Your vagina has a few things to say about your health, aging, periods, and other ‘taboo’ topics.
#1: Stop getting me confused with everything else down there.
The number-one mistake women make is to call everything the vagina. Women are so confused about their anatomy. Women are all-encompassing about the word ‘vagina.’ They think that means everything down there, but each part is different.
Here’s the breakdown: Your vagina is the inner muscular tube that connects the cervix of the uterus to the vulva. The vulva is everything that you see on the outside, including the labia majora and labia minora (outer and inner “lips”), the clitoris (the sensitive pleasure center at the top tip of your labia), and the urethra (where you urinate).
#2 Your discharge isn’t that weird.
Seems excessive? Don’t feel gross. There’s no “normal” amount of discharge—it may fluctuate depending on your menstrual cycle. Mid-cycle, secretion increases and is generally clear and stretchy (think egg whites). This facilitates sperm motility into the vagina, cervix, and uterus so fertilization can occur. It lets you know it’s a fertile time of the month. Other times of the month, the discharge may be thicker and whiter.
Signs you should worry about: Clumpy discharge, like cottage cheese, could signal a yeast infection.
Grey discharge with ash-like odor may indicate bacterial vaginosis (BV), an overgrowth of bacteria. Both can be handled effectively by using Nova SOOTHING CARE KIT.
#3 Please pee after sex.
How many times have you heard this?! Blame anatomical placement: In women, the urethra, vagina, and anus are all in close proximity. Intercourse can cause anal bacteria to make their way into the bladder, where it may multiply and cause urinary tract infections (UTI). Think of the mechanics of thrusting during intercourse. Bacteria can move around. If you’re prone to infection, urinate before and after sex to help cleanse the urethra opening of bacteria.
#4 Ditch the douche.
Your vagina doesn’t like it. Still, one in four women 15 to 44 years old douche. Not only can douching alter the natural pH of your vagina, but it also increases the risk of infection and irritation, but the area is clean enough without it. The vagina is not a dirty, horrible place that needs constant cleaning and vigorous scrubbing. Cleaning the vagina is like bathing anywhere else. We usually recommend natural soap and water. No loofah, fragrances, or streams of spraying water required, thank you.
#5 You can smell like “sex”.
It’s scientific Eau de Parfum. Vaginal secretions are acidic (low pH). Semen is alkaline (high pH). When the two combine, chemical reactions create new properties that may have distinct odors. The exact smell depends on your individual pH levels—things like douching (which you’ve promised not to do, right?) or bubble baths can affect where your vagina lies on the pH scale. If you detect a foul or shy odor after sex, It could be a sign of a bacterial imbalance in your vagina or an infection in your partner’s semen, simply use Nova SOOTHING CARE KIT.
#6 Kegels are important!
Most people equate Kegels with something that’s only helpful around pregnancy and postpartum, but it’s been shown that a strong, healthy pelvic floor can affect the bladder, vaginal, and bowel function across the lifespan, even into older age. Though many doctors suggest Kegel exercises for pregnancy-related incontinence, pelvic floor exercises can also prevent stress incontinence (urine leakage that occurs with coughing, sneezing, or laughing) and pelvic floor organ prolapse.
HOW TO KEGEL?! Contract your pelvic floor muscles as though you’re stopping urine flow. Hold for three seconds, relax for three seconds, and repeat 10 to 12 times. Gradually work toward 10-second contractions daily.
However, some women who experience pain during intercourse or need to use the bathroom very frequently may have an overly tight pelvic floor, rather than a weak one. In this case, strengthening the muscles can make the condition worse. If you suspect this is your situation, see your doctor, who may refer you to a pelvic floor physical therapist to help relax the muscles.
#7 Skipping lubricant? You’re missing out.
More than 65 percent of women have used lubricant to make sex more pleasurable or comfortable, according to an Indiana University study. Related research has found women rate their lovemaking as substantially more enjoyable when using it compared to sex without lube. Though menopause is generally blamed for vaginal dryness, many other factors may affect it, including stress, jet lag, alcohol, birth control pills, and, yes, extended lovemaking. Don’t wait any longer, add it to your lovemaking and experience something new every time. Check out Nova INTIMACY CARE KIT, It’s a good choice for enhancing pleasure and for use with condoms.