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6 Things Your Vagina Is Dying To Tell You

Vaginas are amazingly versatile organs. They are efficient in their duties and self sufficient in its cleaning and disposal methods. The vagina is the internal housing of organs, while the vulva is the outer, visible part.

There are a lot of misconceptions running wild and we set them straight below. Included in the facts are quotes from Linda Nicoll, M.D., and an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University's Langone Medical Center.


Tight Jeans May Not Be Worth It

If you have sensitive genitals, tight clothing can prove problematic. The vagina needs space to 'breathe'. Constrictive fabric can trap unwanted moisture and through friction cause microscopic tears. Discomfort, discoloration, and a susceptibility to certain types of infection can follow.

Contraception Can Cause Irritation And That's OK

just because a contraceptive causes irritation doesn't mean you should stop using it. You should experiment with the different options. Pay attention to the appearance of the symptoms in relation to different stimuli. It could be the lubrication, condom, tampon, rings or more.

There Is No Need To Wash Your Vagina

You should clean your vulva, but it is unnecessary to clean out the vagina. Many women see vaginal discharge as an indication of dirtiness. This is the exact opposite of the truth.

"Vaginal discharge can actually be the evidence of the natural cleaning process. Discharge can be clear, white, or sometimes yellow. It can be thick or thin. But as long as it's not accompanied by a foul odor, itching, bleeding, or pain, it's not necessarily a sign of trouble," says Nicoll.

Be gentle when washing your vulva (as though you need reminding). Use unscented, mild soaps and a clean hand towel/wash rag. Don't use loofahs, or other cleaning aids that are stored in the shower. Use a fresh towel every time, and a simple wipe down is sufficient.

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