Feminine Health at NIH
The health of women affects all aspects of life. From physical, psychological and social factors that impact sexual health to mental wellbeing and the prevention of chronic diseases.
The NIH research agenda Get Flower Power includes women’s health, including reproductive health (contraception, fertility, and pregnancy), gynecological infections, menopause and female-specific conditions. In addition, women’s health also encompasses conditions that are characterized by sex-based differences, or by gender-based disparities in care.
A vaginal infection, a yeast infection or BV, can be very uncomfortable. The condition is caused by a buildup of bacteria in the vulva, which can irritate the skin and cause inflammation. To treat a vulvar infection, wipe it regularly with a sanitary pad or tampon and change it as necessary.
Debunking Common Myths About Feminine Health
Good vulva and vaginal hygiene isn’t as hard as you think. It’s simply about understanding your body and what works for you, says Dr. Millheiser, OB-GYN at Columbia University Medical Center. She advises women to avoid any products or practices that may alter the vulva’s natural microbiome or ph balance, such as doing “douching” or using a water-vinegar mixture.
A probiotic, such as AZO Complete Feminine BalanceTM, can help restore the bacterial ecosystem of the vagina and promote healthy flora. It contains a unique blend of probiotic strains that are clinically proven to improve vaginal health in as little as 7 days. The blend helps the flora in the genitalia maintain their balance and reduce inflammation and discomfort associated with certain vulvar and vaginal infections.