According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. In addition to raising awareness, it's important women post-mastectomy have alternatives to nipple reconstruction as well as solutions to UTIs after chemotherapy.
If you’re undergoing chemotherapy, or have recently completed chemotherapy, you’re at a higher risk for a urinary tract infection, but why?
A UTI occurs when bacteria such as E.coli adhere to your urethra or bladder and multiply. Chemotherapy tends to dry out the vaginal tissues because there is less estrogen to facilitate vaginal lubrication. A compromised immune system and vaginal dryness make your urethra more vulnerable to infection.
5 things that help prevent UTIs post chemotherapy:
- Stay hydrated throughout the day, but how much water is best?
- Opt for water-based lubes during intercourse. Oil based lubes may seal-in bacteria, and lubes containing glycerin (sugar) encourage bacterial growth. Spermicidal lubes can also kill the “good” bacteria in your vagina.
- Urinate after intercourse to flush out any bacteria that may have been pushed into your urethra during sex.
- Wear breathable underwear. Cotton underwear wicks away moisture, and prevents bacteria from growing.
- Drink Uqora. Its active ingredients bind to bacteria before they can attach to walls of your bladder or urethra.
In addition to preventing UTIs, how about the conversation on awareness and post-mastectomy life?
That’s where Just Nips™ Certified Breast Exam Instructions come in.
To give you a run down, Just Nips™ Fake Nipples are petal pleated pasties that don’t mess around-- they are the fastest-growing breast cancer nipple accessory on the market. Their Just Nips donation program ensures survivors have an alternative to the pricey medical prosthetics that “look like their straight out of 1984.”
Just Nips Founder Molly Borman also includes self-exam instructions in the packaging of her product. In an interview with Refinery29, she states, “You're touching your breasts anyway when you put Just Nips on, so I want to spread Breast Cancer awareness and teach women how to examine themselves safely and properly while they're at it."
When you know what normal is for you, you can report any changes to your health care provider right away.
How else do you detect breast cancer early on?
Many women with breast cancer show no symptoms. Furthermore, it can take up to two years for cancer to present itself as a tumor detectable to the touch. That’s why it’s crucial to take the time to perform self-exams, in addition to your yearly mammogram (an x-ray that scans the breast for cancerous tissue).
The age at which you should start your screening depends on your risk factors:
- If you are at an average risk, you may start your annual screenings anywhere from 40 to 45 years old.
- Women at a higher risk should have yearly mammograms with an MRI starting at age 30.
- Speak with your doctor to assess your specific breast cancer risk. Age, family history, personal history, genetics, childbearing, and menstrual history can increase your chances of breast cancer.