Put your sexual life in tune with Hypopressives

Put your sexual life in tune with Hypopressives

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There is no doubt that improving the quality of your sex life is a great incentive to train the pelvic floor.

We will give you 5 reasons why it is worthwhile to incorporate hypopressive exercises in your routine … your body will thank you and your partner too.

  • Awareness

The knowledge of your body is vital during sex . The pelvic musculature is responsible for supporting and controlling the organs of the lower abdomen: bladder, uterus, vagina, intestines and sexual sensations among others.

Hypopressive exercises help you tone and become aware of this part of your body. A healthy and toned musculature means more control which translates into more pleasure. If you practice constantly, in the medium term, you will notice an increase in sensitivity that can facilitate the arrival to orgasm .

  • Libido and desire

The testosterone is a hormone produced by both men and women is directly related to sexual desire. Women produce them in the ovaries and in the adrenal glands.

Yogis used the Uddiyana Bandha (respiratory technique used in hypopressives) in order to decongest the viscera and relieve stress by activating the adrenal glands. When you practice active hypopressives these glands giving rise to an increase in sexual appetite. In short, less stress and more testosterone.

ENDORPHINS

It is well known that physical exercise activates the production of endorphins. Endorphins cause a pleasant sensation when we do something beneficial for our body. It is like a reward of the body for treating it well.

The key is in the times you repeat then, there comes a time when a cycle of stimulus-response opens that will lead you to look for that sensation often; You treat your body well, he responds with a feeling of pleasure and you repeat because you want more.

Including hypopressives in your routine will make you want to get more physical activity and enjoy the reward in the form of endorphins more often.

Remember that we accept “SEX” as one of the most complete physical activities!

VASCULARIZATION

The female genitalia have a great vascularization and an infinity of nerve endings.

There are studies that show that regular exercise increases genital arousal in healthy women. Furthermore, there are studies that show an improvement of the femoral return circulation during the practice of hypopressive exercises.

The conclusion is that the practice of hypopressives may contribute to the increase of genital sensitivity due to the improvement of vascularization. The blood comes loaded with nutrients that improve the quality of the tissues, improving, among others, vaginal dryness.

BREATHING

Did you know that stress decreases the production of testosterone and causes what is known as inhibited sexual desire?

The diaphragm and breathing are intimately linked with stress. One of the cornerstones of the Hypopressive Technique is the training of respiratory parameters. By exercising the breath you will get a more relaxed diaphragm and greater oxygenation, which means reducing stress.

So you know, enjoy your sex life like never before! Put on comfortable clothes and train. Remember that you can find specific hypopressive exercises in B-wom’s Plan Increase Your Sexual Pleasure.

References

  1. Thyl et al. (2009)
  2. Thierney et al., (2012)

How the amount of water you drink influences your health

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We know that staying hydrated is important, but do you know how drinking water conditions your physical and mental state? Discover how your water intake affects the different functions of your body, and take control of your health through a habit as simple as hydrating yourself correctly.

Thermoregulation

Your body generates heat with whatever movement you do, no matter how small. But our core temperature is maintained thanks to hydration: this is called thermoregulation. Therefore, in times of greater heat such as exercise or hot environments, it is important to drink water to maintain this regulation.

 

Effects on physical activity

Dehydration reduces our physical capacity, so if we are not sufficiently hydrated it is normal to feel tired, because we can not do a good thermoregulation as we have seen. When you exercise, it is important to drink enough water to prevent resistance time, increased fatigue and difficulty breathing (2).

There are even studies that show that good hydration increases the effectiveness of free throws in basketball! (4)

 

Effects on cognitive functions

Simply by a mild dehydration, the mood can be altered, and cognitive functions can decrease. In particular, dehydration can make you less focused, have less short-term memory, even cause dizziness and confusion, affecting your daily activities (2). Drinking water can increase energy levels and improve brain functions, helping us to be more productive and efficient.

 

Effects on gastrointestinal functions

Constipation is one of the most common effects of dehydration . Although it does not mean that it is the only cause: it also influences the use of medications, inadequate fiber intake, poor diet … If you are usually constipated, drinking more water can help you, along with changes in your eating habits.

 

Effects on renal function

The kidneys are the organs that are responsible for filtering the blood to eliminate toxic substances and waste from our body. If they do not have enough water, they can not work well (generating urine) and therefore we will have toxins in our body.

Drinking water will then help you eliminate toxins and feel good, and prevent kidney diseases.

 

Headache

We’ve all had a headache at some time for being dehydrated. The most common case is the hangover! The cause is not very clear scientifically, but it is believed that it is because when the water level is significantly reduced, the body tries to conserve the remaining water, and for this it contracts the blood vessels and reduces the supply of oxygen and blood to the body. brain. All this gives a headache, so if it hurts, think if it could be due to dehydration!

 

So, how much water should I drink?

The amount of water we drink is determined by a number of factors: our eating habits, the environment, the weather, our cultural customs …

The health authorities (WHO) suggest that you have to drink between 1.5 and 2 liters of water per day (2); that is, about 8 or 9 glasses of water. This does not include water from other beverages or food. According to this information, you should drink water even when you are not thirsty.

