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No Sex

Lots has been going on in my life lately, and it’s interesting how I always seem to make some kind of vaginal health experiment out of the various situations life throws at me. My most recent situation is going through a divorce, so I guess I won’t be writing about having sex anytime soon. It...
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Feelin’ Good

I know in the past few months I’ve fallen off the wagon a time or two. Since going off birth control, dealing with PMS cravings has been quite a challenge. I’ve managed to avoid the real sugar stuff, but I was not able to stay away from the artificial sweeteners. The carbsmart ice cream bars...
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Going off Birth Control

I’ve been off birth control for about two months now. I had been on some form of birth control for the past ten years–primarily the pill. I made the decision to go off birth control because I was really getting tired of all the side effects. I felt it was seriously affecting my sex drive...
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Yet Another UTI

I’ve been doing the low carb low sugar thing for so long, I thought it would be ok for me to be a little more lenient on my diet. One of the things I miss having in large amounts are the sweeter fruits–watermelon, apples, pears, and especially grapes. I can eat a whole bag of...
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Is Stevia Safe?

Stevia plant leaves have been used for centuries by native people in Brazil and Paraguay to sweeten beverages. It has also been used in Japan to sweeten since 1970.  Stevia contains no sugar; the main ingredient is called Stevioside. Many people choose to use Stevia in the place of artificial sweeteners. It is calorie-free and...
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Naturalamb Condom Review

Naturalamb condoms are non-latex condoms, made by Trojan, designed to prevent pregnancy. They are great for those in a committed relationship who are not concerned about STDs. They are made from the intestinal membrane of a lamb and have been around for ages. These condoms are not an effective preventative measure against STDs. Studies have...
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Trojan Supra Condom Review

Trojan Supra condoms are non latex condoms made from a material called polyurethane. Many people choose to use polyurethane condoms if they have a latex allergy. They are super thin and because of this, they transmit natural body heat much better than latex condoms. Although thin, they are also strong. Some people without a latex...
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2 Weeks Without Artificial Sweeteners or Sugar Alcohols

Today marks two weeks of having no artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols in my diet. It really did get easier day after day. Although my little experiment was some what hindered by my few days on antibiotics, I still feel there are legitimate results to report. Below are the things I experienced. Better sleep at...
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Condoms and Yeast Infections

I thought I would write a post dealing with condoms and yeast infections because many people don’t know there can be a correlation between the two. In some cases, condoms can cause yeast infections, and in other cases, condoms can actually prevent yeast infections. I’ll first talk about how they can prevent yeast infections. Semen...
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UTI Symptoms Came Back

Looks like my combination of things didn’t work perfectly. At around 4pm yesterday I started getting a pain down there, and when I peed, it hurt at the beginning. I decided to go ahead and take the Ciprofloxacin. Sometimes UTI symptoms can disappear, but the infection is still there. I didn’t want to risk the...
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UTI Alert

Well this morning was not a good morning when I woke up. First, I had a dream that I had a yeast infection. Then I woke up having to pee really bad, but I also had this unpleasant warm sensation in my bladder region. I went to pee and felt a slight pain at the...
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Day 4 No Artificial Sweetener

Today marks day four of not having any artificial sweetener. It seems to become easier the longer I go. I feel good, and I’ve noticed some weight loss, even though I’m not trying to loose. I haven’t had a single headache since I made this change in my diet. I also find I don’t snack...
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No Artificial Sweeteners for Me

For the next two weeks, I am making a change to my diet.  Lately I’ve felt a dependency on diet sodas, and artificially sweetened treats. I am challenging myself to cut out all artificial sweeteners in my diet for two weeks. Artificial sweeteners include saccharin (Sweet n’ now), aspartame (Equal, Nutrasweet) and sucralose (Splenda). The diet...
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To Shave or Not to Shave

We’re talking about pubic hair here, in case you didn’t catch my little phrase. In today’s time, shaving your pubic hair seems to be the norm. All the nude pictures running around on the internet show a shaved vagina, so it’s no wonder people think it’s the norm. Don’t feel left out if you’re still...
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TriNessa Review

TriNessa is the generic form of Ortho Tri-Cyclen birth control. It has a combination of female hormones, and these hormones prevent the release of an egg from an ovary. It also makes it more difficult for sperm to reach the uterus because it causes changes in your uterine lining and cervical mucus. TriNessa can also...
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Astroglide Personal Lubricant Review

Astroglide Personal Lubricant is designed to mimic natural body fluids. It helps prevent unwanted friction during sex due to vaginal dryness. Sometimes the female mind may be aroused and ready for sex, but the vagina is not quite there yet. Astroglide lube can be used even if vaginal dryness is not a problem. You may...
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Monistat 1 Day Ovule Review

Yeast infections are an inconvenience in many ways. First there are the symptoms and then there is the unpleasant treatment. The treatment is usually very messy and worst of all, you typically have 7 days worth of treatment. That means 7 days of having clumps of cream coming out of you. Monistat attempts to put...
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Macrodantin Review

Macrodantin (also known as Nitrofurantoin, macrobid macrodantin, or macrobid) is prescribed to patients with urinary tract infections. It can be used to treat an existing urinary tract infection, or it can be used as a preventative measure for those with recurring urinary tract infections. It is usually prescribed for 6 months or longer to those...
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Summer’s Eve Feminine Cleansing Cloths Review

