If you have a vagina, then we’re sure these potentially embarrassing thoughts must have popped into your head. So, instead of having to ask yourself, we did the work for you!
How do I know if I smell funny or not?
All vaginas smell – as do penises, bum holes and armpits. But why? Well, the vagina needs to keep itself at a healthy 4.5 PH and, to do so, it must excrete a combination of fluids and bacteria. The smell most vaginas have is not pungent and it’s not disgusting – it’s just there. Some gynaecologists believe that if a vagina cannot be smelt from more than 1 foot away, then it’s healthy; any further away and there may be an issue. Of course, when do you go for a smear test, or just to your gynae for a check-up, he or she would immediately pick up on any weird odours and do the necessary tests!
How do I know if I have a normal-looking vagina?
Vaginas come in all shapes and sizes – and so do their beef curtains. Some women with bigger labia sometimes opt to undergo surgery to make them smaller – and although this procedure exists, that doesn’t mean that their vaginas are strange, but, merely, different to their idea of what a vagina should look like. Vagina surgery is quite extreme, though! If you’ve got a vagina, chances are that it is completely normal looking and absolutely fine.
How much discharge is normal?
Most of the time it’s not about ‘how much’ but ‘what kind of’. Normal vaginal discharge can be clear, cloudy white, and/or yellowish when it dries on clothing. It may also contain white flecks. The amount of discharge varies from one vagina to another, but if this increases or has a foul odour, then you should get it checked. Remember, however, that many things can affect the amount and colour of discharge, including emotional stressors, the food you eat, medication, menstruation and pregnancy.
It hurts to have sex. Why?
First things first, are you relaxed when having sex? Most vaginal pain during intercourse happens due to a lack of vaginal lubrication – which the body can sort out by itself once the female relaxes. Nevertheless, it could also be a number of other conditions, including vaginismus, vaginal infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, sexually transmitted infections or injuries. Pain during intercourse should always be checked out as soon as possible.
Are there any other questions you’re too embarrassed to ask your gynae?