 

There is no formula that accurately determines the amount of water we must drink daily to enjoy good health, but we recommend that you drink as much water as you need. Following your intuition and thirst, but also paying attention to other indicators such as those we have explained (heat, fatigue, sweating, headache, bad concentration …).

Surely you already knew that drinking water is a way to feel good inside and out, but now you know why and what are the consequences of not doing it. Water is life and taking care is loving yourself!

 

References:

  1. Nissensohn, M., Sánchez-Villegas, A., Galan, P., Turrini, A., Arnault, N., Mistura, L., … Serra-Majem, L. “Beverage Consumption Habits among the European Population: Association with Total Water and Energy Intakes. ” National Center for Biotechnology Information. US National Library of Medicine. 2017 Apr; 9 (4): 383.
  2. Popkin, BM, D’Anci, KE, Rosenberg, IH “Water, Hydration and Health”. National Center for Biotechnology Information. US National Library of Medicine. 2010 Aug; 68 (8): 439-458.
  3. Gunnars, K. (2016). How Much Water Should You Drink Per Day? . [online] Healthline. Available at: https://authoritynutrition.com/how-much-water-should-you-drink-per-day/  [Accessed 27 Oct. 2017].
  4. Solera-Herrera, A. (2003). Effects of dehydration and rehydration on the effectiveness of the basketball free throw. Journal of Exercise and Health Sciences, 3 (1), 35-42. Available online at :: //www.researchgate.net/profile/Andrea_Solera-Herrera/publication/242200002_EFEGOS_DE_LA_DESHIDRATACION_Y_LA_REHIDRATACION_EN_LA_EFECTIVIDAD_DEL_TIRO_LIBRE_DE_BALONCESTO/links/574320a808aea45ee84bbbf6.pdf

 

Breast Self-Exam: Create the Habit!

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The simple fact of being women makes us more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in our lives. In fact, recent studies show that approximately 12% of women will receive a diagnosis of breast cancer at some point in their lives. (1) But do not be frightened! This does not imply that it has to happen, it just means that it is something to be aware of. The good part is that we have in our hands a tool to protect ourselves: breast self-examination.  

Self-examination or breast self-examination on a regular basis is the best way to ensure early detection of any condition. It is about observing and feeling your breasts with a specific technique in search of possible changes, in order to be able to communicate them to your doctor in time. 
Self-examination will only take 5 minutes of your time: a simple habit with which you are doing a lot for your health and your life!

 

WHEN SHOULD A BREAST SELF-EXAMINATION BE DONE?

It is possible that breast self-examination may be uncomfortable and uncommon for some women, but it is very important that you become familiar with your breasts and try to check them regularly.

Try to do the check once a month to familiarize yourself with the normal appearance and touch of your breasts. It is best to examine yourself several days after your period is over , when your breasts are less swollen or tender. If the period no longer comes, simply examine the first or last day of each month. (two)

 

HOW TO DO BREAST SELF-EXAMINATION?

Breast self-examination has two main parts: observation and palpation . That is, how your breasts look, and how they feel to touch. Let us begin!

OBSERVATION

We will observe our breasts in front of a mirror, in three different positions:

  1. Arms down
  2. Arms in jug (ie with hands on hips)
  3. Arms up, hands clasped behind the head.

What are we looking for? What do we look at? We look for variations or anomalies in its size, shape, color, and state of the skin. Above all we seek to verify is that there are no roughness, inflammation, lumps, or dimples. (3)

Normal state:

  • Size, shape, color and regular skin
  • Uniform, symmetrical breasts (within your normality), without swelling or lumps.

Abnormal State:

  • Rough skin (like orange peel), wrinkles, redness of the skin.
  • Irregular contour, dimples or lumps on the skin.
  • Nipples that have changed position
  • Unusual discomfort or inflammation

PALPATION

It’s time to play. But how to do it?

  1. Palpation of foot: Raise your left arm and put your hand on your neck. Use your right hand to palpate the left breast, and then the other way around. Check your breasts with circular movements, from the armpit to the nipple, checking that you do not notice any lumps. Then move up and down and side to side. The important thing is to follow a pattern to make sure you have covered the entire breast.
  2. Lying palpation: lie on the bed face up. Put a pillow under your left shoulder to feel your left breast. Feel your breast as well as standing, and then do it with the other breast. Again, it is about checking if there are lumps or abnormalities.
  3. Nipples: squeeze the nipples with the index finger and thumb to check if any type of fluid comes out. If there is any type of fluid, take note of its characteristics (transparent, milky or bloody) to describe them to your doctor.

It is done! By doing this exam regularly you will be familiar with the feel and normal appearance of your breasts, and therefore, you will be able to see more clearly when something has changed.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU NOTICE A CHANGE IN YOUR BREASTS?

It is important not to panic or draw conclusions directly. They may be normal changes, or they may be a sign of another problem. The important thing is to go to the doctor to inform him about the change you have noticed.

Even if you are not sure about the change, or have noticed something strange on your first palpation (and therefore you are not so familiar with “your normality”), it is good to discuss it with the doctor to make sure everything is fine.

