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Common vaginal infections & what to do ?

Did you know that more than 75 % of women are affected by vaginal yeast infection once in their lifetime? Here are 10 most common problems…



Common Vaginal Infection
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Most women, sometime in their lifetime, would have had to burn, itching and unpleasant odour symptoms when it comes to vaginal infections. Vaginal infections and vaginitis or inflammation of the vagina, are very common.

These infections can be caused by microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, fungus, or parasites that may grow in the vagina or in the surrounding region. The good part is that when detected early, they can be treated easily and quickly. It is important to detect the problem as soon as possible to prevent other complications. Let’s look at the most common types of vaginal infections.

Bacterial vaginosis

It is an infection caused by an overgrowth of bacteria. It’s the most common type of infection. Around half of the people who get it don’t have any symptoms. Those who do, have a thin grey or white, fishy-smelling discharge. Usually, there is no soreness, itching or irritation with this infection.

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) can develop if there is a change in the normal conditions of your vagina. The good part is that it is not a sexually transmitted infection. But if you are sexually active, it can increase the risk. Other things that can increase risk include using vaginal hygiene products like deodorants, using a contraceptive copper intrauterine device and smoking.

BV can sometimes clear up on its own. However, there is a possibility that it will come back. There are tablets that you take or your doctor may give gel or cream that you apply to the vagina.


It is the most commonly reported STI. It’s caused by a type of bacteria. It’s common not to have any symptoms. However, some symptoms are vaginal discharge than what is normal, bleeding between your periods or after sex, pain during sex or when you pee.

If this infection isn’t treated on time, it can lead to complications like infertility, chronic pelvic pain from pelvic inflammatory disease and problems during pregnancy. It is easily treated with antibiotics prescribed by the doctor.

Genital herpes

This is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). This is normally transmitted via sexual contact. Common symptoms are painful blisters around the genital area; one may also have a headache and get a fever. Unfortunately, while the blisters will heal, you can’t get rid of the virus; it remains in the body and may flare up again if the virus is activated. These triggers are illness, stress, smoking and drinking alcohol.

Genital warts

These are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and spread through sexual contact. They appear as small growths on or around the vulva, cervix, vagina or anus. These can also be painful and itchy or bleed.

Treatment helps to remove warts, but the virus stays.


This is another infection caused by STI by bacteria. Symptoms usually appear within 10 days of getting infected — more vaginal discharge than normal, pain around the lower abdomen, pain when you pee and bleeding between your periods. If this STI is not treated on time it can cause serious complications like infertility and chronic pelvic pain from pelvic inflammatory disease.


It is a fungal infection that can cause itching, soreness and irritation around the vulva. There may be a thick, white vaginal discharge and it may also be painful to have sex or while peeing.

Factors that may trigger develop thrush include if you’re pregnant if you have Diabetes and taking certain types of antibiotics. There’s also evidence that using soaps, shower gels or intimate hygiene products around the genital area and wearing tight-fitting clothing may trigger it. It can also be caused by sex.

It can be treated with antifungal creams or sometimes tablets that are given by the GP. Always consult a doctor when you have any kind of infection or problems related to the vagina.


Yet another STI caused by a parasite — Trichomonas vaginalis. Usually, people with trichomoniasis don’t have any symptoms. For those who have symptoms, it includes yellow or white, foul-smelling and maybe a frothy vaginal discharge. Some soreness, itching around your vulva and pain when you pee are other symptoms that some women have.

Infertility and problems during pregnancy are complications if this infection is not treated on time. It can be easily treated with antibiotics.

Yeast infection

The most common type of vaginitis, a yeast infection is caused by one of the many types of fungus known as candida. It lives harmlessly in your body in small numbers, including in the vagina. But sometimes an overgrowth of candida can occur, causing vaginal infection. These include hormone level changes due to pregnancy, birth control pills or menstruation.

Other conditions that raise the risk include chronic high blood sugar and having lowered immunity because of a medical condition like HIV or AIDS. Symptoms are a thick, white discharge, itching and redness of the vulva (the lips of the external female genital area) and vagina.

Noninfectious vaginitis

This occurs when the skin around the vagina becomes sensitive to an irritant like scented tampons, perfumed soaps or fabric softeners. This is not an infection, and the solution is simple: Not expose the area to what is causing the reaction.

Another form of noninfectious vaginitis is called atrophic vaginitis. This happens when female hormone levels decrease due to menopause and the vaginal walls become thinner, drier and less flexible.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

There are many vaginal infections that are transmitted through sexual intercourse. If you have unprotected sex with someone who has an STI, you can contract it. Having one STI can lead to a greater risk for contracting others. That’s why it’s important to get screened for STIs regularly. Also, never have unprotected sex.

Remember, all these infections are easy to treat provided you take early treatment and take care.

Disclaimer: The article is meant only for reading purposes and not to be taken as an advisory. Always consult your doctor before taking any treatment.

