5 Questions About Your Vagina You Were Too Embarrassed To Ask
You know those questions about your vagina that you’re apprehensive about asking your girlfriends, and can’t possibly reach your doctor all the time?
We’ve decided to make things easier for you by addressing your burning questions head-on.
How am I really supposed to smell down there?
The truth is, while everyone smells different down south, nobody smells like a garden. All vaginas have a natural odour, and these odours don’t stay the same, depending on the time of the month or even your daily activities. For example, you may notice a muskier smell after a workout. This is due to moisture released by sweat glands in the region. Diet could be a factor too – citrus-based fruits like oranges and grapefruit are known to sweeten the smell of vaginal fluids, while onions and broccoli may cause odours that some dislike. Women on periods may find that their vaginas’ smell slightly metallic. However, these are completely natural occurrences, and you should only see your doctor when the smell gets intolerably unpleasant.
Is having acne/ingrown hair my lady bits normal?
Yes, it can be! While having acne (also known as vaginal pimples) down there is uncomfortable, it’s usually not a big problem. The vaginal area is one of the more sensitive parts of our body, and can be irritated by shaving, waxing, hormonal changes or detergents. Hair follicles can be infected during the process, resulting in pimples or ingrown hair (hair that happens to grow inside a pimple). Fret not though, pimples usually clear up on their own within a few weeks. Meanwhile, likewise with facial pimples, try not to pop your vaginal pimples, as doing it can lead to even more irritation and ultimately, more pimples. Consult your gynaecologist, if you are very much worried about your vaginal pimples.
My vagina itches sometimes. Is something wrong?
Having a vaginal itch is uncomfortable to talk about and deal with. However, before you start thinking there’s something wrong going on down there, hold your horses! It’s likely perfectly normal , Yes, soap. You use it to clean yourself, so why would there be an itch? Well, certain soaps, especially scented ones can disrupt your vagina’s natural pH balance (an acidity-alkalinity scale where a slightly acidic level is ideal for preventing the growth of micro-organisms), causing you to itch even though you’re cleaning yourself a lot. One solution is to use a specially formulated cleanser like the Betadine Daily Feminine Wash, which balances your nether region’s pH balance without being too harsh on your skin. If you’re the type who won’t feel clean unless you see lots of soapsuds, try the foamy version.
Can things get lost… down there?
Don’t worry, your vagina isn’t a black hole. Whether you’re worrying about tampons, menstrual cups or kegel balls, it’s not possible for anything to get up into your uterus. This is because the cervix is small enough to block any access. However, you may sometimes find them difficult to reach these objects. If that happens, relax try relaxing your muscles, sit or squat down first before fishing it out. If all fails (which is rare), get a doctor to help you get it out. Do note the importance of getting a tampon out as soon as you can. As advised by tampon manufacturers, a tampon shouldn’t be left inside your vagina for more than eight hours.
What’s the white residue inside my vagina lips?
Notice some whitish, cheese-like residue on the inside of your vagina lips, between your labia or around your clitorial hood, even when you clean yourself every day? And they come back no matter how you clean them off? Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with you, neither is it a sign of poor hygiene habits. What you see is smegma – a natural lubricating residue made up of shredded skin cells, oil secretions, moisture and sweat. These fluids, when built up, lead to smegma. While smegma is normal, you should still clean it off regularly, and not let it accumulate into a crusty mess that could not only smell, but catch your bedroom partner off-guard!
The BETADINE™ Daily Feminine Care range is for external use only. This article is for information purposes only and not meant to serve as medical advice or to replace consultation with your physician or other qualified healthcare professional. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a worsening skin condition or other medical condition.