Yeast Infections are many things—aggravating, itchy, kinda gross—but one thing they shouldn’t be is mysterious. These incredibly common infections are caused . a fungus that is naturally present in your body. When that fungus level rises, which can happen due to increased estrogen levels, antibiotics, or pregnancy, it can lead to an infection, says Salena Zanotti, M.D.
“Symptoms of a yeast infection can be a white discharge, sometimes cottage cheese-like, vulvo-vaginal itching, and/or burning,” says Zanotti. Other symptoms can include a burning when you pee or pain during s*x, all of which should point you straight to a doc to get checked out.
Three out of four women get a yeast infection in their lifetime, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But still, there’s a lot of confusion about this pesky problem. Monistat, the popular over-the-counter remedy for yeast infections, commissioned a study on some of the myths surrounding yeast infections, asking 1,000 women between the ages of 16 and 24 what they know (or think they know) about yeast infections.
Turns out a lot of them (more than half) have no idea what to do when they feel like they have a yeast infection because they feel stigmatized . them. Of those surveyed who experienced yeast infections, 37 percent said it made them feel like they did something wrong, 42 percent reported feeling self-conscious; and 55 percent said they were afraid of being negatively judged . others and that it made them feel dirty. That’s a lot of power for a little fungus!
Let us set the record straight:
s*x does not cause yeast infections
MYTH: 81 percent of respondents thought having s*x was a primary cause of yeast infections.
The Truth: s*x does not cause yeast infections. “Yeast infections are not considered a sexually transmitted disease, but they do occur more in sexually active women,” says Zanotti. “There can be s*xual transmission of yeast to a partner and both partners can be colonized with the same kind of yeast, but the number of yeast infections is not . to the number of partners a woman has.”
They are not contagious
MYTH: 59 percent of women surveyed . Monistat believe yeast infections are highly contagious.
The Truth: They are not. They’re triggered . an imbalance of the v**ina’s natural bacteria and cannot be “caught.” As Zanotti explains: “They cannot be acquired . casual contact and items like towels, toilet seats, etc.” >’s the catch: While a yeast infection isn’t considered a sexually transmitted disease, there is a small chance your guy could wind up with an itchy rash if you have unprotected s*x while infected. Plus, if you already have a yeast infection, getting busy can make it feel much worse, since the vaginal tissue is already irritated. So best to just avoid getting busy.
Preventing them is tricky
MYTH: There is no way to avoid getting a yeast infection.
The Truth: There’s some colloquial evidence that using unscented soaps and body washes can help, and that avoiding tight clothing that traps sweat, changing out of wet bathing suits, and wearing breathable cotton underwear can lessen your chances of infection. However, according to Zanotti, unless you have recurrent yeast infections, there’s not much to be done. If you do have frequent yeast infections, that’s when then you may look for factors you can modify like antibiotic use.
Yogurt is not going to solve the problem
MYTH: Your diet could be the cause or the cure.
The Truth: “Yogurt [and] probiotics do not help prevent them,” Zanotti says. “Certain individuals do have recurrent yeast infections and may see improvement . reducing the sugars or carbs in their diet. Diabetics have a higher risk of a yeast infection if they do not have good sugar control.” But let it be said >: “Yogurts have not been found to be helpful in preventing them.”
Your v**ina won’t bleed during a yeast infection
MYTH: Vaginal bleeding is a common symptom of yeast infections.
The Truth: “In the rare case, a person may have such irritation that they scratch enough to make their skin bleed, but normally there is no vaginal bleeding,” says Zanotti. If you are seeing vaginal blood during an infection, get to your M.D. stat.
Condoms don’t prevent them
MYTH: 30 percent of respondents thought using a condom would reduce their risk of a yeast infection.
The Truth: While there are a lot of good reasons to use a condom, preventing a yeast infection is not one of them. “Some women feel they have a yeast infection after s*x because they have burning or itching,” says Zanotti. “This is often a . to the condom or just from the friction of s*x, not a yeast infection.”
They probably won’t cause complications
MYTH: Yeast infections are a serious problem, and the treatment is expensive and inconvenient.
The Truth: “Vaginal yeast infections do not cause any serious problems, even in pregnancy, unless you are severely immunocompromised,” says Zanotti. Pregnant women might see them more often because of hormonal changes, but in short, yeast infections are annoying, but not particularly serious for most of the population.
They are easy to treat
MYTH: Yeast infections cannot be cured. According to Monistat’s survey, 67 percent of respondents think these annoying infections are permanent and can never be cured.
The Truth: Typically, yeast infections are fairly easy to cure. According to Zanotti, yeast infections can be treated with various antifungals, either used intra-vaginally or orally. There are over-the-counter preparations that work well. When those don’t, there are prescription vaginal creams or a pill. One note: Check with your M.D. if you’re unsure that what you have is actually a yeast infection before buying something at the drug store.
