We all know that I don’t mind talking about things that might be seen as slightly risqué. Sex, bladders… none of it is off-the-table. As far as I’m concerned, we all have bodies: why not discuss them? Life is confusing enough without having to feel shy about bodily functions that are completely normal.
Thrush is one of these things that happens to almost all of us: three quarters of women will experience thrush at some point in their lives. I still remember the first time I had it; I rushed to the doctors terribly embarrassed thinking there was something awfully wrong with me. I yakked at speed to the doctor for about 15 minutes, describing my symptoms in minute detail, convinced bad news was to come. She just patted me on the arm and said a simple “sounds like a little case of thrush, dear”. Oops.
It’s important for us to know our bodies and be as educated as we can be about feminine health. Because of this Canesten have launched the #GetComfortable campaign, with the aim of encouraging us to lose our embarrassment over simple health questions or issues. I’m really delighted to support this campaign; 50% of us have vaginas so why not embrace them (not literally, that’s another blog post all together…).
To be fair, I come from a place of ex-embarrassment: I’d get changed under my towel at the gym, would leave my pants on when I got a bikini line wax and generally did not enjoy referring to that part of me. But then I had kids, and once a woman you don’t know has had her whole fist inside you (cervical sweeps for the win!!) this kind of thing stops bothering you. I’ve seen first-hand how important our intimate health is and, more crucially, why it’s essential that we are open about it.
Canesten has created a fantastic website with a wealth of knowledge on these important intimate health issues that will give you some pointers if you think something’s up down there. And my advice is simple: almost everyone goes through something icky at least once in their lifetime (with me it’s every time I take antibiotics, yeehah) and when you see your pharmacist/GP remember this is a conversation they have every single day. So there’s really no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed.
To celebrate our vaginas I’m really happy to offer a £50 voucher to my favourite place – John Lewis! Just enter using the handy rafflecopter widegt below, and for a bonus entry let me know one time you were needlessly embarrassed… Good luck!!
Terms and Conditions: Competition closes at 12.00am (midnight) GMT on 2nd January 2016. Entries received after this time and date will not count. UK residents only. Entrants must be 18 +. Winner will be selected at random after the closing date and will be notified within 3 days of competition end. Only entrants received via the Rafflecopter widget will be considered valid. Alice Judge-Talbot is responsible for delivery of the prize, a £50 voucher to John Lewis/Waitrose.
Thank you to Canesten for supporting MTT!