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Unhappy Relationship Signs

Unhappy Relationship Signs

It can be normal to feel unhappy at points in your relationship, and recognizing signs can help to identify the problem and give solutions. Read mo...

Unhappy Relationship Signs

Being in a relationship is a beautiful thing, but sometimes it can be tough. It's normal to have ups and downs in any relationship, but sometimes the downs can become too much to bear. If you are constantly feeling unhappy or unsatisfied in your relationship, it's time to take a step back and evaluate what's going on.

Here are some common unhappy relationship signs:

#1 Constant fighting

It’s healthy to have arguments every now and then with your partner, but if you find that you're constantly fighting with your partner, it could be a sign that things aren't working out. Constant fighting can indicate a breakdown in communication and when partners don’t know how to communicate in a relationship, misunderstandings and disagreements can escalate to full-blown arguments. Additionally, when partners are unable to find common ground and reach a compromise, it can lead to ongoing tension and resentment. Arguments can be exhausting and draining, and if they continue to occur, they may lead to an unhealthy relationship.

#2 Lack of communication

Good communication is key in a healthy relationship, but if you find that you and your partner aren't communicating effectively, it could be a sign that something is wrong. It can lead to misunderstandings, emotional distance, suppressed feelings and needs, an inability to solve problems and a lack of trust. If you find that you and your partner are struggling to communicate effectively, it may be a sign that your relationship needs work to become healthier and more supportive.

#3 Lack of intimacy

Intimacy is an essential part of any happy relationship. Intimacy involves vulnerability and open communication, and if it's missing, it can be a sign that things aren't working out. If you find that you and your partner are losing your physical or emotional connection, it’s important that you learn how to talk to your partner about lack of intimacy.

#4 You feel alone

Even if you’re in a couple, you can still feel lonely and disconnected. Feeling lonely can be caused by a lack of emotional connection, support, shared interests, physical affection, or effective communication. If you are feeling lonely even when you're in a couple, it's a sign that you may be in an unhealthy relationship. Feeling alone can lead to feelings of sadness and unhappiness.

#5 You're constantly compromising

Compromise is a necessary part of any healthy relationship, but if you find that you're constantly compromising your own needs and desires for your partner, it can be a sign of power imbalance or lack of respect. If one partner is constantly compromising and the other partner is never willing to, the partner who is always compromising may feel like their needs and desires are not being valued or heard. If you're always the one giving in, you may start to feel resentful, and this can affect your happiness.

#6 Lack of support

Support is another essential part of any happy relationship. If you find that your partner isn't there for you when you need them, it could be a sign of a lack of empathy, trust, communication, or mutual respect. A lack of support can lead to feelings of loneliness and unhappiness.

#7 You're not growing

Personal growth is important in any relationship, and if you find that you're not growing or evolving as a person, it could be a sign that things aren't working out. In a good relationship, your partner should support your growth and encourage you to be the best version of yourself.

In conclusion, feeling unhappy in a relationship is a normal emotion and flow of any relationship, but when it becomes constant, it's time to take action. By identifying the signs of an unhappy relationship, you can take steps to address the issues and improve your situation. Remember that every relationship requires work, but it's important to know when it's time to let go and move on.

Possible Causes of Irregular Periods

Possible Causes of Irregular Periods

There are many possible reasons why there are irregularities in the menstrual cycle. Find out more information in this blog.

Possible Causes of Irregular Periods

Have you ever questioned, “Why is my period irregular?” Irregular periods can be a frustrating and confusing experience for many women. The menstrual cycle is regulated by a complex interplay of hormones, so if a hormonal imbalance occurs, irregular periods may form. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the common causes of irregular menstruation and what you can do to help regulate your period.

#1 Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is a common hormonal disorder that affects reproductive-aged women. This is one of the many signs of hormonal imbalance and leads to the growth of small cysts on the ovaries. Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome often experience menstrual irregularities, as well as other symptoms like acne, weight gain, and excessive hair growth.

#2 Thyroid Disorders

The thyroid gland produces hormones that help regulate metabolism and other bodily functions. If the thyroid gland is overactive or underactive, it can lead to hormonal imbalances and an irregular menstrual cycle. Women with thyroid disorders may experience irregular periods, as well as other symptoms like fatigue and weight changes.

#3 Stress

Can stress delay your period? The answer is yes. Stress can affect hormone levels and lead to irregular menstruation. When the body is under stress, it produces higher levels of the hormone cortisol, which can disrupt the balance of reproductive hormones. Any woman who experiences chronic stress may have irregular bleeding, as well as other symptoms like anxiety and depression.