And remember, the percentage of survival to breast cancer is approximately 80% of cases. It is worth spending 5 minutes doing prevention! (two)

 

References

  1. Seer.cancer.gov (2017). Cancer of the Breast (Female) – Cancer Stat Facts . [online] Available at: https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/breast.html  [Accessed 30 Oct. 2017].
  2. Greenstein Orel, MD, S. (2016). Breast Self-Exam (BSE) | Breastcancer.org . [online] Breastcancer.org. Available at: http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/self_exam  [Accessed 30 Oct. 2017]
  3. Breastcancer.org. (2017). The Five Steps of a Breast Self-Exam | Breastcancer.org . [online] Available at: http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/self_exam/bse_steps?utm_medium=OBWidget&utm_source=OB  [Accessed 30 Oct. 2017].

Menstruation: A Health Indicator

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Menstruation is a symbol of femininity and of life. And also a health indicator! Maybe when the rule comes, the only message you read is that you are not pregnant, but menstruation can give you much more information about your health.

There are different anomalies that can be an indicator of weight problems, defenses, hormonal imbalances … Pay attention to your rule, I may be trying to tell you something!

FIRST: WHAT IS A NORMAL MENSTRUATION?

To detect possible anomalies, you must first know what is normal for you: duration of the cycle, amount of menstrual flow, pain … Keep in mind:

  • The menstrual cycle begins on the first day of menstruation and lasts until the first day of the next. It is considered a normal cycle when it lasts between 21 and 35 days (1).
  • A menstrual period that lasts 2 to 7 days is considered normal, although some women may deviate slightly. (one)
  • In the first years of menstruation it is normal to have irregularities due to the immaturity of the hormonal system.
  • It is also common for the period to last longer during the first years of menstruation and to shorten as the years go by.
  • In the years surrounding menopause (perimenopause) more irregularities occur due to normal hormonal changes.
  • Hormonal contraceptives can also alter your menstrual cycle. (one)

 

WHAT IRREGULARITIES COULD YOU EXPERIENCE AND WHAT DO THEY INDICATE?

 

Lack of menstruation

What may indicate: pregnancy, menopause or perimenopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome, high stress , below-normal weight, thyroid dysfunction (among others).

The absence of menstruation is one of the indicators that you should consider the most. If pregnancy is ruled out and you are not in the years of perimenopause, it is important to find the cause to avoid health problems. It is advisable to go to the doctor if you have 3 to 6 months without having the period.

The first menstrual cycles, at puberty, usually occur between 11 and 14 years and are usually irregular until about 18 or 20 years. If the menarche (first menstruation) is delayed a long time or the menstrual cycle presents alterations after the indicated period, it is advisable to consult the gynecologist. (two)

 

Very painful menstruation

What may indicate: endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, fibroids, vaginal scarring. (6)

The pain in menstruation is normal (think that our uterus becomes inflamed until it is almost twice!) (3). However, if it is a debilitating pain that can affect your daily life, it is advisable to talk with your gynecologist or doctor to rule out problems such as endometriosis, a disease that causes the tissue that breaks off in each menstruation, grows outside the uterus in places such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes or lower abdomen; As there is no way for this tissue to leave the body, it causes pain. If conventional pain medications do not work for you, you should seek medical attention.

 

Excess menstrual flow

What may indicate: fibroids, hemophilia, hormonal imbalance

Excessive menstrual flows are characterized by the need to change your compress every 1/2 hour or by an uninterrupted flow of more than 7 days. This can happen if you have too high or too low levels of progesterone or estrogen.

 

Uncommon menstruation

What may indicate: fibroids, hormonal imbalance, polyps.

An average menstrual cycle lasts between 21 and 35 days and it is likely that the number of days will change with age. But menstruation less than 9 times a year may indicate a problem. There are several causes and treatments for these alterations (4). It does not have to be alarming, but it is advisable to go to your doctor if you have 3 months without having the period. Take care of your body!

 

Alterations in color (5)

 

  • pink

What it can indicate: low levels of estrogen, polycystic ovary syndrome, perimenopause.

If your menstrual flow is lighter than normal, the blood may have a pinkish color, which usually indicates that your estrogen levels are low. This anomaly is usually caused by excessive physical exercise, poor diet or the onset of menopause. Low estrogen levels can affect your health, so talk to your doctor to find the cause.

 

  • Blanquecino

What it may indicate: nutritional deficiencies, anemia

A whitish and watery menstrual flow may be a symptom of anemia; If your flow is excessive it can cause iron deficit. Make sure you eat well to avoid this disease.

 

  • Dark brown

What it may mean: delayed uterine lining

A darker than normal menstrual flow may simply indicate that you are expelling pieces of uterine lining that had been in your body for a while, and the blood, when oxidized, has darkened. This alteration is not a cause for concern because the rate at which the uterine lining falls off depends on each woman.

 

  • Red (and thick)

What it may indicate: low progesterone levels and high estrogen levels, uterine fibroids

That menstrual blood coagulates is common. But a thick blood menstruation with large clots can indicate that you have severe hormonal imbalances or even uterine fibroids.

 

  • Reddish gray

What it may indicate: sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), abortion

If your menstrual flow is gray and smells bad, you may have contracted a sexually transmitted disease.

