Refreshingly Honest

I am on the cusp of my 39th birthday.  

No, for real. I’m turning 39. That’s not some cutesy way of trying to pretend I’m not yet 40 when I really am. I’ll be 39 in just a few short days.  

And can I be honest with you all? I’ve really loved my late thirties. While turning 35 felt somehow traumatic and eventful (I think because the pregnancy literature always made it seem that way), all the birthdays since have come and gone with happy celebration and continued joy.  

One of the things I really love about this age? I’m more comfortable in my skin. Instead of chasing imaginary problems like I was in my early twenties– please tell me I wasn’t the only one?– I’m embracing all the amazing things my body can do and working to help keep it healthy and capable for many more happy decades.  

What does that look like? Well, there are the usual things you would suspect. I try to eat well most of the time. I walk and hike and exercise whenever I get the chance (though, in the spirit of honesty, I must tell you that I need to get back in the groove of my daily walks!). I apply a sunscreen to my face every morning. I be sure to get the vitamins I know my body needs. I try to use health and beauty products that don’t irritate my skin overly much.  

Still, even with the best care and intentions, life sometimes hands us discomforts that we must deal with. Some of these aren’t fun to talk about.  

I remember when I was a teenager. I was spending a week at the shore and I was wearing a purplish blue bandeau bikini top. I dutifully slathered sunscreen over my shoulders, chest, and arms and headed out to frolic on a slab of slate jutting out over the water. All day long, I hung out there and enjoyed myself. That night, as I showered before bed, I realized the sunscreen had indeed done its job– my arms and neck and shoulders were just fine. But you know where I missed? The strip of skin between my breasts that got fried while the sun was high in the sky.  

Let me just say this: sunburned cleavage hurts.  

Also? It’s not the easiest to talk about. Especially when you’re only a teenager.  

But, as I said, I’m almost 39 now and one would hope that means I’m a little more comfortable addressing pesky discomforts that are unique to us as women. They are things we may not deal with all the time, but when we do? They’re annoying. And frustrating. And sometimes still difficult to discuss.  

Filed under that category? Discomforts caused by upset in vaginal pH.  

I know, I know. No one wants to read about these things. But you know what’s worse than reading about them? Being crazy uncomfortable because of them. What causes that discomfort?  

Well, vaginal pH is actually quite acidic, between 3.5 and 4.5 on the pH scale. (Science class refresher: 7 is neutral.)  As long as all is balanced, we feel good and comfortable and all is well. We don’t even think about things going on down there.  

Unfortunately, however, many things can upset that delicate balance. There are all sorts of normal, common things in life that can cause the pH level to rise and get off-kilter. These include menstruation, tampons, intercourse, medications, cleansers, menopause, and pregnancy. Any one or combination of these can upset the balance and keep us from feeling as fresh and comfortable as we should.  

Thankfully, we live in a day and age where we can (and should) talk about these things. By doing so, we learn that there are ways to maintain healthy pH and feel far more comfortable. One great option?  

RepHresh Vaginal Gel which can be used once every three days and is clinically shown to maintain healthy vaginal pH. Just a single application can keep pH in the normal range for 72 hours. RepHresh Vaginal Gel is recommended by gynecologists and is safe for long-term use.

And remember how I told you about using taking the vitamins and supplements I need to stay healthy? Well, this is more in that camp.  RepHresh Pro-B Feminine Probiotic Supplement is clinically shown to balance yeast and bacteria to maintain feminine health by providing healthy probiotic lactobacillus that balances yeast and bacteria to maintain feminine health.* Taking a single capsule per day helps maintain vaginal flora in a normal, healthy range.*

Part of being a busy, confident woman is learning to manage and care for my health just like I manage my work, home, and relationships– honesty and diligence go a long way in keeping everything balanced. To enter for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card, leave a comment below letting me know how you find balance and take time for self-care as you get older.

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I received free product and payment for this sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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