#4 Weight Changes

Significant changes in weight, whether it be weight gain or weight loss, can cause hormonal imbalances and lead to an irregular menstrual cycle. This is because hormones are stored in fat cells, and changes in body weight can affect the balance of these hormones.

#5 Birth Control

Certain forms of hormonal birth control, such as an oral contraceptive pill, can cause irregular bleeding as a side effect. This is because these forms of birth control affect the balance of hormones in the body.

If you're experiencing menstrual irregularities, it's important to speak with your healthcare provider to determine which of these common causes is affecting you. They may recommend blood tests to measure hormone levels or imaging tests to assess ovarian health. Depending on the cause, treatment options may include irregular period supplements or lifestyle changes.

 

Maintaining a Healthy Vagina

How to Maintain a Healthy Vagina & Vulva

There are many things that go into having and maintaining a healthy vagina. Read on to learn all you need to know about vaginal and vulva health.

How to Maintain a Healthy Vagina & Vulva

Half the world’s population has a vagina, but many people don’t know much about its anatomical structure or even some of its functionalities. Sometimes, people aren’t even sure how or what to do to keep their vagina healthy and safe from infection risks. There are many things that go into having and maintaining a healthy vagina. Read on to learn all you need to know about how to have a healthy vagina and vulva.

What does a healthy vagina look like? 

Let’s get familiar with the anatomy of the vulva and vagina. When you have an opportunity, get a handheld mirror and do a self-exam to learn exactly how you are built so you know what is your normal.

The vulva is all the external genital parts, which are the inner and outer labia, clitoris, and urethra. The labia are the fleshy lips that surround the vaginal opening. The inner labia come together and meet to cover the clitoris. Just under the clitoris is the urethra, which is where urine comes out. The vaginal opening is much larger and located just below the urethra.

The vagina is the internal genitalia, which include the vaginal canal and cervix, separating the vagina from the uterus. The vaginal canal is closed off by the cervix so that the uterus stays protected from most outside contaminants.

A healthy vulva should have the inner, fleshy tissue color of the labia much like the color of your lips on your face. The tissue should be moist and free of:

  • Lacerations
  • Lumps
  • Bumps
  • Sores
  • Rashes

You may experience normal vaginal discharge which is clear to whitish in color and ranges from thin to thick depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle. Hormones signal the vagina to excrete cervical mucus, and the vulva is packed with sweat glands. This is how the female genitals perform their own flushing out of biological waste and bacteria.

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What does a healthy vagina smell like?

Many people question, “Is vaginal odor normal?” Because the vulva and vagina are located in a warm, dark, moist area of the body that is generally covered by clothing all day and produces sweat and discharge, it is normal for this area to have a mild odor. Generally, vaginal odor is mild enough that it is mostly unnoticeable. But certain triggers can cause the odor to be stronger at times, such as heavy sweating, wearing tight nonbreathable clothing, or staying in a wet swimsuit for long periods of time.

The vulva can be washed, and it is recommended to have a daily feminine hygiene routine to clean this area. The best way to clean your vulva is with a pH-balanced wash. You can use a soft washcloth (use a clean cloth each time) or just your hands to gently wash the area with the pH-balanced cleanser. Remember to wash the vulva only and do not get anything inside the vagina. Using heavily scented or antibacterial soaps are not recommended because they can disrupt the microbiome and put you at risk for vaginal infections or irritation. 

pH-D Feminine Health offers a line of Boric Acid Foam Washes that are pH-balanced to the same pH as the vulva that can be used daily while bathing. Showers are preferential over baths for vaginal health because bathwater can expose the vulvar and vaginal tissue to soaps and oils. If you opt for a bath, rinse the vulvar area thoroughly with fresh, warm water afterward. 

What is healthy vaginal discharge?

As previously mentioned, the vagina regularly excretes cervical mucus discharge that is usually white or clear in color depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle. During the time of your cycle when you are not bleeding, the normal vaginal discharge is usually thick and white before ovulation. When ovulation happens, the cervical mucus thins out and gets clearer in color and can be stretchy or mucousy like egg whites. After ovulation, the discharge becomes white in color again and sometimes thinner and more sticky in consistency than it was before ovulation.  

Then the menstrual bleed, or period, occurs, and as that nears the end, the discharge may become light brown in color before it turns back to the whitish color. At no time during the cycle should healthy vaginal discharge have a foul or fishy odor or be any color other than white, clear, or light brown as the period ends. See a healthcare provider and seek medical advice if you experience any abnormal discharge that is greenish or yellowish in color or experience bleeding outside of the expected dates of your period.

