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Welcome back to campus! While you're starting off your school year, remember to visit us at the Women's Resource Center. If you'd like a scholarship, work study, or volunteer position with us, remember that interviews take place from September 3-7. The application is TWO PARTS on tru positions in tru view. We would love to have you!
Have a safe and happy first week of classes!
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Happy first day of August! Believe it or not, school will be starting back up in just a couple of weeks, and the WRC is excited to begin the fall semester. We will be hiring for scholarship, work study, and volunteer positions this semester with interviews taking place September 3-7. If you are interested or know anybody who is, applications are on tru positions in truview. And, put August 29th in your calendar to come talk to us at the activities fair!
We hope that you have a great and relaxing last few weeks of summer!
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4 months ago

Truman State University Women's Resource Center
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The WRC would like to take a moment today to personally thank Colleen Ritchie. For those that don't know, Colleen Ritchie is the one responsible for making the Student Giving Campaign possible. Her generosity provided the funds that 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place received for participating in the campaign (a total of $3,500). On top of that, Colleen also agreed to match all Tel-Alumni donations 1-to-1. This gave the WRC an extra $1,393 to donate to our cause.

Thank you so much Colleen! Your generosity will not go unnoticed!
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Women of Truman,

Spring break is here! The WRC would like to remind you to stay safe and have fun on your week off! We will have a plethora of events for all of you in the weeks after we come back! We hope to see all of your shining faces again soon!
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Gynecological Health

Tips for vulvar care - The vulva contains many bacteria that naturally coexist with other organisms in a health balance. However, sometimes other bacteria may be introduced that can lead to an infection and irritation. Here are tips on how to properly care for your vulva to keep it healthy and happy.

  • Use only warm water to wash the vulva. Dry thoroughly with a clean towel. (If the vulva is very irritated, you can try drying it with a blow dryer set on cool.)
  • The vagina cleanses itself naturally in the form of normal, vaginal discharge. Avoid using douches unless prescribed by your physician. These products can upset the natural balance of organisms.
  • Wear 100 percent cotton underwear. Avoid wearing nylon, acetate, or other manmade fibers.
  • Avoid wearing thongs.
  • Rinse underclothes carefully after washing. Or, double-rinse.
  • Wash new underclothes before wearing.
  • Use a mild soap (such as Woolite) for washing underclothes. Do not use detergents (especially Tide) or fabric softeners (including dryer sheets.)
  • Use soft toilet tissue 
  • Use tampons instead of sanitary napkins to control menstrual bleeding. (Do not use deodorant tampons.) Do not leave tampons in for a long period, due to toxic shock syndrome. Do not leave tampons in all night.
  • Don’t scratch.
  • Avoid wearing nylon pantyhose or panty girdles. They trap heat and moisture, providing an ideal breeding environment for organisms. When nylons or leggings are required, wear cotton or nylons with a cotton panty.
  • Avoid these feminine hygiene products, which can irritate the vulva: sanitary pads, feminine spray and deodorants, Vaseline, oils, greases, bubble baths, bath oils, talc, or powder.

Signs and Symptoms of Gynecologic Problems - Vaginal bleeding and discharge are normal for menstrual cycles, however if there is something different or unusual this may be a sign of a problem. Symptoms may be the result of a mild infection that is easy to treat but if not treated it can lead to more serious problems including infertility or kidney damage. It could also be an indicators of a more serious problem from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) to cancer. You should consult a physician if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Bleeding between periods
  • Frequent and urgent need to urinate, or a burning sensation during urination
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding, particularly during or after intercourse
  • Pain or pressure in your pelvis that differs from menstrual cramps
  • Itching, burning, swelling, redness, or soreness in the vaginal area
  • Sores or lumps in the genital area
  • Vaginal discharge with an unpleasant or unusual odor, or of an unusual color
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Pain or discomfort during intercourse

Always consult a physician for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Recognizing symptoms early and seeing a doctor right away increases the likelihood of successful treatment.

Sources:
Philadelphia Aria Healthcare Provider 


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