Good day, Eric Bakker, naturopath, author of Candida Crusher, with another question I get asked from time to time from my female patients. Can I treat my yeast infection while I'm on my period You can treat it while you're on your period, but I think a better time to treat a vaginal yeast infection is before your period in the proliferative phase. This is when the lining of the endometrium is starting to build up. So from ovulation through to period is a better time to treat. And in Chapter 5 of my book, Candida Crusher, you can read my unique twostep.
Treatment for chronic vaginal yeast infection. In the time building up to the menstrual cycle is a good time to use a kill or antifungal treatment. And in the postperiod time is a good time to do a restorative treatment or a building up treatment. And I guarantee you if you do three or four of these treatments concurrently for three to four months, you're going to notice a big improvement. So you can treat while you're on your period and I know some females do treat regardless of whether they've got their period or not, they'll treat. But I believe a better approach.
Oh hi! As you may have noticed, your vagina does not come with an owner's manual. Although, I can tell you that would have been really helpful and saved me a lot of infections growing up. Vaginas work basically like this. It's like a little ecosystem. It maintains and cleans itself. The actual vagina, the inside, you never have to clean in there. And you don't ever want to put anything in there. Well, nothing to clean in there. That includes douches, soaps, bleach. squeals What all that stuff does is go all up in there,.
And it bleep everything up. And the vagina has good bacteria that keeps you clean and healthy. By introducing soap or douching, you kill off that good bacteria, and you can mess up the delicate pH balance of the vagina, which can cause a yeast infection or also something called bacterial vaginosis, which is characterized by a fishy smell. You can also get urinary tract infections from getting soap around your rurethra, your urethra. Yeah, I can talk! So, any time you see the soap, it's coming towards your vagina, you say, Get away, soap!.
We are not cool, be gone! Now, in terms of keeping the outside clean, the proper way to clean your vulva is to gently spread your labia or the lips, and then use some warm water and your hand to gently rub between the folds and clear off all the sweat and bacteria. So, you mean I shouldn't use shampoo No. What about shaving cream Only on the hair part. What about toothpaste That's for your teeth. Oh yeah. Vaginas are not nearly as dirty as people think they are. You want dirty.
Probe someone's mouth. Warm water, your hands, a washcloth, or a loofah. That's all you need to stay clean. I swear on my vagina! I think a lot of the reason why people scrub vigorously with soap is because they want it to smell really good. They're selfconscious about when someone goes down on them. But in most cases, you don't gotta trip. It's normal for the vagina to have a mild scent. Every vagina smells different. The only time you need to worry is if it smells pungent or really strong,.
Because that could be telling you you have an infection. If you're still feeling selfconscious about someone going down on you, just take a little dab of your favorite perfume, and put it between your thighs. And then there's the question of discharge. Discharge, that clear or milky white stuff that comes out of your vagina throughout the month, that is your vagina's cleaning process. The color, consistency, and quantity of discharge throughout the month will change, but only subtly. You wake up in the morning with a rainbow in your panties,.
There's probably something up. I always think it's funny when my partner thinks that I'm really turned on, but it's actually just discharge. But I mean, for all intents and purposes, it works the same way. Now, some parting wisdomish. I have found the vagina trifecta. They are cotton undies, garlic, and yogurt. Wearing cotton undies allows your vagina to breathe. I mean, you like breathing, right So does your vagina. I'll wear other types of undies, too, but I'll try to make sure to wear mostly cotton. I also try to incorporate lots of garlic.
How Many Days After My Period is Ovulation
How many days after my period is ovulation I need to know. Ovulation is half way through the average cycle. Is that half way based on first bleeding or when I stop bleeding or what Day one is when the lining starts to shed. AKA, it is really obvious once you start bleeding. You stop bleeding anywhere from day three to day seven. Obviously you do not ovulate at that point. Ovulation can occur anywhere from day 10 to day 24. So on a day 14, that is two days after my period started, is when I ovulate.
