Human Papillomavirus Virus, The HPV Vaccine and You

The HPV Vaccine was introduced to the public in September of 2008. At this time, patient most females between the ages of 12 – 13 were scheduled to receive the vaccination and it remains the recommendation today. Because the vaccination is so new, many women are undecided about whether to vaccinate themselves and/or their daughters. Let’s take a look at some of facts about the Human Papillomavirus and the data on the HPV vaccine:

–          There are approximately 100 types of HPV; about 40 infect the genital tract.

–          HPV16 and HPV18 carry the highest risk of developing cervical cancer.

–          HPV16 is responsible for at least 50% of cervical cancers in Europe.

–          Genital HPV is transmitted through sexual contact, and can be passed from mother to infant during birth.

–          The use of condoms during intercourse reduces, however does not prevent the risk of transmission.

–          In clinical trials, the vaccine showed to be …”99% effective at preventing pre-cancerous lesions associated with HPV types 16 or 18 in young women.

–          Health care providers maintain the recommendation that practicing safe sex is the first step in reducing your risk of HPV infection, however not second to seeing your health care provider for your yearly (pap) smear.

Women are still advised to attend their Cervical Screening even if they have been vaccinated against HPV, partly because the vaccine does not cover all types of HPV and long term data on the effectiveness of the vaccine is not yet available. The fact remains that Cervical Cancer is the second most common type of cancer in the United Kingdom responsible for over 1,000 deaths per year, many of which could have been prevented with proper care and screening.

To read more about the NHS National Cervical Cancer Screening Programme click HERE

To read more about the Human Papillovirus click HERE

To read more about HPV Vaccinations click HERE

A touching and eye-opening story of a Cervical Cancer survivor:  “I fought Cervical Cancer before I was 30”

 

Tracking Down Menopause

Many women find themselves in menopause and experiencing so many symptoms that managing and effectively treating their symptoms becomes about as clear as mud. A Menopause Diary (or Symptom Tracker) is helpful in determining how many menopause related symptoms you are actually dealing with, unhealthy how often you are experiencing them and how greatly they bother you.

I recommend printing a symptom tracker and charting your symptoms on a daily basis.  A great, thumb free printable can be found here: https://www.womenshealth.gov/menopause/menopause-basics/
A more comprehensive tracker, which includes charting your menstrual cycles (if you are still menstruating), can be obtained by contacting me directly, here.

Once you have charted your symptoms for a minimum of 6 weeks, consider talking with your personal Dr about your concerns (bringing your chart with you of course), or apply for a Health Breakthrough Session with me so we can chart a course of action to get you feeling great, fast!

In the meantime, check out some of our past blogs on Mental Health & Menopause , Recognising Hormonal Imbalance and How Weight Loss can ease Hot Flashes!

If you are interested in taking action to move your health to the next level, please apply for a complimentary Health Breakthrough Strategy Session by filling out the contact form here (Please note – it doesn’t matter where you are in the world for you to benefit, as long as you have an internet connection or phone line).

Positive Body Image and Menopause: It’s Possible!

Menopause brings on, sovaldi sale what sometimes feels like infinite physical and emotional changes that can wreck havoc on our self-perception. So how do we maintain, check or perhaps create for the first time, a positive body image?

It’s true that we live in a photo shopped, airbrushed and re-colored world. And because we are unique women there isn’t a one size fits all formula to better feelings about our bodies. Here are some simple suggestions to help you get, or stay, on the right path of a positive body image:

Focus on your Finer Features: Got great calves? Skin tone? Cleavage? Write those positive traits down and compliment yourself on them if and when you find yourself focusing on the least favorable things about your body.

Whether you Loose Weight or Not- Exercise Tends to Make a Woman Feel Better about Her Body: Thoughts about what we feel is “wrong” with our bodies can steer us towards low self esteem, anxiety and disordered eating. Exercise can help combat these thoughts not only through a healthy endorphin surge but focusing on the parts we want to improve, but y focusing on sculpting our body parts. For example: Bicep curls with light weights can help in feeling better about the shape of our arms, and crunches can help us feel better about the flatness of our bellies.

Feed your Inner-Most Self (and not with food!): Engage in hobbies you enjoy! Being social or relaxing helps to banish stress that may make you even more critical of your body.

