Most of us have a list of questions that we are too embarrassed to ask our ob-gyn. Some of us even believe it’s probably not right to ask certain questions to the doctor. That’s what friends are for! But sometimes the info you’ve heard from your best bud is really not the right answer. So, here are a few of your vaginal doubts explained by the experts.
1. Can You Tell How Many Sexual Partners I’ve Had?
Nobody, including gynecologists, can tell how many sexual partners you’ve been with. The vagina is a mighty and elastic organ. During sex, it stretches to accommodate a penis but it always returns back to its original state after sex. However, the vagina does loosen up a bit after vaginal birth but it’s hardly noticeable. Sometimes you would realize it by inserting your regular choice of tampon. This doesn’t mean it’s going to drop down easily. It just means the tampon wouldn’t fit as snug as it was before. That’s what Kegel exercises are for!
2. Why Does My Discharge Have A Smell Sometimes?
A mild smell from your white discharge is normal. In fact, this is a sign of a healthy vagina. The discharge is a result of hormonal changes that normally happens during your cycle. But if the smell is strong, almost fishy, or it has a cottage cheese texture, it’s a good idea to get it checked. This could be a yeast infection or even a sexually transmitted disease.
3. Does Eating Certain Foods Affect How It Smells Down There?
Some studies have linked heavily scented or spiced foods to changes in your vaginal smell. Foods such as coffee, onions, garlic, meat, dairy, and strong spices might change your vaginal odor slightly. Try reducing these foods and replacing them with more whole grains, fruits and vegetables to get a milder scent. Introduce these foods back slowly, one at a time, and see which ones trigger unwanted scents.
4. Is It Normal To Feel Like Peeing During Sex?
The urge to pee during sex is very common. And there are multiple reasons why it could be happening. During sex, when a penis is penetrating the vagina, it also puts pressure on your bladder as well. If you think you’ve peed (usually occurs after pregnancy), you probably need to strengthen those pelvic muscles. Another reason could be you’re reading the signs wrong and it’s actually not an urge to pee. But it could be female ejaculation during an orgasm. In fact, one research also suggests that some women expel fluid that’s sort of similar to men’s ejaculation.1
5. Is There A Way To Stop Queefing?
Queefing nicknamed “vaginal fart” is a very normal body function and it shouldn’t worry you at all. It’s just trapped air that forms during sex. But it doesn’t harm or mean anything at all. It could happen during exercise as well. Is there a way to stop it? Not really. Some women insert a tampon to block the air from getting in. But it’s really not required and you shouldn’t be embarrassed about it. Just laugh about it and continue doing your thing!
6. How Do I Stop Acne In My Pubic Area?
Gynecologists say it’s not really acne that’s disturbing you down there. But the bumps are a result of using a razor. Stop using your razor for a while to rule out an infection or a rash. If you really want to get rid of the hair, waxing is a better choice. Or keep it simple and just go au naturel.
7. Why Does It Itch During My Period?
During your period, before your period — there’s just a lot going on in your nether regions. If you feel itchy right before your period, it could mean your hormones are acting up and it could be dipping your estrogen levels. This results in vaginal dryness and you end up feeling the itch. But if it’s during your period, it could be an allergic reaction to your tampon. If the itching doesn’t seem to go away, consult a doctor to rule out infections or a yeast imbalance.
8. Can I Really Lose Something In My Vagina?
You can’t really lose something in your vagina. But certain things can get stuck up there and you would need to maneuver your fingers to bring it out. Or maybe pay a visit to your gynecologist. Most common things that get stuck are condoms, tampons, diaphragms, and sponges. Some women forget they already have a tampon inserted and insert a new one. If that’s the case, it’s going to leave a strong odor. You need to get this out to avoid the risk of toxic shock syndrome.
|↑1||Moalem, Sharon, and Joy S. Reidenberg. “Does female ejaculation serve an antimicrobial purpose?.” Medical hypotheses 73, no. 6 (2009): 1069-1071.|