Let’s talk about our vaginas!

Do you feel embarrassed when it comes to your intimate health? What if I said it was time to talk about our vaginas, bladders and other bits?

You see I pose that question and already feel a little anxious that you might ask me about mine. I blog in an open and honest way. Some would say I over-share. If I am honest, I know that there are areas I have wanted to blog about and then have not done so through embarrassment. Sometimes I get over that and blog it out anyway but sometimes I fear being judged and do not do so.

Are you concerned about itching, sweating and odour problems? Does the appearance of your vagina worry you? Shall we go into the taboo area of bladder control?

A new study by Vagisil reveals the shocking levels of embarrassment that exist amongst British women about something that’s so important.

I was surprised to learn nearly half (47%) of British women Vagisil spoke to felt embarrassed when the word ‘vagina’ came up in day-to-day conversation. And two in five (39%) women admitted to feeling embarrassed when other people mentioned the word ‘vagina’ to them. I think this is daft. My vagina is part of my body. It does really important stuff. Let’s celebrate that!

Worryingly, more than four in ten (42%) women said they would rather speak about anything else than discuss intimate health issues! It seems that a large percentage of women do not talk to friends and family about their issues and strikingly, nearly one third have never spoken to their GP about an intimate health issue. This means the problem can get worse with women not seeking help on time or at all. Why suffer in silence with painful or uncomfortable health conditions that are usually relatively minor and can clear up quickly with the right treatment?

It seems prudishness and the media have their parts to play in this situation. However, over time society and media portrayals of women’s health issues are changing and in some ways for the better.

Vagisil is on a mission to end the embarrassment that exists around intimate health, and do something about this issue.

From the 2,000 British women Vagisil surveyed, came the following words of encouragement:

• Take a deep breath and tackle it head on
• Acquire knowledge & wisdom
• Act confident & be brave
• Be aware that you are not alone
• Be open & honest
• Remember that doctors have seen it all before

Dr Adelaide Nardone, Gynaecologist & Women’s Health Expert, says “There are easy ways to maintain the health and natural pH of your vagina. Daily feminine hygiene is important – I’d recommend using a gentle wash, wearing cotton underwear, showering promptly after exercise or activities that cause you to perspire, and if you have a concern, try not to self-diagnose, go and see your GP. Remember there’s no need to be embarrassed, we’ve heard it all before!”

Vagisil daily care and treatment products are specially designed to help cleanse, protect and maintain the health of your intimate area. The Vagisil range includes washes, sprays, powders, creams and wipes.

Let’s #endembarrassment, talk about our intimate health and seek help when we need it.

I have received compensation for writing about this campaign

Award-winning writer, blogger, social media consultant and charity campaigner. Social Media Manager for BritMums, the UK's largest parent blogging network Freelance clients include Firefly Communications and Save the Children UK. Works with brands on marketing projects. Examples include Visit Orlando, Give As You Live, Coca-Cola and Kodak. Cambridge Law graduate with many years experience working across three sectors in advice, media relations, events, training and project management. Available for hire at affordable rates.

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