The vagina is a muscular tube in the female body that connects the uterus to the vulva. For a small organ of only four to five inches in length, this elastic wonder can contribute greatly to a woman’s quality of life, day-to-day behavior, and can even be the passageway for new life.
Unfortunately, this is where the conversation about vaginal health grows quiet; most women are hesitant or uncomfortable with discussing the state of their vagina, or even asking about potential symptoms or concerns.
Why talk about vaginal health?
According to the Mayo Clinic, your vaginal health impacts not only a woman’s sex drive and fertility, but can also affect her self-confidence, stress levels and relationships. Here are some factors that can impact the overall vaginal health:
- Other Illnesses
- Birth control and feminine hygiene products
- Sex/Unprotected Sex
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Psychological stress
What are common symptoms or problems?
Nearly every woman will experience issues or problematic symptoms with her vagina in her lifetime. The most common symptoms include itching, abnormal discharge, pain, burning and abdominal bleeding.
Even though there are many home remedies and over-the-counter medications for these symptoms, a physician should be advised rather than self diagnose to avoid risking further inflammation. The vagina has a delicate pH balance that can be disrupted easily, sometimes causing a bacterial infection called a yeast infection. Additional diseases include vaginitus, vulva cancer or vaginal cancer.
The health of your vagina is a necessary and poignant discussion. If you would like to learn more about how the health of your vagina affects you, click HERE or contact Women’s Health Care Research team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s start the conversation today!