1. It can be absolutely normal…
Yup, the vagina is not supposed to be dry. It depends on the degree of your wetness. Assess it by checking that it’s not one of the three other culprits listed below.
2. Bacterial vaginosis
It can be due to bacterial vaginosis, a mild vaginal infection, not an STD, that’s caused when the balance of good and bad bacteria in your vagina is upset.
The slightly “fishy” smell may be worse after sex. (Note: About half of women with bacterial vaginosis don’t notice any symptoms!)
If you’re worried, pay a visit to your pharmacy or doctor – it can easily be treated with an antibiotic.
3. Pelvic congestion syndrome
It can also be due to pelvic congestion syndrome. This is a condition where the blood flow in the area is too high, resulting in wetness.
It’s also often associated with a sensation of fullness in the pelvis and manifests in varicose veins developing around the ovaries, similar to those that occur in the legs.
It’s pretty common and is often misdiagnosed due to physicians being unfamiliar with it or failing to actually look for it. So, if you experience pelvic pain during or following sex, during your period or while doing activities such as cycling or horseback riding, in addition to your wetness, pay a visit to your gynae.
4. Desquamative vaginitis
Desquamative vaginitis occurs when the cell turnover in the vagina is too high and the lining of the vagina becomes inflamed.
It’s not an STD and, while the cause is unknown, it’s thought to be either an infection or an autoimmune, inflammatory problem, which can be triggered by low oestrogen levels.
Telling signs include: a heavy yellow or greenish-yellow vaginal discharge, usually with little or no odour, painful intercourse and vulvar irritation and itching.
On examination, the opening to the vagina and the vagina itself may look red and inflamed. Luckily, it can be treated with a steroid cream, so get to your gynae as soon as possible!
This article was originally featured on www.womenshealth.co.za
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