Ten Smart Health

Topic: Ten Smart Health Tips for Busy Women

Lakeisha Richardson, M.D., OB/GYN last month shared ten recommended smart health tips for women navigating various life stages, serving as an important reminder to be proactive about maintaining women’s health, from menstruation through menopause and beyond.

“Girls are taught from a young age that maintaining their health consists of eating right and exercising, but there are other crucial factors for good health in women,” said Dr. Richardson. “As we continue to shelter at home, women can take control of their own health to help minimize imbalances, discomfort and reduce overall stress.”

Dr. Richardson’s ten tips to stay healthy include:

1. Talk to your health care provider: Don’t skip your yearly exam and ensure you’re up to date on all vaccines including the flu shot. Speak with your healthcare provider to reschedule your yearly exam if it has been postponed due to stay-at-home orders.

2. Exercise. Get moving at home. Regular exercise decreases the chance of developing cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and obesity. Try having a dance party, watching YouTube videos, or try a virtual exercise class.

3. Keep vaginal pH normal. pH can increase with blood from menstruation, sperm with sex, and hormone fluctuations during pregnancy and menopause. An increase in pH can often lead to BV or bacterial vaginosis, causing an unpleasant odor and itch. RepHresh Gel keeps pH balanced to normal and eliminates odor immediately. It is easy to mistake BV for a yeast infection and many attempts to self-treat can cause more harm than good. When BV is diagnosed, antibiotics are necessary, but be careful as they kill the good along with the bad bacteria and can then cause a yeast infection, starting the bad cycle all over again. Try RepHresh Pro-B, a vaginal probiotic that contains 2 strains of vaginal lactobacilli to balance yeast and bacteria daily.

Topic Discussed: Ten Smart Health Tips for Busy Women

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