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
Latex products are so common that anyone can become allergic
to latex, says the American Academy of Family Physicians.
However, since the widespread use of latex gloves and
products as a barrier to infectious diseases, especially the AIDS virus, there
has been a marked increase in reports of severe latex allergy , particularly in health care workers. It is estimated that
2% of all hospital employees have latex allergies. Additionally, latex is used
in over 40,000 products according to Medicinenet.
Here are some of the most common
latex-containing products :
* Dishwashing gloves
* Waistbands on clothing
* Rubber toys
* Hot water bottles
* Baby bottle nipples
* Disposable diapers
* Sanitary pads
* Rubber bands
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