Hello ladies! Let us ask you a simple question. Are you okay talking about the things happening ‘down there?’
If not, we’ll get you totally COMFORTable discussing at least some of the most common issues in this article today.
Your vagina is majestic, complex and one of the most delicate parts of your body and there are many factors that determine how it feels. As your body develops with age, it undergoes some major changes, but since a lot of us are not that open talking about them, it becomes hard to figure out if something is normal and that’s how our vagina works or if there’s something actually off about it.
That is why we have collated some common questions about vaginal health and hygiene that you sent us and had practising gynaecologist, Dr Aditi Tandon, answer them for you! Hope this helps you understand your ‘yoni’ better and know how to deal with the changes that it goes through.
Is creamy white discharge normal?
Normally, the vaginal discharge is clear or creamy white. But if your white discharge is curdy or associated with some kind of itching, it is not normal and indicates a yeast infection.
Is black/brown discharge normal?
No, it is not normal unless you are on your periods. Normal discharge is clear, transparent or translucent white, odourless, without any redness and does not give the sensation of itching or burning.
I have frequent discharge. What to do?
When it comes to consistency and amount of vaginal discharge, it goes through several changes during the menstrual cycle. It may get frequent during ovulation and that is completely okay as long as it does not smell foul and it is not discoloured.
I am experiencing vaginal dryness. Any solution?
Usually, many women experience vaginal dryness at Menopause and this happens due to lower oestrogen levels, which is responsible for keeping the vagina moist. In this case, a topical oestrogen can be of good help.
How to keep my vagina odourless?
Vagina has a natural musky odour and it cannot be odourless. But if there is a foul smell which seems to be quite different than normal, then this needs to be evaluated and treated.
My vagina is darker than the rest of my body. Is that okay?
Yes, it is completely okay. The vulval area is darker than the rest of the skin. However, if there is itching, redness, thickening of the skin or bumps, then it needs to be evaluated.
My vagina itches. Should I consult a gynaecologist?
Itching in the vagina is not normal and signifies a fungal or yeast infection in the vagina or of the skin of that area. If this is the case, we suggest you please visit a gynaecologist as they can prescribe you some proper medication.
How do I know if my vagina is healthy?
Below are the signs of a healthy vagina:
- A normal musky odour
- Clean or creamy white discharge
- No foul smell of the discharge
- No redness, burning or discomfort
Is there a supplement to help me with abnormal vaginal discharge?
Of course! There is OZiva Plant Based HerComfort to help you with abnormal vaginal discharge and discomfort. It has proprietary blends having extracts of Fennel seed, Licorice root, Anise, Flax seeds and Ashwagandha which contain Phytoestrogens (plant based estrogen), Antimicrobials and soothing agents to prevent vaginal infections and support your overall vaginal health.
Takeaway: Get consultation from your gynaecologist
Vaginal infections can be reduced by better awareness of vaginal health and vaginal hygiene, and some easy practices. If you are facing any of the above issues, it would be best to consult your gynaecologist who is well aware of your history and can guide you the best depending on your needs. Rest if you want to ask Dr Aditi Tandon more questions, leave us a comment below and we’ll make sure to get back to you with the right answer. If you are a prime member, and wish to take advice from our in-house nutritionists, you can mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be able to prescribe you plant-based supplements that suit you best.
You can also refer to OZiva TV and watch more detailed and informative videos on women’s health.