What is a healthy vaginal pH?

pH is the measure of how acidic or alkaline something is and it is measured on a scale of 0-14. Acidic measurements are 0-6 on the pH scale, neutral is 7, and alkaline measurements are 8-14.

The vagina is naturally acidic, with an approximate pH level of 4.5. Many of the good bacteria in the microbiome are Lactobacilli, which contribute to the acidic environment of the vagina by producing lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide.

Estrogen also helps maintain an acidic pH level in the vagina. As estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle, so does the microbiome and the vaginal pH balance.

What are the signs of an unhealthy vagina?

If you notice a smell that is not like your normal scent, or it becomes particularly strong and unpleasant or has a “fishy” smell, you should consult with a healthcare provider. Strong, unpleasant vaginal odor can be a sign of vaginal infection, including:

  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Yeast infection
  • Sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia or gonorrhea
  • Vaginitis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

Other signs of a disruption in the vaginal microbiome that can negatively impact vaginal health are:

  • Vaginal Itching
  • Burning
  • Pain
  • Abnormal Vaginal discharge that is green or yellow in color and has a foul odor
  • Pain

A healthcare provider should be seen if a mild problem persists for long periods of time, symptoms worsen, or if you experience fever or pain.

How to maintain good vaginal health

pH-D Feminine Health is the #1 Doctor recommended brand of boric acid suppositories and also offers several other holistic products for vaginal health and hygiene that are available on the market at over 50,000 retailers in the USA and Canada. These products can be used with other feminine hygiene and menstruation hygiene products.

Odor is one of the most common feminine care concerns women bring to their healthcare providers, and pH-D’s goal is to normalize the conversation about vaginal odor because many women feel shame about it. A holistic solution for this problem is boric acid products, which are safe as well as doctor recommended.

So, what is boric acid? For those unfamiliar, boric acid is a natural compound that is found in seawater and has been used for over 100 years by physicians for neutralizing odor. In its purest form, boric acid is a white powder that is both colorless and odorless. Boric acid is a common and safe ingredient. It is used in a variety of cosmetic products as well as feminine care products to help control vaginal odor.

Boric acid has many uses and is a weak acid that is water soluble. It is a very common, accessible product with many uses because it is a natural compound found in seawater.

If you want to know how to keep your vaginal healthy, pH-D Feminine Health offers several holistic products for vaginal health and odor control, including our sensitive feminine wash. pH-D has a selection of pH-balanced boric acid products, including foam washes that can be used in the shower, body sprays, and body wipes. All these products are safe for sensitive skin and support your most intimate areas and overall vaginal health.

One of pH-D’s most popular products on the market is the #1 Doctor recommended Boric Acid Vaginal Suppositories. These suppositories are small capsules of a dissolvable bovine gelatin containing the recommended 600 mg of boric acid to be inserted into the vagina as a holistic solution for vaginal odor and overall vaginal wellness. Use the suppositories until you are odor free. If you are prone to vaginal odor, you can insert 2-4 suppositories per week. It is safe to use boric acid suppositories on a regular basis for vaginal odor.

Certain cleansing methods, such as using heavily scented soap mask odors instead of neutralizing them, which may alter the microbiome. Boric acid suppositories contain one simple ingredient: boric acid, which is proven to neutralize odors instead of just mask them. Different feminine products containing boric acid have different uses, but all involve assisting in controlling vaginal odor. For example, pH-D Boric Acid Moisturizing Suppositories, along with hyaluronic acid vaginal gel, include Vitamin E and coconut oil for the added benefit of moisture and feeling comfortable. They are most commonly used by women who may be experiencing vaginal dryness or going through menopause.

We also have a product line of holistic oral supplements to support your vaginal health and your overall health, too.

  • Our Women’s Health Probiotic supplement is a holistic product to support your digestive, urinary tract health, and vaginal microbiome. The addition of cranberry fruit extract has acidic properties that are proven to help promote vaginal health.
  • Our oral supplement for menstrual support promotes the reduction of menstrual discomfort, irritability, and bloating or swelling. These capsules contain Alpha-GEE®, which is proven to reduce inflammation.*
  • Our Holistic Menopause Support supplement promotes the reduction of hot flashes, irritability, mood swings, night sweats and brain fog. These capsules contain CON-CRĒT® creatine, which assists with cellular energy to support optimal brain health.

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