6 Health problems you were too embarrassed to ask

Pharmacist explaining to woman

Chemists are experts in health, wellbeing and aged care services – and there’s little they haven’t discussed when it comes to the human body. As health and wellness professionals, pharmacies staff can provide excellent advice on all manner of questions – so no matter what you’ve been wondering, there’s really no need to be embarrassed or shy when talking to your local chemist.
Here are just six of the questions you may be too embarrassed to ask:


1)    What can I do about incontinence?

Incontinence is experienced by many men and women, and is particularly common among people as they get older and in women who have had children. While many people are embarrassed to talk about incontinence, there’s really no need. Pharmacies stock a wide range of discreet incontinence solutions to help deal with bladder issues throughout the day and at night. 

2)    Is this rash anything to worry about?

A rash can be frustrating and unsightly, and may be brought on by a number of things, including allergies, stress, and illness. If you’re experiencing a mild rash, your chemists team may be able to recommend a suitable product to alleviate symptoms and provide relief, and advise on whether your rash is something that should be checked by a doctor.

3)    What products will help heal my cracked nipples during breastfeeding?

If you’re a first-time mum, you’ll undoubtedly be experiencing a whole raft of new things – not to mention some things happening to your own body that you may be unsure how to deal with. Breastfeeding can be a wonderful bonding exercise for mums and their children, and be a great source of nutrition for a growing baby, but it can also result in painful nipples. Rest assured that almost every mum goes through this, and that there are some effective, gentle and baby-safe products out there to sooth and heal your skin. Just ask your chemists which option is right for you.

4)    How can I deal with foot odour?

If you’re self-conscious about foot odour, talk to your friendly local pharmacy staff about a solution that’s right for you. There are a wide range of products and treatments available to help combat foot odour, including creams and powders. Your chemist will be able to provide advice on which remedies will best suit your lifestyle.

5)    Is there anything I can do to increase my sex drive?

Woman married about health problem

The majority of people experience ups and downs in their sex drive and desire to be physically intimate with their spouse or partner – all of which can be affected by:

•    Diet and lifestyle
•    Stress
•    Health conditions and illness
•    Overall wellbeing. 

It’s perfectly normal to experience a lowered sex drive – particularly if you’re getting older or going through a significant life change. But if it’s something that concerns you, your local pharmacies experts can provide great advice on treatment and natural remedies options, and whether or not you should consider a trip to your general practitioner.

6)    How can I get rid of my stretch marks?

Stretch marks can occur during pregnancy, times of weight gain, or during growth spurts in adolescents, and although there is no way to get rid of stretch marks entirely (short of costly laser surgery), there are a number of natural products available that can help fade the appearance of stretch marks. There’s no need to be embarrassed about your stretch marks – in fact, many millions of people around the world have them! Chat with your pharmacist about which stretch marks fading product may be right for you.
For more information, or if you have a question you’d like to seek advice on, please contact one of our local Melbourne pharmacies today. We have locations in Coburg, Brunswick and Broadmeadows.