Have you ever been too embarrassed to talk about the questions and concerns you have ‘down there’? We know it can be uncomfortable sometimes, but you sure don’t have to feel that way. In this article, we’ll answer some of the most burning questions about our delicate lady parts and hope to put your mind at ease!
1. Is vaginal discharge normal?
If you see a clear or slightly cloudy, non-irritating and odourless discharge on your panties, fret not, it’s completely normal. The consistency of your discharge can vary during a normal menstrual cycle in amount, colour and density.
However, if you see a vast change in its colour, amount or smell, or if you experience an itching or burning sensation, do see a GP or gynaecologist quickly as that may be an indication of an infection, or in more serious cases, a sexually transmitted disease.
2. Should I be washing my feminine area?
The amazing thing about the vagina is that its self-cleaning. Vaginal secretions help to keep the environment inside the vagina clean naturally. Avoid cleaning the inside of the vagina regularly, especially with scented products, as it can alter the vagina’s natural bacteria and pH levels.
However, you can definitely wash the area outside of the vagina – the vulva – with products that don’t affect the vagina’s natural balance. Feminine washes which are specially formulated for ladies are easily available in pharmacies and certain clinics.
3. How often should I change my pad if I’m on my period?
You should change your pads or tampons once every few hours during the day, even if you don’t see much blood collected. If you leave it for too long, the moist conditions may trigger bacterial infections. You should also wash your vulva daily during your period and ensure your hands are clean at all times when changing your pads.
4. How should I wipe my area after a bathroom visit?
The key thing is to remember to wipe your area from front to back. Your anus is located pretty close to your vagina and it’s important to ensure the bacteria there doesn’t contaminate other sensitive areas and cause infections. You can also try using a bidet, or wet wipes if you’re in public, rather than toilet paper, to clean up after a number two.
5. Can STDs/STIs be treated?
It’s not the end of the world if you have an STI; the good news is that most of them are treatable. Apart from HIV, other STIs such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis, can be treated and cured with medication. But prevention is always better than cure, so always remember to practice safe sex by ensuring your partner wears a condom.
6. When should I go for a sexual health screening?
If you are sexually active, or think you might be exposed to an infection, you should definitely go for a screening at least once in 6 months, and especially if you have multiple sexual partners. Early detection of STIs can help your doctor treat your condition more effectively.
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