Got to go? Hurry, hurry... run to the bathroom, better get there quick before a leak. Hurry, hurry... cross the legs while standing in line. Please hurry...finally an open stall. Let ‘er rip. Ahhhh! Wait a minute, still got to go?! Yep, that's what it feels like if you have interstitial cystitis.
That "got to go" feeling never goes away, which can be quite uncomfortable and painful. Normally when the bladder is empty, the bladder is relaxed and comfortable. For others, even when the bladder is empty, there is an urge to urinate. A constant sense of urgency is a very uncomfortable problem. Commonly, a bladder can be irritated by bacteria causing a urinary tract infection. Sometimes the problem is more serious like bladder cancer or a tumor. For others, bladder pain is caused by interstitial cystitis (a.k.a painful bladder syndrome, pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic floor myalgia, and chronic pelvic pain). "Interstitial" means within the tissue. "Cystitis" means inflammation...
A common concern of women are bumps that they discover on the vulva. Before you panic, know that there are a several causes of bumps or pimples on the female genitalia and most of them are NOT contagious, NOT life threatening, and NOT STDs.
Here's what you need to know:
Cysts are common and can occur anywhere on the body. In the vulva (the area near the vagina) they often arise from a blocked skin gland. They often look like pimples or lumps under the skin. If fairly large or uncomfortable, it can be incised and drained by a doctor. Squeezing them on your own is NOT a good idea as it can cause the introduction of bacteria and cause infection. A few common genital cysts in women include:
1. Skene's duct cysts. These occur on either side of the urethra (where you urinate). You can self treat these with warm compresses, or if large, it can be opened up by your doctor.
2. Bartholin cysts occur on either side of the lower part of the labia majora, the outside of the v...
Are you like me and wonder about those yogurt commercials that advertise probiotics? A couple of years ago, I would have turned my nose at them, but increasingly researchers are looking into the health benefits of healthy bacteria and other “critters” that live in our body.
Welcome to your microbiome!
Smithsonian.com pointed out that technological advances have really opened a window into microbial life – bacteria, fungi and viruses -- both in and around the body. Stating that this huge effort involves multiple key stakeholders (think international research partnership using leading edge DNA sequencing technology and datasets), the website added, “It also promises the biggest turnaround in medical thinking in 150 years, replacing the single-minded focus on microbes as the enemy with a broader view that they are also our essential allies.” That’s because the microbes have approximately eight million genes that collaborate in helping humans function, ...
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