With the significant drop in estrogen after menopause, the membranes of the vagina thin, lose elasticity, and decrease their production of lubricating fluids. Sexual intercourse may be uncomfortable or even painful. Pain with intercourse may be largely a result of soreness of the vulva, the area right outside your vagina. Try avoiding harsh soaps or using a barrier cream like Eucerin or Bag Balm.
Many women find that Replens or other lubricants help ease vaginal dryness. Replens is designed to moisturize the walls of the vagina, but it may not in fact be the best lubricant. It's expensive, and it tends to drip out of the vagina. If you need a lubricant, you may want to try Astroglide or Moist Again.
You can also get yeast infections—a common side effect of antibiotics, steroids, and some chemotherapies—inside the folds of the vagina and vulva that cause discomfort, thick white discharge, and odor. Clean the area gently. You may need to use yeast-fighting c...
Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) Each year, hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. contract a sexually transmitted disease. Thus, it is important to understand what behaviors put you, your family and friends at risk. All of us must take responsibility for protecting ourselves and our partners. Simply addressing these issues does not imply approval of the sexual practices discussed. Most STDs are treatable, but AIDS has no cure and death is virtually certain. Therefore, education about this disease is vital. Although AIDS can be spread through shared use of contaminated needles among drug abusers, or rarely, through a blood transfusion, it is usually transmitted by sexual contact. The virus is present in semen and vaginal secretions and enters a person's body through the small tears in the vaginal or rectal tissues that can develop during sexual activity. AIDS is not considered a highly contagious disease; transmission of the virus occurs only after ...
Low residue diets are often prescribed in Inflammatory Bowel Disease to allow the intestines time to rest. Decreasing foods that cause high amounts of residue in the intestines will decrease the stool volume and transit time. Less stool and slower moving stool means less work for the inflamed GI tract.
For adults a low residue plan includes less than 10-15 grams of fiber. For children low residue diets generally have less than 7-10 grams of fiber. Whole grains are replaced with white breads and beans and legumes are removed from the diet. Fruits and vegetables should be cooked or canned to limit their residue. White rice, white pasta, eggs, tender non-fibrous cuts of meat, poultry, fish, smooth peanut butter, canned or well cooked vegetables and canned fruit or fruit without seeds or skins are all allowed.
There are also foods that can increase residue, intestinal transit time and can possibly trigger painful flares. ...
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