Yes, we are hitting this week with a bang. I have gotten so many questions this last week about what is normal and what is not normal…. down there.
Well girls, since some of you find it difficult to bring up the topic… Just a disclaimer first, I am not a doctor, I am just the proud owner of a vagina.
What is normal and what is not? Well anything that is different to what it usually is, is not normal. The vagina is usually quite the happily self contained unit that needs very little maintenance, but every now and again it does need a little bit of attention. Usually when you get the itch that just cannot be satisfied, no matter how much you itch it, it just does not go away. Girls getting an infection down below doesn’t make you dirty or even means that you are a slut like some would like you to believe. It means your body is a little out of sync and you got a candida overgrowth down below. Its caused from everything from wearing too tight panties on a hot day, taking a bubble bath or to having the tummy bug or just finishing a course of antibiotics.
If you are sexually active, then you already know that there will always the chance of contracting an STD. Its 2014. For many it will be a reality and if you take anything away from this post I hope it is… Knowledge is power. Most STD’s can be cured, some can’t. You knowing your sexual health status is power. You will make better choices when it comes to choosing sexual partners and by testing yourself, you are more inclinded to ask the tough questions that girls tend to avoid, like asking BEFORE sex if the other person is clean. Just like you owe it to the person you are about to share your body with, they owe it to you too, so ask!!!
Most of us dread anything going wrong down there, because it means that you will need to have a pelvic exam or a pap smear/ cervical smear. But girls, having it done can potentially save your life. Younger and younger woman these days get diagnosed with cervical cancer, and the danger is thinking that you are too young to get cancer. Sadly its not just middle aged woman that get it, its woman in their 20’s, 30’s. Yes us.
Regardless of whether you are sexually active or not, you need to get it done every 3 years. Yes its nothing to look forward too or get excited about and for some of us its a major source of anxiety. Take your best friend with, have a chocolate cake afterwards and know that your hooha is happy and healthy. And remember, your doctor has no sexual interest in you or your girly bits. He or she is not jumping with joy at the prospect of another pelvic exam, and they make no judgement of your bits other than purely clinical observations. So if you are going to do landscaping below just for the visit, rest assure, it makes no differce to them whether its a forest or a welcome mat. But last thing you need is now for your newly shaved biscuit to be covered in the worse rash known to man. If you insist on trimming the hedge, do it a few days before the appointment, wear very loose cotton undergarments and dust the daisy, yes some talcum powder will be your best friend to ease the irritation. And exfoliate the skin, it will keep you from getting ingrown hairs.
So girls embrace your vagina power, look after it, and it will serve you and your significant other well!
I am a doctor, and I do not own a vagina (CONTRARY TO POPULAR RUMOR…), but I concur with 99% of this post (especially the part about not freaking out about your “biscuit’s hairdo” beforehand, leading to major Scorched Earth Skin around your pubis — which actually makes pelvic exams more difficult for your doctor, by obscuring the pubic region with so much skin irritation!).
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