As a woman, your body is constantly evolving - from puberty to menopause, to pregnancy and everything in between. But with these changes, there’s a range of health conditions you should be aware of. Whether you’re suffering from period pain, vaginal thrush, bacterial vaginosis, or the symptoms of menopause, we’ve got a variety of treatments available to get you feeling yourself again. …read moreSee less
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What are the symptoms of menopause?
Women usually start menopause between the ages of 45 to 55, with the UK average currently standing at 51.
The time before your periods stop is the perimenopausal stage, and it’s at this time that you may begin to experience symptoms like hot flushes, night sweats, a reduced sex drive, difficulty sleeping, aches and pains, mood changes and problems with memory and concentration.
About 8 in 10 women will have symptoms for some time before and after their periods stop.
What can relieve period pain?
If you dread the sharp, poking, cramp-like pain in your stomach each time your period comes knocking, you might be wondering the best ways to help ease it.
By taking over-the-counter pain medicine, like ibuprofen, can help to reduce bleeding and the severity of pain during your period.
Applying heat with something like a hot water bottle or a heating pad on your belly or lower back may relieve pain, in addition to reserving time to rest.
What are the symptoms of vaginal thrush?
Thrush has some very distinct symptoms which can make it very easy to spot, including:
- - A white, cottage cheese-like discharge that doesn’t smell
- -Itching or irritation around your vagina
- Swelling of your vaginal lips
- Soreness around the entrance of your vagina
- Soreness or stinging when you use the bathroom or during sex
Do I have thrush or BV (bacterial vaginosis)?
If you’re not sure whether you have BV or thrush just from looking at lists of symptoms there are a couple of other things you can consider.
If you’re feeling sore, itchy, or experience a burning sensation, you probably have thrush rather than BV.
BV doesn’t typically cause any pain or irritation, whereas thrush is particularly noticeable because of those irritating symptoms.
If your vaginal discharge is greyish or watery you’re probably dealing with BV, but if it’s white and looks a bit like cottage cheese you’re dealing with thrush.
If you’re noticing a strong fishy smell, then you probably have BV, as thrush rarely causes a strong smell.
No matter what you’re dealing with, get yourself to a doctor for a formal diagnosis so you know that you’re getting the right treatment for your infection.