There are quite a few problems that women can have “down below” but they don’t like to talk about it. The issue is that if you don’t talk about it, you won’t know how to resolve it! Here are some common problems and what to do about them.
1. Drier than a desert: [email protected] dryness is common and very easy to treat. It can happen after taking certain medications or after pregnancy. Buy an over-the-counter lubricant and if that still doesn’t help, consult a doctor.
2. There is a “smell”: We all have strange smells down there from time to time but if you notice one that is really strong, see a doctor. It could be an infection or could be something such as a piece of a tamp*n that was left behind or even a stuck c*ndom.
3. Pain: If you are feeling pain that seems far inside you could have an ovarian cyst or possibly endometriosis. See your doctor for a diagnosis.
4. Lumps and bumps: Don’t freak out if you find a new lump or bump. First try using a warm compress to see if that helps as it could be just a cyst or an ingrown hair. If that doesn’t work you can try an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to see if that gets rid of it. If not, see a doctor.
5. Itchiness: An annoying itch could be a simple yeast infection or bacterial [email protected] If you treat for those and the itchiness still persists you may have a reaction to a new soap or hygiene product that you are trying.
6. STD: If it hurts to have s*x or hurts to urinate you could have an STD. If you have pain for more than two days it is time to see a doctor. If it is not persistent and has only happened a few times it may just be from dryness.
7. Numbness: If you are feeling numb down there, don’t worry. This is most likely caused by your activity. Women who bike ride often have this problem. Invest in comfortable padded seats.
8. Bleeding: If you are spotting and it is not time for your period, this is normal. If it happens a lot you should check with your doctor as it could be a sign of a polyp or infection. If you are bleeding after s*x or have discharge you should be checked for an STD.
9. Discharge: A smelly or discolored discharge could mean a number of different things. The best course of action here is to see a doctor.