Genital Health

Genital health is basically involved with your genitals.  Men and women have different reproductive organs.  A female genital can be inflicted with different diseases which can have a major or minor effect on the genitals themselves.  There are cases where these diseases can lead to infertility.

Reproductive health addresses both the reproductive process and responsible and safe sex.  When discussing reproductive health, it is unavoidable to also discuss genital health.  Both men and women should be informed and should have access on how to keep their reproductive organs safe and free from diseases.

Some genital diseases are transferred through sexual intercourse. WHO studies showed that women are more vulnerable to obtain sexually transmitted infections.  These infections can have serious effects on women and are sometimes even deadly.  They can lead to cervical cancer, ectopic pregnancy, sepsis and can even affect pregnancy and cause stillbirth and blindness of the baby.

It is best to be familiar with common genital infections and diseases to acknowledge them early and properly treat them.

Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is one of the most common genital infections and disease.  It often causes sores on the genitals of both male and females.  These sores can be very painful.  And once you have been infected by the disease, it stays in the body and can recur from time to time.

It is possible to get genital herpes through two ways:  (1) by having sex with somebody who is already affected with the virus causing herpes and (2) by oral sex with somebody who already has the infection.

Herpes symptoms will include flu-like symptoms.  There may be fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, and muscle aches.  The area around the genitals (thighs, buttocks) and the genitals experience burning sensation and pain as the sores appear.  It would take about one to three weeks before the sores heal and disappear.

The first flare-up tends to be the most painful.  Recurrences tend to be milder.  Mild enough that patients are sometimes unable to notice them at all. The average number of attacks a year is usually around four.

To avoid herpes it would be beneficial to follow the simple rules.  Always have a condom, although it is not totally safe since the skin would still be in contact with the infected skin.  The best rule is to avoid sexual intercourse with a person who is having a herpes infection flare-up.  Multiple partners could also increase the risk of having sexual contact with somebody who has herpes.

Genital Warts

Genital warts are bumps that a person can get through sexual contact, although not everyone who has sexual contact with a person who has them automatically will get genital warts.  It is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. They are also called venereal warts.  Genital warts can be seen in or around the genitals. They can be flat or raised, small or large.  But commonly, they are painless.

For females, these bumps could lead to cervical cancer.  So upon seeing these bumps on your cervix, it would be best to address this issue.  Males infected with warts are also not safe from cancer, since this could lead to cancer of the penis and the anus.

The same as avoiding any other sexually transmitted infections, warts can be avoided by avoiding sexual intercourse with a person who already has them.  It would be safe to use condoms all of the time and at the same time avoiding multiple partners.

Genital warts can be removed through prescription medicine or other medical procedures. The same as genital herpes, a person who already had an outbreak of warts can have another outbreak.

Candida

Candida is said to be responsible for some chronic illnesses happening to us right now.  Since its symptoms are very wide, there are times that doctors may find it difficult to identify and therefore resolve.

Candida albicans is a yeast common or natural in our body.  It may lead to illness if the bacterial balance in the body becomes interrupted.  This interruption can cause Candida to spread and take over the balance of good micro-organisms.  This yeast can often be found in the intestines, mouth, throat, and genitals.

Some of the Candida symptoms may include headaches, excessive fatigue, alcohol craving, anxiety, rectal itching, inability to think clearly or focus, diarrhea, constipation, and many more which can often be associated with common, day-to-day problems.

Candida is often an effect of a diet with high consumption of sugar and refined food.  It can also be an effect of overuse of antibiotics.

Candida treatment would include:

1. Diet changes – refined sugar and its consumption should be totally avoided. Vinegar should also be avoided because it is cultured by yeast.  It is also best to avoid foods which have yeast in them too.

2. Avoiding antibiotics unless absolutely necessary.

3. Herbal medications can also help you fight the yeast infection.  Fiber will also help the body fight yeast infection.

4. Stick to a plan to resolve the symptoms. Consistency is the key.

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Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infection or UTI happens when a bacteria from outside the body gets into the urinary tract.  This bacterium causes the infection.  Urine sometimes helps the body flush out the bacteria.  But despite this, the infections can still occur.

There are people who are at higher risk of getting UTI compared to others.  They are:

- People who tend to obscure or block the flow of urine which causes the infection.
- People who use catheters placed in the urethra and bladder for a lengthy period of time.
- Diabetes patients are also at risk because of their immune system.  Patients with immune disorders are also at risk since their immune systems are unable to fight the bacteria.
- People who have sexual intercourse.  Although not all sexually active people get UTI, some people get UTI after intercourse.  This is more often shown to happen with women.

UTI  happens predominantly to women.  This is also a recurring disease; those who have it already would have an 80 percent chance of getting it again.  Pregnant women need to take precaution against this since it can lead to kidney problems. Urine testing is done frequently during pregnancy.

Symptoms may include a burning sensation in the bladder while relieving.  Also some may excrete a small amount of urine which looks cloudy, while there may be others who have blood in the urine.  If UTI has already reached the kidneys, the person infected will feel back pain, nausea, vomiting and fever.

UTI treatment would include antibacterial drugs or antibiotics.  Patients with severe cases may be required to stay in the hospital to be given the necessary fluids and drugs. Some doctors recommend water intake, since this can remove or flush out the infection.

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