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We must take care of our lady parts properly and carefully. Our vagina goes through a lot of changes in a single month. All these changes point to the state of our health. Hence, it is very important to understand our vagina.
Sometimes, we may not pay any attention to a new change down there but this can prove to be a huge mistake. A change may indicate that you need to take notice of your health. Ignoring it will only cause any health issues to get aggravated.
Here are 6 signs that your vagina is trying to tell you something about your health:
You’ve probably experienced vaginal discharge—most women do. In addition, you already know that it changes throughout your menstrual cycle.
Most of the time, vaginal discharge is normal but the amount can vary, as can odor and hue. But, if you notice that the discharge is yellow or green, has clumps in it and is smelling bad, then you should speak with your doctor. It could be an indication of a vaginal infection.
If you’re self-conscious about your vaginal odour then you’re not alone. Most women feel that way but a normal odour may include a mild, musky scent that is not unpleasant.
In case your vaginal odour is different, it can be because of many reasons like washing your vagina with dry soap, wearing sanitary products for too long, and excessive sweating. It can also be because of bacterial infection and trichomoniasis—a sexually transmitted infection.
You may have noticed white discharge before your periods. It can be slightly yellow and occurs when your periods are about to arrive.
Well, your periods can be longer, shorter, or completely MIA because of countless reasons but sometimes it can be a clue to some potential health issues such as stress, hormonal imbalance, and serious health problems like PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). Consider speaking with a doctor immediately if you notice such changes.
In case you experience an excessive urge to itch your vagina, it could very well be a sign for you to take note as it is not normal for any part of your cervix or vulva to itch, hurt, or burn.
Although the reasons for itching can vary from an infection such as thrush to bacterial vaginosis and sexually transmitted infection (STI), it is always advisable to consult a doctor for timely diagnosis and initiation of treatment if required.
Although lumps on the vagina in most cases could be a mere benign growth that is usually not painful or harmful, it is still bound to instill fear in you.
However, in a few rare cases, the lumps can translate into a serious problem, especially if they grow too large, cause bleeding or pain. In such a scenario, the affected area may feel uncomfortable, cause a burning sensation and compel you to itch, essentially signalling you to consult a doctor immediately.
Most women are familiar with pain during sex or urination and should not be ignored. Such vaginal pain could be a condition called dyspareunia (painful intercourse), caused due to insufficient lubrication during sex and/or lack of sexual arousal. The pain could also be a manifestation of an underlying psychological issues such as anxiety, depression and stress, which are known factors for lowering arousa levels, that could result in discomfort or pain during sex.
So ladies, when it comes to your vaginal health, be vigilant towards any signs or symptoms you may experience and consult a doctor to lead healthier and comfortable lives.