Vaginal Problems  

Like most body parts, vagina differ from person to person. What’s normal for you may differ from what’s normal for someone else. Knowing your own body and what’s normal for you is an important part of monitoring your own health.

Some of the most common issues with vaginas are listed below. If you are concerned about any issues concerning your vagina or think there’s a problem, contact your gynecologist. Definitely consult your healthcare provider before applying or using any treatments.

Vaginal discharge is normal. The glands inside your vagina and cervix produce small amounts of fluid. This fluid flows out of the vagina each day, carrying out old cells. This is your body’s way of keeping your vagina healthy and clean. The discharge is usually clear or milky and does not smell bad.

The color and thickness of the discharge changes with your menstrual cycle. There is more discharge when you ovulate or breastfeed, or when you are sexually excited.

Changes in vaginal discharge can occur if the normal balance of healthy bacteria if your vagina is upset. Many things can cause this imbalance, including medical issues such as diabetes, pregnancy, antibiotics or use of personal products such as douching, feminine hygiene spray, certain soaps or bubble baths.

Changes that may signal a problem include an increase in the amount of discharge, a change in the color or smell of the discharge, and irritation, itchiness, or burning in or around your vagina. Discharge that is stained with blood when you are not having your period may also indicate a problem. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms.

Read more about vaginal infections on our information page.

Sexual intercourse should not be painful. If it is, it could be an indication of infection, illness, or problems with your reproductive organs. If you are experiencing pain during sexual intercourse, contact your healthcare provider.

Pain and discomfort during menstruation varies from person to person. If you have menstrual cramping for more than 2 or 3 days, experience unusual cramping or experience an excruciating or debilitating level of pain, you could have a medical condition in need of treatment. Contact your gynecologist.

Even if you only experience lower levels of menstrual pain, it can be treated. You do not have to suffer in silence.

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