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Relationship Traps That Happy Couples Avoid At All Costs
Building a strong and lasting relationship is not always easy. There will be ups and downs but couples who avoid these five relationship traps are more likely to last forever.
1. Killing the trust
There are many ways trust can be ruined in a relationship. This includes cheating, lying, a lack of transparency, etc. When you have trouble believing the words that come out of your partner’s mouth or if you don’t trust that he has your best interests at heart, then that relationship will suffer. The best solution is to avoid this trap altogether. Be open, loyal and faithful to your partner.
2. Letting anger overtake them
Sure, there will be fights but how you handle them matters. When you let anger overtake you and you say things that are cruel or build a wall between you and him, you’re killing the relationship. Channel your anger into solving the problem and try not to use it to hurt each other. Those words, even when spoken in anger, are never forgotten.
3. Avoiding the difficult conversations
One of the relationship traps most people fall into is an avoidance of talking about the tough stuff. Your problems don’t go away if you ignore them. Be brave and have the hard conversations. You will be better for it.
4. Hitting below the belt
No matter how upset you are, one of the biggest relationship traps to avoid is to attack below the belt. Being vicious with your words/actions or threatening to leave abandon your partner isn’t the way to get what you want. Keep the fight fair.
5. Letting the emotional distance grow
When you’ve been together for a while, you may notice there are times when you don’t really feel a strong emotional attachment to your partner. This comes and goes. The key is to not let the emotional detachment phase last too long or the other person will feel unloved or rejected. When you notice this distance, then it may be time to go on a special date, take a trip or do something special to rekindle the love.
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Health Benefits Of African Bush Mango Seed (Ogbono) You Should Know
African Bush Mango Seed popularly known as Ogbono has its botanical name as Irvingia gabonensis and is also called wild African mango or bush mango. The Igbo people of Nigeria call it Ogbono and Yoruba people call it Apon.
Ogbono which is called “Apon” by the Yoruba people of Nigeria is indigenous to the humid forest zone from the northern part of Angola, including Congo, DR Congo, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire and south-western Uganda but is planted in parts of southern Cameroon, Ghana, Togo and Benin.
The tree which is present in the tropical wet and dry climate zone grows naturally in canopied jungle, gallery forests and semi-deciduous forests and produces edible mango-like fruits, and are especially valued for their fat and protein-rich nuts.
The fruits can be eaten fresh, processed into jelly, jam, juice and sometimes even wine. The pulp has also been used to prepare black dye for cloth coloration. Compared to the seed, the fruit is only a tiny resource.
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The seed, which is the Ogbono nut can also be eaten raw or roasted but they are mostly pounded into butter or a chocolate-like block. Ogbono seeds can be pressed to produce an edible oil or margarine which is used for cooking.
The oil can also be processed further into soap, cosmetics or pharmaceuticals. The pressed cake can be used as cattle feed or grounded/crushed and used as thickening and flavouring agent in soups and stews.
In Nigeria, the seed is popular for making soup. Ogbono soup also known as Draw soup because of its slippery nature helps the lumps of solid food slide down the throat to the stomach.
While some people like their Ogbono soup plain, with no added vegetables, others prefer it with some vegetable in it. A third group love their Ogbono soup with Okra, while some people would add Egusi to it.
Several research and studies have shown that ogbono Seed or kernels contains about 18 amino acids and that it is a good . of nutrients, vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus and iron.
Further research revealed that the fibre content of the seed improves bowel function and aids detoxification pathways.
The Research also showed that the seeds have beneficial effects on diabetes and obesity as well as in lowering cholesterol, and increasing antioxidant and gastrointestinal activity.
According to the research, consuming ogbono would help with the following:
Aids Weight Loss:
Ogbono aids weight loss by increasing the levels of leptin in the body, a hormone that reduces appetite and by inhibiting an enzyme called glycerol3phosphate dehydrogenase, which reduces the amount of blood sugar converted to fat.
Reduces Cholesterol Level:
Due to its contents, ogbono is not only good for weight loss, it may also serve as a great food to help control diabetes and ward off high cholesterol and the development of atherosclerosis.
Helps In Body Building:
Ogbono seed is also rich in protein which is good for body building. As earlier mentioned, the seed contains vitamins and minerals which are good for the body. It contains thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. The approximate fatty acid composition is myristic acid 33-70 per cent, laureic acid 20-59 per cent, oleic acid 1-11 per cent, palmitic acid 2 per cent and stearic acid 1 per cent. The contained amino acids are reasonably balanced for human nutrition. Since lysine, tryptophan, valine, threonine, isoleucine and phenylalanine have high concentrations in the seed, first limiting amino acids are methionine and cysteine.
So when next you are eating your Ogbono soup, just know you are eating yourself into good health. And for those who don’t eat ogbono, well, you are missing out…
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