Vajayjay, Hooha Or Foof: What Do You Call Yours?
Does the idea of discussing your genitals make you cringe with embarrassment? Do you go bright red at the thoughts of discussing your intimate area with a friend, pharmacist or doctor? Well, you're not alone!
A recent survey of over 1,000 women across Ireland, has shown that almost two-thirds of Irish women are uncomfortable having a conversation about their intimate health. Interestingly, 1 in 4 women surveyed use a pet name for their intimate area, being too embarrassed to use the word vagina. Vajayjay (22%) and Hooha (16%) came out on top as the favourites to use. What do you call yours? Let us know by taking our poll below!
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The survey also found that one-third of women “tend to self-diagnose using google”, and 13% of women surveyed “wait until symptoms disappear” when experiencing intimate health problems. Only 7% of respondents stated that they go straight to their pharmacist for advice.
The survey, conducted by Bayer, questioned women about their intimate health and general confidence levels. Only half of women surveyed would describe themselves as mainly a confident person, with 38% describing themselves as confident “sometimes, but not often”.
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The research was done as part of the #BeVConfident campaign, designed to lift the taboo surrounding women’s intimate health, and educate women about common conditions like bacterial vaginosis (BV) and thrush.
It is evident from the survey that a change in attitude and behaviour is needed when it comes to these issues. It’s important that women seek advice from their pharmacist if experiencing any BV symptoms. The condition, if untreated, can be a risk during pregnancy, cause infertility and lead to preterm pregnancy.
Let's Shake The Embarassment
With a whopping 69% of women feeling embarrassed about discussing their intimate health with their GP or pharmacist, and 18% being embarrassed if a close friend or sister discussed their intimate health with them, maybe it's time we tried to shake off the red cheeks!
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) and thrush are two common conditions affecting women’s intimate health. BV affects approximately 57% of women, is caused by an imbalance of the bacteria in the vagina and is best treated through an over the counter treatment. Women need to be empowered and have the correct information to dispel the myths surrounding intimate health, and the best way to do that, is to have open conversations with your lady friends!
We need to encourage women to be more confident so they can become more assured in seeking a diagnosis and treating their own intimate health issues.
If women have BV, Canesbalance offers a treatment with 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 to ask their pharmacist for a combination treatment to treat thrush internally and externally.
Canestest and Canesbalance are available in pharmacies nationwide. For more information, visit www.intimatehealth.ie #BeVConfident