Female reproductive health is an important aspect of women’s life. Being able to sense danger about one’s reproductive health is an important skill every woman has to learn and familiarize themselves with. Most at times, our body gives us clear signs to prompt us when disorders are arising but the absence of the ability to sense them leads us to serious and irreversible problems. As a woman, here are 5 everyday warning signs that you shouldn’t ignore:

  • Green Vaginal Discharge

Green discharge is one of the weird signs associated with the female reproductive system. Green discharge can usually be a sign of an infection or a result of a drug you have taken. If it is a result of an infection, the discharge is often accompanied by genital pain or burning, odour, pain during sexual intercourse, vaginal itching, vaginal spotting (light bleeding) a foul odour with the genital area being itchy. Green discharge can also be a result of any supplements you may be taking. Females have been reporting green vaginal discharge whenever they take new vitamins. If your green discharge is accompanied by pain during sexual intercourse, vaginal itching, vaginal spotting (light bleeding) a foul odour with the genital area being itchy then it is time to visit the hospital.

  • Ants in your used pants

Seeing ants in your used panties for the first time wouldn’t be alarming than seeing them multiple times. Ants rely far more on their sense of smell than humans, so when they are searching for food, they are looking for the smell that associate with organic materials. Finding ants in your used panties/underwear may indicate two things. Having normal vaginal discharge in your panties or you would be passing out more sugar in your urine. Ants eat all sorts of things and your vaginal discharge is one of their best meal, why because it is purely organic. Moreover, ants are really attracted to sugar. This is evident in our households where ants surround any food substances with sugar in it. Ants may congregate near your used pants which has residues of urine with sugar in them. It is advisable to quickly request a blood glucose and urine glucose test to see if sugar level is elevated in this.

  • Delayed Menstruation after taking emergency Contraceptive

When you use an emergency contraceptive, there is a possibility of missing or skipping your period. Emergency contraceptive works by delaying ovulation. When ovulation doesn’t occur, menstruation doesn’t also occur. When this happens, it delays/prolongs your menstrual cycle days. As a result of this, you might not have your menstrual period on your expected day. If you take an emergency contraceptive, your period can delay for up to 1 week or 2 weeks. The next time you take an emergency contraceptive and experience menstrual delay, do not panic. If the delay continues for a week or two, run a pregnancy test or talk to a doctor.

  • Sudden Vaginal Dryness

There are quite a number of causes of vaginal dryness but most often, sudden vaginal dryness may be caused by alcohol increase in your body, contraceptives and douching. Alcohol dehydrates your body, and this affects your vagina. With less body water overall, alcohol leaves your body with less fluid available for vaginal lubrication. Generally, anything that impacts and lowers your estrogen levels can cause some degree of vaginal dryness. The birth control pill is no exception. The degree to which this occurs often depends upon the hormone dosage in the birth control you took. Douching can also cause sudden vaginal dryness. Douching is the rinsing of the vagina with fluids containing chemicals purported to keep the vagina clean. Douching removes bacteria that’s necessary for a healthy vaginal pH balance and this mostly leads to vaginal dryness. The chemicals can also directly dry up the vagina. If vaginal dryness becomes a problem, it is better to talk to your doctor than to resort to self-medication.

Abnormal/Continuous bleeding during and after menstruation

Sometimes, women of period age experience continuous blood flow even after their menstrual period. This abnormal prolonged menstrual blood flow is known as abnormal uterine bleeding. Averagely, women bleed for four to seven days bringing out about 40ml or 2 to 5 spoonsful of blood. There are times the blood flow will be continuous for a longer period resulting in more blood coming out than expected. Some bleed for 2 weeks, 1 month, 2months and even 6 months. The causes for this cannot be known through observation but through thorough clinical examination by a doctor. Most times, women try to self-medicate to stop the blood flow. It is absolutely not advisable to go in that direction because the root cause of the bleeding needs to be tackled rather than just stopping the bleeding. See your doctor about any abnormal menstrual bleeding.

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The article was written by Godfrey Yeboah Amoah and published at vagicarekonsult.com

Godfrey Yeboah Amoah
Godfrey Yeboah Amoah

Godfrey Yeboah Amoah is a reproductive health and rights activist and the founder of Vagicare Konsult. A medical Laboratory scientist by profession and specialty in population and health, Godfrey combines his professional knowledge, experience and specialty to educate females on quality reproductive health practices.


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