We no longer live in an era where we have to whisper the word VAGINA, or where it’s taboo speak/talk about the health of our lady parts. As a matter of fact, we should’ve normalised this topic ages ago! Aurora Marcopoulos, founder of Aurora Wellbeing – a newly launched online wellness store that focuses on menstrual cycle care and educating women on all phases of their cycle – shares some insight into the world of feminine health and wellness.
What is feminine health and what are the most common feminine health issues?
Aurora Marcopoulos: Feminine health refers to the overall wellbeing and care of the female reproductive system. It encompasses various aspects, including menstrual health, sexual health, and overall gynaecological health. Common feminine health issues include menstrual irregularities (more common than you think), menstrual-related illnesses like endometriosis, vaginal infections such as yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis, menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea) and urinary tract infections (UTIs). To maintain optimal feminine health, it’s important to address these issues promptly and seek medical advice when needed,” says Aurora Marcopoulos.
It is very beneficial to understand the different phases of your cycle – we recommend tracking it on a period tracking app so that you can understand what your body needs at different times of the month. For example, our bodies might need more rest during menstruation, but owing to increased energy levels during the follicular phase, it might be beneficial to engage in more intense physical activities.
What does hormone support/health entail when it comes to feminine health?
AM: Hormone support/health involves understanding and addressing hormonal imbalances that can affect the menstrual cycle and overall wellbeing. This can be achieved through a combination of healthy lifestyle choices, such as balanced nutrition, regular exercise, stress management, and seeking professional guidance when needed. Supporting hormone health empowers women to better manage their menstrual cycles and optimise their overall wellness.
Why is feminine hygiene so important, and why should we prioritise it?
AM: It is important to note that feminine hygiene should not be used interchangeably with period management or menstrual health. These two terms are often confused – for example, period products are often referred to as ‘feminine hygiene products’. Although this is not completely incorrect, the term speaks only to the hygiene side of things which is incomplete. Period products are not used to clean or manage the hygiene of one’s period alone, but rather serve a larger purpose of supporting one’s overall menstrual health. Feminine hygiene refers to practices and products that promote cleanliness and care of the external genital area to prevent infections, maintain a healthy pH balance, and ensure overall cleanliness and comfort. On the other hand, menstrual health encompasses the broader aspects of a woman’s menstrual cycle and reproductive wellbeing. It involves understanding and managing the physiological and emotional changes that occur during menstruation, as well as addressing any issues or irregularities that may arise.
What does sexual wellness mean, and what does it look like for modern women?
AM: Sexual wellness for modern women means embracing a holistic approach to sexual health and satisfaction. It involves prioritising consent, communication, and emotional wellbeing in intimate relationships. Sexual wellness encompasses a positive body image, sexual self-awareness, exploring desires, and understanding one’s boundaries and needs. It varies from person to person, as women have diverse experiences and preferences, and it’s essential to foster an inclusive and non-judgmental environment that allows for open conversations.