EVERYONE is trying to take care of their body, whether on a diet or on our fitness regimen.
While these are important for overall healthyExperts say that taking care of your vagina is also key.
The vagina is a tube about 8 cm long that leads from the cervix to the cervix and down to the vulva.
They help us with everything from sex to periods – but there are some notable signs that appear when your private part tries to mark something.
Speaking to The Sun, BioKult women’s health expert Dr. Shahzadi Harper revealed the four things you need to pay attention to.
1. Change in download
Vaginal discharge begins around the time of puberty, which is due to female hormones being produced by the ovaries.
Dr. Harper said it varies according to yours menstrual cycle due to changes in hormone levels.
In the first half of your cycle, it can be thin, sticky and elastic and become thicker later in your cycle.
She explained: “Some women may have more discharge than others, however changes in color, odor, texture and noticing of blood may mean infections such as bacterial vaginosis and thrush.
“Vaginal discharge also helps fight and prevent infection by flushing out dead cells and bacteria, keeping the vagina clean.”
2. Redness or itching
Vaginal redness, itching, and sometimes a burning sensation may be due to hormonal changes, such as a drop of estrogen, which can cause the vaginal walls to thin and dry out.
This, the guru explained, can also happen during breastfeeding.
She said: “External factors such as chemical irritants can also cause changes in redness, itching and burning, so I recommend avoiding certain soaps, chemicals etc that can affect the vaginal microbiome and PH level.
“For those who find they suffer from excessive redness and / or itching, I recommend taking a supplement like Bio-Kult S.Boulardii. “
She said such products are beneficial because they include vitamin D3, which is a dual source of fiber that helps nourish and stimulate the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria.
3. Pain or bleeding
It depends on the type of contraception you are on, you may occasionally experience bleeding between periods.
Dr. Harper said that most often, bleeding between periods can be a sign of a sexually transmitted infection e.g. chlamydia or something more serious that should always be checked by a professional.
“Unexplained pain may again be due to an ITS or pelvic inflammatory disease and needs to be investigated.
“It’s important to make sure you’re up to date with your Cervical Smear test and always wear a condom to prevent sexually transmitted infections,” she said.
4. Vaginal dryness
Vaginal dryness is very common and can occur at different times in our life.
From drops in estrogen, anxiety, irritants, childbirth, breastfeeding and simply aging, Dr. Harper said there are many causes.
She added: “Due to the decrease in the estrogen hormone in perimenopause and menopause, it means less lubrication, which again can cause pain during sex and be more prone to infections.
“Eating certain foods, wearing softer and more comfortable underwear, and using moisturizers and lubricants are all different ways to relieve dryness.
“It is so important to know, protect and care for your vagina and be aware of any noticeable signs that could lead to health complications,” she added.
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