Normal Vaginal Discharge
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Guess what? The average woman experiences at least one teaspoon of vaginal discharge daily. Here's why it's no biggie.
Transcript: If you're worried about vaginal discharge, you can relax. Every woman has it! A healthy vagina creates...
If you're worried about vaginal discharge, you can relax. Every woman has it! A healthy vagina creates about a teaspoon of discharge-made by glands inside the vagina and cervix-every day. The purpose of discharge is to slough away old cells, keeping the vagina's pH balance at a healthy acidic level. In fact, with the exception of the eyes, the vagina is the only self-cleaning organ in the body! Normal discharge will usually be clear or milky white and will have little odor. The menstrual cycle has a significant effect on the type of discharge. For example, many women have a thicker form during ovulation. For example, discharge is often thicker during ovulation. When the body releases an egg-changing pH levels in the vagina- the vagina especially vulnerable to infection immediately before and during your period. This is because the vagina becomes less acidic at this time, potentially allowing invaders to attack. This can lead to discharge that is unusual in smell, color, or consistency, or burning in the vagina. These are signs that your vaginal discharge is no longer normal, and it's time to go see a doctor.More »
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Sex during menstruation may seem like a very odd idea but with the right technique you don’t have to deny yourself the pleasure just because it’s that time of the month. Learn more here.
Transcript: Don't let a little blood stop you from having a great time! Here, tips on getting it on when you're...
Don't let a little blood stop you from having a great time! Here, tips on getting it on when you're menstruating. The best position for minimal mess involves your partner straddling you while you're on your back, a move which slows blood flow. Of course, it's always best to throw an old towel down in this scenario! Or, protect your sheets by wearing one of the newer forms of menstrual cups, like the INSTEAD Softcup. Inserted deep inside the vagina, the cup collects menstrual blood in its dome-like base. The cup works like a tampon, but it can be safely worn-although not felt-during sex. When having sex during your period, know that you are even more susceptible to STDs, as most can pass through menstrual blood. And yeah, you can get pregnant. So period sex should still be protected sex. Enjoy the experience more by being smart!More »
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If you are concerned about your vaginal scent, watch this video to get tips on maintaining a scent that is more pleasing to you. Check out this video to know more.
Transcript: Listen up ladies: Are you uncomfortable with your smell "down there?" The first step to smelling sweet...
Listen up ladies: Are you uncomfortable with your smell "down there?" The first step to smelling sweet is understanding why you don't. A truly unpleasant scent is usually the product of "bad" bacteria in your vagina. Bad bacteria cause the vagina's pH to change from a healthy acidic level to a smell-inducing alkaline one. Outsmart them by changing the way you wash. Harsh products strip away healthy bacteria, encouraging harmful bacteria to enter and leave the wrong kind of scent behind. Instead, wash your outer vaginal lips once daily with a mild, fragrance-free soap. But don't put soap inside your vagina. Your vagina is self-cleaning and can take care of that on its own! And pick panties with 100-percent cotton crotches, to improve air circulation and allow the vagina to breath. If you really want, you can try one of the feminine products which are commonly available, but make sure you scout out "pH-balanced" products to get the best benefits. But if you follow these simple tips, you won't have to use extra products to return to a sexier smelling state!More »
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Many women experience yeast infections at some point in their lives, but can you spread a yeast infection to your partner? Find out more information about yeast infections and sex from this video.
Transcript: No one wants a yeast infection, but three-quarters of women will get one at some point. Why? All women...
No one wants a yeast infection, but three-quarters of women will get one at some point. Why? All women have healthy yeast in their vaginas, but when too much grows, vaginal infection can result. When the vagina's normally acidic and protective pH is thrown off, excess yeast can build up, causing an infection. All kinds of irritants can cause vaginal pH to become unbalanced, including pregnancy, some birth control methods, antibiotics, and, unfortunately...sex! Symptoms of a yeast infection often include lumpy, cottage-cheese like discharge with an unusual odor. Swelling of the vagina, pain during intercourse, and itching and burning are also signs.Once a doctor diagnoses a yeast infection, it's easy to clear up using over-the-counter medication. Or, a one-time prescription pill called Diflucan can also cure the problem! But avoid sex while you're getting better, since there's a slight chance you can pass the condition to your partner. The good news is that sidestepping future infections can often be as easy as wearing cotton panties, and avoiding scented products "down below!"More »
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Did you know that cranberry juice is quite effective against urinary tract infections? Find out what other steps you can take to prevent UTIs by watching this informative video.
Transcript: Okay, so cranberry juice may not be the sexiest food to throw on your partner, but it could prevent a...
