VAGINAS vary in shape and size and just like humans, no two vaginas are alike.
They help us with everything from sex to our period – but there are some telltale signs that show up when your vagina is trying to tell you something.
When it comes to the vagina, it’s important not to compare your appearance with anyone else’s.
This is because what is normal for you may not always be normal for someone else.
But here are five signs you should look out for, which means you need to get checked.
1. Burning or itching
If you’re experiencing burning or itching underneath, it could be due to something as simple as the detergent you’re using or a sensitivity to a new shower gel or product.
But the NHS states if you have vaginal itching, you may have vaginitis.
Genital itching can also be caused by shaving or applying certain creams or solutions downwards.
Some of the most common causes of itching include yeast infections, head lice, eczema, and sexually transmitted infections.
Most conditions can be treated with over-the-counter remedies, but if you think you have an infection, you should see your doctor or healthcare professional.
Dr Suzy Elneil, consultant urologist and neurologist at University College Hospital, London, said: “Itching can be part of a general skin problem, such as eczema. Or it could be a sign of another disease, such as lichen.
“All need treatment, so if the itching persists for more than a month, see your GP or gynecologist. They need to examine the vulva, perineum. [between the vagina and anus] and vagina directly. “
The NHS says: “Vaginal discharge (sludge or discharge) is normal, and the texture and amount of discharge can change throughout your menstrual cycle.
“If your normal vaginal discharge turns out to be different – such as discolored or has an odor – this could be a sign of an infection, so see your doctor.”
Your vulva has several glands, including oil glands, so you may occasionally experience small bumps that feel like a forming pimple.
Pimples underneath can also be a sign of sexually transmitted infections such as genital warts and genital herpes.
If you are suffering from genital warts, it is likely that the lumps will be small and flesh-colored, and they may also have a cauliflower-like appearance.
Bumps can also be caused by using a razor to remove hair and this is known as shaving rash.
Bartholin’s gland cyst can also be the reason you have swelling there.
If the bump is near the vaginal opening, it could be a cyst.
Allison Hill, MD“If the cyst is small and painless, your doctor will probably tell you to wait for it to come out, and it will probably go away on its own,” says Dr.
“But if it becomes large and/or painful, you need to see a doctor immediately. They can drain the cyst and prescribe antibiotics if necessary.”
Everyone’s vagina can smell different, and you should only be really concerned if it smells a little out of the ordinary.
“Vaginal odor can vary at different times of the reproductive cycle and is not always considered a sign of infection or disease,” says Dr. Elneil.
If you feel the need to use scented products to mask vaginal odor, you should see your GP.
If you detect a fishy smell, it’s usually blood and means you’re about to start your period.
However, there is a foul odor down there, usually due to a bacterial vaginosis.
It’s important to remember that your underlying bacteria change frequently, so a new odor in most cases shouldn’t be cause for concern – if it’s persistent, you should get it checked out.
5. Irregular menstruation
Irregular periods are not always a sign of a problem and sometimes our aunt likes to come in unannounced.
There are many different causes of irregular periods and one of the main causes is puberty.
When you first start your periods, they may be irregular for the first year or two.
Also, your periods may be interrupted if you are about to start menopause and this usually happens between the ages of 45 and 55.
The NHS states that early pregnancy can also be a cause of irregular periods as well as some forms of contraception such as the Pill or the intrauterine system (IUS)
The NHS adds: “Excessive weight loss or gain, excessive exercise or stressful conditions – such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or a problem with your thyroid gland.”
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