As a lady, it’s vital to take vaginal health serious sooner rather than later, especially when it comes to understanding what is healthy and what is not down there. There is so much at stake if you have a vaginal infection and leave it untreated. This infection(s) could result to wrecking your amazing sex life or not being able to have children when or if you decide to.
Also, so many vaginal infections are contagious and you don’t want to be the cause of someone else’s suffering. Nearly all vaginal infections can be resolved, but it all depends on how quickly you report your symptoms to your physician or gynecologist in order to have the best chance of being completely free of it.
Here are common signs of vaginal infections to take note of:
1. Vaginal Odor
A little bit of an intimate odor from your vagina (even if it is a little fishy), at the end of a busy day, is perfectly normal. After all you do sweat in this area too and not just exclusively from your armpits. But even if after washing your vagina the smell is still there, or even if it is not a fishy smell but another smell – it is one of the many signs you could have a vaginal infection. Because whenever there is a constantly smelly vagina, it usually means inflammation is present. This inflammation is often a result from having an infection in or around the vagina.
2. Itchy Vagina
Occasional itching in this area is considered healthy and normal. But when you constantly have the urge to itch your lady bits, then see this as a sign that something is not right down there.
3. Vulvar Itching
The vulvar is the area of skin just outside the vagina. Again, when this itches from time to time it is perfectly normal. When the itching in the vulvar does not subside, starts to feel hot, or feels like it is burning – then this is when you want to worry as it could mean you have an infection.
4. White Discharge
It is normal and healthy to get regular changes in vaginal discharge throughout the whole of your monthly cycle, so long as changes are consistent and both pain and blood free. This discharge is secreted by the glands and is a way for the body to get rid of unwanted cells and bacteria via the fluids here, to help keep the vagina healthy and free of infection. But what is not considered normal is a very white discharge as this could be a sign of a vaginal infection. Especially when the white vaginal discharge is accompanied by a constant itching sensation, burning, pain in the abdominal region, back and/or pelvic areas plus mood swings. It is vital you get a diagnosis of what is causing your white discharge as quick as possible.
However, its causes can include a fungal infection, a sexually transmitted disease, a bacterial infection, pelvic disorders and diseases, and cervical issues.
5. Vaginal Thrush
Vaginal thrush is a very common yeast infection. Also known as candidiasis, yeast infections are known to develop in the moist and warm parts of your body such as the vagina, mouth and skin. Typical signs that show you have a thrush infection can range from pain when urinating, pain during intercourse, itching to a change in vaginal discharge. The discharge usually associated with thrush is a thick white discharge (closely resembling cottage cheese), or even a very watery discharge. Do note that a smell is not always present when you have a yeast infection.
Please bear in mind that vaginal infections do not just disappear on its own. I recommend getting a diagnosis and then choosing a natural, side-effect free form of treatment. You should seek out a health expert as soon as symptoms start to ensure you have the best chance of treating what might be a vaginal infection, successfully. Plus, to rule out any other serious diseases that could damage both your vagina and internal reproductive organs.
I’d also advise you stick to one sexual partner and both get regular medical checks from time to time.