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.

July 9, 2018

Vaginal infections: types, symptoms, and causes

Infections are some of the most common vaginal problems among adult women. Vaginal infections are caused by bacteria, viruses, yeast cells and single-celled organisms (protozoans). Many women don’t realize they
July 9, 2018

What can I do about recurring vaginal infections?

Unpleasant odors, excessive discharge and itchiness: unfortunately, most women will have to deal with a vaginal infection or discomfort sooner or later. But for some of us, it isn’t just
July 9, 2018

Excessive vaginal discharge: should I be worried?

Have you noticed changes in your vaginal health recently? Or have you always wondered whether you have excessive vaginal discharge? Read on to learn more about what discharge is, what
July 9, 2018

Brown discharge: what does it mean for my health?

You’re used to your vaginal discharge varying throughout your menstrual cycle. Sometimes it’s white and creamy, other times it’s translucent and a bit stretchy. However, you may occasionally notice brown
October 6, 2017

Pelvic floor or Kegel exercises for good vaginal health

Pelvic floor or Kegel exercises can help you control and prevent urinary incontinence and improve other health problems related to weak pelvic floor muscles. Here’s a short guide on how
October 6, 2017

Can exercise cause vaginal pain?

We all know exercise is important for good overall health so isn’t it ironic that exercising can cause some unpleasant vaginal discomforts? Exercising can create conditions that cause vaginal irritation
October 6, 2017

Does the food I eat affect my vaginal health?

A balanced diet is important for all aspects of your health. Your body needs certain nutrients in order to function well. Vaginal health can be affected by poor diet and
October 6, 2017

Are tampons bad for my vagina?

Many women choose to use tampons during their menstruation. It’s easy to see why. They are discreet and give you the freedom to get on with your active, daily life.
October 6, 2017

Are steaming and douching good for your vagina?

Vaginal steaming, also known as yoni steaming, is an ancient health practice whereby a woman squats or sits over steaming water containing herbs such as mugwort, rosemary, wormwood and basil.
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
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
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
December 28, 2015

Vaginal irritations and swollen labia

Vaginal irritations and swollen labia are common vaginal discomforts. Learn more about the causes, symptoms and how to treat them. Vaginal irritations can be uncomfortable, but are often painful too,
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
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. Vaginal sensitivity manifests as
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
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,
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
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
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
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
December 23, 2015

The difference between vagina and vulva

If asked to name the main organs of the female reproductive system, most people would name the vagina, uterus and ovaries off the top of their heads. However, even if
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
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
December 23, 2015

Burning sensation in the vagina

A burning sensation in the intimate area is a common vaginal discomfort. Learn more about the causes and possible treatments. Every woman experiences vaginal discomforts at some stage in their
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
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
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
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
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. Sometimes, when something
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
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
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
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
December 21, 2015

Do skinny jeans cause vaginal infections?

They’re lots of women’s favorite fashion item and popular with women of all ages. They fit perfectly and look good – so why shouldn’t you wear your skinny jeans every
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,
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
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
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
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
December 21, 2015

Candida treatment: how to relieve symptoms and prevent recurrence

Candida is one of the most common vaginal infections out there. Despite this, finding a candida treatment without side effects that prevents recurrence is easier said than done. Many women
December 21, 2015

How to treat a vaginal yeast infection

Do you think you have a vaginal yeast infection? You’re not alone: over a third of women who go visit their doctor about a vaginal infection have thrush or candida,
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
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
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
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
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
December 21, 2015

Anatomy of the vagina

The vagina is an elastic, muscular organ that connects the uterus with the external reproductive organs. It is important to remember that the appearance of our intimate area is very
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. Having a constant itch in your
October 29, 2015

Is my vaginal discharge normal?

Vaginal discharge is normal and has several important purposes, including cleaning and lubricating the vagina and helping to prevent and fight microbial problems and infections. Checking your vaginal discharge can
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
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. Usually,
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
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