 

  • Intense red

What it can indicate: you’re healthy!

The usual color of the menstrual flow differs slightly from one woman to another but a deep red discharge is a symptom of health.

Paying your health the attention it deserves is the best way to avoid any of these problems. Follow your menstruation to detect changes and correct them!

 

References:

  1. Mayo Clinic (2016). Menstrual cycle: What’s normal, what’s not . [online] Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/womens-health/in-depth/menstrual-cycle/art-20047186  [Accessed 27 Oct. 2017].
  2. Serret Montoya, J., Hernandez Cabezza, A., Mendoza Rojas, O. and Cárdenas Navarrete, R. (2017). Menstrual disorders in adolescents . [online] Scielo.org.mx. Available at: http://www.scielo.org.mx/scielo.php?pid=S1665-11462012000100010&script=sci_arttext [Accessed 27 Oct. 2017].
  3. Golfxsconprincipios.com. (2015). Life-size replicas of the uterus, at rest and during menstruation | Golfxs with principles . [online] Available at: http://www.golfxsconprincipios.com/lamoscacojonera/replicas-a-tamano-natural-del-utero-en-reposo-y-durante-la-menstruacion/  [Accessed 27 Oct. 2017].
  4. Morlans H., X. and Fernandez Z., P. (2006). Menstrual disorders in adolescents: alteration of red flows . [online] Revista.sochimef.org. Available at: http://revista.sochimef.org/index.php/revchimf/article/viewFile/41/41  [Accessed 27 Oct. 2017].
  5. Nunez, Alanna. Prevention (2017). 6 Things The Color Of Your Period Blood Says About Your Health . [online] Gynecological Health. Available at: https://www.prevention.com/health/color-of-your-period-blood-and-health  [Accessed 27 Oct. 2017].
  6. Kramer, J. (2014). What Your Period Can Tell You About Your Health . [online] Women’s Health. Available at: https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/period-health-clues  [Accessed 27 Oct. 2017].

6 Women’s Health Purposes That Will Make a Difference

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Making a post of purposes  is already a classic of all magazines and blogs, so we wanted to make a different list: a list of specific purposes of women’s health. Because our bodies are different and our needs are different too. Whether you already have your list of resolutions done or not, take a look at these objectives and changes sure that gives you ideas to pay attention to your well-being and improve your quality of life.

 

  1. PRIORITIZE YOUR SEXUAL HEALTH

Sex is connection. Connection with your partner and connection with your own body. It also has many health benefits that you have surely heard. Thanks to the chemicals that are released, it increases mood and self-esteem, reduces stress and pain, improves the skin, activates the immune system …

If you believe that sex is a somewhat forgotten part of your life, this is a reminder that caring for it should be on your list of purposes. Give it the importance it has. Reactivates your libido, improves pleasure and feels the power of orgasm. How?

  • To improve your sensations it is key to exercise the pelvic floor , and in B-wom we can also help you with a specific plan: Increase your sexual pleasure. 12 Kegel and Hypopressive exercises with which you can improve your feelings whether you have discomfort in relationships or if you just want to enhance pleasure and orgasm. 
  • If you have not done it yet, we recommend you to delve into the world of sex toys. Both for use alone and as a couple are a great help for self-awareness and increased libido. In Platanomelónhave an ideal selection for all tastes but not to lose you, of good quality and for all budgets🙂
  • And if you have pain in relationships or have problems reactivating sex with your partner, get in touch with a specialist. Prioritize your sexual health!

 

  1. REDUCE TOXINS, SWITCH TO ORGANIC

Most common cosmetic and personal care products that we use in our daily lives have chemical substances that can be toxic to our body. That is why using as many natural and organic products is the best prevention!

We recommend you start with the most intimate: menstrual hygiene. Conventional tampons and compresses contain pesticides (related to hormonal imbalances, fertility problems and cancer), synthetic fibers -which favor vaginal infections- and whitening chemicals that imbalance the natural PH. You can go to the organic tampons, the vaginal cup, reusable compresses or underwear for the rule like those of Cocoro … You are also helping the planet!

 

  1. KNOW YOUR MENSTRUAL CYCLE

The menstrual cycle is the -complex- process that prepares the uterus for a possible pregnancy every month, but the repercussion of this process on your body goes far beyond reproduction. The hormonal changes govern your emotions, how you feel and how you act. It is our natural chemistry, and we can not be oblivious to it. Knowing what stage of the cycle you are in and understanding these phases will help you understand your emotions and not judge you, eliminate stress and even reduce menstrual pain. What to do? Step 1: We recommend Erika Irusta’s articles, like this one in which she explains the 4 phases of the cycle . Step 2: track your menstruation. You have many apps available, and soon you can do it in B-wom too!

 

  1. SAY GOODBYE TO CONSTIPATION

The constipation is not a super cool theme to appear in the lists of purposes like meditation or yoga. However, it is a very common problem in women that affects their quality of life and that can be corrected with habits and exercises. 80% of our user base (women between 25-55 years) suffers from chronic constipation. This does not only affect the digestive health, but also the emotional and even the intimate health (did you know that chronic constipation weakens the pelvic floor ?).

