Women are always concerned in maintaining their private part healthy. That's why we often pay attention on the all slight changes and features of the intimate organs.
First of all, it's worth knowing that not everything in your down-there area is called vagina. This term refers only to the muscular tube, which connects your womb with outer reproductive organs.
External genitals are medically called vulva. It includes labia majora – hair-covered skin folds, and labia minora – smaller folds, which surround vaginal opening. Clitoris is a little nub, full of the nerve endings. It sits at the top of your external reproductive organs and plays a great role in your sexual pleasure.
So, what are the most common questions, women ask their ob-gyns? Here are top 7 of the most important facts, you should know about:
#1. Should I douche it?
In short, no. Your vagina has special mechanisms to clean itself without your help. Moreover, all these soaps, sprays and other products can be even harmful, as they can change your normal pH and microflora, increasing risks of yeast infection.
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#2. Is it normal to have discharge?
Don't worry about scanty clear or milky odorless vaginal discharge. It can become more watery after menstruation and can be thicker during ovulation-time. It's mainly because of the hormonal fluctuations, which normally occur in your body in the course of the menstrual cycle. Be aware that having green, yellow, cheesy discharge with unpleasant smell may be a sign of sexually transmitted infection.
#3. Why do I have periods twice a month?
Each woman has different hormonal levels and individual body features. That's why normal menstrual cycle can range from 21 to 35 days. The same story is about duration of the periods. It's completely normal to have menstrual bleeding during three to seven days.
You may notice that your menses visit you twice a month, if you have short menstrual cycle. At the same time, your second vaginal bleeding may be caused by abrupt weight loss, uterine fibroid, menopause-associated changes or stress.
#4. Does healthy vagina smell?
Your private part normally has slight musky smell, which can be changed by eating some foods (garlic, tuna) or supplements. But it's time to visit your doctor, if your vagina has fishy, beer-like or foul odor, as it can be a result of infection.
#5. May it become outstretched after giving a birth?
No, ladies, your vagina wouldn't stay overextended for the whole life after giving a birth to the baby. It is elastic and has ability to expand and narrow after the labor. Your private part will return to its pre-birth shape during nearly half of year.
Sometimes pelvic floor muscles may become weak after delivery. It can be also a result of aging, surgery or weight gain.
#6. Can I improve its elasticity?
Yes, you're able to strengthen your pelvic muscles, performing Kegel exercises regularly. They can prevent uncontrolled urine leakage, fecal incontinence and vaginal prolapse, which usually accompany weakness of the pelvic floor.
#7. Why is the skin of the genital darker than on the rest of the body?
Don't panic, it's OK to have a bit darker skin down there. Women often have brown, pink or reddish labia. Your genitals may also appear darker during arousal. But be aware that chronic discoloration and irritation may indicate yeast infection or skin disorders.
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