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  1. leonard shirin

    19 October 2021 at 7:27 PM

    I WANT TO USE THIS OPPORTUNITY  TO SAY A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO Dr Ogberaese, My name is Leonard Shirin i am so happy to share this testimony on how Dr.Ogberaese  healed me from genital herpes. i was detected with genital herpes around 10th may 2019, and ever since that day i have been looking for a way to end this virus from my body, but the more i try, the more i was told there was no solution. Few months ago i saw a testimony of some people on how Dr Ogberaese   cure them from HERPES VIRUS, i also heard about it on media when a young lady also gave her testimony saying Dr Ogberaese cured her oral herpes. I was left with no other hope than to contact Dr Ogberaese and give him a try. I contacted him  and told him what i was going through. He said he could heal me, that he is going to send me a herbal medicine and He sent the medicine as he promised. I took this herbal medicine for 1 week and it was obvious that his medicine was for real, because the herpes started clearing from my body. Later at  the 2 week, i went for medical check up and i was surprised when my doctor told me he found no trace of the virus in me again. At first when he told me, i was so shock and still did not believed until he gave me my test result. to make my story short i am now free from herpes, after many months of sorrow and my sickness is gone, i thank God for leading me to this man, and i want to also lead you to him if you have any illness like HIV, HPV, hepatitis B, asthma, cancer, Diabetes, COLD SCORE,TOOTH ACHE  FIBROID and AUTISM.  You can email him on or whats-app  him on +2348073818653.  visit him on his website:

    • S. Saxena

      19 October 2021 at 7:48 PM

      Thank you for reading the article. By sharing your story, a lot of other women can take heart that vaginal infections can be cure with timely doctor’s intervention.Please the Article and spread the awareness as much as Possible

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6 indoor plants and their upkeep

While almost all green plants can be kept indoors, some plants need more attention than others. Here best indoor plants for home in India.



best indoor plants for home in india
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While almost all green plants can be kept indoors, some plants need more attention than others which can be cumbersome if you have a busy schedule. But that doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with greenery. Let’s look at some best indoor plants for a home in India.

Rubber tree plant

It is fairly easy to maintain but is fussy when it comes to the amount of water it needs. Here is what you need to know if you have this plant. Rubber plants are rainforest specimens. While they need consistent moistness, they don’t want it to be soggy. Ensure that the pot the plant is in has adequate draining holes.

Use a dish under the pot lined with pebbles to catch extra water. This will keep the roots from sitting in water but provide the humidity as the water evaporates.

Croton plant

Its beautifully patterned leaves can brighten any space. Now that the rains are here in full force, it is important to ensure that you take care of all your plants. Overwatering can lead to root rot. An important thing to keep in mind is that the pot is well-drained. There is moisture in the air, overwatering will harm the plant. Croton also needs at least six to seven hours of sunshine but excess heat will damage its leaves. Try and keep the plant either East or West facing to make sure that the leaves don’t lose their colour.

English Ivy

It looks pretty and while it may look like it is an easy plant to look after, it is not the case. Like any other plant, this plant too will rot and its leaves will turn brown if you overwater them. Before you water it, check the soil. If it is moist, don’t water it. Make sure that the soil is loose and is kept in a well-drained pot. The plant grows in bright light but it is away from direct sunlight. It is a beautiful plan that can be kept inside the home; potting it in a hanging basket is an excellent way to enjoy the beauty of this plant.


The delicate curled leaves that unfurl into long, lacy fronds look pretty. Go into the forest and you will find ferns carpeting the floor. They also make a great houseplant. They can grow in any kind of pot — clay to hanging baskets to ceramic and don’t require full sun to thrive.

But Indian weather is different. A plant that may live happily in any other environment needs a lot of care here. They love moisture. During the rainy season make sure you don’t overwater the plant or the roots will rot. You can even spray water on the leaves to lock the moisture in. You can keep this plant in the bathroom or even the kitchen.

Green Aralia

One of the most important things to keep in mind if you have a green aralia is that it has to be kept away from cold drafts and windows during the winter months to ensure that it thrives. It needs a feed once every other month during the spring. During the summer months, the plant needs liquid fertiliser. However, be careful if you buy this plant; it is mildly toxic to humans and pets. Ingestion can lead to gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

They are best as landscape plants. While watering aralia which is indoors, deep water is only when the soil is nearly dry. One of the most important things to keep in mind if you have a green aralia is that it has to be kept away from cold drafts and windows during the winter months to ensure that it thrives.

Pitcher plant

It is not always possible to ensure that the plant that you bring is going to live. Hence, it is important to take care of it properly. Let’s take the pitcher plant. So how does one take care of it if one wants to keep it indoors even if it is a carnivorous plant?

Depending on the species, some require full sunlight and those that originate in the floor of the rainforest may need filtered light. It requires moist soil, and keeps the potting soil moist, but not soggy. Allow the pot to drain thoroughly after watering and never let the pot stand in water or the roots will rot.

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Mother’s Day 2022: Significance, history, and importance

Being a mother is a full-time job and gets no appreciation-one day where their worth is truly appreciated. Here’swhy we celebrate mothers day.



why we celebrate mothers day
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Most of us know that Mother’s Day is celebrated every second Sunday in May. But did you know why we celebrate mothers day? The whole idea behind Mother’s Day is to honour the mother of the family, to celebrate motherhood, maternal bonds, and the important role that they play in shaping society.