Improving this root problem is easy if you become aware and practice certain habits such as improving the postures in the toilet. In B-wom we can help you say goodbye to constipation and say hello to a new normality. Being happy also goes through your gut!

 

  1. TAKE CARE OF YOUR EMOTIONAL HEALTH

Managing stress is the great challenge of most people today. Meditating is a practice with which you can reduce stress, improve concentration. There are many apps that can help you, like Headspace, Calm (in English) or Idstress in Spanish . If you want to try other things, very soon in B-wom you will find habits and exercises for managing emotions , such as Mindfulness or NLPexercises . The goal is to improve your well-being with just a few minutes a day!

 

  1. DO YOUR BREAST SELF-EXAM EVERY MONTH

Every time we see and hear more cases of breast cancer around us, but it is not about living with fear. Instead, use this emotion to trigger a habit of prevention: do a breast self-exam monthly. In B-wom we will let you know when you have to do it and we will teach you the steps for free. Remember that the percentage of survival of breast cancer is about 80% in early detection. It is worth proposing a new habit!

How to prevent urinary tract infections

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Sometimes you can not control urinary tract infections (UTIs), but there are many factors that can help you prevent them.

ITUs can be unbearable. The pain, the discomfort, the visits to the pharmacy and the doctor … Undoubtedly urine infections are something that we all want to save ourselves, and although we can not always avoid them, we can do prevention by controlling its main causes and factors. Here we present you 7 habits that will help you avoid them and prevent them!

  1. TREAT YOUR WATER BOTTLE LIKE YOUR MOBILE: DO NOT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT

“The fluid helps move waste through the urinary tract, but it also dilutes urine so bacteria can not grow,” says Kimberly Cooper, MD, a urologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital / Medical Center at Columbia University.

Take hydration seriously, always having your water at hand! Luckily bring bottle is very fashionable and you can find a thousand options of refillable bottles of all materials and ways to drink water taking care of the environment, can be even a complement to your look !.

  1. LATER FORWARD FORWARD

The bacteria in the urethra come mainly from two places: the rectum and the vagina. The main reason why rectal bacteria reach the urethra and vagina is due to inadequate cleaning after a bowel movement. Make sure to clean from front to back to keep stool away from the vagina and urethra.

  1. URINE AFTER SEX

If you have been paying attention to the ITU # 1 prevention rule, you will be sufficiently hydrated to be able to squeeze something after sex. This will help eliminate any bacteria that may have migrated from the vagina to the urethra during sex. If you can not go immediately, stay hydrated and see as soon as possible.

If you are prone to UTIs especially for this reason, you can count on extra help with products like Uqora, a prevention supplement with natural ingredients that can reduce the probability up to 75% more.

  1. LET IT BREATH!

Wet bathing suits, tight pants and sweaty gym clothes trap moisture and give rise to bacteria and fungi. If you are prone to them, change right after your workout or beach day. And if you can not resist a good pair of skinny jeans, let your vagina and vulva breathe as soon as you get home, wearing cotton underwear, or anything😉

  1. UNDER THE SHOWER

As if there were not enough reasons to keep you away from douching, we added that they also kill the good bacteria (lactobacilli) you need to fight a urinary tract infection. Maintain the natural balance of your vagina instead of inserting antiseptic water !.

  1. AVOID HOLD YOUR PIPÍ FOR A LONG TIME

Keeping your urine for a long time allows the bacteria to multiply in the urinary tract, resulting in a urine infection or UTI. We do not say you go when you feel the slightest sensation – over time this weakens your pelvic floor and decreases the size of your bladder, but do not wait until it’s an emergency.

  1. WHAT HAPPENS TO ANTIBIOTICS? 

Although antibiotics are likely to be effective in the short term, continuing to use them can have a serious impact on your health in the long run. If you suffer from recurrent UTIs, you can develop a tolerance to antibiotics. In addition, taking antibiotics can have another consequence that you will not want: the proliferation of fungi such as candida that can also cause vaginal infections.

 

Despite your best efforts, sometimes ITU’s may be out of your control, some women are simply more prone to them. This can be the result of hormonal changes, anatomy, pregnancy or conditions such as diabetes. You can talk with your doctor about the preventive (prophylactic) use of antibiotics, but first consider the more natural options that have no long-term implications. Good luck and lots of water!

HPV and Cervical Cancer Prevention

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Cervical cancer has many names, the most common are: cervical cancer cervical cancer or cervical carcinoma . But do you know what it is? What is its cause? Is it true that we can prevent it?

January is the month of awareness of cervical cancer and, although it is a disease to be taken into account at all times, these days are a good excuse to start the year raising awareness about the importance of prevention and early detection.

 

CERVICAL CANCER

The cervix is ​​the lowest part of the uterus, and connects the body of the uterus (where the fetus grows) to the vagina. Cervical cancer originates in cells that line this area.

It is the second most common cancer in women, with almost 500,000 new cases diagnosed in the world each year. The good news is that it is a preventable cancer, since in 99% of cases the cause is the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) , which can be detected. The bad: that there are still many shortcomings in early prevention, which means that more than half of the affected women die from this disease.

