While guys embrace their bodily functions (good, bad, and ugly), women tend to be squeamish about theirs especially when it occurs at the most inconvenient times. What does one do when these yucky bodily functions recur more frequently making it uncomfortable for one to discuss with your family doctors? Well, below is a list of the most common embarrassing bodily functions decoded for you.
1. Icky Vaginal Discharge
- Normal Discharge: For women in their reproductive years, vaginal discharge is normal. Discharge helps clear out dead cells, keeps the vaginal walls lubricated, and even fights infections. When you go to the restroom, take a look at what’s on your toilet paper —the color of your discharge should be clear, white, or slightly yellow, and it may have a faint musty smell (FYI- Vaginal odor serves as a major attraction factor for your partner).
- Abnormal Discharge: If you notice any unusual or sudden change in color (i.e green), texture, or odor; then something fishy is probably going on.One of the causes of vaginal discharge could be that the balance of healthy bacteria (germs) in your vagina is upset. Many things can disturb the balance of a healthy vagina, including douching (cleaning the vagina with a prepackaged mixture), feminine hygiene sprays, certain soaps or bubble baths, antibiotics, diabetes, pregnancy or infections. Small amounts of yeast fungus are often found in a healthy vagina. But if it becomes too much, it can cause a yeast infection. One usually does not get yeast infections from a sex partner. You are likely to get a yeast infection if you are using antibiotics, are pregnant, have diabetes, or stay hot and sweaty for long periods. Some women get frequent yeast infections for no obvious reason.
2. Irregular Bowel Movements
Uncontrollable bowel movements affects 5.5 million American and are more common in women than in men. One reason is childbirth, which can damage the muscles or nerves needed for bowel control. In addition, a lot of factors can cause irregular bowel movements like improper diet, lack of exercise, insufficient intake of water, imbalance in hormones (hypothyroidism, diabetes, and adrenal gland insufficiency), diabetes, anxiety or stress, panic attacks, side effects of medication (iron supplements, sedatives, opiates, diuretics, anti-acids etc), digestive disorders, congenital diseases such as cystic fibrosis in new born infants, bacterial or parasitic infections.
3. Peeing in your Panties
There are various causes of urinary incontinence. Some of them are obesity, child birth, pregnancy, menopause, neurological injury, birth defects, multiple sclerosis, stroke, physical problems with aging. Incontinence occurs because of problems with muscles and nerves that help to hold or release urine. The body stores urine – water and wastes removed by the kidneys in the bladder, a balloon-like organ. The bladder connects to the urethra, the tube through which urine leaves the body.
Despite what some guys want to believe, women do fart. In fact, we all pass gas a dozen or more times a day. One of the major causes of farting is the bacteria in the lower bowel that are particularly partial to carbohydrates. The carbohydrates in some foods cannot be broken down and absorbed in the intestine; they pass straight through to the bowel, where they are fermented by the bacteria to produce gas that comes out as farting. Beans are famous for containing large amounts of unabsorbable carbohydrate, but other foods can have the same effect. Overeating, aerated drinks, chewing gum, gulping hot drinks, smoking, tight clothing, constipation, anxiety, pregnancy, aging are some of the other reasons that cause flatulence. Reduce the amount of complex carbs in your diet and replace it with healthier carbs like whole wheat and whole grains.
Soaking through a T- shirt when you’re burning up the treadmill is one thing. However, if you’re saturating your clothes just sitting in an air conditioned office you may have hyperhidrosis (hormonal imbalance). One main reasons for excessive sweating is obesity. Another reason for excessive sweating could be your diet. If you tend to consume more spicy food, you could have a tendency to sweat. Heredity can be another reason. Puberty is another main cause for this problem. Other causes can be diabetes and lymphoma (cancer). Cut down on fried, spicy and processed foods. Try and eat at least one home-cooked meal everyday and drink at least one cup of green tea to detox.
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