Most women would rather bury their heads in the sand than discuss common vaginal problems with their urogynecologist. In fact, even their nearest and dearest are often unaware that they may be suffering from the very same and very common vaginal problems, thinking instead that they’re going through something that no one else will understand.
It’s Not Unusual
Common vaginal problems include common vaginal infections such as yeast infections, but seemingly small vaginal issues like vaginal pain can be indicative of more serious vaginal health problems that need to be addressed by a specialist. It’s important, then, to know how to recognize the symptoms of common vaginal problems so that vagina health isn’t put at risk.
Having a healthy vagina doesn’t require things like vaginal douching or hyper-vigilance in maintaining specific dos and don’ts. Vagina health does, however, require some common sense as well as some wisdom in keeping your entire body healthy.
Some of the most common vaginal problems include:
- Pain during sex, which may be persistent or recurring. Two types include dyspareunia and vaginismus.
- Sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, genital warts, and herpes.
- Pelvic floor dysfunction such as pelvic organ prolapse.
- Vaginitis, or an inflammation of the vagina caused by an imbalance in vaginal yeast and bacteria.
- Vaginal cysts or cancer.
Protecting vaginal health can be relatively simple, but a few basic lessons to live by include:
- Being responsible when it comes to sex. It’s key to use condoms or maintain a monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner.
- Get vaccinated against HPV and hepatitis B, both of which are transmitted sexually.
- Use Kegel exercises, which tone your pelvic floor muscles and guard against pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence.
- Know your medications. Discuss medication use and the possibility of experiencing vaginal side effects with your doctor.
- Limit alcohol intake, stop smoking and don’t use drugs.
Reading the Signs
Some of the common symptoms include:
- Changes in color, odor, or the amount of vaginal discharge
- Redness, itching, or irritation of the vagina
- Bleeding between menstrual cycles
- Bleeding after sex
- Bleeding after the age of menopause
- The presence of a mass or bulge in the vagina
Don’t let health problems be a common part of your day! Call the caring team of healthcare experts at Coyle Institute to schedule your personal consultation today!