Menstrual Problems

Menarche heralds the reproductive phase in a woman’s life. Menstruation brings with it a host of issues and problems that might dog a woman at some stage or other in her life. Regularity of the menstrual cycle is a primary source of concern. From vaginal discharge and sporadic periods to dysmenorrhea and bleeding after menopause, menstrual problems can be inconvenient, painful and often be indicative of a more serious condition.

A woman must track her periods as this is helpful not only for determining pregnancy but is crucial in evaluation other conditions that concern reproductive health. Stress is noticed to be a major factor in the regularity or otherwise in a woman’s menstrual cycle. Medications and other inherent conditions are other causes.

Menstrual Problems

Menstrual cramps are a common complaint with most women. The dull throbbing pain in the abdomen or lower back is usually due to cervical contractions but in some cases the pain is caused by fibroids, ovarian cysts or endometriosis. Many resort to the usage of over-the-counter pain killers to reduce the severity of the cramps by inhibiting the release of prostaglandins. Some women experience mittelschmerz – cramping during ovulation. This typically happens in the middle of a cycle.

With menstruation come a few embarrassing issues such as menstrual odor and bloating. Feminine menstrual odor can be tackled with hygienic practices and right diet. If you notice foul odor that persists, do seek medical guidance. Do not use harsh cleaning products that might affect the delicate female system.

Bloating during and largely before the menstrual cycle is commonly noticed by many women. Reduce sodium intake that leads to water retention. Consumption of natural diuretics such as green tea or cranberry juice helps reduce bloating. Do not reduce your intake of water as it is crucial to the flushing of toxins.

Many of these menstrual problems have been discussed at length in our articles.

Vaginal Bleeding After Menopause

Breakthrough Bleeding

Menstrual Regulation

Menopause Symptom

Plus Size Accessories Tips

It sure is not easy being a plus size woman. Most stores seem to cater only to those women who ‘fit’ the accepted standard for female sizes. Does plus size always been boring clothes that always seem to be last year’s styles? What about plus size accessories? Often one cannot find bracelets that don’t cut into the skin or watches that can be comfortably worn.

Plus Size Accessory Guide

There is no one size that fits all as far as plus sizes go. You might have a wide rear or ample bust or overall bigger build. You might be tall or short and plus sized. Check your frame to see if you are one with a longer upper half or bottom half of the body. Understanding the body type helps in selecting the right plus size accessories and clothes. Pick up some simple tips for plus size shopping. Find out how you can play down the size.

Don’t opt for bold prints, bold jewelry or loud designs and stripes. Avoid too much detailing on the clothes. But do not go in for very delicate fragile jewelry as it will only serve to accentuate your bulk. Long necklaces and vertical pendants are ideal plus size accessories as they make for a leaner look.

Go in for dresses with tummy control and supporting bust bodice. Invest in a couple of good quality body shapers.

Don’t go for baggy clothes that appear like a tent and make you look sloppy. Wear clothes that fit right, not too tight either. Choose tops that emphasize the natural waistline.

You can select sheath dresses that drape you. Try longer flowing skirts, especially if you are tall and plus size. Grecian styles or halter tops and asymmetrical shoulders can be selected for gowns. Go in for embellishment at the neckline, sleeves and hips for a slimmer effect.

The right plus size accessory can enhance a simple outfit and add to the overall slimming effect that you so desire.

Wearing heels helps in appearing taller and consequently slimmer. This is because the legs are elongated.

The right hairstyle can do wonders for a slimming effect for plus size women. Long hair can be worn straight. If you are going in for very short styles, discuss with your stylist so as to add to the overall attempt to lengthen the frame.

When shopping for plus size pants, do not take one that tapers at the leg. Straight styles give a leaner look. Go in for solid colors, preferably dark.

For plus size prom dresses, try soft fabrics that fall well such as crepe, satin, chiffon and silk. A princess cut or empire waist gown is sure to look good on a plus size.

Caring for rough hands and feet

Ever so often, we women take so much care of our face and pamper it with products to keep the skin smooth and youthful. But we forget to extend the same treatment to our hands and feet. Nothing is a greater giveaway to age than weathered dry hands and feet.

Hands come in for a lot of use (and abuse). From strong chemical detergents and soaps to the beating sunrays and cold winter days, hands get it all and more! Age spots, discoloration, peeling and cracked skin … the woes are endless. Skin on the back of the hands tends to appear dry and shriveled as it has few oil glands. It is essential to keep it well nourished with a rich lanolin-based cream or even a homemade blend of glycerin and rose water.

As for our feet, we suffer cracked heels due to dry skin. Footwear too can cause ugly corns and calluses. Smooth hands and feet is not about applying hand cream ‘occasionally’ but is more about regular maintenance and care.

Caring for rough hands and feet

Wonder Nature

For natural products to tackle rough hands and feet, look no further than your kitchen. Nothing beats regular sea salt when it comes to sloughing off dead skin and giving you smooth hands. Rubbing salt and lemon solution on the hands can rid your hands of the awful tanned discoloration. The lactic acid in milk works wonders on the skin of the hands and the calcium helps strengthen fragile nails. All you need to do after a tough day is dip your hands in a bowl of warm milk.

Soak your hands and feet in warm water for a short while before you embark on the TLC. A good scrub cream or natural exfoliator will not only help slough off dead skin but also boost circulation. Try the sugar and lime juice exfoliator for hands as well as soles and heels of the feet. Works as a lightening agent too! Pamper your hands and feet with buffing and moisturizing often.

Hand and foot care products

Go in for products that contain jojoba and almond oils, evening primrose or Vitamin E. Shea butter or glycerin are other natural ‘moisture lockers’ enabling the skin on hands and feet to remain smooth and unlined. Don’t forget your hands and feet when you slather on your daily sunscreen. This would go a long way in protecting them from UV rays and looking old much before their time. Choose hand and feet creams that seal that oil in.

Give your hands and feet the care they deserve. A few simple tips to regular hand and feet maintenance:

  • Wear gloves while working in the garden or washing up at home.
  • NEVER forget your sunscreen on your hands and feet.

  • Use a pumice stone regularly to slough off dead skin on the feet. Don’t attempt this on dry feet but instead after a leisurely soak in warm water and vinegar.
  • Drink plenty of water as it keeps the skin well quenched and smooth.
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