Back in high school biology we all learned that there are many different organ systems in the body--the circulatory system, the respiratory system, the reproductive system, the urinary system and so forth. I think of them as having separate organs and operating differently. So it never made sense to me that something that had to do with the reproductive system (sex) would affect the urinary system (urinary tract infections). But Oh! How wrong I was.
Just about every young woman who begins her adult sexual life, no matter what her age, has dealt with the dreaded urinary tract infection ( watch a UTI video ), often as a result of sexual activity.
But why? My anatomy & physiology classes have come in handy; now I know that the urethra, which carries urine from your bladder to the point where it is excreted, is really, really close to the opening of the vagina, both of which are right above the opening of the anus, where your solid waste is excreted. Bacteria that's hangin...
Generic Name: CLOTRIMAZOLE - VAGINAL Pronounced: (kloe-TRIM-a-zole) 3-Day Vaginal Vagl Uses
This medication is used to treat vaginal yeast infections.
Clotrimazole reduces vaginal burning, itching, and discharge that may occur
with this condition. This medication is an azole antifungal. It works by
stopping the growth of yeast (fungus) that causes the infection. The vaginal
product comes in 2 forms (a vaginal cream or tablet). Some products come with a
skin cream to be applied to the area around the outside of the
Ask your doctor before using this medication for
self-treatment if this is your first vaginal infection. This medication only
works for vaginal fungal infections. You may have a different type of infection
(such as bacterial vaginosis) and may need a different
If you have fever, chills, flu-like symptoms,
stomach/abdominal pain, or a bad-smelling vaginal discharge, do not use this
Have you noticed the changes in your body as you go through the menopausal transition? One day you feel fine, the next day you’re sweating up a storm because of hot flashes. One night you sleep like a baby and the next night you’re pacing around, unable to settle down.
Some changes, however, often don’t show up as noticeably. Take your vagina, for instance. It turns out our declining hormone levels cause the walls of our vaginas to become thinner and less elastic. The lack of flexibility hampers the ability of blood to flow through the area and, thus, create moisture. The combination of thinner vaginal walls and less moisture can lead to difficulty with sex and likeliness for irritation, injury and infection. These issues also are linked to vaginitis (an inflammation of the vagina that can result in discharge, itching and pain) and urinary tract infection . This video offers a good overview of vaginal dryness:
Importance of lubrication
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