27 Ways The Vagina Could Be Attacked And How To Prevent Them

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27 Ways The Vagina Could Be Attacked And How To Prevent Them - Funmi Akingbade

27 Ways The Vagina Could Be Attacked And How To Prevent Them – Funmi Akingbade

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For close to three years now, I have compiled questions couples and numerous readers ask about what makes vagina less effective; why the vagina is mostly attacked and what can make the vagina stop working.

One of such questions is, ‘My vagina smells, what is the reason?’

This piece was written by Funmi Akingbade and was first published on The Punch. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

Women should know that all vaginas smell. Sometimes, it’s a musty odour and other times, it resembles your own general body odour. It is normal. Still, a lady should pay attention to the general smell of her vagina because if it makes a dramatic change, it could mean that something fishy is going on. A healthy vagina has a naturally acidic pH, as well as a host of healthy bacteria that ward off infections and keep everything intact. However, ladies should know that the food they eat can influence the vagina pH, changing the way the vagina smells.  For instance, spices, onions, garlic, red meat, local dairy, like ‘wara’, and alcohol can all affect the natural balance.  But whatever the effect, it will only last for two to three days after you have eaten these food items. A vagina is like its own little city; it is self-cleansing and heals quickly. It has the ability to tell you what’s going on inside of your body.

Nevertheless, there are different versions of vaginal discharge that may call for concern and there is no worse feeling in the world than when a lady’s vagina itches in public. It can start as a pain around the pelvic area while one is in a meeting, at a restaurant, or during the world’s longest wedding. The characteristic of the pain is that it progresses until it becomes a burning pain. Although if a lady feels an ache every now and then, it may be nothing serious; but when it is intense, frequent, sore or habitual, then there is a need to raise an alarm. So, let us look at various ways the vagina may be weeping from all forms of discomfort.

One, the vagina can be irritated by a new soap or new vagina spray.

Two, new jeans, leggings, tight, or thong may be rubbing a lady’s vagina the wrong way.

Three, it may react when your husband uses a new condom or re-uses the old one.

Four, simple friction from sex can make a lady feel itchy after intercourse.

Five, sometimes if the interval between sex is too long and extensive, some wives may feel itchy when they resume sex.

Six, the labia (skin) can also be sensitive to weather, just as the skin of the body can be sensitive to hot or high climatic weather. Many wives itch profusely in the vaginal area because of heat. Switch to cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes for a few days if your symptoms get better with an easy fix.

Seven, if the itching is random or minor, it may simply be because of the new soap, so check your detergents and make sure nothing has changed.

Eight, now yeast infection is probably the most common fungal infection. It’s caused by an overgrowth of yeast in the vulva area. While yeast infections can cause a thick, cottage cheese-style vaginal discharge, sometimes the only symptom is itching. A yeast infection will often cause the labia and groin tissue to be spotted, irritated and red, which can happen for different reasons. Many ladies have the habit of using antibodies to treat virtually everything. Such ladies will always be in and out of yeast infection. If you have uncontrolled diabetes, your vagina will easily be infected with yeast infection. Sitting around in wet underwear for hours makes yeast infection to recur. One of the prevailing causes of persistent yeast infection is the douching methods many wives adapt as a means of family planning method. Douching only disturbs the PH balance system of the vagina, leading to yeast infection. Yeast infections can often be resolved by over-the-counter treatments, but more severe yeast infections don’t always respond. So, if your symptoms don’t improve with easy treatments, then follow up with your doctor.

Nine, another common vaginal infection that can cause itching is bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV is often associated with a thin or grey white discharge that smells FOUL and sometimes fishy odour (and maybe some burning). It usually doesn’t have external redness and the itching is often more of an irritation. It’s basically an overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria in the vagina, which can be caused by extreme dirty vaginal environment.

Ten, whenever I ask a woman who has been treating unending vaginal infection whether she has had issues with hemorrhoids popularly called ‘jedijedi,’ they wonder what it has got to do with their vaginal area. Even though hemorrhoids do not happen in the vagina, the vagina and rectum are only about 1-2 inches apart, and sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly where the itching may be coming from. I often see many wives who come in complaining of vaginal itching, thinking that their husbands must have infected them with STDs only to discover that the itching is actually coming from the anus area. Most times, some of these wives have hemorrhoids, others have itchy buttocks because of heat, due to too tight underwear. If the case is hemorrhoids, the treatment is just simple;  the wife should eat more of fibre food, take less of sugary food and just apply hemorrhoids creams.

