You may think you know everything there is to know about your own vagina, but you’d be surprised by at least a few facts. Read on to test your knowledge.
Vaginas are self-cleaning.
It’s always a good idea to practice proper hygiene, but going to such great lengths as douching are not needed and can be considered unhealthy because they introduce unnatural ingredients to the vagina. The foreign substances disrupt the pH and flora, which can cause yeast infections and other health issues. The vagina can actually clean itself.
Not all discharge is OK.
A healthy vagina produces discharge in order to clean itself in a similar way that saliva cleanses the mouth. Normal discharge should be clear, slightly yellow, or even a cloudy white color. You might notice slight changes depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle. But if you have discharge that is thick and white, greenish, or has a fishy odor, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor especially if you are also itching or uncomfortable down there.
Itching doesn’t necessarily mean you have a yeast infection.
At some point in their lives, most women experience vaginal irritation or itching. Sometimes these symptoms indicate a yeast infection, but that’s not always the case. Other causes include chemical irritation from contraceptive or douches, STDs, or bacterial vaginosis. For a proper diagnosis make an appointment with your gynecologist.
Pubic hair serves a purpose.
Many people view it as nothing more than a nuisance and go to great lengths to remove it, but pubic hair does serve a purpose. One theory is that it locks in sexual pheromones, which can turn on the opposite sex more. Others think that it’s meant to keep the genitals warm. A lot of professionals advocate leaving pubic hair alone because frequent shaving and waxing can irritate and cause microscopic wounds which breed bacteria.
Your lady parts also need exercise.
Repeatedly squeezing the pelvic floor muscles on a daily basis means you’re giving your pelvic floor its own workout. Kegel exercises that are done regularly might mean lowering your risks of developing bladder prolapse and urinary incontinence. Kegels can be particularly helpful (as can vagina weights) for women who have just given birth or have trouble with urinary incontinence.
You should pee after sex.
Even if you don’t feel the urge to go. Urinating helps flush out bacteria that may cause infection. If you’re unable to go, at least take a short shower or wipe down with tissues or water.
There are quite a few factors that can impact your scent. Foods that are heavily scented or spiced can change the odor of your vagina. Eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help make the smell less pungent. Speak with your doctor if you start to smell something fell or fishy.