As women, most of us ensure that we learn how to keep our lady parts safe and healthy, right? Well, there are a few surprising facts on vaginal health that you should know.
The vagina is an organ that is located below the pelvic region of a woman, its main functions being sexual activity, reproduction and birthing.
As the vagina is located at an area where a lot of fresh air cannot pass through easily, it is prone to infections caused by microbes.
So, just like how we make sure that we take care of the health of our vital organs, we must also pay an equal attention to our vaginal health!
Many women may ignore the health of their vagina and not visit gynaecologists, when they do have issues, as they may feel that it is not all that important, or they may even feel embarrassed!
However, it is extremely important to ensure that your vagina is healthy; otherwise, it may lead to infections, infertility and even growth of cancerous cells!
So, here are a few surprising facts on vaginal health, have a look!
Firstly, you must know that the vagina encompasses various parts like the vulva, labia, cervix, etc., so that you have a better knowledge about the conditions that may affect different parts of your vagina.
It is also important to learn about your vaginal discharge. While a certain amount of light discharge is normal; if your discharge is excessive, smelly or cottage cheese like, it could be a sign of a yeast infection or a sexually transmitted infection!
If you want to maintain a healthy vagina, it is very important to keep up the hygiene. Ensure that you clean your vagina with fresh water regularly. Also, use washed underwear.
If you want to prevent urinary tract infections and STIs, ensure that you pass urine and not control it, and wash your vagina well, before and after a sexual intercourse.
Skip using synthetic vaginal hygiene products like douches, sprays, etc., to clean your vagina, as they can destroy the natural pH balance of your vagina, causing dryness and itching.
Also, when you are using a pad or a tampon, while menstruating, ensure that you wash your hands before using these products, as the bacteria present on your hands may come in contact with your vagina.
Another fact is that a woman's vagina undergoes a change in shape and colour, as she ages, just like the rest of her body, which is completely normal!