Eleven, many conditions that affect the skin also cause the labia to become itchy and burn. The skin affected will turn pale or white and will appear thinner in the surrounding. For instance, Lichen sclerosis is more common after menopause but can be seen at any age. While it is a chronic condition that makes a lady scratch and scratch over and again, the symptoms can be treated with topical steroids or laser treatments. Ironically, any skin condition can also happen to the genitals, things like eczema. Most common cause of itching around the pubic area is simply skin irritation.

Twelve, the vaginal tissue is very sensitive to estrogen, so when the estrogen levels begin to drop during menopause, the vagina can be affected. As blood flow decreases, the vaginal skin becomes significantly thinner, causing vaginal degeneration. In some women, this can lead to pain with intercourse. It can make the tissue more prone to infections and chronic skin changes. One way of treating vaginal degeneration is using lubrication with intercourse and a vaginal moisturizer, especially locally prepared coconut oil.

Thirteen, many women who are not even close to their menopausal stage complain bitterly that they are never wet and yet they itch terribly, that their vagina refuses to get wet in spite of all said and done, especially during sex. In this case, lots of things can cause dryness, like some forms of birth control (especially low-dose versions), allergy medicines, or breastfeeding, Estrogen fluctuations (especially with menopause, but also those related to child birth, breastfeeding, or the menstrual cycle) can cause vaginal dryness. An easy, short-term solution for genital dryness is to use a water- or silicone-based lubricant.

Fourteen, many wives live with reduced sexual pleasure or pain and embarrassment due to a loosening of their vagina or enlarged or malformed labia. This is often due to too much of abnormal and bizarre sexual positions, or the use of some inappropriate sex toys, or aging or childbirth. While a growing number of women are motivated to improve their sex lives and feel better about themselves, many don’t know where to turn or may feel too embarrassed to discuss the issue. Many wives sometimes wish to have a correct shape of their labia while others may wish to have their vagina tightened. A widening of the vaginal area is primarily often a result of aging or childbirth, especially when there are cases of multiple vaginal child birth due to multiple births such as serial twins’ deliveries. Therefore, many of such wives may experience reduced sexual pleasure due to reduced friction during intercourse. Sometimes extreme large labia can cause discomfort during sexual intercourse, and friction while mere walking around. However, to reshape and transform the appearance of the labia minora (small inner lips) or the labia majora (larger outer lips), I have always recommended the ‘almighty Kegel exercise.’ It is highly effective and recommended.  As often emphasised, Kegel exercise will transform the shape of the labia and achieve symmetry.

Fifteen, if you have a swollen or painful bump on your vulva, it might be a Bartholin’s cyst, which is basically a clogged gland outside of the vagina. This can vary in size and is typically found in the bottom corners of the vulva. They’re common and may not cause any trouble, in which case it’s fine to leave them alone or just treat them by soaking yourself in warm water. But if they’re painful, infected, or swollen, it might require drainage or antibiotics. The most reason for this is simply lack of good hygiene. Many wives don’t spend enough time cleaning up adequately down below.

Sixteen, another common swelling many women notice around the vagina is a sebaceous cyst,  a small lump under the skin, which can be caused by a skin scratch or blocked holes or ducts. They can also vary in size and may contain some white material. Like a Bartholin’s cyst, it’s no big deal and can clear up on their own with warm compresses.

Seventeen, when the hair root or sac is infected, the vagina may be sore leading to folliculitis. Folliculitis is a blocked and infected hair sac. It often happens with pubic hair sacs. These sometimes look like little red bumps or whiteheads, and in bad cases, it may lead to scarring. Many women get them from shaving,  sweaty house clothes, or even being in a hot sun day in and day out. They may clear up on their own with warm compresses or bath.

Eighteen, many wives have come to me showing me a scary picture of a big, bulging vein near the vagina. As scary as it may appear, it is nothing to be worried about.  It is actually called a vulvar varicosity and it’s just as frightening as it sounds. It’s actually a varicose vein on the vulva, and many women are more prone to them during pregnancy. They may be caused by straining when going to the bathroom or standing for long periods of time. There isn’t much treatment for them, but luckily, they tend to go away on their own, if you take much fibre and do lots of Kegel exercise.

