A douche isn’t just a jerky guy in a Hollywood movie. ‘Douching’ also refers to the practice of washing out your vagina with homemade cleansers (such as a mix of water and vinegar) or off-the-shelf feminine products and washes. The implication is that the vagina is a dirty, smelly organ that requires manual cleansing in order to be ‘clean’ and appealing for sex.… Read More
Most of us experience anxiety from time to time, but for some, that anxiety can end up destroying our quality of life. It’s normal to worry about certain things, but when that worry consumes your thoughts, affects your sleeping and/or eating patterns, and generally becomes all-consuming, it’s time to do something about it.… Read More
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, and you’re never too young or too ‘low-risk’ to pay attention to the facts. Here are 10 facts about the disease that could save your life.… Read More
In South Africa, one in 26 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her life. Knowing the facts about the disease can help you stay healthy, and to detect it early if it strikes. Remember: early detection is key to beating breast cancer.… Read More
Some days it feels like we have our emotions perfectly in check, but other days, it seems like they drive us to make knee-jerk decisions. Fear, anger, bitterness, elation, over-excitement and euphoria – these kinds of extreme feelings can lead us to make spur-of-the-moment decisions that don’t always serve us in the long run.… Read More
Nothing puts a handbrake on summer sexy times like a yeast infection. Itchy, irritating and sometimes painful, it’s the last thing you want when you’re looking to have carefree fun in the sun – and under the sheets! … Read More
Cervical cancer may be one of the deadliest forms of the disease, but it’s also highly preventable – and you can detect its presence even before it turns into cancer. … Read More
You’ve tried tea, hot water bottles, medication, napping, chocolate, yelling, crying, more medication, more tea, and more chocolate, and then capped it all off with a glass or two of wine. If you suffer from period pain, you’ll know you’ll try just about anything – and everything – to alleviate the pain.… Read More
Does the thought of a new season put a spring in your step, or does it fill you with dread? If body issues are clouding your enjoyment of the sunnier weather, it’s time to do something about it.
Here are nine ways to start being more confident about your body so you can rock the skin you’re in – summer, winter, rain or shine.… Read More
For every person who loves the sound of gym shoes hitting a treadmill, there’s another who actively hates it. Loud, bustling and busy, gyms are not everyone’s cup of tea – or protein smoothie – but thankfully, they’re not the only place to get your health kicks.… 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
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
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
First, the bad news: winter is coming. For lots of us that means eating more, exercising less, and getting a little softer around the middle. … Read More
It’s totally normal to be a little nervous for your first pap smear, especially if you don’t know what to expect. Here we’re walking you through this quick, painless procedure so you’ll know exactly what’s in store for your first pap smear.… Read More
Do you notice that your weight tends to fluctuate with the seasons; that a few extra kilos creep in during the colder months? You’re definitely not alone!… Read More