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Vagina: What’s normal, what’s not

Vaginal health affects more than just your sex life. Find out about common vaginal problems and ways to promote a healthy vagina.

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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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SO FRESH, SO CLEAN: NEW BALANCE 997 “MINT JULEP”

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We thought the upcoming Bodega collab was a fresh set of kicks, but the latest colorway for New Balance’s fan-favorite 997 model is now decked out in a “Mint Julep” hue that really deserves a toast

 

Named after the classic frozen alcoholic drink that’s always a big hit during spring and summer nights, this mint-themed hue is completely tonal throughout the silhouette. The suede upper looks especially dope decked out in the colorway, and paired with the tumbled leather heel counter and ENCAP midsole donning a matching tone, we can’t think of a better shoe that represents the season at hand quite like this iteration. Bottoms up!

Get the New Balance 997 “Mint Julep” now at select New Balance retailers like Sneaker Politics, who provided the equally fresh imagery below:

 

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VIDEO: Vitamin Wendy Narrates How Her Boyfriend Used Tissue To Clean Her Private Part After They Slept Together

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In the most interesting twist of any social media story you’ve ever come across, the video vixen who went viral after it was reported that she lost her life after she was used for rituals by her Yahoo boyboyfriend, has mystically been resurrected from the dead and has shared a video to prove this.

Vitamin Wendy has in a new video, given the narrative of all that went down in the past couple of days after it was reported that she was used by her boyfriend, identified as Jide for ritual purposes.

Taking to her Insta stories, Wendy reveals that the reason for faking her own death was in a bid to distract her now ex-boyfriend from carry out the rest of his assignments for his ritual rites.

Wendy gave in details all that had transpired between herself and her ex-boyfriend before she came down to Lagos and news went viral that she’d died. In the video, she curses Jide’s parents who she says have no idea of their son’s source of wealth but still collect things from him.

She admits that she’s very much alive and is not a ghost as people claimed that she is while she was making the video…

It’s quite lengthy but it’s worth the watch… Watch Wendy give in details all that is connected to her fake death and being used for ritual story below.

Watch the video below, as Obtained by YabaLeftOnline.(Press Play)

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I Need To Lose My Virginity – Lady Posts On Instagram

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She might be joking, or trolling.. But a Kenyan Lady ha said she’s ready to lose her virginity.

The lady identified as Shay Evah, who claimed to be half-Kenyan and half-Tanzanian looks more like a model and most of her photos she uploaded on the App seem to be ones taken in exotic places and quite provocative.

But she seemed to have courted a little bit of controversy when she captioned one of her photos:

I Just Feel Like I Need To Lose My Virginity😍😂😌 Sio Kwa Mshepu Huo🤩Sema Kanenepa Sijui Kunani🤔

 

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