Nineteen, sometimes if you have any persistent itching, burning, redness, irritation, or unusual funny feeling, I always encourage going for a vaginal test. It’s probably nothing serious, but it’s most likely something that’s easily treated. Your best bet is to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases or infections like chlamydia,  gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis, and others. Nevertheless, I always emphasise that all of these STIs can also be totally symptomless sometimes, so get tested regularly regardless of whether or not you’ve got vagina problems.

Twenty, another thing that can go wrong with the vagina is when it unconsciously and involuntarily closes and starts vibrating as if you are experiencing muscle convulsions or cramps on the vaginal area. It naturally gets padlocked immediately your husband is about to insert the penis and it just goes vibrating. This case is called vaginismus.  It is a painful condition where the vaginal muscles get so tight that they basically close off the opening of the vagina. It’s an involuntary reaction that’s usually thought to have some psychological causes. And obviously this can lead to serious discomfort, pain, or even the inability to have any kind of sex at all. Wives with this condition have been labelled frigid. Sometimes treatment may involve the use of vaginal dilators, relaxation exercises, or therapy to address any underlying causes.

Twenty-one, we have some categories of women who are born with an imperforate hymen, which is thicker hymenal tissue around the opening of the vagina. In this case, getting a tampon in or having intercourse becomes next to impossible. This is something that your gynaecologist could diagnose during an examination and it can be surgically fixed.

Twenty-two, urinary tract infection (UTI), is another thing that can make the vagina weep. Unfortunately, you might get this from having sex even with your darling husband (who is either clumsy at the game, or who does not observe good lifestyle hygiene, or who does not literarily know and cannot differentiate between your vaginal opening and your urethral opening, or who naturally hurries with sex or who just is a bad amateur in learning). This is because the urethra is so close to the vagina, and bacteria can travel all over the place. But you can obviously get them even if you’re not sexually active. Luckily, these are treated pretty easily with antibiotics.

Twenty-three, endometriosis is another reason why many inner sides of the vagina are in pains, especially during sex. Sometimes when a wife is having persistent pain on the vulva (the external opening of the vagina) that isn’t attributed to anything listed above, it might be vulvodynia. This is chronic vulvar pain where even just touching the area with a cotton swab can be miserable. With these cases, there would be a need to see a gynaecologist fast.

Twenty-four, irregular blood spots can make the vagina experience pain. However most of the time, irregular blood spotting may not be a big deal. It can happen around ovulation, or it might be some breakthrough bleeding if you’re taking birth control, especially if you’re on a low-dose version or one that only gives you a few periods a year. This is totally normal, but you can ask to switch to another method if it bothers you. Sometimes spotting can be a sign of an infection or health condition, so talk to your doctor if it persists.

But bleeding after sex is what I’d pay a little more attention to. This might just be from dryness (especially if it only happens once or twice), or from an extreme clumsy husband, but it may also signal an infection. Bleeding after sex can also be a symptom of cervical cancer, so do not take it lightly.

Twenty-five, the vagina can be painful when there are blisters or warts around the wall. HPV and genital herpes can both lead to warts or sores around the vagina and vulva. While there’s no cure for either of these viruses, there is definitely treatment. So, make sure you get tested, get treated, and take precautions so that you do not get re-infected.

Twenty-six, when there are lots of pelvic pains and maybe some discharge, pain during sex, or a low fever, this could be Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). This happens when an infection or bacteria spreads from the vagina to the uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries. It often occurs when STIs like gonorrhea or chlamydia go untreated. So, seriously, remember to get tested regularly!

PID can come with tons of symptoms or none at all, but some major things to watch out for are severe pelvic pain, pain during sex or with urination, a low-grade fever, vomiting, and heavy discharge. If you have these symptoms, go and see your doctor as soon as possible. It can be treated with antibiotics, but it may unfortunately affect your fertility. The good thing for young women to remember is that one episode of PID can decrease fertility by about 10 per cent, two episodes can decrease it by about 25 per cent, and three episodes can decrease it by about 50 per cent. So, if you’ve got PID, it’s beneficial to jump on it right away.

Twenty-seven, estrogen fluctuations (especially with menopause, but also those related to child birth, breastfeeding, or your menstrual cycle) can cause vaginal dryness. An easy, short-term solution for genital dryness is to use a water- or silicone-based lubricant.

This piece was written by Funmi Akingbade and was first published on The Punch. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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