Vaginal health

Discomforts in the intimate area can have a serious impact on a woman’s life. 3 out of the 4 women occasionally have vaginal problems which require attention.

Many women will recognize the problems: discharge, odor, itch, soreness, burning, irritated tissue or vaginal dryness. You expect it to disappear by itself. But sometimes this may take a while and in the meantime the discomfort is quite unpleasant.

Use the search box to find expert information about all kinds of vaginal discomforts.

December 29, 2015

Menopause and its symptoms

Menopause is a natural stage of a woman’s life – it marks the end of the woman’s fertile period and it can happen due to the natural aging process, after certain surgeries or a medical treatment. It is caused by a drop in sex hormones called estrogen and progesterone that are no more produced by the ovaries.
December 29, 2015

Intimate hygiene and vaginal infections

Most women know how to take care of their intimate area. “The vagina cleanses itself”, “don’t wash your vagina with soap”, “wear cotton underwear” and “always wipe from the front to the back”. Taking proper care of your intimate area could prevent discomforts, or so is believed. However, is this really the case?
December 28, 2015

Vaginal redness

If you ever wondered what you look like down there, you might have taken a little pocket mirror and looked at yourself from a different angle. However, most of us will probably only do that if we have reasons to believe something is wrong. If you experience vaginal itching, irritation and pain, then you are likely to notice that your vulva looks red and sometimes swollen.
December 28, 2015

Vaginal irritations and swollen labia

Vaginal irritations can be uncomfortable, but more often very painful, therefore affecting the quality of life. Swollen labia can cause you to feel restless, not being able to sit still or wear trousers because of friction. This condition is often accompanied by other symptoms, like burning or itching.
December 28, 2015

Treating vaginal dryness

Have you experienced irritation in the intimate region? Or other discomforts such as itching, burning (during urination), light bleeding after intercourse, pain during penetration, vaginal soreness or inflammation? It could be that you suffer from vaginal dryness.
December 28, 2015

Vaginal sensitivity

Any sort of sensitivity and discomfort in the vaginal area can make us very uncomfortable and nervous, feeling that something is not quite right down there.
December 28, 2015

How to prevent vaginal burning sensation

A healthy vagina is a balanced vagina – this means that millions of bacteria living in the vaginal environment do not disturb each other and are essential to keep our body healthy. However, once this balance is disturbed, uncomfortable symptoms such as a burning sensation or itching occur.
December 28, 2015

How to treat bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis or BV is one of the causes of vaginal discharge and odour that makes women seek medical help. This condition happens due to an imbalance in vaginal flora, that results in an overgrowth of “bad“ bacteria. Besides uncomfortable symptoms, if left untreated BV can increase the risk of acquiring an STD such as HIV or herpes.
December 28, 2015

What color is your vaginal discharge?

Discharge is an important factor in your overall vaginal health. The glands inside your vagina and cervix produce a fluid that plays several roles in the female reproductive system: it washes away debris, dead cells and microorganisms; it helps prevent and fight infections; and it lubricates the vagina.
December 28, 2015

How to prevent bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis or BV is an imbalance of the vaginal flora. This is one of the most common vaginal infections amongst women. There is a widespread belief that bacterial vaginosis is an STD, this is however not the case. BV also occurs in women who are not having sexual intercourse or who have been with the same partner for years. Also, bacterial vaginosis cannot transmitted between persons.
December 23, 2015

Intimate hygiene – less is more

You may have heard that bad intimate hygiene can cause more damage than no hygiene at all. It may sound like an exaggeration, but it is absolutely true. Bad hygienic habits can be detrimental to your vaginal health, so do make sure to understand and follow some of the basic principles that determine proper intimate hygiene.
December 23, 2015

Do you know what determines proper intimate hygiene?

It is often said that bad hygiene is actually worse than no hygiene at all. This is not an overstatement – bad hygienic habits can be a cause of an imbalance and infection in your intimate area. Take a look at the answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding what determines proper intimate hygiene.
December 23, 2015

The difference between vagina and vulva

It is often said that bad hygiene is actually worse than no hygiene at all. This is not an overstatement – bad hygienic habits can be a cause of an imbalance and infection in your intimate area. Take a look at the answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding what determines proper intimate hygiene.
December 23, 2015

Difference between bacterial vaginosis and a yeast infection

Bacterial vaginosis and vaginal thrush are the two most common vaginal complaints. For many years thrush had been better understood and more readily treated than bacterial vaginosis, which led to a common misconception that any unusual discharge, itching and pain in the intimate area is caused by Candida.
December 23, 2015