Right. And ovulation will be seven to ten days after your period ended, on average, depending on how long it lasts. Ovulation is not always on day 14. So track your menstrual cycle, and you'll figure out which day is half way. Except that you said it could be half way plus or minus a couple days. On a 30 day cycle, 3 days is a ten percent margin of error, while the egg only lasts one. You will see changes to indicate when you ovulated, such as the cervical mucus changing.
I hardly even notice it except when bleeding or fish smelling. A fish smell means you have a yeast infection. Bleeding usually means you have your period, an STD with lesions causing bleeding or, for only a few, dried blood drops because your ovary released a little blood when the egg came out. But a few drops of blood on the panties can also mean an embryo implanted. You'll ovulate between day 13 and day 15 for most women, counting from the day your period started. An embryo implanting will be three to seven days after that.
So a few drops of blood a few days before my period is due means I'm pregnant. It might mean you are pregnant, or you used too much douche or half a dozen other reasons. And anything but pregnancy and feminine hygiene is bad. You'll ovulate a week to a week and a half after your period ends, but I'd say the cervical mucus turning clear and watery instead of thick and gooey or your BBT going up is a better indicator than a calendar. What is BBT BBT stands for basal body temperature, your body temperature at rest. It spikes the day.
Is it Normal to Spot During My First Trimester
Is it normal to spot during my first trimester It is normal to spot in the first days when the embryo implants, though it often means the vaginal discharge is orange or pink because blood mixed with the normal secretions. I'm past that point. If you're up to the point where the early pregnancy tests say yep, you're pregnant, there is the possibility you'll still spot as the menstrual cycle is turned off. If my period starts, I've lost the baby. It is estimated that that happens half the time. And yes, you could have spotting in.
The first month because you got pregnant and did not stay pregnant. I'm past the first month, but I'm still in the first trimester. I've heard spotting is normal and that it is something to run to the doctor for. Heavy bleeding like a period past the first month is a sign of something wrong, though whether a miscarriage or detached placenta, only the doctor would know. I do not even know what a detached placenta is. Sometimes the placenta detaches from the uterine wall, causing heavy bleeding like a period.
But it can be heavier than a period and even life threatening. To the baby, of course. And to you, so if there's blood gushing, rush to the ER. Or have someone else take me. But I'm only seeing spotting, not enough blood to suit a horror movie. You can have some spotting from an infection, like an STD flaring up during pregnancy. That requires treatment too. And sometimes it is due to tears in the vaginal wall. I'm already pregnant, so what could be tearing it. Sex while pregnant might, and straining and stretching as the kid grows and you try to.
Do the yoga moves you used to. I'm already having trouble reaching down and around. I'm not going to do contortions. Spotting could be a sign of ectopic pregnancy, as the fetus grows where the body cannot accommodate it, so it presses on surrounding tissue and you get bleeding. I've heard of women going in thinking they had appendicitis with that. If the bleeding is accompanied by constant pressure and pain, you do need to go to the doctor, even if the blood is only spotting right now. Any other causes I need to know about before I get paranoid.
Can You Have Implantation Bleeding 5 Days Past Ovulation
Can you have implantation bleeding 5 days past ovulation It usually takes six or seven days for the egg to migrate from the ovary to the uterus to implant. Then five days would be faster than usual but still in the realm of possibility. Or it is possible you're wrong about the ovulation date. I track all the physical signs. You could have mistaken a pulled stomach muscle from yoga for the minor ovary pain about one in five women have when the follicle containing the egg bursts. PMS is bad enough for me I'm glad I do not have that.
If you were tracking cervical mucus, it shifts from thick, white and gooey to clear and watery when you ovulate. You could have mistaken the lotion like transition form for the ovulation and been off by a day. A day off on the ovulation date that way means I'm either four days seeing implanting or right on schedule. If you were tracking ovulation based on the calendar, the norm is half way through or day 14, but if you actually ovulate around day 10 or 12, implanting right now would be.