Why we celebrate mothers day?

It is said that the need to celebrate this day arose in the 1900s. Back then a daughter – Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis – to honour the sacrifices made by the mothers made for their children started this holiday.

It is said that Jarvis organized the first Mother’s Day service of worship and celebration at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, the US which serves as the International Mother’s Day Shrine today.

Did you also know that different countries celebrate this day in different months? Some countries celebrate this day in March. Mother’s Day in Egypt is celebrated on March 21, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. In Georgia Mother’s Day is celebrated on March 3.

In some countries, the date is adopted to signify religion, like Virgin Mary Day in Catholic countries. Other countries selected a date with historical significance. For example, Bolivia’s Mother’s Day is a fixed date, commemorating a battle in which women participated to defend their children. Or in Russia where it is celebrated as International Women’s Day instead of Mother’s Day.

In India, the concept of celebrating Mother’s Day is new. This could be because we have traditionally been respectful of our mothers and have been revering them for generations.

We didn’t need to set a single day aside for them. But then, we (Indians) tend to ape the West and what the West does needs to be done back home.

Irrespective of how and when Mother’s Day is celebrated worldwide, children go out of their way to make this a special day for their mother. Lunches, treats and gifts are part and parcel of this day’s celebration.

What can you do? Here are some mothers day 2022 gift ideas

For the foodie mom

If your mother is a foodie a last-minute gift can be a meal subscription box that speaks to your mom’s interests. The subscription boxes are becoming popular across India as they select the finest and latest products every month and ship them across to their clients.

As a gift, you can opt for ingredients, or complete meals, including gourmet food and global cuisine. Innovative subscription boxes share recipes and exquisitely packaged boxes that can be used as a collector’s item.

If your mother is all about fitness

If your mom has been looking to shed some weight, a gym membership is a great gift! There are several gyms in each city that offer membership. This would help your mother work.

If your mother is all about looking good

A woman’s body goes through many changes, and protein is quintessential to cope with it. One can gift herbal products to the mother for that perfect skin that will keep her young at heart forever!


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5 health benefits of dancing, you might not want to miss

You see it on TV or in films. But did you know that the art form has several benefits of dance movement therapy as well? Read on



benefits of dance movement therapy

Dance is the purest expression of emotion. World over, dancing has a different meaning for different people and cultures. But there is one thing that is common across the board — it is an expression of one’s emotions through movement. These movements are not always graceful or beautiful and most people don’t even understand them, it’s tough to see a perspective on one’s dance.

What Dance Symbolise:

But dancing is extremely therapeutic. Dance therapy can use various hand movements and creative expressions to promote socio-emotional, cognitive, and somatic integration.

This is based on the idea that the body and mind are inextricably linked. It aids in self-expression, resulting in a shift in an individual’s overall functioning.

One has to remember that dance movement therapy isn’t just for dancers, and it’s certainly not a dance class. A dance lesson emphasises style and form, whereas dance movement therapy does not. In the latter, people aren’t judged on how well they execute the steps or how they appear while dancing.


In dance movement therapy, people are encouraged to communicate their feelings and thoughts while moving during dance movement therapy sessions.

Dance treatments are used in a variety of settings, including health, education, and social services, in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

It may be recommended as a primary service or as a complement to other forms of ongoing treatment, rehabilitation or education. The therapy can be short- or long-term. Engaging an individual does not require any dance skills or training just the willingness to move. The focus is on the therapeutic process.

Here’s how it can help

Help differently-abled

Dance therapy can help individuals, with different abilities, capacities and life conditions since it works with their bodies at that particular phase of life.

Benefit kids with autism, ADHD

People with developmental, medical, social, physical, and psychological problems benefit from dance movement therapy.

It has been used to assist persons with learning impairments, and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, and ADHD, among others.

Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, mobility disorders, sensory processing disorders, trauma, and even violence prevention are just some of the conditions that can be treated.

Dance movement therapy can help those who are battling communication challenges, body image issues, chronic pain, and adjustment issues.

Communication tool

As language is not a barrier to movement, it can be used in individual, couple, family, and group therapy forms with people of different ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds.

Leads to self-awareness

Self-awareness, self-perception, confidence, producing a sense of peace, relational talents, and mindfulness are all benefits of dance therapy. It has been shown to reduce pressure, anxiety, and nerves, as well as feelings of disengagement and body strain.

Faster recovery

Dance movement aids in the learning of how to transform nonverbal movements into insights that can be applied to one’s recovery process.

Each one of us can move, each one of us has a movement language — we call it body language. All of us can dance! The idea of this therapy is getting aware of your body, feeling, accepting, and working on yourself.

People in dance movement therapy are not required to start dancing as soon as the music starts, unlike in a dance class. It’s all about the journey, not the destination!

Disclaimer: The idea of this article is to create awareness and is not meant to be followed without a doctor’s proper advice.

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