Causes of vaginal infections

If you’ve ever experienced intimate discomforts such as discharge, itching, burning, pain or odor, you probably suffered from a vaginal infection or vaginitis. The most common infections are bacterial vaginosis and thrush (yeast infection), both considered to be an imbalance of the vaginal flora.
December 23, 2015

Vaginal burning sensation

Every woman has experienced vaginal discomforts at least once in their lifetime. Most common symptoms include discharge, odor, itch, pain and vaginal burning. These symptoms cause you to sit restlessly, always feeling like something is not quite right “down there”. If the symptoms get stronger, they can seriously affect the quality of life, especially your love life, since sex can become very uncomfortable and even painful.
December 22, 2015

Bacterial vaginosis and pregnancy

Pregnancy is a period of changes and expectations. Our bodily functions focus on nursing the new life inside us, and prepare us for giving birth, breastfeeding and childcare. Even though it can be enjoyable, it is far from a worry-free period.
December 22, 2015

Vaginal yeast infection during pregnancy

It is not uncommon for women to experience far more vaginal discomforts during pregnancy than at any time before or after that. The changes that our bodies go through during development and growth of the foetus and during breastfeeding are mostly governed by hormonal levels, and have an impact on every aspect of our lives.
December 22, 2015

Strong, fish-like vaginal odor

Have you ever wondered what your vagina smells like? Every woman is different: we have different skin tones, hair colour, nail strength, and we all smell different. A healthy discharge will usually have a weak smell, and can be thick or thin, more or less abundant, depending on the monthly cycle and current hormonal balance.
December 22, 2015

Visiting the gynecologist

Visits to the gynecologist are part of a woman’s life. During the reproductive period, women should see their doctor as often as necessary. Pregnant women on the other hand, should have regular medical check-ups. If you are not feeling very comfortable with a gynecological exam, or are preparing for your first visit, take a look at the list of things you can expect when visiting the gynecologist.
December 22, 2015

Vaginal discharge as a sign of a yeast infection

Vaginal discharge is a fluid secreted by glands located in the vagina and vulva. Discharge protects the vagina from infection, cleanses it, and provides lubrication during sex.
December 22, 2015

Vaginal discomforts – do I really need to see a doctor?

A complete list of vaginal discomforts is long, and it goes from discharge and odor all the way to pelvic pain. Some of these symptoms are a sign of a minor problem that can be solved using OTC products, while others demand medical attention and appropriate therapy. Take a look at some of the most common types of vaginal discomforts and the criteria that can help you decide whether you need to book an appointment with your doctor.
December 22, 2015

Vaginal infections and antibiotics

Vaginal infections can be caused by many factors. One common cause of these infections is using antibiotics. Learn more about how antibiotics can disrupt vaginal balance and how to prevent vaginal discomforts as a side effect of antibiotic therapy
December 21, 2015

Vaginal pain

When vaginal pain occurs, it is mostly due to an infection. However, pain in the intimate region can also be caused by irritation, vaginal dryness and hormonal changes. Other symptoms that may follow vaginal pain include itching, burning, soreness, stinging and throbbing.
December 21, 2015

Causes of painful sexual intercourse

Pain during sexual intercourse can go from mild to severe, but wherever it may sit on the intensity scale, it can certainly turn sex from pleasurable to unwanted. Pain during intercourse is called dyspareunia in medical terms, and it can cause problems in a couple’s intimate life, but it can also affect a woman’s life in general. That is why it is important to understand possible causes of painful sexual intercourse and what you can do to prevent it.
December 21, 2015

Skinny jeans and vaginal discomforts

Skinny jeans have become fashionable quite some time ago and it seems that they’re here to stay – they even sneaked into male fashion. Together with leggings and tight shorts, skinny jeans fit into a category of clothing that can cause vaginal discomforts if worn excessively.
December 21, 2015

How to relieve vaginal itch

Vaginal irritation is usually manifested by itchiness, tingling, burning or stinging of the skin around the vaginal area. The discomfort caused by itchiness can be characterized from mild to severe, making you very uncomfortable. Learn more about vaginal itch and how to relieve the discomfort.
December 21, 2015

External intimate discomforts

It’s safe to say that almost every woman has experienced some kind of external intimate discomforts – whether it is irritation, itching, swelling, redness, soreness, sensitivity, haemorrhoids or minor tissue injuries. These issues occur when skin doesn’t have the capacity to resist external damaging factors, or it doesn’t recuperate in time, so the damage gets more severe.
December 21, 2015

Prevention of vaginal discomforts

Vaginal discomforts can be highly uncomfortable, affecting your sex life and the quality of life in general. For most vaginal discomforts the exact cause can be difficult to determine. Some women are more prone to developing discomforts than other. Underneath are some guidelines on how you could prevent vaginal discomforts, however, they are not a guarantee.
December 21, 2015

