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These FAQs can help you know your vaginal health better

Why is your vaginal area darker than the rest of your body? Why do you have vaginal dryness? Read on to know answers to such questions around the vagina.
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Dr Surabhi Siddhartha Updated: 20 Oct 2021, 03:00 pm IST
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Your vagina undergoes several changes throughout your life. That is why it is important to spot the signs and symptoms to know if something is amiss, and  take appropriate care. It is imperative for every woman to maintain good hygiene down there. With that thought, let’s get to some commonly asked questions about vaginal health.

Is creamy white discharge worrisome?

In women, usually, the vaginal discharge is clear or creamy white. But if your white discharge becomes curdy and is associated with pain, itching, and redness, you may have a yeast infection.

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Is it common to have a black/brown discharge?

You will see a black or brown discharge only when you are menstruating. Remember that the normal discharge is clear, transparent, and odourless without any redness and itching.

What can be done in case of vaginal dryness?

Vaginal dryness is a common occurrence during menopause and happens because of lower estrogen levels. You need to visit a gynecologist who will help you regarding what needs to be done. Do not ignore this problem at all, and seek timely medical attention.

How can I keep my vagina odour-free?

Did you know that your vagina has a natural musky odour and it cannot be completely odourless. But when there is a foul smell, you should speak to the doctor.

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Why is my vagina is darker than the rest of my body?

Women, you need not worry about this as the vulva area is darker than the rest of the skin. However, if there are red flags like itching, redness, thickening of the skin, or bumps, it is a matter of concern. Do not panic, just ask the expert.

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There is itching down there, should I visit a doctor?

Itching is not so common and may indicate a fungal or yeast infection in the vagina or the skin of that area. Your gynecologist will suggest proper medication.

How to make sure your vagina is healthy?

To ensure that your vagina is healthy, your vagina needs to have no foul smell or discharge, no redness, burning or discomfort, and no swelling.

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About the Author

Dr Surabhi Siddhartha is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Motherhood Hospital in Kharghar, Mumbai. For the past fifteen years, she has been delivering specialist Obs-Gyn care as a leading gynaecologist in Kharghar and Navi Mumbai. Dr Surabhi's areas of expertise and interest include high-risk pregnancies like hypothyroid pregnancy, diabetes in pregnancy, twin pregnancy, ovarian cyst with pregnancy, fibroid in pregnancy, and other surgeries like hysterectomy, cystectomy, fibroid removal, and adolescent health care. Her super specialized surgical skills in women's healthcare also involve Cosmetic Gynecology (vaginoplasty, hymenoplasty, surgical and non-surgical vaginal tightening), Urogynecology (SUI treatment, Prolapse), ART & Infertility treatment, Minimal Invasive Gynaecology surgery treatments (Laproscopy) Dr Surabhi Siddhartha completed her MBBS from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College Government College, Bhagalpur and obtained her DGO from College of Physician and Surgeons, Mumbai. ...Read More

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