What I wish I knew about intimate health when I was younger
Mrs Mummypenny readers will know that I am not shy about talking about most things. Subjects such as death, depression, weight gain and weight loss all appear on this blog. Taboo subjects should be shared and I am passionate about communicating the reality of difficult situations. I am not ashamed to say that I am 40 and have been through a lot physically and emotionally. It’s only right to give back and share those experiences for the greater good.
Health & Well being
Health and well being is something that I really want to talk more and more about. I have had three babies and went through the mill having those boys. 2 natural and 1 C-section later my body has changed beyond all recognition. 20 years of being obese has also changed my body beyond recognition (probably more than the three babies). I want to share these stories and let everyone know that you can make a change even twenty years down the line to your health and fitness.
I was experiencing the most terrible stomach cramps after my third baby was born, it went on for a couple of years and I chose to ignore it, even when one episode resulted in me ending up in A&E. Something told me eventually to get it properly considered and resolved, I penned this story on my blog, and the result solution was my gall bladder being removed.
One year on I am the fittest I have ever been, with the blood pressure of a twenty-year-old (yes, my doctor confirmed this in my recent 40-year-old wellness check) and my weight is finally in the correct range of between 9 and 11 stone.
Intimate health is something is a subject I discuss regularly with my girlfriends. In fact, I was getting my hair cut and coloured last week and my friend and I spent at least 30 minutes discussing our pooing and issues with food and their impact on our digestive health.
I suffer from constipation most of the time, I get thrush regularly, I have awful periods and cramps and I bruise like a peach. Just an assortment of my monthly afflictions. But you know what, I share. I ask my friends if they have experienced the same problems and if I’m in pain I talk to my family and explain why. I have to explain my mood swings somehow.
My children and their Intimate Health
I want my children to tell me when they are struggling with anything, be that health, mind or school, anything. No matter what it is I can help and come up with a solution. Intimate health is so important to talk about, yes, the most embarrassing and uncomfortable, but if you talk the moment you start seeing a problem, the quicker it can be fixed.
What I wish I had know about my intimate health
I remember being 14 years of age and getting that itchy feeling down below, I did not have a clue what it was. who knew that wearing tight clothes or non-natural fabric could cause thrush. And I didn’t know that there was a cream that would literally soothe the itching within a few hours. Unfortunately I didn’t have that kind of relationship with my mum where I could share with her health concerns. I didn’t even tell her that I had started my period, choosing to hide it for months before I could find the courage to tell her.
An appointment was made at the doctors and I found out the answer that way. I wish I had known more about intimate health when I hit puberty.
I want all children to be relaxed and open with their parents and carers to ask for help when something feels wrong down there. Boy or girl just ask and we can help.
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