As a healthcare professional specializing in women’s health in midlife, I wonder – why don’t women talk about urinary and vaginal health?
It’s a really important question – why don’t women talk about urinary and vaginal health? We don’t mention it to our friends, partners, or even to our doctors, and the result is that women with symptoms suffer alone, and needlessly. The vagina and bladder are parts of the body, just like the nose and the fingers, yet somehow it’s OK to discuss a runny nose and manicure but no one talks about leaky bladders, dry vaginas, or painful sex.
With age, estrogen declines and because it is the main female hormone it has a big effect on the tissues, organs, and systems specific to women: breasts, uterus, ovaries, bladder (men have one too but the anatomy of their pipes is different!), vagina, and vulva.
I recently wrote a blog about this for Mompreneurs, which delves deeper into this topic. You can read the whole post here.
I want women who need treatment to get it.
You shouldn’t be inconvenienced by your bladder or vagina, or give up sex because it hurts. There are things you can do to improve your urinary and vaginal health.
And remember, there’s help, I can help you!
Would you like to become a member of my WHIM (Women’s Health In Midlife) Network?
We are a group of women who enjoy
- knowing more about our midlife health and well-being;
- socializing, interacting, and connecting with women going through similar experiences;
- venting and being understood by women that “are/have been there”;
- supporting and being supported by other midlife women.
Become a member here!