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Don’t Worry About Your Vagina: It’s Self Cleaning.

Don’t Worry About Your Vagina: It’s Self Cleaning.

The gynecologist I visited for my vaginal discharge situation, asked me to leave the room and wait outside, while she explained my mother what exactly was wrong with me. Pacing back and forth, my brain came up with many reasons like cancer, diabetes, a rare kind of disease with no cure and what not. My mind even imagined a future full of meds, weakness, pale skin and skinny look – like Kate Moss. Basically my teenage brain was gearing up to face the first real bad news of my life. I even promised to stay happy and calm, no matter what comes my way, and fight it like the soldier I am.

All of this spiralled in a span of ten minutes.

Mom came out and threw me a look that said ‘follow me’. I expected her reaction to be more aggressive, like teary eyes or hard hugs or screaming at God for this unfairity. Figured out she needed time to digest the news, before laying it out, but my patience ran out in five minutes. “Ma, what happened? What did the doctor say? Why aren’t you saying anything? How are you so calm right now?!”, I shot out the questionnaire brewing inside me. With a playful twinkle in her eyes, she said, “So you started developing ‘those’ kinda feelings for men, and that’s the reason for your over discharge. That and you should trim the hair off from there”. Melodrama queen in me was both disappointed and enraged, at this. My doc basically diagnosed that a state of constant horniness was the reason for my vag discharge. Sigh.

DISCHARGE OF THE VAGINA: 

Ladies, I was shocked too, when I first came across it. But vaginal discharge is a common occurrence in many women, and it’s nothing to be worried about! Definitely no malnutrition in the foreseeable future. It is perfectly normal to produce white/clear discharge(secretions) from your vulva, other than your menstrual cycle, i.e. periods. Basically, this discharge is a way of letting out all the bacteria and dead cells, from your vagina.

The cervix (neck of the womb), produces this mucus naturally.

“Vaginal discharge is not ‘always a bad sign’,” said Dr Elneil. “There is a myth that copious clear or white discharge is associated with sexually transmitted infections. Changes in the amount of discharge can be 100% hormonal – in other words, linked to the menstrual cycle, pregnancy or menopause.”

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The amount and texture of this mucus differs, all through your cycles of menstruation. During the time of ovulation, discharges normally turn stretchy and thicker, like the raw white of an egg. Your discharge usually does not have a colour or strong smell, just an uncomfortable wetness. However, this is for healthy discharges. If you feel itching or soreness or burning about your hooha, then probably a visit to the doctor’s is required. Since, an abnormal change in the discharges might be because of an infection.

CLEANING YOUR SUGAR WALLS: 

Do not interrupt the natural machine of your body, doing its job. This means wash your vagina, but only on the outside. Use a regular shower gel or a scent free, mild soap. Vaginal douching should be strictly under a doctor’s inspection. Ignoring those perfumed gels, antiseptics and gels is probably the best choice for your love bush. Since they can disrupt the natural balance of pH levels and bacteria inside the vagina, leading to a bad case of crotch itch.

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“During your period, washing more than once a day may be helpful,” said Dr Elneil, who also noted the importance of maintaining the cleanliness of perineal area within the anus and vagina. “Good perineal hygiene is necessary by washing that area at least once a day using your normal bathing routines.”

“All women are different,” added Professor Lamont. “Some may wash with perfumed soap and not notice any problems. But if a woman has vulval irritation or symptoms, one of the first things you can do is use non-allergenic, plain soaps to see if that helps.”

SMELLY VAGs IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF:

All of us, yup, all women have a scented vagina. Your vagina is supposed to spew a smell, else it is considered to be unhealthy. This odor changes, depending upon several factors like activity levels, meds that you consume and menstruation cycles. Dump the memory of that ex who whined you smell, from your brain. Slap some sense into your partner’s mind, and tell them there is nothing wrong with you.

Vaginal dryness does not mean you are not horny. There are many external aspects like medications and stress, which could have lead to it. Use lube while intercourse, for making it a more pleasurable and smoother experience to you, your partner and your velvet pouch.

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