Do you have an unhealthy vagina? Maybe it’s not on purpose, but maybe your vagina isn’t being given the attention it needs and deserves. Read on to see whether you’re experiencing any of the following problems that suggest you may have an unhealthy vagina and need to seek medical attention.
Dryness or Irritation
According to gynecologist Ronald D. Blatt, M.D., vaginal irritation or dryness can be signs of an unhealthy vagina, especially because of menopause. Menopause can make these symptoms occur inside and outside of the vagina. Flaking of the skin and irritation may happen, which can cause uncomfortable sexual intercourse.
A Fishy Scent
A healthy vagina has its own scent. But a fishy odor can be a cause for concern. “A fishy odor with extra clear discharge can be a sign of BV, bacterial vaginosis, that is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria and an imbalance of the pH balance of the vagina. BV is very common and easily treatable with antibiotics from your gynecologist. Natural remedies include apple cider vinegar douche and changes in diet. A strong odor with green discharge can be a sign of an STD, trichomoniasis, so you should get tested immediately,” says Psalm Isadora, a sex and relationship expert.
Irregular Discharge or Itching
It’s possible that you have a yeast infection if you have discharge that has a yellow or white color and looks like cottage cheese.
Burning Sensation During Urination
This can be a sign of a urinary tract infection (UTI). UTIs are treatable with antibiotics.
Inability to Insert a Tampon
“Painful sex is usually a psychological issue, but in rare cases it’s an imperforate hymen — women born with extra tissue around the opening of the vagina,” explains Isadora. This is usually diagnosed by a gynecologist and surgery is used for treatment.
Spotting or bleeding that happen when you’re not menstruating can be due to a hormonal imbalance. This is frequently caused y stress or birth control methods. It’s also a sign of pregnancy. Be sure to see a gynecologist immediately if you bleed after sex, as it can be a sign of cervical cancer.
This can mean you have an STD, so it’s important to get tested immediately.