I can’t emphasize enough to be kind to you! And while I know this may take some practice, beating yourself up emotionally about your body only creates more discord. Make a commitment to yourself and your mental health and you will reap the rewards!

If you are interested in taking action to move your health to the next level, please apply for a complimentary Health Breakthrough Strategy Session by filling out the contact form here (Please note – it doesn’t matter where you are in the world for you to benefit, as long as you have an internet connection or phone line).

Ditch your Resolutions: The Basics of Wellness

“Many people get bogged down with over -zealous resolutions which they ultimately ditch…”

It’s a New Year and you probably have made the traditional New Years Resolutions that many people do.

Lets hold it right there… have you ever made a resolution that actually panned out? Or did you over commit to so many radical changes that you became so overwhelmed that you felt you needed to leave behind what started out as such good intentions?

You aren’t alone! Many people get bogged down with over -zealous resolutions which they ultimately ditch. The popular choice is to jump on the bandwagon, however January 1st doesn’t mean its time to drink wheat grass and run 12 miles every morning! Yes, intentions for positive changes are good, but why not keep it simple? Why not ditch the resolutions and commit to wellness?

How? Start small. First, aim to hydrate your body with at minimum, 8 glasses of water a day. Second, make a commitment to move more, walk or light jogging for 20 minutes at least 4 days per week. Third, make appointments to see your doctor with any outstanding health concerns. Lastly, and most importantly, remember you are human. Strive for progress, not perfection!

If you are interested in taking action to move your health to the next level, please apply for a complimentary Health Breakthrough Strategy Session by filling out the contact form here (Please note – it doesn’t matter where you are in the world for you to benefit, as long as you have an internet connection or phone line).

You Glow Girl: Easy Solutions for Problematic Pigmentation

Today’s Blog comes from our guest Jessica Reimer: Senior Marketing Manager at USANA Health Sciences.

Too much of a good thing can sometimes be not so wonderful.

Melanin production, our body’s UV-defense mechanism, is great at protecting our skin from damaging effects from the sun. But overproduction can lead to unsightly spots and dark patches, causing us to look much older than we really are. These pigmentation problems are very common and can be caused by not only the sun, but also hormones and inflammation.

Luckily, there are three easy steps to make sure your skin looks bright and lovely year round!

Vitamin C + Licorice Root

Vitamin C is a first class antioxidant and a common ingredient in skin care. But not all Vitamin C products are created equal. When in a stable formula, Vitamin C and help brighten the appearance of dark spots and protect from future visible damage.

All Sensé products contain an exclusive Vitamin C blend called Proteo-C ™, offering powerful beauty therapy to even the most troubled skin. Another known skin lightener is licorice root. Licorice root has been shown to disrupt melanin synthesis, helping the skin to appear brighter. When used together with Vitamin C, these two create the perfect illuminating duo. Try Sensé Perfecting Essence. This gentle formula contains both Proteo-C™ and Licorice Root Extract making it extremely effective and is safe for sensitive skin types.

Acid-based formulas

Chemical peels are highly popular treatments for hyperpigmentation, but how can you get a similar effect at home? Try Sensé Serum Intensive. This product is a true skin saver for those seeking younger, clearer-looking skin. The formula features a concentrated hydroxy complex that includes glycolic, lactic, malic, tartaric, and salicylic acids to dramatically boost cell turnover. This boost in skin cell regeneration is crucial to visibly eliminate dark spots and improve overall appearance and tone. When used regularly, you can expect beautiful results.

Sunscreen

Sun protection is one of the best measures you can take to help prevent hyperpigmentation, and avoid other signs of visible sun damage like fine lines and wrinkles. Use a daily moisturizer like Sensé Daytime Protective Emulsion that has broad spectrum SPF 15. Sun exposure is the leading cause of hyperpigmentation, so protecting your skin from damaging UV rays will help keep it clear and bright.

Well there’s the scoop!

Jessica Reimer is a Senior Marketing Manager at USANA Health Sciences. If you have any stories, comments, or questions that you would like to see addressed in this feature, please send them to whatsupusana@usana.com.

To learn more about Sensé skin-care products, please contact Alison directly HERE!