Throwback Thursday and my memory goes to an apparatus that I and many women might never use again in this lifetime. A douche.
Excuse my manners for first not saying good morning. “Good morning, friends!”
The Dreaded Douche
When my professional life took me to the prison system here in Canada, it was there that I first heard “douchebag,” being used as an insult – or description of the ugliest of personalities. Thinking about it now, I can see how it fits that use as my feelings about douches whether the original ones or those grossly unpleasant personalities. “A term for a higher level of a jerk,” the Urban Dictionary describes a douchebag and a “moron.”
“Feminine hygiene products for vaginal douching may expose users to potentially harmful chemicals known as phthalates, a small study suggests.
Researchers did urine tests to detect phthalate exposure in 739 women who were also surveyed about their use of douches and other feminine care products. The more women douched, the higher their exposure to a form of diethyl phthalate (DEP), the study found.
“Phthalates are chemicals of concern for women’s health because they are suspected endocrine disruptors and can alter the action of important hormones such as estrogen, testosterone and thyroid hormones,” said lead study author Ami Zota, a researcher at the Milken School of Public Health at George Washington University.”
That was from a report in the Asia One magazine and a similar report was published on Fox News. Why I found the latter report extremely informative is that it contained this bit that is very relevant to women of colour:
“Many of the women said they hadn’t douched at all in the past six months, the researchers report in the journal Environmental Health. But roughly one third of black women said they douched at least once a month, as did 11 percent of white and Mexican American women.
Twenty percent of black women reported douching at least twice a month, compared with just 7 percent of white participants and 3 percent of Mexican Americans in the study. Women who reported douching at least once in the past month had 52 percent higher concentrations of a form of DEP in their urine, the study found.
For those who douched at least twice a month, urinary concentrations of a form of DEP were 152 percent higher than for non users.”
Douches or douchebags, either one, get up into your inner parts and increase the mess in your life and health because “they contain two industrial chemicals commonly found in beauty products, DEP and di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP).” I know the recommendation to us, poor black girls in Jamaica, was to use vinegar, and if you are still hooked on the douche, that seems to me the best option. Read more of both articles and bring a copy to your doctor and have a discussion with him/her whether you might drop the douche. As for the douchebag, “drop it like he’s hot!”
Those Itchy Yeast Infections!
When was the last time you had one of these – yeast infection?
This was another women’s health issue that back in the day young women in my neck of the woods had the crap frightened out of them about. Then came Canesten® which at first was only available via a prescription. A few years after we migrated to Canada, a single-dose came on the shelves.
Yeast infections are no joke and they itch like heck! Just be warned though, yeast infections and urinary tract infection have similar symptoms so make sure if you need uti treatment you get it and don’t treat the wrong infection. When you have diabetes, yeast infections can be a very frequent companion and along with it antibiotics. However, to get some of the latter means sitting in a doctor’s waiting room for hours then forking out cash for a relief that will take even more hours to set in.
Now, it seems that some in the medical community are finally getting the picture and would love for us women to be able to get the goods ourselves – without the wait!
“In an era of ready access to information, increasing patient autonomy, and overstretched primary care services … it would seem a good idea for women to be able to access safe and effective treatment without the costs and delays associated with consulting a clinician to write a prescription,” Kyle Knox, a general practitioner at the Nuffield Department of Primary Health Care Services at the University of Oxford.
That was the news out of England and mentioned on National Public Radio. The challenge though is that this talk, for now, is only on the other side of the pond. Read the full article and take part in this survey. Maybe we can help to start the conversation among our health professionals?
The “M” Word – It’s Coming Baby Girls!
Finally, the Mother of all women’s health fear – Menopause. Well, this article refers more to its infancy stage, perimenopause.
A new Contributor will be joining us soon and in my discussions with her, we were looking at this subject. Subscribe and be immediately updated when she posts her perspective on this one. In the meanwhile, check out this article on perimenopause – What Women Should Know About Perimenopause – aside from experiencing your personal summers, as Contributor Clara Brown likes to say. Here is a sneak peek and why you need to read it:
Although the average age for reaching this life stage is 51, new research has discovered that over a third of women go into perimenopause – the transitional stage before menopause – as young as 35.
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Have an awesome Throwback Thursday!
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