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More than ever before, women are facing untold pressures to be able to do it all. Yet this idea of “all” also features just as many hidden caveats, many of which are being brought unashamedly to light by the Trump Administration, in turn reinforcing the shame burdening women when considering their basic human rights. While men sit in oval offices deciding on what women can and cannot do with their bodies, women naturally begin to question what they can open up about.

Thankfully, not only we are stronger than our male counterparts think we are, in many respects we’re stronger than they are. Period. The way we feed that strength is by indulging in more and more conversations, especially ones in which we would rather stay silent on. After all, those issues are probably the most important ones.

The perfect example involves women’s health — specifically, women’s intimate health. Today, we’re going to talk frankly about it with #NoShame! No question is stupid, and no woman should feel ashamed to ask them when it comes to her overall well-being:

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BLOCKAGE

I started by talking about some mental blockage women may have when it comes to their health, but let’s get right into it and talk about some bodily blockage. Having constipation is not a pleasant feeling. Not only does it cause abdominal pain or discomfort, but it can also affect how you feel about yourself in public, often making you feel self-conscious about your belly, or how your favourite pair of jeans are fitting. So don’t let occasional constipation stand in the way of your day; with RestoraLAX®, you can effectively restore your body’s natural rhythm without the side effects like cramps, bloating or gas.

LOSING CONTROL

With talk of President Trump, it might seem like women around the world are losing more control over their welfare and well-being with every passing day, so let’s try to get control of what’s in our control. Urinary incontinence is another subject that can be a taboo for many people, yet according to Canadian Continence, as many as 3.3 million Canadians (nearly 10% of the general population) experience some form of it. Like most taboo topics, we feel the need to hide it from others because we think it’s less common than it really is! The Canadian Continence Foundation website has useful information from doctors and tips on how to manage it.

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GOING VIRAL IS OVERRATED

When people think of vaginal issues, the first thought usually jumps to UTIs or yeast infections. The not-so-talked-about Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is a very common occurring infection. BV can occur when the pH balance in the vagina is affected, as a high pH level allows growth of undesirable bacterial microorganisms. The main symptoms associated with BV are odour and abnormal discharge. The makers of Canesten have launched CanesBalance® to help you treat the symptoms of the infection by restoring the normal vaginal pH level and relieving abnormal vaginal discharge and odour.

MAYBE SHE’S NOT PMS-ING

Every month, women all over the world go through the discomfort of cramps, bloating, even headaches with our periods, leading so many men (and even women) to blame this monthly occurrence for unusual moodswings. But products like Midol® make this misogynist reasoning moot. It helps relieve these common symptoms as well as the female stereotypes that make it hard to talk about the issues at hand sometimes.

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Whatever the case or issue, let’s make a habit out of talking about it frankly and openly – we should never feel ashamed about discussing our health, and you are never alone! I’d love to hear your thoughts on these taboo subjects, and things you’ve done to help fuel the conversations.

*This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.