Okay, so cranberry juice may not be the sexiest food to throw on your partner, but it could prevent a urinary tract infection! UTIs occur when harmful bacteria enters parts of the urinary tract, like the bladder. The result? Painful urination and a constant urge to go. Luckily, a glass of cranberry a day can keep UTIs away! Cranberries are thought to prevent bacteria from adhering to host cells in the urinary tract. Even easier, prevent UTIs by peeing immediately after sex. Because intercourse can push harmful bacteria up the vagina, urinating essentially "flushes things out." Finally, know that if you're using a spermicide you may be more prone to UTIs. If this becomes a problem for you, talk to your doctor about an alternate form of birth control. See, you can avoid UTIs without avoiding sex!More »
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Think a tampon can take your virginity? Dispel the myths and get the facts on tampons by watching this video.
Transcript: A tampon penetrates your vagina, as a penis would. But does that mean you're no longer a virgin if you...
A tampon penetrates your vagina, as a penis would. But does that mean you're no longer a virgin if you use tampons? The answer is NO. The idea that a tampon can take a woman's virginity is a MYTH. This idea is related to the fact that women are born with a hymen, a THIN membrane PARTIALLY covering the opening of the vagina. The presence of a hymen has been used as proof of virginity in many cultures, and this mistaken idea persists today. Hymens are usually half-moon shaped to leave an OPENING for the FLOW of menstrual blood. Tampons can OFTEN be inserted through this opening, leaving the hymen fully intact. Even when the hymen IS broken, it often has nothing to do with tampons. Vaginal exams, as well as physical activities such as horseback riding, gymnastics and bike riding, can sometimes break the hymen. SOME women aren't even born with hymens. For all these reasons, it's RARE that tampons break the hymen at all. And even on the off-chance that they do, the lack of a hymen has NOTHING to do with virginity. If you haven't had sex, you ARE still a virgin. So feel free to use tampons, as long as you follow the INSTRUCTIONS inside the box closely. To learn more about periods and tampons, check out more videos in this series!More »
Last Modified: 2012-12-27 | Tags »
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Have you ever had great sex, only to discover that you are bleeding? Find out why you may be bleeding after having sex.
Transcript: You've rolled out of bed after a great time with your partner only to discover a BLOODY spot on the sheets....
You've rolled out of bed after a great time with your partner only to discover a BLOODY spot on the sheets. Where'd it come from? Well, if this is your first time having sex, some blood MAY be expected if activity damaged your hymen, the thin membrane partially covering the opening of your vagina. This is COMMON for a first sexual experience. If your partner is a little AGGRESSIVE and your vagina is not LUBRICATED adequately, you may also experience some minor pain, vaginal trauma and bleeding, whether it's your first time OR NOT. To prevent this, engage in plenty of FOREPLAY so you become more aroused. You can also apply WATER-BASED lubricant to the tip of the condom or in your vagina to reduce friction. If you're having sex close to the start of your period, the spotting may actually be due to UTERINE lining that's been "knocked loose." It's already destabilized since your period is about to begin. If your after-sex bleeding occurs once in a LONG WHILE, you probably don't have to worry. But rarely, post-coital spotting may be a sign of a more SERIOUS condition. For example, after-sex bleeding may be due to inflammation of the cervix set off by a STD such as gonorrhea or chlamydia.The bleeding may also be a sign of cervical DYSPLASIA, a condition in which abnormal cells exist on the SURFACE of the cervix. Most of the time, dysplasia doesn't become DANGEROUS. Bleeding after intercourse is also a sign of cervical CANCER. However, cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer can be ruled out as causes for your spotting if you've had clean Pap smears recently. Several types of vaginal infections--such as bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, and trichomoniasis --may also be behind your post-coital bleeding. Vaginal atrophy, endometritis, adenomyosis, cervical polyps and uterine fibroids are all possible conditions that can lead to bleeding after sex. Each of these conditions have MANY other symptoms including pain, cramping and discharge. If you feel otherwise fine, it's unlikely that you're dealing with something serious. But see your doctor anyway, especially if you have post-coital bleeding fairly often. Learn more about women's health by watching other videos in this series.More »
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You can ease the pain of intercourse with the help of some lubrication. To know more about having painless intercourse, check out this video.
Transcript: Pain during intercourse is no reason to surrender your sex life! Up to 50 percent of women may suffer...
Pain during intercourse is no reason to surrender your sex life! Up to 50 percent of women may suffer from dyspareunia, / [dis-puh-roo-nee-uh] which refers to painful intercourse. But there is help for this all-too-common condition! An obvious start is to use plenty of lubricant to ensure that penetration goes smoothly. If vaginal burning is a recurrent problem for you, your doctor can prescribe a topical gel. Most brands contain a five-percent concentration of a local anesthetic. Is pain after intercourse a problem? Try applying a frozen gel-pack wrapped in a towel to ease post-sex irritation. It can also be beneficial to urinate immediately after intercourse, and then to rinse your genitals with cool water. Dyspareunia shouldn't be suffered silently-sex is supposed to be fun! Try these tips to love your love life again!More »
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Approximately 30% of all women suffer from uterine prolapse at some point in their lives. Get the facts on uterine prolapse and how it's treated in this video.
