Some women don’t have any idea what’s normal and what’s not normal. This generates a lot of anxiety. You just don’t know what’s going on. So there’s a tendency for a lot of young women to think that everything is bad.
Realize that your vagina is just another part of you. It’s not some disembodied pit that’s separate from you. It is you, just like your heart is you, your lungs are you, and your eyes are you.This type of candid discourse is often missing in sex education classes today, we have therefore come up with a no-nonsense guide to your vagina and 15 things every woman needs to know to stay healthy in her V zone.
1. Know your anatomy.
It’s shocking how many women don’t know their own anatomy. Most can’t identify the hymen, perineum, urethra, or cervix. Many don’t realize there’s a cervix at the end of the vagina. Women freak out when they lose something in their vagina,.They think the vagina doesn’t end, so if they lose a tampon, it will end up in their lung. Another common misconception, is that women urinate out of the vagina. Although men do urinate out of the penis through the urethra, women urinate out of the urethra – a tube-like structure that is separate from the vagina and leads to the bladder. Most women are embarrassed to admit that they don’t know that information. They’re afraid to ask.
2. Get up close and personal with your vagina.
Use a hand mirror to explore your vagina. It’s important to become familiar with all the parts of your body. That way you will be able to tell if something is wrong.
3. You don’t need to douche or use feminine hygiene products.
Your vagina is self-cleaning. . Avoid soap or abrasive washcloths. Don’t douche or use feminine hygiene products because that “disrupts the normal vaginal bacterial balance which can be delicate.
4. Vaginal discharge is normal.
The vagina is a mucus membrane so it’s completely natural for women to have a physiologic discharge. The variation is wide. Some women make more than others. And being on the birth control pill can affect discharge.
5. Be on the lookout for signs of infection.
Typically, yeast infections have a white, cottage cheese-like discharge, with a lot of itching and redness but no odour. Another common vaginal infection, bacterial vaginosis, smells fishy, especially after sex, and discharge tends to be greenish or yellowish.
6. Know when to see your gynecologist.
Its a rule of thumb: If you have itching, burning, unusual discharge, or other symptoms for more than one week, you should see a doctor. If it’s not green, smelly, or itchy, chances are good that there’s no problem.
7. Don’t use OTC creams for vaginal itching.
Over-the-counter creams may provide temporary relief, but the chemical irritants in them can make you more uncomfortable in the future, setting off a vicious itch cycle. They do more harm than good.
8. Thongs don’t cause yeast infections.
Contrary to popular opinion, thongs are not to blame for yeast infections. If you already have a yeast infection or other irritation, wearing thongs might add to your misery. If that’s the case, As stick with cotton briefs or going bare while you sleep.
9. Whether you choose to groom your pubic area is up to you.
Some women like to shave their pubic hair. Others like to get a bikini wax or go au natural. Choose the grooming technique that you feel is the most comfortable and convenient. Many women choose not to groom their pubic hair at all.
Shaving remains the tried-and-true method of removing pubic hair. It’s simple, cheap, quick, and predictable. But, shaving has its downsides, like red bumps and irritated skin follicles. soak in a warm bath beforehand, replacing high-quality razors after a few uses and applying ice to your freshly shaved bikini line.
10. You should be able to track and predict your periods.
Young women don’t have a good understanding of what’s normal when it comes to their menstrual cycle. This should not be the case. Cycles coming between 21 to 33 days and lasting up to 7 days are normal.
What’s abnormal? Bleeding for 10 days, passing clots, or having pain that interferes with daily activities. Talk to your gynaecologist about any irregularities. Your doctor can address any possible medical problems that cause pain or excessive bleeding.
11. You can catch STDs even if you use a condom.
Condoms have a 15% failure rate, Ashton says. Women are often led to believe that condoms are a 100% effective barrier to preventing pregnancy and STDs but that’s not true. “It can happen, just once,”
12. You can get pregnant on the pill.
Even when taken correctly, oral contraceptives can have a 5% failure rate, and women are known to miss a pill now and then.
13. Sex shouldn’t be painful.
Many women suffer in silence, because they are too embarrassed to say anything when sex hurts. I recommend setting up an appointment (separate from the annual exam) with your gynecologist to find a way to address your concerns.
14. Piercing is surgery.
If you are considering a genital piercing, you need to find a licensed practitioner that uses sanitary instruments. All surgery has risks. The risks for piercing include infection, bleeding, and damage to the area or nearby anatomy. Plus, any infection in a genital piercing could result in trouble with your sex life, recurring genital pain, or even problems urinating for the rest of your life.
15. Find a gynecologist that you trust.
Set up a get-to-know-you appointment and make sure that you establish a good rapport with your gynecologist. You should feel comfortable bringing up concerns during visits. For younger women, i recommends setting up a visit often to address questions and changes in your social life.