Vaginal health is an important part of a woman’s overall health. Vaginal problems can affect your fertility, desire for sex and ability to reach orgasm. Ongoing vaginal health issues can also cause stress or relationship problems and impact your self-confidence. Know the signs and symptoms of vaginal problems and what you can do to protect your vaginal health.
What affects vaginal health?
The vagina is a closed muscular canal that extends from the vulva — the outside of the female genital area — to the neck of
the uterus (cervix). Various factors can affect the health of your vagina, including:
- Sex. Unprotected sex can result in a sexually transmitted infection. Forceful sex or an injury to the pelvic area can result in vaginal trauma.
- Certain health conditions or treatments.Conditions, such as endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease, might cause painful sex. Scarring from pelvic surgery and certain cancer treatments also can cause painful sex. Use of some antibiotics increases the risk of a vaginal yeast infection.
- Birth control and feminine-hygiene products. Barrier contraceptives, such as condoms, diaphragms and associated spermicide, can cause vaginal irritation. The use of sprays, deodorants or douches may cause irritation or make existing irritation worse.
- Pregnancy and childbirth. If you become pregnant, you’ll stop menstruating until after your baby is born. During pregnancy, vaginal discharge often increases. Vaginal tears are relatively common during childbirth. In some cases, an episiotomy — an incision made in the tissue of the vaginal opening during childbirth — is needed. A vaginal delivery can also decrease muscle tone in the vagina.
- Psychological issues. Anxiety and depression can contribute to a low level of arousal and resulting discomfort or pain during sex. Trauma — such as sexual abuse or an initial painful sexual experience — also can lead to pain associated with sex.
- Hormone levels. Changes in your hormone levels can affect your vagina. For example, estrogen production declines after menopause and during breast-feeding. Loss of estrogen can cause the vaginal lining to thin (vaginal atrophy) — making sex painful.
What are the most common vaginal problems?
Conditions that might affect your vagina include:
- Sexual problems. These might include persistent or recurrent pain just before, during or after sex (dyspareunia). Pain during penetration might be caused by involuntary spasms of the muscles of the vaginal wall (vaginismus). The muscles in the pelvic floor can become tense, causing chronic pain and pain during intercourse. Vaginal dryness, often occurring after menopause, can also cause pain during intercourse.
- Sexually transmitted infections. Various sexually transmitted infections can affect the vagina, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital warts, syphilis and genital herpes. Signs might include abnormal vaginal discharge or genital sores.
- Vaginitis. An infection or change in the normal balance of vaginal yeast and bacteria can cause inflammation of the vagina (vaginitis). Symptoms include vaginal discharge, odor, itching and pain. Common types of vaginitis include bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections and trichomoniasis.
- Pelvic floor relaxation. If the supporting ligaments and connective tissues that hold the uterus and the vaginal walls in place become weak, the uterus, bladder, rectum or the vaginal walls might slip down (prolapse). This might cause urine leakage during coughing and sneezing or a bulge in the vagina.
- Other rare conditions. Vaginal cysts can cause pain during sex or make it difficult to insert a tampon. Vaginal cancer — which might first appear as vaginal bleeding after menopause or sex — also is a rare possibility.
What are signs or symptoms of vaginal problems?
Consult your doctor if you notice:
- A change in the color, odor or amount of vaginal discharge
- Vaginal redness or itching
- Vaginal bleeding between periods, after sex or after menopause
- A mass or bulge in your vagina
- Pain during intercourse
You might not need to see your doctor every time you have vaginal irritation and discharge, particularly if you’ve been diagnosed with a vaginal yeast infection in the past and you’re experiencing similar signs and symptoms. However, if you choose to use an over-the-counter medication and your symptoms don’t go away, consult your doctor.
What can I do to keep my vagina healthy?
You can take steps to protect your vaginal health and overall health. For example:
- Be sexually responsible. Use condoms or maintain a mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who’s free of sexually transmitted infections. If you use sex toys, clean them after every use.
- Get vaccinated. Vaccinations can protect you from HPV, the virus associated with cervical cancer, as well as hepatitis B — a serious liver infection that can spread through sexual contact.
- Do Kegel exercises. Kegel exercises can help tone your pelvic floor muscles if you have prolapse, leaking of urine or weakness of the pelvic floor.
- Know your medications. Discuss medication use and possible vaginal side effects with your doctor.
- Limit the amount of alcohol you drink and don’t smoke. Chronic alcohol abuse can impair sexual function. Nicotine might inhibit sexual arousal. Substance abuse might also cause poor physical and mental health, which can affect sexual function.
While not all vaginal problems can be prevented, regular checkups can help ensure that problems affecting your vagina are diagnosed as soon as possible. Don’t let embarrassment prevent you from talking to your doctor about any concerns you might have about your vaginal health.
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I slept with 600 men a year for survival – Lady tells story
A 24-year-old lady has set tongues wagging with a new revelation about how she survived when she had no money.
A former prostitute has narrated a story of how she had to survive by sleeping with men for over a year.
According to the lady, since she had nothing to live on, she had to sleep with about 600 different men in a year.
In a report sighted on Celebritiesbuzz.com.gh, the lady narrated the ordeals she had to go through as a poor girl.
In the report, Beatrice (not her real name) disclosed what led to the decision of becoming a prostitute.
She noted that after getting dumped by her boyfriend and having a low-paying job, she had no option than to go into sleeping with men for money.
She recalled how her friends spread negative rumors about her leading to her boyfriend quitting their relationship.
The lady who is a student at a vocational institute in the country went on to reveal that it was the day that she went to a nightclub that she began the prostitution job.
According to her, the salary at her pub job was GHC150 but on the night when she went to the nightclub, the man who took her to his hotel room paid GHC200 the next day.
“They were paying me GH¢150 a month and you work late hours. But if you go out to hustle in the night, you can get that kind of money within a day or two,” she stated.
She continued her confession saying “About 600 men slept with me from last year to this year.”
But Beatrice who now seems to be a changed person, said that she later discovered that prostitution is not as lucrative as she thought.
She noted that she is tired of warming the beds of different men each night as she is ready to settle down with a man.
Musician Gets Stuck Inside Married Woman Whiles having unprotected sex ( Video)
An up and coming musician has received the embarrassment of his life after he got stuck while chopping down a married woman in Uganda.
The musician who is known as San Yo was genging and benging the married woman at a local lodge and after he was done and wanted to take his langalanga out, it refused to come out.
According to reports on Ugandan blogs, after several attempts to separate failed, they started screaming for help and they were carried out of the room in a sheet, loaded on a truck and taken to find help from local witch doctors.
The woman turned out to be a wife to faded musician Abdu Mulaasi who appeared at the scene immediately but didn’t look surprised at the occurrence.
The two were then separated much to their embarrassment. The technique of causing a penis to get stuck inside a woman is said to be witchcraft for catching cheating spouses.
Watch the video below:
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