How to identify abnormal vaginal discharge

vagina infectionThe vagina environment maintains a perfect balance of normal bacteria and yeast and any change in the vaginal environment affects the color, texture and smell of the discharge. Vaginal discharge is most often a normal and regular occurrence. However, there are certain types of discharge that can indicate an infection. Abnormal discharge may be yellow or green, chunky in consistency, or have a foul odor. Abnormal discharge is usually caused by yeast or bacterial infection.

The cause of thick, white or cheesy vaginal discharge with foul smell is a sign of yeast infection mainly caused due to thrush or vaginitis. Other manifestation of abnormal vaginal discharge that may or may not be associated with pain and itching, they include:

• Thick and curdy white vaginal discharge: It is likely to be caused due to a fungal infection called candidiasis. It may cause irritation but no foul smell.
• Frothy, yellowish or greenish vaginal discharge: This when present with a bad smell can be due to trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted infection caused by a parasite.
• White, grey or yellow color vaginal discharge: It is mainly caused due to bacterial vaginosis and may result in fishy odor.vaginal inf.

• White vaginal discharge with smell: This can be caused due to excessive use of antibiotics or steroids, birth control pills, pelvic inflammatory disease, sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia or gonorrhea, diabetes and in rare cases endometrial or cervical cancer. In certain cases, itching and pain in and around the vagina is present.
To confirm the cause of abnormal discharge, you’ll have to visit your gynecologist.

You can also get confidential, accurate and non-judgmental counseling on issues relating to your sexual and reproductive health from our trained counselors on the My Question service by sending an sms to 38120 from your MTN, Airtel, Glo and Starcomms FREE of charge. Just remember to include your AGE, SEX and LOCATION. You can also call to speak to our counselors FREE on Airtel only from Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm. The number is 08027192781.


Breast Issues

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Some women feel unhappy about their breasts’ size. They wish they were bigger or smaller or firmer. The size or shape of your breasts has nothing to do with their sensitivity: small breasts are just as sensitive as big ones. Your breasts – their shape and size – are determined by your genes. The shape is also influenced by the surrounding muscles.
breastsizeYou may notice your breasts get bigger or smaller if you put on or lose weight. The size of your breasts can depend on the time of the month, and may also be affected by hormonal contraceptive
Can I make my breasts grow bigger?
There is no proof that any exercises can make your breasts grow bigger, and certainly no proof that creams or sprays can do it. The only possibility is plastic surgery – you can have your breasts enlarged artificially, however there could be some side effects to this procedure.

It is always good to appreciate your body and be proud of who you are, because you are unique! Therefore there is really no need to be ashamed of any part of your body to make you want to increase or decrease it.

You can also get confidential, accurate and non-judgmental counseling on issues relating to your sexual and reproductive health from our trained counselors on the My Question service by sending an sms to 38120 from your MTN, Airtel, Glo and Starcomms FREE of charge. Just remember to include your AGE, SEX and LOCATION. You can also call to speak to our counselors FREE on Airtel only from Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm. The number is 08027192781

How much do you know about HPV

hpv           It’s the most common sexually transmitted infection and causes cancer, but what do you really know about HPV, the human papilloma virus?

We talk a lot about Chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Unfortunately, we’re not talking a lot about HPV.

Men are most often asymptomatic if they have an HPV infection, and they usually only find out about an infection after a partner has tested positive and informed them. Women, on the other hand, may have symptoms including genital warts.       hpv_billboard_web-300x143.jpg        Vaccinations Crucial for Both Sexes

We have the ability to decrease the incidence of these cancers by vaccinating children and young adults prior to their being exposed to the HPV virus. It is critical that we vaccinate both boys and girls to help prevent them from having to deal with a devastating cancer diagnosis.

The majority of those exposed to the virus successfully fends it off and don’t develop cancer, but not everyone is so lucky. HPV does not discriminate against age, race, rich or poor, men or women.

Vaccine May Be Given Up to Age 27

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children receive three doses of the HPV vaccine by the time they become sexually active.

The vaccines are generally recommended for children age 11 to 12,
but what if you’ve reached adulthood and haven’t yet received them?
You may be eligible to receive the series of vaccinations up until 27 years of age!

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Pap tests, the most common form of cervical cancer screening, are done as part of women’s gynecological care.

  • A woman should have her first Pap test when she is 21.
  • A pap smear, the screening test for cervical cancer, should be done every three years in women ages 21 to 29.
  • After age 30, women need to have the pap smear only every three to five years, but co-testing a pap smear along with a specialized HPV test is suggested.
  • All patients should have an annual gynecological exam—including a visual inspection of the cervix—and a pelvic exam yearly.
  • There are a few different screening algorithms for cervical cancer. The ideal option is a Pap test with an HPV test every 5 years. An alternate approach is a screening pap every 3 years.

Depending on how the results come back, women may need additional testing or more frequent screening. If testing is normal they may continue on the same pap test schedule.

By Louise Donahue for Summit Medical Group

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Myths and Facts about HIV/AIDS

Myth 1:  You can tell someone has HIV/AIDS through their physical appearance or stature?

Fact: You can’t tell if someone has HIV or AIDS by looking. An infected person can appear completely healthy. But anyone infected with HIV can infect other people, even if no symptoms are present.

