Tip #1: Take Good Care of Your General Health.
The obvious things like weight control, have a healthy diet, keep within a BMI range of 20-25. So underweight isn't good, overweight isn't good. Keep fit and active. There's a lot of evidence that women who are generally fit and whose weight is in normal parameters are much less likely to have other endocrine metabolic problems, including gynecological ones.
Tip #2: Pay More Attention To Vaginal Health
We always encourage women to pay more attention to their vagina health. One of the best ways to do that is to look at the use of a PH modulating gel, which we recommend regularly to patients of all ages. And what they do is ensure the PH of the vagina is kept acidic because an acidic PH is considered a healthy PH. What that does in turn is it encourage the growth of lactobacillus, which is a long-winded name for the good guys in the vagina, so these are healthy bacteria that help prevent overgrowth of other bacterial and candida, thrush, fungal agents and so on.
Tip #3: Avoid Putting Anything Potentially Irritant Near The Delicate Genital Tissues
That goes for douches, perfumed shower gels, oils, bath soaps, anything along those lines. Particularly products that contain a high percentage of fragrance, parabens, and various other additives. the good news is that there are plenty of healthy organic fragrance-free, paraben-free alternatives. So you just need to do a bit of market research and find something that suits you.
Tip #4: Follow Along the Lines of the Previous Tips
Again, vaginal health obviously involves your menstrual bleed, which is a week every month so it takes up a large part of women's lives. There is a trend nowadays that people draw more interest in organic products, particularly bleach-free cotton, organic cotton products which don't contain synthetic fibres, they don't have any additives such as gelling agents and fragrances, because these are certainly potentially damaging to the valva area, the vaginal area. They can cause skin reactions and they can alter the delicate PH balance. There's a wide range of products available, so again, we think women should shop around, get some information. But generally, in our view organic is better, it's easier and it's definitely worth looking into.
Tip #5: Final Tip
If you have symptoms that have persisted for more than 3 months, as a rule of thumb, it doesn't particularly matter what they are, it could be pelvic pain, pain with intercourse, heavy periods, PMS, wide range of symptoms. But if these persist in a manner that's interfering with your quality of life for three months or more, that's the time to get help. The first part of the call would be your GP, or a gynecological expert, but I would say don't delay.