Summer’s Eve Feminine Cleansing Clothes are flushable wipes that can be used during your period, after exercising, or in the place of toilet paper. They are gentle enough for sensitive skin and are alcohol free. You can buy them in individually wrapped packages or in a large soft pack dispenser. The individually wrapped packages are...
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Summer’s Eve Feminine Deodorant Spray

Summer’s Eve Feminine Deodorant Spray neutralizes odor and absorbs moisture. It can be sprayed on undergarments, pantyhose, and pads/pantyliners as well. The spray comes in a couple of different scents, tropical rain, island splash, baby powder, and ultra extra strength. I began using this spray because I remembered my mother using it during her period...
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Vagisil Anti-Itch Medicated Wipes Review

Vagisil Anti-Itch Medicated Wipes are medicated individually wrapped wipes. They help relieve exterior vaginal itching and burning. The wipes have an odor blocking formula and are flush-able.  These wipes are useful for vaginal itching associated with yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, as well as itching caused by clothing or chafing. The wipes do not cure or...
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Vagisil Screening Kit Review

The Vagisil Screening Kit helps you determine whether or not you have a yeast infection or something else. It says on the box that it is not to be  used for diagnosis but may be helpful when discussing your symptoms and pH with your doctor. Although it says this, most people, including myself, use this...
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Ciprofloxacin Review

Ciprofloxacin  (also referred to as Cipro) is classified as an antibiotic. It treats various types of bacterial infections and can also be used to slow/prevent anthrax after exposure. It can be taken with or without food but should not be taken with dairy products such as milk, yogurt, or calcium fortified juice. The reason for...
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Flagyl Review

Flagyl, also known as Metronidazole is an antibiotic used to treat certain parasites and anaerobic bacteria. It was prescribed to me by my gynecologist to treat what they thought was bacterial vaginosis (BV), also referred to as a bacterial infection. Side effects of Flagyl can include, nausea, headaches, loss of appetite, a metallic taste, and...
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Diflucan Review

Diflucan, also known as Fluconazole, is typically prescribed to treat infections caused by candida. This includes yeast infections, urinary tract infections, throat infections, and pneumonia. It is usually in pill for and prescribed as a one time dose and sometimes in multiple doses. The medicine should be taken with a full glass of water. Some...
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Nature Made Vitamin C 1000mg Review

Vitamin C has many great benefits. It’s primary role is to build collagen, which is the main protein matter of the human body that holds tissues together in skin, bone and teeth. Vitamin C is also an important part of the immune system. It can help your body fight illness and can sometimes even help...
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TheraCran Review

TheraCran is a cranberry supplement made by Theralogix. Cranberries help prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder, which can prevent a Urinary Tract Infection from occurring. TheraCran is the strongest cranberry supplement on the market. My urologist recommended it to help keep the UTIs at bay, once I finally went off the...
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Candistroy Review

Candistroy is a two part system to help eliminate yeast overgrowth. It consists of anti-bacterial and anti-fungal herbs in addition to a probiotic. One bottle of the two part system is labeled “Candistroyer”. Candistroyer contains a natural substance called Tannates. It is supposed to bind to bad fungus in your body and make them ineffective....
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AZO Standard Review

AZO Standard helps with the pain, urgency and frequency of urination associated with a urinary tract infection (UTI). It works much better than the normal over the counter pain relievers (Advil, Tylenol, etc.) because it contains Phenazopyridine Hydrochloride, which is an ingredient commonly found in prescription urinary tract pain relievers. AZO Standard helps out a...
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AZO Yeast Review

AZO Yeast helps prevent yeast infections and also helps relieve the symptoms of an existing yest infection. It will not cure an existing yeast infection but can be used along with antifungal vaginal creams, ointments, or suppositories to relieve symptoms such as itching, burning and swelling. One of the main ingredients in AZO Yeast is...
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RepHresh Review

RepHresh Review: White Clumps Be Damned! RepHresh Gel does several things. It gives you lubrication during sex, restores the vagina’s natural moisture and helps balance the PH in the vagina. An unbalanced PH can cause vaginal odor, and make you more prone to vaginal infections (yeast, bacterial, etc.) RepHresh comes in a pre-filled applicator in...
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Replens Review

Many things can cause vaginal dryness, such as: certain medications, menopause, stress, menstruation, childbirth, breastfeeding, use of tampons, and intercourse. Replens is designed to help restore the vagina’s natural moisture. It comes in a pre-filled applicator and lasts up to three days. It’s different from personal lubricants because it doesn’t have to be applied right...
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The Wonders of a Bidet

Until this week, I had never used a bidet. I wasn’t even really quite sure exactly what one was or how to use it prior to this week. All I knew is they some how sprayed your genitals off, and French people used them in the place of toilet paper. This week, I took an...
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Cleaning “Down There”

This is one of those things most women are never taught to do. They just clean it like they would any other part of their body by scrubbing it with soap. If you’re not exactly sure how to clean down there, chances are, you’re too embarrassed to ask. For the longest time I scrubbed my...
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Yeast Infections Vs. Urinary Tract Infections

Yeast infections and UTIs are two very different infections. They feel different and they’re treated differently when you visit a doctor with these problems. Signs of a yeast infection include an itching and or burning sensation around the vulva, anus or inside the vagina….it can pretty much itch anywhere down there when too much yeast...
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#1 for Preventing UTI and Yeast Infections

I first considered going in detail about all the little remedies for preventing these chronic infections, but then I decided it might be best to start with the most important thing first–DIET. Doctors don’t emphasize this enough and sometimes not even at all. They may drop the hint that lowering your sugar intake might help,...
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