Ladies, vaginal health matters. Paying attention to your vagina is as vital as brushing your teeth or making sure you drink enough water. Unfortunately, many people are too shy or embarrassed to talk about their vaginas – even to their medical practitioner. A good rule of thumb is that it’s better to ask and be a little embarrassed rather than not ask and miss a clue that something is out of whack.
Here are some of the most frequently thought of but never asked questions women have about their vagina.
Why does my vaginal discharge have an odor?
Here is some good news. If you have some white discharge that is mildly odiferous, it is generally a sign that your vagina is healthy. The discharge is part of the normal hormonal cycle that women go through.
Some studies draw a connection between foods that are rich in spices to a change in vaginal smell. Coffee, onions, garlic, dairy, and meat may also alter your vaginal discharge odor. Eating more whole grains, fruits, and veggies produces a milder scent.
If the discharge is like cottage cheese in texture and has a fishy smell, you could have a yeast infection or even a sexually transmitted disease. Best to visit your doctor on this one to get a confirmation.
Why does my vagina fart?
Also known as queefing, vaginal farts should not be worrisome. During sex, air can become trapped, and as it escapes, it sounds like a fart. This does not cause any harm and is not something that can be prevented. Vaginal farts happen!
Why does my vagina itch during my period?
Most women have experienced it…that uncomfortable feeling of needing to itch your vagina. Of course, it usually happens at work or in some public place where there is no way to get the itch without drawing attention to yourself. If you are itchy before your period, it could be that a drop in estrogen is causing vaginal dryness. If you are itchy during your period, you may be allergic to the feminine hygiene product you are using. Try using natural products without dyes or fragrances – maybe it is time for a menstrual cup! If itching persists, see your physician who can test for a yeast imbalance or infection.
Is it possible to lose something in my vagina?
Although losing something in your vagina is not really possible – it is possible to get things stuck in there. The most common things that can get stuck include condoms, tampons, sponges, and diaphragms. If you forget that you already have a tampon in and insert a new one, it pushes the old one further into the vagina where it can get stuck. This can result in an infection with a strong odor. Visit your doctor to have the tampon removed immediately to avoid Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Why do I have acne in my pubic area
If you are an avid shaver, you may have acne-like bumps on your pubic area. While these are generally harmless, they can be irritating. Always use a clean razor and plenty of shaving cream when you shave. Also, follow up with a natural moisturizer like coconut oil. This will help keep the irritation to a minimum. Alternatively, you can opt for waxing which should not cause irritation or go au naturel!
Tips for keeping your vagina happy and healthy
One of the best ways to keep your vagina healthy is to look after your overall health and wellbeing. Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and veggies, and stay active. Make sure that you are drinking lots of water as well. Being hydrated is essential for optimal vagina health. Eating some fermented foods daily or taking a high-quality probiotic can help maintain the quantity and quality of vaginal bacteria.
The vagina is designed to be self-cleaning. This means that harsh soaps, wipes, douches, creams, and sprays are not necessary and can actually cause severe irritation. To keep the outside of the vagina – vulva area clean, use unscented soap and warm water. The inside of your vagina will take care of itself.
Another healthy habit to get into is using all-natural lubricants like coconut oil as opposed to perfumed lubricants that can irritate your vagina. Coconut oil is highly moisturizing and soothing with no artificial fragrances or dyes.
Here are a few additional tips to keep things healthy and happy down under
- Wear only cotton underwear
- Avoid wearing nylon pantyhose
- Avoid wearing thongs
-The Backyard Vitality Team