Our expert answers some of your most frequent questions.
THE EXPERT RESPONDS
How do you look after intimate areas during your period?
It’s important to take extra-special care of this area during your menstrual cycle, because during this time your immune system lowers and there’s an increased risk of infection.
To reduce this risk as much as possible, wash the area at least twice a day with water and an intimate soap.
Can you still have a bath during your menstrual cycle?
The idea that it is dangerous to have a bath during your period is completely unfounded.
The only precaution you need to take, is to make sure the bath isn’t too cold as this narrows the blood vessels, which can restrict the flow of blood. However, this temporary blockage is not usually harmful.
Is it okay to do sporting activities during your period?
There is no reason for you to not go for a run or skip your gym session. On the contrary, physical exercise can help relieve abdominal cramps and pain.
How can I prevent unpleasant odours during my period?
If the odour is very unpleasant odour and the blood changes colour, it’s advisable to see your doctor as this could be a sign of infection.
Usually, however, all you need to do is take care of your personal hygiene with water and an intimate wash to stay clean and odour free.
What are the first signs of pregnancy?
The initial symptoms of pregnancy vary from woman to woman. Usually, one of the first signs is when your period doesn’t arrive.
Your breasts will become swollen and the skin will feel tighter.
One of the worst symptoms is probably nausea, which usually subsides by then end of the first trimester.
What skincare regime should I use during pregnancy?
Hormonal changes can have a huge effect on the health and appearance of your skin during pregnancy.
This is why it’s really important to use products that aren’t too harsh and moisturise the skin regularly.
Is it still okay to exercise during pregnancy?
It’s advisable to be outdoors for at least two to three hours a day and exercise regularly. Just make sure you don’t put excessive strain on your muscles.
During this time, the best activities are swimming and walking.
Is it true that you’re more likely to get vaginal infections during pregnancy?
Yes, the risk of vaginal infections increases during pregnancy.
To prevent this, it’s advisable to wear underwear made of natural fibres, like cotton, avoid using panty liners or pads as much as possible and pay scrupulous attention to your personal hygiene regime.
What’s the best intimate hygiene regime to follow during pregnancy?
During pregnancy and after birth, hormonal changes and stress can make you more susceptible to vaginal infections. This is why it’s important to pay special attention to your intimate hygiene regime, by washing the area frequently with a special intimate soap.
When does menopause usually start?
Just like a woman’s first period, the menopause arrives at all different ages. In the West, women tend to start menopause between 40 and 60 years of age.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Hot flushes, night sweats, irritability, mood swings, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness and a loss of libido. However, some women don’t experience any of these symptoms at all.
Is it good to exercise during menopause?
Regular exercise helps a woman relax and cope with the discomforts of the menopause much better. It helps improve circulation and reduces the chances of hot flushes and night sweats.
What’s the best diet to have during menopause?
It’s a good idea to reduce your intake of sugar, chocolate, coffee, tea, alcohol and spicy foods and eat more citrus fruits and fresh vegetables, which contain vitamin C and E. Soya-based foods are also good because they contain phytoestrogens.
How do I take care of my personal hygiene during menopause?
All you need to do is wash the area twice a day with a specific intimate wash with moisturising and soothing properties, which must have a slightly higher PH balance than the ones used in fertile age.