Wondering what is going on down there?
“Is this normal?” you ask. Discussing lady parts does not come easily to everyone. It is still a subject that causes a great deal of discomfort to most women. But, let’s face it, there are some pressing questions about your vagina that you simply cannot get out of your mind.
Be assured that you are not alone. So, here are the answers to five questions about your vagina that you were too embarrassed to ask.
#1. What’s that smell?
Now, the vagina has a natural odor that is different for every woman. So, if you are wondering how it is supposed to smell actually, there is no single answer. The smell of your vagina depends upon your daily routine and of course, ‘that time of the month’. For instance, if you just finished a rigorous physical activity, your vagina may smell musky because of the active sweat glands. Your diet could also change the smell down there. Citrus fruits are known to make it smell sweeter. On the other hand, onions may leave an unpleasant odor. When you are on your period, the smell can be metallic.
The only time you need to see a doctor is when the vagina smells particularly unpleasant for a long period of time.
#2. Ingrown hair and acne! What should I do?
Vaginal pimples are a real thing. While it can get uncomfortable, you need not worry about it too much. If you are waxing or shaving the area, these issues are quite common as the vagina is extremely sensitive. You could also be faced with these issues when your body undergoes any hormonal changes.
Normally, acne will subside with time and so will hair ingrowth. If you want to get rid of it faster, you can talk to your gynecologist. He or she can prescribe vaginal washes or creams that will reduce these problems considerably.
#3. Is it normal that I itch down there?
This is probably the number one issue that women face. It is embarrassing to discuss, no doubt and can seem like a serious issue. However, you will be relieved to know that it is common and very normal. Soap is the prime culprit for this one. And, we all know how women love to use scented soaps. These soaps mess up the pH balance of your genital area, making it itchy even when it feels like you clean up down there quite regularly. An acidic vagina can become a site for microorganisms to breed.
So, to prevent this, it is best that you use specially prescribed vaginal washes that maintain the pH balance. They are also gentle on the skin. If you need to lather up; you have options for that as well. Just speak to your gynecologist or head to the nearest pharmacy for the right product.
#4. Can things get in and never come out?
As strange as this sounds, many women worry that a kegel ball or a tampon could just get sucked in and never get out. Or, even worse, enter the uterus. This is never going to happen as the cervix is not wide enough. It is designed to prevent these mishaps.
Sometimes, a tampon may seem, for the lack of a better word, lost. We assure you it is around somewhere. All you have to do is relax the muscles in the area, have a seat if needed and fish it out. In rare cases, this may require medical intervention. To prevent it, make sure that you do not keep tampons on for over 8 hours and change them regularly through the day.
#5. Is white residue normal?
Sometimes, you will notice a gooey white fluid on the hood of the clitoris, between the vaginal lips or between the labia. It seems to appear everyday even after several attempts of cleaning it out. This neither is a sign of an infection, nor does it mean that your hygiene practices are not up to the mark. This is a natural lubricant called smegma that is made from sweat, dry skin cells, oil, and moisture. Just clean it out regularly and avoid any formations of crusts as they may leave an unpleasant odor.
There you have it. Everything that you ever wanted to know about your vagina. It is not that worrisome anymore, is it?