Vagina is an organ that combines the definition of both strength and sensitivity. The dichotomy of this organ makes it vulnerable also. We have all heard about malicious UTIs and yeast infections that can wreak havoc down there for women. But apart from these common problems, there are many other problems that can affect the vagina. Some of these vaginal problems can even fall through the cracks as they are not very known among women. The symptoms for many unusual vaginal problems seem too inconspicuous to even notice. And many of these problems are not very grave conditions. But, information has never hurt anybody. So, it is important that women know about these problems so that they can recognize it as a problem and take necessary care to overcome it. A few such vaginal problems have been listed below.
This is a very common problem that happens to women. This condition is characterized by the occurrence of prolonged pain in the vulva which is the area surrounding the vaginal entrance. This condition is not caused by any infections or any other medical conditions. The actual reason behind this condition is not clearly known but it is believed that it can be related to hormones, nerve problems, inflammation etc. It is believed that an injury or an increased density of nerves in the vulva can also be behind this condition. Women can experience an inconsistent sharp pain in the vulva and also some itching or burning sensation.
Pain associated with vulvodynia can strike at anytime. Women can suddenly feel this pain while working out or having sex. Sometimes even tight clothing can give rise to this pain. There are two kinds of vulvodynia that can occur; generalized vulvodynia (GV) and vulvar vestibulitis syndrome (VVS). GV can occur in any part of the vulvar region, where as for VVS, the pain is felt only at the vaginal opening.
What Can be Done
Consult a physician to rule out other possibilities like infections. There is no standard cure for this but avoiding things like tight clothes can help. Applying cool packs on the vulva can ease the pain.
2. Vulvar Varicosity
It is exactly how it sounds. It is varicose veins in the labia and other areas. Women can feel heaviness, uneasiness and might also notice popping veins down there. Women often face this problem during their second pregnancy. Standing for a long time can aggravate this problem.
What Can be Done
Women can swim to increase their blood flow. Also, pregnant women should keep their feet up as often as possible to decrease this problem which generally goes away after the delivery.
This is a sexually transmitted disease that happens due to an organism called Trichomonas vaginalis. Women can notice yellow frothy vaginal discharge and sometimes this infection can be asymptomatic.
What Can be Done
If you are having any doubts about your vaginal health, consult a gynecologist. Doctor can diagnose this problem by checking the discharge. This infection can be easily cured by antibiotics. Also, it is important to avoid sex during the recovery.
4. Bumpy Growths
A lot of women can identify with this problem. Women have often felt bumpy protrusions on their vaginas. It can happen to women who shaved or waxed recently due to ingrown hair. Also, similar thing can happen due to a condition called Bartholin’s cyst. Vaginas have two Bartholin’s glands which are responsible for lubrication. When these glands get blocked, they swell up and can become infected. Similar thing can happen with Skene’s gland which is another internal gland present in the vagina.
What Can Be Done
If ingrown hair is responsible for a bump, then applying heat to it can solve your problem. But if the bump becomes big very quickly and become painful, then it can be due to a swollen gland. And if it is due to swollen Bartholin’s or Skene’s gland, then you need to consult a doctor.
Awareness provides us with all the information we need to deal with a condition. So, use your awareness to take necessary precautionary and preventive steps.