The 5 most common vaginal discomforts

Every woman will experience some vaginal discomfort at some point in her life. These discomforts range from mild and merely annoying, to others that can seriously effect a woman's quality of life or her sex life.
December 21, 2015

The vaginal flora – what you need to know

It may seem hard to believe, but new gene mapping techniques reveal that out of 100 trillion cells present in the human body, only around 1/10 of them are actually human. The other 90% of them belong to microorganisms – bacteria, viruses and other microbes. No wonder it is so important for our overall health that the delicate balance of the microbes living in our bodies is maintained – and the same goes for our vaginas, too.
December 21, 2015

How to treat candida

One of the most common vaginal discomforts is vaginal thrush, also known as vaginal yeast, candidiasis or just candida. Thrush symptoms include a thick white discharge, usually described as being similar to cottage cheese, strong redness and itching in the vulvo-vaginal area.
December 21, 2015

Vaginal yeast infection

Many vaginal discomforts can be put down to thrush, also known as vaginal yeast or candida infection. A vaginal yeast infection is caused by Candida albicans, a micro-organism that is commonly found on our skin and mucous membranes. However, when the vaginal flora gets disrupted (by use of antibiotics, intensive washing, vaginal dryness etc.) or due to other factors
December 21, 2015

Yeast infection during your period

Yeasts belong to the group of fungi, and some yeast species can occur inside the vagina. However, once yeast starts growing uncontrollably it causes an infection. The uncomfortable symptoms following the infection become almost unbearable when combined with the menstrual blood, cramps and irritability that often encompasses being on a period. Learn more about vaginal yeast infections and what to expect if the infection strikes during your period.
December 21, 2015

How to take care of your vagina during summer

Summer time means your vagina is more vulnerable than usual – heat, sweating, traveling, swimming, are only some of the things that can cause vaginal discomforts. Here is some advice on how to take care of your vagina during summer months.
December 21, 2015

Vaginal hygiene

Vaginal hygiene is one of the factors in the prevention of vaginal discomforts. The intimate area has a specific microbial flora, where good bacteria (producing lactic acid) keep the balance with other bacteria.
December 21, 2015

Vaginal hygiene: do’s and don’ts

Proper vaginal hygiene can make a world of difference to our reproductive health. It can reduce the risk of acquiring infections, it can speed up recovery and prevent uncomfortable symptoms such as irritation and discharge. Take a look at some of the most important do’s and don’ts of vaginal hygiene.
December 21, 2015

Vaginal pH – is your vagina acid or alkaline?

You may have heard that the vaginal pH value is an important part of intimate health. But what exactly is pH and why is it so important for our reproductive health? Keep reading to find out what a normal vaginal pH value is and whether your vagina should be acid or alkaline.
December 21, 2015

Anatomy of the vagina

The vagina is an elastic, muscular organ that connects the uterus with the outside reproductive organs. It is important to remember that the appearance of our intimate area is very individual – genitals can differ in shape, size, color, texture and the overall appearance. Learn more about the anatomy of the vagina so that you can understand fully how this fascinating part of female body functions.
October 29, 2015

Vaginal itching: what causes it?

Perhaps one of the most uncomfortable vaginal discomfort is itching. It can be very embarrassing, and it is not recommended to scratch down there. Let us tell you about the most common causes.
October 29, 2015

Vaginal discharge: is it normal?

Most women don’t give their vaginal discharge much thought. It’s something that is always there. The consistency and amount might change from time to time, but as long as it feels normal there is no cause for worry.
October 28, 2015

Vaginal infection: causes, symptoms and treatment

Did you know that almost all women will suffer from vaginal discomforts at some point in their lives? If you are currently experiencing itch, discharge or redness; don’t worry you are not alone. Infections are the main cause of vaginal discomforts.
October 28, 2015

Vaginal dryness: causes and treatment

Most women will experience vaginal dryness at some point in their lives. This can be quite uncomfortable as it can cause other discomforts such as itching, burning, and soreness.
October 28, 2015

Bacterial Vaginosis: everything you should know!

Did you ever notice a strange smell from your intimate area? A strong, even fish-like odor that left you feeling a bit uncomfortable? This could be due to a bacterial imbalance also known as bacterial vaginosis (BV).
October 26, 2015

Vaginal odor: what causes that strong smell?

Every woman has her own body scent. The same applies to your vagina. It is completely normal to have some sort of intimate odor. If this odor becomes unpleasant this could be an indication of a vaginal infection. But how do you know if your vaginal odor is abnormal?