Written by Michelle Dela Rosa, PT
So what’s the answer ladies? Water and mild soap. That’s it! The perineum can be patted dry afterwards. Read more to learn about conditions that can influence pH.
Adding fiber too quickly into the diet can cause discomfort, bloating, and abdominal gas. A fine balance is important for people with bowel dysfunction.
Eswaran S, Muir J, Chey WD. Fiber and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. Am J Gastroenterol. 2013 Apr:108:718-727.
Experts recommend drinking 1600 mL of liquid (~ 54 oz) every 24 hours, requirements that may vary according to a person’s size and activity level. Water is preferred, with other liquids substituted in moderation. Other signs of dehydration may include: headaches, muscle and joint soreness, dark urine, constipation, and kidney stones.
(The Importance of Water. Wilmette, Illinois: The Simon Foundation for Continence, 2014. Print.)
More than half of women with symptoms of vulvodynia do not seek medical care. Of those that do, less than 2% of them are given an accurate diagnosis.
(Harlow BL, Stewart EG. A population-based assessment of chronic unexplained vulvar pain: have we underestimated the prevalence of vulvodynia? J Am Med Womens Assoc. 2003 Spring;58(2):82-8.
Reed BD, Harlow SD, Sen A, Edwards R, Chen D, Haefner HK. Relationship between vulvodynia and chronic comorbid pain conditions. Obstet Gynecol. 2012;120:145-51.)
The NVA, or National Vulvodynia Association, has a free tutorial for Women with Vulvodynia. It reviews anatomy, normal and abnormal symptoms, and vulvar self-examination, for starters. Check it out at www.nva.org.