Normal. What else could it be You could also have an STD and mistake the bleeding from irritated open sores for implantation. If that's true, I need to see an OBGYN anyway. Some women see spots of blood because they wore too tight pants an irritated the genital area that skin's really thin. And yet a baby is supposed to fit through there. There's a reason it hurts, and generates a lot of bodily fluids. There's also the possibility you're mistaking other bodily fluids for a few drops of blood. It is way too early for my period.
A lot of women miss the blood spots of implantation because they do not actually develop any, while others mistake thick yellow or orange cervical mucus for it. Blood plus white cervical mucus equals orange. Yeah, but a bad yeast infection or sexually transmitted disease can create the same symptoms. I'm trying to get pregnant, and life is the only sexually transmitted disease I should be dealing with right now. It would be highly unusual to have implantation on day 5 after ovulation unless you're just wrong on the ovulation date.
Vaginal Discharge After Hysterectomy
I need your advice on vaginal discharge after hysterectomy. It certainly shouldn't include blood, since you can't have a period anymore. I know any blood after a hysterectomy means something is broken, well bad. But I've heard there could be some. Brown vaginal discharge for a couple of weeks after a hysterectomy is normal. I thought it would only last a few days. The red bloody discharge as incisions heal is only a few days, while the brown dried blood can leak out over weeks. So even without a period, I have to wear maxi pads for another month or two.
Don't use tampons. I know, they recommended against that, even with the expected discharge. If you lift anything heavy in the six weeks afterward and get a rush of blood, get to the emergency room because you tore something. They gave me the same advice as when you have a kid don't lift anything heavier than a newborn. You can have bleeding because you tore things having sex too soon after the hysterectomy too. Let's just say surgery and vaginal discharge like this are the exact opposite of the mood.
Required for that to happen. Any spotting with a bad odor, though, is a reason to see a doctor. Even if it is a really bad yeast or bacterial infection, it needs to be treated. So the standard yeast infection with a beer smell is really bad right now. Yes. And a thick white curdish material coming out from an infection is also really bad. What other discharge should I be on the lookout for Any thick yellow drainage is a possible infection of the surgical wound, so you need to see.
The doctor about that. Ditto if you can't pee or poop. I'd certainly see a doctor about not being able to go to the bathroom. A warning sign is when it hurts to do so. They tell you to have laxatives and lots of fiber to reduce the straining down there. If it burns when you pee, that's a urinary tract infection, but it could mean other bacteria are in the incisions. And green and yellow discharge from the vagina means there definitely is. So even though I can't have kids, I still get a few more weeks of looking at the multicolored.
Light Spotting During Pregnancy
Many women cannot help but feel nervous during pregnancy, especially during those early months. Symptoms they would not blink an eye at during ordinary circumstances can become absolutely terrifying. One symptom many women worry about in particular is light spotting during pregnancy. If you experience this symptom, it's likely that you don't need to be concerned. It's a very common symptom, and most of the women who experience it do not have any problems. If you call your doctor about it, it's likely that they'll say the exact same thing. If you're still concerned about the spotting, try to lie down, relax, and drink some water.
The best thing you can do is to take care of yourself and keep yourself hydrated. This will help both you and your baby. You should be concerned if the spotting becomes heavier. You should also be worried if the spotting has an unusual smell, or if you experience additional symptoms along with it, such as itching. This can be a sign of a yeast infection, which is very common during pregnancy. If the spotting is light and doesn't persist, it's likely that you do not have anything to worry about.
All you have to do is continue taking care of yourself like you would normally. Try to minimize anxiety if possible it is not good for the baby. If you feel nervous about your light spotting during pregnancy, go ahead and give your doctor's office a call. They'll be able to tell you whether or not it's cause for concern. In most cases, spotting isn't a sign of anything in particular. It's just something that happens to women, particularly when they're pregnant. Light spotting on its own is not a problem it's only when it's accompanied by other symptoms.
Things Women Dont Know About Their Periods
Voiceover It happens about once a month so you may think you're an expert. Well sit back down because there are quite a few things women don't know about their periods. The average period can release anywhere from one cup down to a few tablespoons of blood which really isn't that much. It just seems like a lot because you don't just lose blood, you also shed tissue and mucus. Whoa, that's kind of badass. For decades blue liquid has been the default standin for menstrual blood in advertisements for feminine products.