 

HPV DETECTION AND CANCER PREVENTION

From cytology to HPV test

How is cervical cancer diagnosed? Let’s review the story a little: In 1940, the first test was introduced for the prevention of cervical cancer pap smear or pap test , or what women know as “lifelong” vaginal cytology . With this test, you can see if the cells of the cervix have any abnormality that may indicate the onset of a cervical cancer precursor lesion .

Thanks to this test, the death rate for this type of cancer has been achieved since then by 70% . All an advance! The problem of this technique is its low sensitivity, or what is the same, the ability to diagnose disease, since according to scientific reviews is only 50-60%.

To date, it is known that some types of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), known as HPV high risk or high risk HPV , are the cause of cervical cancer in 99% of cases . Thanks to this discovery, molecular techniques have been developed that detect the virus or the molecular activity related to oncogenic processes.

 

HPV tests

These techniques or HPV tests are much more sensitive and reliable than cytology and allow the virus to be detected before there is even a precursor lesion (early detection before there is cancer!). In addition, worldwide, the paradigm of prevention is being changed and the HPV test instead of cytology is recommended.

In fact, in the guidelines for the prevention of cervical cancer of the World Health Organization it is already pointed out that cytology as a primary prevention test is a recommendation of the past. In some areas of Spain (Aragón, País Vasco or Navarra), the HPV test is already done as the main screening test instead of cytology. The cytologies are only done to rule out or not the presence of injury, once the HPV has gone positive. This practice will take little time to be implemented throughout the country.

And then, with so much progress in prevention, why are there still deaths due to this disease? The harsh reality is that, in many countries, especially in developing countries, they do not yet have adequate infrastructure to carry out cervical cancer prevention, do not have enough doctors, hospitals or access to centers for women who live in remote or rural areas. This is compounded by the fact that screening for this cancer is opportunistic (it does not reach the entire population, only those women who request it) in almost all countries and there are still a large number of women who do not go to the professional sanitary for modesty to be examined.

 

HPV Autotome Test

The solution to many of these problems? The selfcollected . Autotome means that the woman takes her own sample to be examined, and has been raised internationally as a solution to the problem of the scope of prevention or screening . In some countries such as the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Australia, it is already used in the national public health system. This allows many women to be tested at home, in a more intimate and autonomous way.

Now with the HPV test, the woman can easily self-monitor from the bathroom of her home and send it in an envelope, dry, to the laboratory, where the results are obtained. It is a very good solution to improve the scope of cervical cancer prevention , both in developed countries and in developing countries.

 

IUNE HPV TEST

And that’s what the IUNE HPV test offers : a convenient, fast and efficient way for women to take the HPV test without leaving home. IUNE HPV test is the first service in Spain that allows self-testing to detect HPV.

The steps are very easy: you create an account, you ask for the self-sampling device, you make the collection, you request the collection and you see the results report in a few days from your platform. We believe in initiatives that make women’s health prevention and care easier and reach more women, and that’s why we’ve decided to come together!

From today you can find the IUNE test in the new section of B-wom: For you, with a special discount. Cervical cancer is one of the most common, but also with the greatest prevention capacity in the world. We truly believe that the HPV test is essential to eliminate it and we put at your disposal the easiest way to do prevention.

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6 Ways to Love Your Body in the Postpartum

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We have spoken with many women in the postpartum , and after hearing so many testimonies about this moment we have decided to create this post. This could be your situation: you are at home with your baby in your arms, with the emotion of having brought it into the world. The rollercoaster of emotions (and hormonal changes) do not let you feel much beyond love for your baby. However, suddenly one day you see yourself in the mirror and you are surprised by not recognizing yourself.  

Many women say that they feel as if their bodies after childbirth are not theirs again. It is hard not to feel comfortable in your own body, so taking care of yourself and dedicating time is very important. You can do many things to improve and recover your body, but it is important not to obsess and give you the time and love you need. It is a delicate moment, and it is easy to fall into insecurity and rejection.

Although these bodily changes can be overwhelming, learning to accept and love it with stretch marks and all, it can give you incredible power. The greatest security in yourself. Love your body unconditionally. These 5 tips can help you!

 

  1. Make time for yourself

Something important has changed: you have to take care of your baby. That is why it is easy for personal care to be left aside. Pampering is very important because it gives us confidence, it relaxes us and it gives us time to be something more than a mother: time to remain the woman we were before giving birth.

Your partner (or someone you trust) can take care of the baby’s needs while enjoying time for you: enjoy a good hot bath and self-massage, sunbathe, have a reading time, or do whatever it takes make you feel good Especially if it is your first child, it is important to feel that you are in contact with your emotions and your body to accommodate this new life.

 

2. Balanced diet

There is no better way to show love to your body than to treat it well from the inside. In addition, during the period of lactation, your food is the nutrition of your baby, so it is important to maintain a balanced and nutritious diet: green leafy vegetables (rich in calcium and vitamin A), whole grains (rice, quinoa, oats … Super energetic!), Healthy proteins (like organic eggs, chicken or lean meats), legumes, nuts, comforting broths. 

