% of people will be affected by an STI at some point in their lives. Combine that with advances in medicine and greater open-mindedness in general, and it’s possible that your partner will take the news better than you expect. In fact, she or he may have one too, or may have had one in the past. … Read More
First things first: it’s completely normal to experience vaginal discharge. These secretions serve a number of vital functions, including cleaning and moistening the vagina, helping to get rid of bad bacteria, and fighting infection. … Read More
Intimate partner violence – also known as domestic abuse – is a prevalent and deeply ingrained problem in South Africa. Sadly, most victims never come forward with their stories, which means that violent acts against women and children continue to be perpetuated day after day and year after year.
As a victim of domestic abuse, it will always be up to you when or even whether to share your story. This is a highly personal decision, and should you decide to open up about it, it should be on your terms, and only when you feel ready to do so.… Read More
If you’re not in a monogamous relationship with a partner, you should be using condoms every time you have sex.
Condoms aren’t only there to protect against unplanned pregnancy, and HIV isn’t the only sexually transmitted infection (STI) you could contract. In fact, incidences of chlamydia and syphilis are on the rise among sexually active adults, and HIV/Aids is still one of the top causes of death among South African adults across the age spectrum.… Read More
Being able to talk about the fact that you’ve been a victim of sexual assault is an important step towards recovery, and it’s also one of the most difficult. Whether you were raped or sexually assaulted in a different way, finding the courage to talk about it can take weeks, months or even years – there’s no set timeline for this. Some people never wish to share their story. That’s okay too. … Read More
Stress is an unavoidable and normal part of life. In some instances, it can even spur us into action and ensure that we get essential tasks done. However, if you’re living in a constant state of anxiety, you could be doing serious damage to your health.
Here’s how you can you tell if your stress levels have become unmanageable and potentially detrimental to your health, and what you should do about it. … Read More