Vaginal health issues are common, and a happy vagina is indeed optimal. Knowing if your vagina is broken, in the health sense, not physical, is important issue women need to face. You may feel self-conscious and uncomfortable, but chances are, it is an infection that can be treated.
Is your vagina broken? Here are a few women’s health issues that require you to talk to a doctor as soon as possible.
When new bacteria, or an imbalance of bacteria is in your vaginal area, it could cause a yeast infection. After sex or after using antibiotics can cause the new bacteria or imbalance of bacteria to occur.
Common yeast infection symptoms include:
- Clumpy white vaginal discharge
- Pain during sex
- Vaginal Soreness
- Burning sensation when urinating
- Itching and general discomfort
How do you treat a yeast infection? Well, there are a lot of ways actually. You can use over the counter medication like Monistat, but this could cause long-term issues. There are also alternative yeast infection treatments as well, but it is always best to talk to a doctor about any home treatment plan.
Preventing a yeast infection is the best, and first course of action. This is sometimes not always possible, but worth a shot. Wearing breathable underwear, loos fitting clothing, changing out of sweaty workout clothes, and avoiding scented douches and tampons are all prevention tactics for yeast infections.
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
When anal bacteria gets into your urethra, an infection can occur, commonly known as a urinary tract infection, or UTI. Poor hygiene and sex can move that bacteria to the wrong places.
Urinary tract infection symptoms include:
- Painful urination
- More frequent urination with not much urine
- Pink or cloudy urine
- Pain on one side of your waist if the infection moves to the kidneys
- Back pain
How do you treat a UTI? If you think you have a UTI, you should talk to a doctor and get antibiotics to battle the infection. To prevent against a urinary tract infection, you can pee after sex, drink plenty of water daily, and avoid scented tampons or pads.
Bacterial Vaginosis is caused by an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina. Kind of like a yeast infection, however, this vaginal health issue is considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Interestingly though, anyone can get bacterial vaginosis.
Common symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are:
- A foul fishy odor of the vaginal area
- White or grayish vaginal discharge
- Itching and general discomfort of the vagina
- Burning sensation when urinating
The symptoms are pretty clear, but there are sometimes no symptoms for this women’s health issue. The only treatment for bacterial vaginosis is antibiotics. If you think this is the source of your broken vagina, see a doctor. Limiting your number of sex partners and having good hygiene are great prevention tactics.
Is Your Vagina Broken?
There are a number of other vaginal health issues that may be causing discomfort in your vaginal area. If you are experiencing any out of the ordinary symptoms for you, it is best to talk to a doctor, regardless of how embarrassing it may be.
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Submitted by Dr. Richard Honaker: http://www.independentmedicalexaminer.com/IME-Directory/Virginia/Dr-Richard-A-Honaker-MD.asp