If you have cravings for fast food or sweets, dose them. Allow yourself to eat it without feeling guilty from time to time, but remember that your body needs certain vitamins, minerals and proteins to recover from all the changes it has gone through. 

 

3. Practice yoga

Yoga is a surprising way to recover your physical form after childbirth. It can also help you balance your emotions and reduce fatigue by sleeping little. Before starting, consult your doctor if it is already a good time. If you’ve never done yoga, it may take you a while to feel comfortable, but the good thing is that most people notice a progression every day!  

Spending a while in the dog’s upside-down pose or making greetings in the sun can increase mood and help find the balance between regaining the body and celebrating everything he can do. You can also incorporate Kegel exercises into your yoga routines to get a powerful workout inside and out.

 

4. Spend time on the street

Go for a walk. Although it is very tempting to spend time at home with the baby – especially if you feel you live well with coffee and love – being away from home has many proven benefits. Spending only a few minutes outdoors can relieve stress, restore mental energy and boost the immune system.

Take a walk in the park or even take a short excursion! You can do it alone or with your baby. Surely your baby will love knowing what is around you or being in contact with nature, and you will feel stronger and more in tune with your body.

 

5. Get inspired with body positive  images

In contrast to the images of perfect and unreal women that impact us daily in today’s society, a new current is being born: self-love or self-love. Words like “body love” “body positive” are in fashion, and that’s great! 
You can find hundreds of instagram accounts with millions of followers who share pictures and illustrations every day that exemplify the love of yourself, be yourself, love your body as it is, accept changes …

In postpartum, be inspired by doula accounts and empowerment of childbirth, breastfeeding … Here are some to start with empoweredbirthproject , Birthofmama , takebackpostpartum , doulatrainingsint  and our Hellobwom account !

6. Take a break

Another common situation: you feel that your body is not yours and you do not stop thinking about calling a personal trainer to help you recover the figure. But before starting to train desperately, give your body a break. After all, think that you have just created a human: your hormonal levels and even your organs have become turbulent and now your whole body is returning to normal.

It may take you a while to get comfortable with your wonderful body. The best way is to thank and appreciate your body for allowing you to experience these changes and have nurtured your child for nine months. When you have a moment of descent, look at your belly or stretch marks and give thanks for the life you have created. Show your love by being nice to him.

Remember also that you are now a model for your son or daughter. Teach him a healthy and good relationship with the body with your example. Show him what self-love is with your gestures and actions. Let’s create a new generation free of insecurities!

Emotional symptoms of Menopause

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When we talk about menopause we tend to focus on the physical symptoms that our bodies experience, but it is important to know that we can also experience emotional and mental symptoms that alter our day.

Mood changes, irritability, anxiety and even depression are common problems in menopause. Understanding where these emotions and problems come from can help you prepare for it and be more understanding with yourself.

Also discover tips and healthy habits to treat and reduce the emotional symptoms of menopause and face this stage in a more positive way. It is a moment of many changes that deserve to be heard. Dedicate yourself time!

 

CAUSES OF EMOTIONAL CHANGES IN MENOPAUSE

Why does menopause feel that way? The main explanation are hormonal changes . Hormones have a great influence on our emotions: do you remember mood swings during menstrual cycles? Well, in menopause, the imbalances are more extreme, and that’s why the symptoms are too.

This happens because hormonal imbalances affect the chemicals that your brain produces (serotonin, oxytocin, dopamine, for example). Every time your estrogen levels fluctuate, your brain has to compensate. The bigger the change, the more serious the symptoms will be.

Menopause, in addition, can cause difficulty sleeping due to hot flashes and other symptoms, and lack of sleep can have negative consequences on your mental health. There are also social and environmental factors that influence your state: stress in your professional life, changes in your family, in your relationships …

Many women fear reaching it because they believe that menopause is a door to old age … Do not worry! It is normal. Once you accept menopause, everything will be better. Alterations in mood can be enhanced by the rejection of this stage so assume it naturally, as any stage of life. All women from a certain age have gone through it! (one).

The emotional symptoms of menopause include:

  •      Irritability.
  •      Sadness feelings.
  •      Lack of motivation.
  •      Anxiety.
  •      Aggressiveness.
  •      Difficulty of concentration.
  •      Fatigue.
  •      Humor changes.
  •      Tension.

 

HOW TO CONTROL THE EMOTIONAL SYMPTOMS OF MENOPAUSE

As you see, all these symptoms are normal, and they are going through a reason. However, that does not mean you can not do anything. With small actions and new habits in your daily life you can treat or reduce many of these symptoms, and have a feeling of more control over your body and your life:

  • Stress reduction techniques: practicing yoga and meditation are two of the best ways to relax your body and your mind, and thus relieve symptoms. If you have never practiced and / or it is difficult, you can start with breathing exercises, a simple practice to relax and concentrate on you.
  • Regular exercise: exercising regularly will help you to release substances such as serotonin, and thus improve your mood and your mental health. In addition, taking care of your weight and muscle toning is very important at this moment!
  • Healthy diet: It is important for both your physical and emotional health. A healthy diet will make you feel good and help you maintain your weight. Reduces fats and increases foods of plant origin and fiber. Avoiding alcohol and caffeine can also help you control your symptoms.
  • Supplements: In addition to food, you can help with vitamin supplements and extracts that can help you cope with the symptoms of menopause, such as soy isoflavones , which are a substance very similar to estrogen and help to soften the effects of changes hormonal (2).
  • Social life: Stay connected with your friends and family. Communication is key! Talk about your problems with people who love you and care about you. This will make you feel better and help you improve your relationships, which may be changing during this period of your life.
  • Hobbies and activities that you like: you may be enjoying some more time at this stage. Take the opportunity to do things that make you feel good: travel, dance, paint … Dedicate time to yourself.
  • Quality of sleep: good sleep is essential for your mental health. If you do not sleep well, try to control with relaxing infusions, and ensuring the comfort of the space.