Transcript: Uterine prolapse affects 30% of ALL women, so theres a good chance that it will touch you or someone...
Uterine prolapse affects 30% of ALL women, so theres a good chance that it will touch you or someone you know. But before you can comprehend uterine prolapse, you need to have a basic understanding of a womans pelvis. The vagina is the foundation of female anatomy, while the cervix sits above the vagina, and the uterus above the cervix. Connective tissue called uterosacral ligaments hold the uterus and cervix in place. As the primary support system for the entire female pelvis, these uterosacral ligaments are extremely important! Uterine prolapse occurs when collagen fibers in these ligaments stretch or weaken, causing the cervix and uterus to drop down into the vaginal canal. If it drops far enough, its actually possible to feel and see the cervix, which looks like a small pink donut. Although this is not usually painful, a woman may experience feelings of heaviness or pulling in the pelvis. Other symptoms of uterine prolapse include painful sex, low backache, frequent urination, or even vaginal bleeding. A number of things can cause uterine prolapse. Women who give birth vaginally are more likely to experience thinning and stretching of the supportive uterosacral ligaments, especially those who experience long labors or deliver big babies. Prolapse is also more likely in women over 50, simply because muscle tone decreases with age. Research also suggests that some women may be genetically predisposed to uterine prolapse. In other words, you cant always PREVENT uterine prolapse, but you CAN-and should-learn about treatment options. One effective treatment choice is a pessary, which is a vaginal support made of rubber, plastic, or silicone. A doctor fits a womans pessary to her body to hold the prolapse comfortably in place. Surgery is another option, which, unlike a pessary, actually REPAIRS the prolapse. One in nine cases of uterine prolapse is severe enough to require surgery. The good news is that uterine prolapse IS fixable! To learn more about this condition and other female concerns, check out other videos on this site.More »
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Apart from surgery, there are other ways to treat uterine prolapse. Take a look at this video on pessaries to find out more.
Transcript: Surgery isnt your only option for treating uterine prolapse. A removable support gadget called a pessary...
Surgery isnt your only option for treating uterine prolapse. A removable support gadget called a pessary can be worn inside the vagina to hold the prolapse in place. Uterine prolapse occurs when the cervix and uterus fall from their correct position above the vagina into the vaginal canal. Should the uterus drop far enough, it may be possible to even SEE the cervix, which looks like a small pink donut. A pessary is sort of like a brace or wrap you would wear for wobbly knee ligaments. It simply boosts your uterus back up and holds it there. Women have used them since biblical times, when they were made of smooth stone and potatoes. Thankfully, todays models are made of comfortable latex, plastic, or silicone. Pessaries are ideal for women with prolapse who are in between babies or when a woman simply doesnt have the time, money, or good health that surgery requires. If your doctor decides a pessary is right for you, shell fit you right in her office. The best model is the one that you can insert and remove on your own, and it doesnt move around during any activity. Ring plate pessaries, the most common option, are 80% effective for treating mild and moderate cases of uterine prolapse. The ring pessary is inserted just like a diaphragm, where it rests on the Kegel muscle walls. If a womans Kegel muscle walls are weak, however, she may have a hard time keeping the pessary in place. Luckily, there are other options, like the Gelhorn, a stemmed device, the balloon, which can be inflated and deflated, and the Colpexin, which looks like a lollypop on a string. Colpexin is a newer model which gently exercises the Kegel muscles WHILE holding the prolapse in place. In fact, 63% of women who used this model had stronger vaginal muscles at the end of a 16-week trial! Whichever pessary you use, remember to clean it per your doctors instructions, and have it replaced if its cracked, pitted, or unpleasant smelling after washing.More »
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Hymenoplasty is a surgical procedure through which the hymen is restored for virginity. Get more hymenoplasty facts in this informative video.
Transcript: Losing your virginity used to be a one-time experience. But using cosmetic surgery called hymen restoration,...
