Vaginal Health-What is Normal And Abnormal?
As a teenager I knew nothing about my vagina. Even in my early twenties I was shy about it. But now I have realized how important knowing more about my genitals is. We should be having more conversations about the health of our body parts, and our vagina falls into the category of an body part we should be aware of. I know for a fact that most woman ( or at least the woman I know) don’t know how their vagina should or should not behave. And that’s what I will be talking about today.
As an organ
Our vagina is mostly inside your Vulva, what you see outside is just the vaginal opening. If you’re being technical, parts of your genitals that you see is called the Vulva, which consists of your vaginal opening, the inner and outer lips, and your clitoris.
Our vaginas are shaped liked tubes and lead to cervix ( which is basically the neck of your womb). Our vagina behaves like an elastic and that is why it can stretch, and come back to it’s original shape.
The shape, size, colour, and odor
Every vagina differs in shape, size and colour, and your vagina may or may not have a distinct odor. There is no “correct” shape, size or colour, and if you ever compare notes you don’t need to worry about that.
Our vagina also sometimes releases a vaginal discharge, which again is a completely normal thing to happen. Some woman experience discharge before their periods, some during. You need to worry when you notice changes in the colour, texture, and odor of your discharge. You may have a bacterial or yeast infection and should get it checked.
It is not normal to have an itchy or overly sensitive vagina. It could be as simple as a skin problem, or an infection. But it could be something dangerous like cancer.
A burning sensation is also not normal, and should be checked.
If you have an active sex life, you should not be feeling pain during sex. A little soreness after prolonged activity is considered normal, while continuous pain during sex could by due to vaginal cysts, boils, or infections. Bleeding after sexual activity can also be a symptom of a bigger problem, if it is not just an one time occurrence.
We all know that we will bleed once a month, and a little delay every now and then is normal. Sudden changes in your menstrual cycle should be noted and reported to a gynecologist.
If you notice bleeding or spotting after your period is over, it should be a cause of concern.
Here’s a checklist that can indicate that something is wrong
- A change in colour, odor, and texture of your discharge
- A change in the colour and odor of your vagina. Any redness
- An itchy or sensitive vagina
- Pain during sex
- Burning sensation
- A sensation of pressure in your vagina
- Bleeding after your periods have occurred
Get to know your vagina, it is a beautiful organ designed for smooth functioning of so many phases of your life!
Ready to take care of your vaginal health?
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