However, in 2011 Always broke this trend and used a red dot. I wish my period was just one red dot. In the US tampons are the most popular method to trap the flow. Reportedly 70 of women in the western world use them. But that's certainly not the only way. Some studies suggest that your menstrual cycle may be tied to the moon with the most common start date for a cycle beginning on the new moon. That's kind of beautiful. But everybody's different. Cycles can vary in length from 21 to 35 days.
And are typically longer during the first few years of menstruation and that's totally normal. Feeling less than graceful No worries. Right before your period you might bump into more things. Clumsiness can be an unfortunate side effect of PMS. Time is also an unfortunate side effect. A woman can spend around 7 to 10 of her life on her period. That's a whole lot of time. Humans are magical creatures. We're one of the few beasts on the planet that have visible periods. Some other animals reabsorb their uterine lining.
How to Check Your Cervix for Signs of Pregnancy
I want to know how to check your cervix for signs of pregnancy. That's not exactly something easy to check. I've heard you could check, without relying on a doctor or nurse and sitting in stirrups. It is normally low and hard. Well lower, since too low is a prolapse, which is bad. I heard that during ovulation, it is usually lower than normal. And that it feels like a nose tip. If you got pregnant, it will rise back up toward its normal level. It does that if I did not get pregnant too, before my period starts.
It will become softer, which is called ripening. As long as it does not smell. Pregnant women are prone to more yeast infections. I do not know if I'm pregnant yet. The cervix will be soft when it rises back up, but not as hard and continually softening. What makes it soft After the embryo implants, it bloats with blood. However, it sometimes rises up high enough that women cannot feel that physical change with their long middle finger. And I do not want to have sex again to get his opinion of the feeling.
I know what you can feel for yourself. I'm afraid to ask. The cervical mucus is watery and nearly clear when you ovulate. That's to let the sperm through. The cervical mucus is more white and thicker when you're not pregnant. I'd only know that I'm not pregnant by the cervical mucus if I tracked that before. If you got pregnant, you'd see more cervical discharge. However, whether it is watery and clear or heavy and light depends on your body type. Will it be like a period No, but if you have your period, you know you are not pregnant.
I've heard pregnancy can cause light spotting. If you see red drops in the cervical mucus, you probably implanted. If the mucus has an orange tint from blood drops mixing with the mucus, that may be a sign of pregnancy. Or an STD. How else can I tell Stop trying to divine bodily fluids and go buy an early pregnancy test. I'll be testing for a while before I'm certain of the answer. Wait a couple of months, and you may be asking me about the cervix changes that indicate that you're going into labor.
What Kind of Discharge Do You Have During Pregnancy
What kind of discharge do you have during pregnancy It's like a waterfall. Excuse me Vaginal discharge is normal for all women, and it just gets worse during pregnancy. It's embarrassing. So wear absorbent pads so it doesn't affect your clothes. You can use the same pads you do when you are having your period. I noticed spotting around the time I conceived, though it wasn't nearly as much as a period. And you probably saw white discharge after you conceived. I was worried it might be an STD. If you think you have an STD, you need to get treated now so that it doesn't adversely.
Affect the baby. There are horrifying Google images of birth defects caused by sexually transmitted diseases. I'm already paranoid about the baby. I don't even want to dye my hair, paint my nails or do anything else. Brown discharge sometimes happens, especially after minor vaginal tears after sex. However, if you see bright red blood, you need to see a doctor. Because I'm miscarrying. Or the placenta is separating, or you have placenta previa. Or you're in labor, early or not. What if it is another color like yellow or green.
You might have a yeast infection or STD. Pregnant women, especially those with high blood sugar, are at risk of horrible yeast infections. And what if it is clear It might be normal discharge, or you might be losing amniotic fluid. If in doubt, you need to get tested. Very much so. What if it is a big glob Then you might have lost the mucus plug, and then you need to see the doctor because it's a sign of labor. How do you know all this Believe me, I have seen it all.
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