At the beginning of 2018, I decided I wanted to expand my lingerie collection. I’m usually a fan of the more casual and comfy approach, which of course is important, but I also think it’s equally as important to have those ‘special pieces’… I don’t dress in trackies and comfy clothes every single day (unless it’s Christmas!) so why shouldn’t I apply that same idea to my lingerie?
Wonderbra has released some amazing new pieces for AW18, and these two are by far my favourite. I went for a super colourful pinky red set, with an amazing style that was both gorgeous but incredibly flattering too! I wore this set on my most recent trip to Jordan, in a beautiful hotel room surrounded by an amazing view.. it just wouldn’t have been the same lazing around in my sports bra and boxer-style pants!
The second colour is this beautiful grey colour with the most beautiful intricate detailing. Just like the pinky red, it boasts beauty, yet is comfortable, and I feel like the sexiest woman when wearing them, but without feeling like I’m compromising my comfort.. it really is a win-win! Have you guys seen any of the new pieces from Wonderbra AW18? I urge you to take a look if you are after comfortable and beautiful pieces, they have an insane amount of sizes (which run true to size!) and so many different beautiful designs.
Recently, I was contacted by Canesten and asked if I would like to team up and work together on opening the conversation up about intimate health. I’ve always been an incredibly open person when it comes to things like this in my personal life, I talk frankly with my friends and siblings about it, as they do to me, as I like to think it’s a completely normal part of life.
However, talking openly and frankly on my blog? That was a whole other kettle of fish, and something I genuinely needed to think about for a few days. But then it got me thinking..
Why am I so happy to talk about this openly and honestly with people in my life, but not the internet? Why do I feel embarrassed.. ashamed.. awkward? When I realised I had these reservations and a little bit of hesitation, that is when I realised that it was more important than ever to have this discussion, because it shouldn’t be met with any of those emotions.
We don’t always feel like we can turn to our parents about things like this, and as a young female who was raised predominantly by their father, this was even more so an awkward topic. I remember starting my period and not knowing how the hell I was supposed to mention to my dad that I was now a -woman- and that I needed to start buying pads.. and then I remember thinking ‘oh god, which kind of pad? Should I buy tampons?!’ and thats when the internet became my best friend, it answered all of the questions I didn’t quite know to ask. That time I got a UTI and had no idea why it was so painful to pee, and thinking oh my god I have somehow contracted chlamydia even though I have only had sex with one person and we used protection but I definitely have chlamydia and it hurts to pee.. but then googling it’s probably a UTI, and then heading to the doctors the next day. Then, the internet was my friend once more and helped me realise what was wrong, and that it was actually normal.
Forums, blogs.. etc, they weren’t making it feel abnormal, but in fact, quite the opposite.
And the internet was where I worked out what I had when I started having thrush symptoms for the first time when I was a teenager. Thrush is something I dealt with on and off since then. If you didn’t know, it is Thrush is a common yeast infection, experienced by both men and women, caused by an overgrowth of a yeast- like fungus, Candida albicans. This fungus is naturally found on the skin of healthy people, however, when the natural balance of the skin flora is disturbed, the fungus can multiply excessively triggering the typical signs of the infection. Thrush can be caused from so many different things, from irritation (hello, sex!) to taking antibiotics. It really is caused by completely normal everyday things, so the stigma around it is surprising.
It isn’t just females that can suffer with thrush, in fact, when I was talking to my partner, he didn’t realise that males can also suffer from thrush too! The stigma is there for both males and females, however I do feel that males are less likely to get help for it or speak to friends and family about it as openly as females do (in my experience anyway!)
When Canesten approached me, although hesitant, I was very much up for discussing how great the brand is because I have genuinely used it for years! Anytime I’m away, I take a little Canesten cream with me, just incase of irritation, as there really is nothing worse than being in a foreign country and thinking ‘oh my god, this is so uncomfortable and the local pharmacy here has nothing written in english’ I’m even more excited to team up with them as the ‘lets talk health’ campaign is really pushing for a more open discussion when it comes to intimate health, and why were all so scared of the T word, even though so many of us will get it at least once in our lives (or fairly frequently if you are me!)
The internet helped me understand my intimate health when I was younger, and the Lets Talk Health campaign means that we keep the conversation going, and we keep normalising it because there will be a young girl like me out there that will be googling thrush symptoms we we speak, and I want her to read this and know that it’s all okay.
This post has been supported by Canesten®, but all thoughts are my own.