3 Common Vaginal Issues & How to Deal with Them
What is it? Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina that usually results in discharge, itching and pain. You might be prone to vaginitis if you recently stopped using antibiotics, if you suffer from diabetes, or your hormone levels are fluctuating. Hormone level flux is a condition very common during pregnancy and menopause.
- If you have more discharge than usual
- If sexual intercourse feels painful
- In some cases you might see light vaginal bleeding or spotting
Note: If you have two or more of the symptoms, it is best to see your doctor. Vaginitis is usually treated with antifungal medications. Many times vaginitis could be falsely diagnosed as Bacterial Vaginosis.
- Vaginal Dryness
What is it? Vaginal dryness is a common condition that can occur at any age. It is characterized by the thinning and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to a drop in estrogen levels. In most cases it occurs between the ages of 35 to 50. Vaginal dryness is also one of the symptoms of perimenopause.
- Itching, stinging
- Burning and soreness
- Pain or light bleeding during sex
Note: To ease the symptoms, you could use vaginal moisturizers, or water based lubricants. If dryness is still a problem, visit your doctor. He or she could propose other solutions. In such cases, doctors often prescribe an estrogen in the form of cream, ring or tablets.
What is it? Uterine Fibroids are the condition of non-cancerous growth in the uterus. Fibroids often appear during the childbearing years. Studies have found that fibroids could be hereditary. Moreover, according to recent reports, around 80% of women develop these noncancerous uterine growths.
- Heavier than usual bleeding during your period
- Longer than usual duration of your period
- Pelvic pain
- Pain during sex
- Frequent urination
- Lower back or leg pain
Note: Usually, no treatment is needed as fibroids often shrink once you hit menopause, when your hormone levels are no longer high enough to fuel their growth.
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