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Let us continue our update and review of vaginitis from my last post about this topic.
To better understand why vaginitis occurs, let us look at the vaginal environment. The lining of the vagina is made of squamous epithelial cells. These are flat and stratified, which means that there are multiple layers of these calls. These cells are rich in glycogen – a storage form of glucose. Remember, glucose is the most important simple sugar, and it is used as a source of energy for all human functions.
The squamous cells are continuously being shed from the lining and the glycogen in these becomes the energy for the lactobacilli that are naturally found in the vagina. These bacteria convert the glucose into lactic acid, which keeps the vaginal environment in an acidic state, helping to maintain the normal vaginal bacterial flora plus preventing abnormal organisms from growing.
If you disrupt the normal community of organisms, vaginitis can occur. There are many factors that can affect this natural environment:
Estrogen levels, for example, a menopausal state where estrogen levels are decreased
Different phases of the menstrual cycle
Sexually transmitted diseases
Different medications such as oral contraceptives and antibiotics
If you are on a regular walking program as part of your exercise plan, the recent snowstorms may hold you back for a while. It may be time to revisit your stairs at home or at work to continue staying in shape.
Try to vary your ascent by speed and the number of steps taken. Before you begin each climb at home, you may want to add stretching and doing a plank or push-ups. Before your descent, consider 10 jumping jacks. Also, always remember to speak to your health care provider before beginning any exercise program!