Busting Some Myths About Intimate Health

For some reason, intimate health is seen as a taboo subject to talk about but it really shouldn’t be. Being educated on intimate health and educating others is incredibly important. We all keep ourselves educated on our physical health when it comes to other parts of our bodies so why wouldn’t we give the same care and attention to our more intimate body parts?

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) and thrush are both conditions that affect many women but how many women do you hear talking about them? How much do you know about them? I will be honest and say I didn’t know much myself – I knew that certain symptoms such as certain coloured discharge, a fishy smell and itching and burning were signs of certain conditions but I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what conditions and I wouldn’t really have known how to treat them – I’d be straight down the pharmacy or popping into my doctor’s surgery to speak to the receptionist and get some advice.

Canesten© have introduced a quiz where you answer six questions to see how clued up you are on intimate health. I’ve taken it myself and got 4 out of 6 but I will be honest and say a couple of them were lucky guesses. Why don’t you take the quiz and see how you get on? I’m yet to find anyone who has got all six out of six correct which shows that we as a nation still have a lot to learn about our intimate health.


Canesten© is the number one brand in the women’s intimate health category and are committed to educating women on intimate health matters. They want to work to beat the stigma surrounding intimate health and make sure women know their bodies and changes that might occur. Misunderstanding such conditions as thrush or bacterial vaginosis can be very detrimental – you don’t want to leave them untreated so it is important to know the signs. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause of vaginal infections in women of childbearing age yet women still cannot distinguish between the symptoms of BV and thrush due to certain similarities.

Over 75% of women will suffer from thrush in their lifetime yet many don’t even know what BV is. BV can cause a pH imbalance in your vagina which would normally be acidic. Different factors can affect the pH of your vagina including overwashing with perfumed bath products in the intimate area, sexual intercourse and antibiotics.

It seems I myself still have a lot to learn about intimate health but with Canesten© supporting us ladies and continuing to strive to educate us, I am learning more and more each day.

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275 thoughts on “Busting Some Myths About Intimate Health

  1. That it’s important to be tested for group B Strep in pregnancy. We are the only country in the developed world that doesn’t routinely test for it. I’d never heard of it before I was found to have it with my last pregnancy.

  2. That we are acidic lol
    I knew down there wasn’t neutral but I’ve never really though acidic. I got 4 out of 6 right. 🙂

  3. Just completed the quiz and had to guess all of the answers, I did get 3 out of 6 correct but that was pure chance. The thing I learned most about most was that the common cause of vaginal infection is bacteria and not yeast as I imagined.

  4. I got 4 out of 6. I didn’t know the sharks one…but then who would?! how odd! I’ve always had problems so generally know how to look after myself and when to get help! Drives me mad!

  5. LOADS, I only got 2 out of 5, and one I got right I guessed. I in 3 women is both a scary statistic and a reassuring one at the same time

  6. I didn’t know BV was more common than thrush and that Over 75% of women will suffer from thrush in their lifetime.

  7. Scored very poorly most surprised to find Squalene is a substance common in both the vagina and in sharks! Who would of thought it!

  8. that the Vagina can clean itself…I have heard to not use perfumed soaps etc in that area as it can affect the healthiness of your nether regions!

  9. I knew it was common 1/3 I got right!
    Didn’t know if vaginas were neutral, alkaline or acidic! Never given it any thought before! Very interesting!

  10. That bacterial vaginosis is the most common cause of vaginal infections. A few of my friends have had it, so I knew what it was, but didn’t realise it was the most common cause.

  11. I knew most of it to be honest apart from the squalene. We need to be less embarrassed about these things considering how common it is to us all.

  12. I’ve learn’t that it’s okay to ask questions because we all go through it, so it’s nothing to be embarrassed about.

  13. Just how important it is to go for a cervical smear test! i used to ignore invitations to go until recently after watching This morning

  14. Probably that the number of people that suffer from intimate health issues is so incredibly high – Over 75% of women will suffer from thrush in their lifetime – and yet we still don’t talk about it enough as a society as a whole?

  15. that vaginas and sharks are related and that BV is much more common than I had realised. I scored absolutely rubbish I scored 2 and guessed one of them by fluke too

  16. I didn’t realise that antibiotics make it worse (and contraceptive pills) and think it’s something that should be highlighted at the doctors.

  17. I never thought about pH in my vagina. I guess it very important to keep it less acidic.
    I need to learn more as I am peri menopausal now. 🙁

  18. I had no idea that BV was more common than thrush! This is defo the new fact of the day and i intend to pass the details on to all of my friends, female of course….some men could do with hearing it as well i think!

  19. That the vaginal is acidic… I guessed neutral, and that most common infection is bacterial where I guessed yeast

  20. I use a gentle specific wash for the ”down there” area as I have to be careful with getting infections, as I am susceptible to them

  21. We were never taught about cystitis so when I got it I thought something was seriously wrong, they should definitely teach more, my 16 year old niece didn’t even know about smear tests until I told her the other day!!!

  22. i had no idea that antibiotics can affect your vagina’s ph balance or that 1 in 3 women will suffer from bv.i like the idea of the kit you can buy from the chemist to check if you have bv or thrush,but at £12 i think its far to expensive,what do you think?

  23. I did so rubbish on the quiz and have learnt so much that I had not idea about especially how many women suffer from thrush

  24. the percentage of women that actually suffer with thrush. its one of those things that we just don’t talk about despite it being so common

  25. That suprised me the 1 in 3 statistic of women suffering but the shark thing was also fascinating. Thank you very informative

  26. I’ve learnt that it’s best to be open about what’s happening because even if you think it’s only happening to you, it’s probably happened to your friends and family members before AND GPs really have seen it all before!!

  27. Well I didn’t know we should be acidic down there I got 3/6 which is shocking but I learnt a few new things so thank you for this great post and the quiz was really fun lol

  28. I didn’t realise what a high percentage of women that suffer from thrush. I have always found it embarrassing to talk about it, but I feel more open after reading this xxx

  29. What I learnt (admittedly by phoning Canesten customer service) is that you can still safely have sex whilst in the 7 day treatment period of Canesbalance. Well, unless you’re trying to conceive, when its apparently safe but significantly lowers your chances for that week. The “patient information” leaflet is the vaguest thing ever.

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