Whilst a great number of women and young girls already know a lot about Vaginal health, there are still many out there who have limited understanding of how to care for one of the most important parts of a woman’s body. This post will not cover all the scientific and medical bits surrounding the Vagina. However, I shall aim to provide you with a general knowledge for now and more posts on this will follow in the nearest future.
Meet Vagina, she is fabulous!
The vagina is a tube about 8cm (3in) long, which leads from the cervix (the neck of the womb) down to the vulva, where it opens between the legs. The vagina is very elastic so it can easily stretch around a man’s penis or around a baby during labour(NHS /livewell/vagina-health).
The Vagina is an amazing part of our bodies and it is also brilliant in multitasking; It ensures we enjoy sex and get to bring beautiful children into this world.
And yes we are all different
In my years of nursing and caring for women, I have discovered that we are really unique when it comes to the Vagina, what looks and feels normal in a person’s vagina, maybe be different in another, therefore never compare yours with another woman because your Vagina was personalised just for you! Vaginas vary in shapes, sizes and colour but the most important issue is that it is healthy and work as it should.
What is normal and abnormal
Vaginal discharge is absolutely normal,(Pap-like or Mucus) discharge may change in texture and amount throughout the mensural cycle.This mucus/secretion is produced naturally from the neck of the womb, known as the cervix. If at any point your discharge becomes smelly or discoloured(any colour other than clear mucus or creamy) these changes must be reported to your doctor as they could be signs of infection.
Itchiness of the vagina maybe as result of eczema or contact irritation however some itchiness could also occur due to infections such as thrush and other extremely serious infection, again report it! If in doubt of any Vaginal changes, it is best to have it checked out by your doctor. Better to be safe than sorry.
Keep her clean
When I was a lot younger (putting it this way without sounding so old.lol) I used to give my vagina daily thorough cleaning with a nice perfumed soap!(did i hear you say oh dear!) At the time, I felt it was the best way to keep it clean and healthy, unbeknown to me, I was doing myself more harm than good. These days, I use just water and am clean and happy.
Vagina in its cleverness is self-cleaning, the secretion produced is designed to help cleanse you well enough. The outer part (Vulva) can be cleaned with unperfumed wash and wipes if you prefer otherwise water is perfectly fine. Perfumed soap and wipes could affect the healthy balance of bacteria and pH levels in the vagina, and may cause irritation too, so avoid them.
Keep her healthy
To keep your Vagina in a good working form, you must look after your whole self by healthy eating and exercises. Pelvic floor exercise is great for strengthening and toning the pelvic area. Walking and running are great exercises too for your pelvic floor.
Keep her sexy
Your Vagina is a door way to an out- of- this world joy and excitement but it can also be to an unimaginable nightmare. Engaging in an unprotected sex and multiple sex partnership will destroy you! (need i say more? probably not) so keep it chic and respect fabulous miss Vagina!
Thank you and God bless.