Losing your virginity used to be a one-time experience. But using cosmetic surgery called hymen restoration, or hymenoplasty, todays plastic surgeons may be able to help you relive your first time. Named after the Greek God of marriage, the hymen has been considered a sign of virginity since the Stone Age. Its a thin mucous membrane that partially covers the entrance to a womans vagina and often ruptures the first time she has sex. But the hymen can also tear during normal activity, such as horseback riding, gymnastics, and even inserting a tampon. When the hymen breaks, some women experience mild pain and bleeding, while others feel nothing at all. So why would someone want to restore their virginity? Some cultures and religions value virginity so much that men may request a certificate of purity showing the hymen is intact before they marry. In cases like this, a woman may be humiliated, or even punished for not being a virgin bride. For this reason select plastic surgeons in the United States and Europe offer hymenoplasty. The surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia and it takes about an hour. A surgeon uses a laser or scalpel to bring the fragments of a womans hymen together, and then stitches them back together around the vaginal opening, leaving only the small opening associated with virginity. Hymenoplasty costs from $2,000 to $5,000 and only lasts until the hymen is broken again. Still, women continue asking for the procedure for both religious and nonreligious reasons. Some women cough up the money in the hopes of reviving their sex life, or surprising their partners in bed. Although it DOES appear to effectively give the illusion of virginity, hymenoplasty is not approved by any official plastic surgery or gynecological association. So it isnt covered by insurance, and it can be hard to find a surgeon to do it. To learn more about various forms of vaginal restoration, check out other videos on this hot topic!More »
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In recent years, labiaplasty, a surgical procedure for reshaping the female labia, has become a common plastic surgery. Know more in this video.
Transcript: Women can have cosmetic surgery to change the appearance of their noses, breasts, lips, and thighsso...
Women can have cosmetic surgery to change the appearance of their noses, breasts, lips, and thighsso why not their vaginas? Labiaplasty is surgery to reduce or re-shape a woman's labia. This surgery involves the labia minora, which are the vaginas thin, inner lips. Generally, labiaplasty is done to correct elongated or asymmetrical labia, which may be a result of genetics, dramatic weight fluctuations, childbirth, or age. Whatever the reason for the labias appearance, most women choose labiaplasty for cosmetic purposes. In other words, they want their vaginas to look better.' For some women, labiaplasty is treatment for pain during sex or discomfort during normal everyday activities, both of which may be caused by an oversized or asymmetrical labia. Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure thats performed under sedation, local or general anesthesia. During surgery, the vaginal lips are cut and remodeled using a scalpel, laser, or specialized scissors. Some women under-go clitoral hood reduction at the same time, which removes the folds of skin that shield the clitoris. Clitoral hood reduction allegedly increases arousal by making the clitoris more pronounced, but this has never been proved, and being close to the clitoris, is highly controversial as it may do more harm than good. The cost of labiaplasty ranges from $3,500 to as much as $10,000, and it is not covered by insurance. Three to five days recovery time is required before going back to work, and AT LEAST four weeks before having sex. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists state that labiaplasty may be appropriate in properly selected patients, but does not currently support clitoral hood reduction because more research is needed to assess that surgerys safety, risks and effectiveness. If you choose to have a labiaplasty, it is vital that you find a board-certified surgeon with A LOT of experience. If youre interested in learning more about other vaginal rejuvenation surgeries, check out more videos on this site!More »
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Women opt for the perineoplasty surgery when they are experiencing vaginal laxity. Check out this video on perineoplasty and repairing a loose vagina for more information.
Transcript: Vaginal laxity is the medical term that describes the loosening of the vaginal opening from thinning...
Vaginal laxity is the medical term that describes the loosening of the vaginal opening from thinning of the perineum, the small wedge of firm connective tissue that separates the vagina and the anus. The only thing worse than living with vaginal laxity is thinking that you have no choice but to grin and bear it. Luckily, thats not the case. An operation called perineoplasty can tighten the vaginal opening and restore its normal structure. To understand why a vagina may become loose, lets review some basic female anatomy. Normally, the vagina looks like two parentheses, made up of the labia minora and labia majora, or vaginal lips. These parentheses are anchored together on the bottom by a wedge of collagen called the perineum that separates the vagina from the anus. Childbirth or the aging process can cause the perineum to stretch and thin out. The result is a vagina with the labia far apart and the vagina and anus closer together, separated by the widened perineum. This is known as perineal atrophy, vaginal laxity, or simply a loose vagina. When this happens, a womans sexual and physical quality of life may suffer. But it doesnt have to! Perineoplasty can restore the perineum to its proper size. The outpatient procedure is performed under sedation, local or general anesthetic, and involves making a small incision at the vaginal opening, through which the perineal tissue is sewn back together in the middle. A woman will need up to 6 weeks of recovery time, which means abstaining from: heavy lifting, tampon use, and sex. The bill for perineoplasty ranges from $3,000 to $5,000 and is usually covered by insurance. And when women eliminate problems like laxity during sex, air trapping in the vagina, and a general open feeling, they find the procedure is well worth the price! If youd like to know more about vaginal restoration, check out other videos in this series.More »
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