Category: Health and healing
A vaginal douche is flushing and cleansing the vagina with water, or (usually) specially manufactured hygiene products that purport to keep the vagina nice and clean. Lots of women use these perfumed douches to keep clean, wash away traces of menstruation, or after intercourse. Here are some reasons douching is not good for you.
Do you and your family enjoy a good walk in the woods or around parks? If there are any ticks in your area, it is important to be aware of the dangers that these tiny parasites can pose. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the blacklegged tick (Ixodes ricinus) that can ruin peoples’ [...]
An ovarian teratoma a type of germ cell tumor – meaning tumors that start out in egg cells and sperm cells. Teratoma can be cancerous (in the case of immature teratoma) or benign. Benign ovarian teratoma is often referred to as a dermoid cyst. Although a dermoid cyst is not cancer, it does look shocking [...]
Parents of young babies who have not been vaccinated yet, or those who have medical issues that make the vaccine unsuitable for them, may be concerned about the spread of pertussis. Just how is the whooping cough transmitted, and is there anything you can do to prevent your young baby from catching pertussis?
Whooping cough is a highly infectious, unpleasant, and often dangerous respiratory disease that most people aim to avoid by vaccinating against it. Children under seven years of age can receive the Dtap vaccine, while adolescents and adults can get the Tdap vaccine. But, can you still get pertussis after being vaccinated?
Pertussis, which is more commonly referred to as whooping cough, is a serious respiratory infection that can go on for a long time, and has the risk of complications. In childhood, the Dtap vaccine against whooping cough is offered, but it is now recommended that adults receive regular booster shots as well. Tdap is the [...]
Gardasil is a relatively new vaccine, nicknamed the “cervical cancer vaccine” because it aims to prevent cervical cancer caused by strains of the human papillomavirus (strains 16 and 18), as well as other related cancers – vulvar, vaginal, and anal. Gardasil also offers immunization against HPV strains 6 and 11, which can cause genital warts. [...]
What is typically called “HPV” or “the Human Papillomavirus” actually refers to a huge umbrella group of viruses, covering more than 150 different strains. Some of them cause warts and growths, which is why they carry the name papilloma. Some strains of HPV can cause cancer, including cervical cancer, but not all do.
Gonorrhea is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases out there, especially among teenagers. Would your body signal there was something wrong if you did have gonorrhea? What are the typical symptoms? And why should you get tested anyway if there is any chance at all that you could have gonorrhea, or another STD?