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0% Of Women Are Happy With How They Look

Isn't that a worrying statistic? According to a new study conducted by Bayer Health, none of the women who took part in their survey (0%) said they were completely happy with how they look.

The survey which questioned women about their intimate health knowledge and general confidence levels, is part of the #BeVConfident campaign designed to educate women about their vaginal health and instil confidence in women around their intimate health.

How Do Irish Women Feel About Their Confidence & Wellbeing?

  • Almost 70% of those polled are embarrassed discussing intimate health issues with their GP or pharmacist
  • Women are more likely to discuss intimate health issues with their best friends (61%) than their partners (57%)
  • Over half (55%) of those questioned have never heard of bacterial vaginosis (BV), despite it being the most common vaginal infection in Irish women of childbearing age
  • Almost half of respondents are embarrassed when buying vaginal medication
  • Almost one-fifth of those surveyed wait to see if intimate health symptoms go away on their own rather than seeking help

We Lack Confidence

Of those surveyed, general confidence levels are mixed with a third of women claiming to feel “not too confident” in themselves or “not confident at all”. More encouragingly, 42% describe themselves as reasonably confident while just 3% feel very confident. When it comes to talking about how they look, it’s a different story with 0% of women describing themselves as extremely happy with how they look and almost 1 in 3 saying they are somewhat unhappy with how they look.

We're Embarrassed By Our Intimate Health

When discussing intimate health issues, searching the web is the first port of call for over half of those surveyed (52%). Astonishingly, almost 1 in 5 women questioned wait for the issue to disappear by itself and 68% of women go directly to their doctor with their intimate health concerns.

It seems best friends are the most popular shoulder to lean on when talking about intimate health, with 61% of the women surveyed stating they are their number one confidants. 43% of respondents said they will discuss intimate health matters with female family members and sharing concerns close to home is important too with 57% of the women questioned saying they discuss these type of problems with their partner.

Embarrassment is still rife when it comes to dealing with intimate health issues with two-thirds of respondents saying they are embarrassed discussing their problems with a GP or pharmacist. This also seems to be the case when buying feminine health products. A third of those polled (33%) get embarrassed buying vaginal medication, 27% are embarrassed when they buy lubricants and 18% are embarrassed buying sanitary towels.

Understanding Your Intimate Health

Although 79% of women believe thrush is the prevailing vaginal infection for women under 44 years old, bacterial vaginosis is actually the most common form of vaginal infection in Irish women of childbearing age and yet over 55% of those surveyed had never heard of the condition. The infection is caused by an imbalance of the normal bacteria in the vagina resulting in an increased pH level which then allows other types of bacteria to grow.

The research suggests that the majority of women including those displaying BV symptoms confuse it with thrush which highlights the clear need for education and a self-test that checks for both conditions. It’s really important that women act quickly when they present with BV symptoms, as delaying treatment can cause complications during pregnancy, a lower success rate for those undergoing IVF treatment and puts women at more risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection. Interestingly, research in the UK found that the biggest impact of recurrent BV was on a woman’s self-esteem.

For women who are unsure if they have BV or thrush, Canestest is an innovative and reliable self-test allowing women to determine which vaginal infection they are suffering from in just 10 seconds and treat it quickly and effectively. A simple swab and a colour change will indicate reliably whether the cause of their discomfort is Thrush or BV. If women have BV, Canesbalance offers a triple benefit. It effectively relieves the unpleasant odour and abnormal discharge, it restricts bad bacteria and supports good bacteria, restoring the natural environment. If women have thrush they are best speak to their pharmacist for advice.

Canestest and Canesbalance are available in pharmacies nationwide. For more information, visit intimatehealth.ie #BeVConfident

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Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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