Making sure you take care of your mental health during menopause is as important as taking care of the physical part. The two go hand in hand, and working in one will help you improve the other!

If you are experiencing severe emotional problems such as anxiety or depression, we recommend you see your doctor for help. You can also try these tips to relieve symptoms, but it is important that you seek professional help when you see that it is necessary.

Sex during Pregnancy

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In pregnancy it is usual to have all kinds of doubts about your health, habits and ultimately everything you used to do (especially if it is for the first time). One of the most frequently asked questions to different health professionals is: can you have sex during pregnancy?

The answer is yes! You can have sex during pregnancy, as long as there is no contraindication described by the doctor or midwife. Only in specific cases can it be discouraged. In general, not only can it be, but it is beneficial!

 

IS SEX SAFE IN PREGNANCY?

It is proven that sex during pregnancy can not harm the fetus. The cervix is ​​sealed by a thick mucous membrane (mucous plug) that protects against external agents, and also the vagina is long enough so that the penis can not reach it.

Sex during pregnancy may be contraindicated in specific cases, such as if there are losses or hemorrhages (especially in the first trimester), or if there is a risk of premature delivery later on. If the pregnancy occurs normally and the fetus presents no risk, there is no contraindication.

In any case, during routine visits to the doctor in pregnancy, you will be informed of the changes that the body is going through, so you can make sure that everything is fine to be able to take this and any decision for your health and that of your baby.

THE LIBIDO DURING PREGNANCY

Different hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, play a key role during pregnancy. Occasionally, there are women who during their pregnancy have an increase in libido because the vulva is much more vascularized (increases in size). And that’s why it’s not hard for them to reach orgasm normally.

In addition, by increasing the exudation inside the vagina, penetration is much easier and pleasurable. But it may be that for the same reason the opposite happens: that the woman has discomfort in the skin of the vulva, an inflammation of the vestibule of the vagina or less lubrication and therefore has neither sexual desire nor can easily reach orgasm.

In any case, it is important to bear in mind that sex goes beyond penetration, that is why if the woman or partner is not comfortable or sex is discouraged during pregnancy, there are other ways, such as caresses, Kisses or oral sex.

It really is very important to take care of each other as a couple also during pregnancy. Do not forget that the simple physical contact of a hug or a kiss can generate catecholamines in the body, that is, hormones that provoke a sensation of pleasure and well-being, very positive for the bond between both.

 

SEX IN THE LAST WEEKS OF PREGNANCY

Man’s semen carries prostaglandins, a hormone that helps to soften the cervix. That is why during the last weeks of pregnancy, sexual practice is advised on a regular basis to be able to help naturally the onset of labor. All these hormonal reactions explained, are a natural process that the body causes without adverse reactions occur.

Perhaps you have also heard that orgasm can trigger uterine contractions (due to the increase in oxytocin). This is true, however, they are practically imperceptible and are not durable, so they can not trigger the birth process or a miscarriage.

 

POSTURES FOR SEX DURING PREGNANCY

During pregnancy, the body will change, as well as the agility to move in daily life and in bed. There is no better or worse pattern or sexual positions. The woman will adapt according to the gestation quarter in which she is.

The important thing is that depending on how you feel, make different positions that allow you to be more comfortable and not have discomfort in the belly or vagina.

  • In the first trimester, the woman can adopt any position since the belly is imperceptible until the third or fourth month of gestation. You can practice any position as you did before. The woman is still agile and can move easily.
  • In the second trimester, the belly begins to be noticeable and can sometimes bother a little, so comfortable positions are advised for the woman, such as more lateral, posterior penetrations or even her on top of the man so that he can maintain control of the situation.
  • In the third trimester, because the belly increases its volume, it is better to perform posterior penetrations or lateral penetration since the woman will not be comfortable.

 

In conclusion, we can say with total calmness, that we should not be afraid of sex during pregnancy, the other way around, it is positive for the woman and the couple. Under normal conditions, there is no risk to the mother or to the fetus during the nine months of pregnancy. It is good to keep the body active and that the hormones continue to develop their usual function.

Please also note that during the months following childbirth, quarantine, fatigue, hormones, breastfeeding or just some pain in the vulva or vagina during the postpartum, make sexual practice decreases in some couples.

Take advantage of this unique moment! If the woman is happy, she transmits her happiness to the baby since they notice all the changes of mood, anxiety, stress, happiness or excitement of the mother. You know, having sex is also taking care of yourself🙂