If you’re not sexually active, you’ve already eliminated the most common cause of HIV infection among teens. But if you have made the decision to have sexual intercourse (or oral sex), you need to protect yourself.

Myth 2: I can get HIV by being around people who are HIV-positive.

Fact: Research has shown that HIV is not spread through touch, tears, sweat, or saliva. You cannot catch HIV by:

-Breathing the same air as someone who is HIV-positive

-Touching a toilet seat or doorknob handle after an HIV-positive person
-Drinking from a water fountain
-Hugging, kissing, or shaking hands with someone who is HIV-positive
-Sharing eating utensils with an HIV-positive person

-Using exercise equipment at a gymYou can get it from infected blood, semen, vaginal fluid, or mother’s milk.

Myth 3: I can get HIV from mosquitoes.

Fact: Because HIV is spread through blood, people have worried that biting or bloodsucking insects might spread HIV. Several studies, however, show no evidence to support this — even in areas with lots of mosquitoes and cases of HIV. When insects bite, they do not inject the blood of the person or animal they have last bitten.

Myth 4:  I’m HIV-positive — my life is over.

Fact: In the early years of the disease epidemic, the death rate from AIDS was extremely high. But today, antiretroviral drugs allow HIV-positive people — and even those with AIDS — to live much longer, normal, and productive lives.

Myth 5: When you’re on HIV therapy you can’t transmit the virus to anyone else.
Fact: Antiretroviral drugs don’t keep you from passing the virus to others. Therapy can keep the viral load down to undetectable levels, but HIV is still present in the body and can still be transmitted to others.

Myth 6: Since I only have oral sex, I’m not at risk for HIV/AIDS.

Fact: You can get HIV by having oral sex with a man or a woman. That is why it is important to use a latex barrier during oral, vaginal, or anal sex.

Myth 7: You cannot get HIV if you are using birth control methods like diaphragms, cervical caps, sponges, spermicides, DepoProvera, Norplant, or the Pill.

Fact: These birth control methods do not prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) such as HIV. They only aim to prevent pregnancy. The surest way to prevent both pregnancy and an STD is through abstinence. One way people who are sexually active may prevent pregnancy and STD infection is to use a condom in combination with another form of birth control, such as a diaphragm, cervical cap, sponge, spermicide, DepoProvera, Norplant, or the Pill. Birth control products containing the spermicide nonoxynol-9 (found in most contraceptive creams, gels, suppositories, foams, films and sponges) help to prevent pregnancy but may increase the risk of HIV.


The first time….

Have you ever had a bad day? A very bad day where things are not working right and you are at the very edge of losing your temper, or in fact you have lost it. Have you ever had an ugly day? A day where you do not look your finest no matter how hard you try? Then imagine somebody meeting you on such a day with the mentality of first impression. Is that really an impression of how you usually are everyday? Take for instance you met a manner less character on his good day and everything goes on well, does it mean that character is nice?. Well having interviewed several people, it was noted that though our first impression does not tell the whole story about us, it tells a bit of us. Our first impression on people tells them that the particular character been exhibited is embedded in us. Take for instance you just read a chapter of a whole book, you do not judge the whole book to be interesting or not by that chapter but by reading the whole book. The first impression of people should not be our long term opinion of them; it should only guide our assessment of their characters towards further knowledge of who they were, who they really are and who they can be. Imbibing the idea of first impression limits our vision of seeing a larger picture of an individual’s character to the surface. Hence, this may lead to great surprises when those individuals’ starts exhibiting characters contrary to those you saw at first sight. You actually never get a second chance to make a first impression.

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My love letter to RIDA…

……So I have been battling with keeping my figure 8 and also working on having a flat stomach, I have tried all sorts of drink this….drink that, I tried doing sit ups when I wake up but I find myself doing it every once in three months…lol I know there are so many of us out there that are lazy to work out or always have something that occupies the only time we have to work out…so I was at Jabi park on Saturday and I met a guy who looked really fit and when I asked he’s secret to keeping fit he said DANCING! And in my mind I’m like seriously? But then again on second thought, not because he is just a choreographer but he is consistent, I figured out that he has an academy YIPEE!! I was so excited when he told me about it and u know what in this guys goody bag there a lots and lots like: dance training, fitness and weight loss section (that I really need), performances and so much more…for more info:


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July 6 is National Fried Chicken Day

i love chicken

Foodimentary - National Food Holidays


National Fried Chicken Day

Five Food Finds about Chicken

  • The greatest height a chicken egg has been dropped from without cracking is 700ft.
  • This bird was probably first domesticated for the purpose of cockfights, not as food.
  • Chickens aren’t completely flightless—they can get airborne enough to make it over a fence or into a tree.
  • These birds are omnivores. They’ll eat seeds and insects but also larger prey like small mice and lizards.
  • With 25 billion chickens in the world, there are more of them than any other bird species.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1615 Furuta Oribe died. His original name was Furuta Shigenari. He was a Japanese master of the tea ceremony who studied under Sen Riky. His ideas influenced the tea ceremony, teahouse architecture, tea-garden landscaping and even flower arrangement.

1766 Alexander Wilson was born. Scottish naturalist, ornithologist and poet. Founder of American ornithology.

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