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Common Vaginal Problems

The vagina is a closed muscular canal that extends from the vulva to the cervix. The vulva is the outer part of the female genital area while the cervix is the neck of the uterus. Vaginal health is an essential part of a woman’s overall health and in avoiding vaginal problems. This can affect your desire for sex, fertility, and even the ability to reach orgasm. Vaginal health issues might also cause a strain in your relationship and might decrease your self-confidence. Here are some of the most common vaginal problems that women experience:

Vaginitis
This is an infection or change in the normal balance of vaginal bacteria and yeast. If there is an imbalance, it can cause inflammation of the vagina also known as vaginitis. The symptoms of this condition are: vaginal discharge, foul odour, pain and itchiness. Common types of vaginitis include yeast infections, vaginosis and trichomoniasis.

Pelvic Floor Relaxation
The uterus is held by supporting ligaments and connective tissues to stay in place. If these ligaments and tissues become weak, the uterus, bladder and/or rectum might slip down into the vagina. This is also known as a prolapse. When this happens, the vagina is also pulled down. This causes urine leakage during sneezing, coughing, and exercise. Kegel exercises or consultation with pelvic floor physiotherapists are encouraged

Painful Intercourse:
These might involve persistent or recurrent pain before, during or after sex. This is called dyspareunia. Pain during penetration might be caused by involuntary spasms of the muscles of the vaginal wall. This now is called vaginismus. Contact your physician if you experience pain with intercourse.

Consultation
It is a must to consult your doctor as soon as you notice these things:

*Change in the colour, amount and odour of vaginal discharge
*Vaginal redness, irritation and itching
*Vaginal bleeding between periods, after menopause, or after intercourse
*A mass or bulge in your vagina

For every vaginal irritation and discharge, you don’t have to see your doctor right away – especially if you have been diagnosed with a vaginal yeast infection in the past and the signs and symptoms you are experiencing are similar. However, if the symptoms don’t go away, it is high-time you consult your doctor.

Dr. Fay Weisberg will be readily available for any vaginal condition. Contact her to ensure that will be given the utmost care that you need.