Vaginal health

Discomforts in the intimate area of a woman can have a serious impact on a woman’s life. 3 out of the 4 women occasionally have vaginal problems which require attention.

Many women will recognize the problems: discharge, odor, itch, soreness, burning, irritated tissue or vaginal dryness. You expect it to disappear by itself. But sometimes this may take a while and in the meantime the discomfort is quite unpleasant.

Use the search box to find expert information about all kinds of vaginal discomforts.

July 9, 2018

Vaginal infections: types, symptoms, and causes

Vaginal infections: types, symptoms, and causes Infections are some of the most common vaginal problems among adult women. Vaginal infections are caused by bacteria, viruses, yeast cells and single-celled organisms
July 9, 2018

What can I do about recurring vaginal infections?

What can I do about recurring vaginal infections? Unpleasant odours, excessive discharge and itchiness: unfortunately, most women will have to deal with a vaginal infection or discomfort sooner or later.
July 9, 2018

Excessive vaginal discharge: should I be worried?

Excessive vaginal discharge: should I be worried? Have you noticed changes in your vaginal health recently? Or have you always wondered whether you have excessive vaginal discharge? Read on to
July 9, 2018

Brown discharge: what does it mean for my health?

Brown discharge: what does it mean for my health? You’re used to your vaginal discharge varying throughout your menstrual cycle. Sometimes it’s white and creamy, other times it’s translucent and
October 26, 2017

Vaginal irritations and swollen labia

Vaginal irritations can be uncomfortable, but are often painful too, which affects your quality of life. Swollen labia can make you feel restless, not able to sit comfortably or wear trousers because of friction.
October 26, 2017

Pelvic floor or Kegel exercises for good vaginal health

Pelvic floor or Kegel exercises can help you control and prevent urinary incontinence and improve other health problems related to weak pelvic floor muscles. Here's a short guide on how to do them correctly.
October 26, 2017

Can exercise cause vaginal pain?

Exercising can create conditions that cause vaginal irritation and allow harmful microbes to thrive. If you experience vaginal pain during or after exercising, don’t worry. A few simple changes can make a big difference.
October 26, 2017

Does the food I eat affect my vaginal health?

A balanced diet is important for all aspects of your health. Your body needs certain nutrients in order to function well. Vaginal health can be affected by poor diet and make you more prone to common problems related to poor immune function.
October 26, 2017

Are tampons bad for my vagina?

There has been a lot of recent social media interest in whether or not tampons are damaging to health. Read on to find out more.
October 26, 2017

Are steaming and douching good for your vagina?

There are mixed views from physicians about the value of manually cleansing your vagina by douching or by using other techniques, such as steaming. This is because the vagina is very effective at cleaning itself and any aggressive cleansing regime, by whatever method, can do more harm than good.
December 23, 2015

How to prevent vaginal burning sensation

A healthy vagina is a balanced vagina – this means that millions of bacteria living in the vaginal environment do not disturb each other and are essential to keep our body healthy. However, once this balance is disturbed, uncomfortable symptoms such as a burning sensation or itching occur.
December 23, 2015

Menopause and its symptoms

Menopause is a natural stage of a woman’s life – it marks the end of the woman’s fertile period and it can happen due to the natural ageing process, after certain surgeries or a medical treatment.
December 23, 2015

Intimate hygiene – less is more

You may have heard that bad intimate hygiene can cause more damage than no hygiene at all. It may sound like an exaggeration, but it is absolutely true.
December 23, 2015

Do you know what determines proper intimate hygiene?

It is often said that bad hygiene is actually worse than no hygiene at all. This is not an overstatement – bad hygienic habits can be a cause of an imbalance and infection in your intimate area. Take a look at the answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding what determines proper intimate hygiene.
December 23, 2015

The difference between vagina and vulva

If asked to name the main organs of the female reproductive system, most people would name the vagina, uterus and ovaries off the top of their heads. However, even if they are imagining the diagram in their minds, this diagram is likely to be wrong.
December 23, 2015

Difference between bacterial vaginosis and a yeast infection

Bacterial vaginosis and vaginal thrush are the two most common vaginal complaints. For many years thrush had been better understood and more readily treated than bacterial vaginosis, which led to a common misconception that any unusual discharge, itching and pain in the intimate area is caused by Candida.
December 23, 2015

Causes of vaginal infections

If you’ve ever experienced intimate discomforts such as discharge, itching, burning, pain or odour, you probably suffered from a vaginal infection or vaginitis. The most common infections are bacterial vaginosis and thrush (yeast infection), both considered to be an imbalance of the vaginal flora.
December 23, 2015

Burning sensation in the vagina

Every woman experiences vaginal discomforts at some stage in their life. The most common symptoms include discharge, odour, itch, pain and vaginal burning. These symptoms can seriously affect the quality of life.
December 22, 2015

Bacterial vaginosis and pregnancy

Pregnancy is a period of changes and expectations. Our bodily functions focus on nursing the new life inside us, and prepare us for giving birth, breastfeeding and childcare. Even though it can be enjoyable, it is far from a worry-free period.
December 22, 2015

Vaginal yeast infection during pregnancy

It is not uncommon for women to experience far more vaginal discomforts during pregnancy than at any time before or after that. The changes that our bodies go through during pregnancy and breastfeeding are mostly governed by hormonal levels, and have an impact on every aspect of our lives.
December 22, 2015

Strong, fish-like vaginal odour

Have you ever wondered what your vagina smells like? Every woman is different: we have different skin tones, hair colour, nail strength, and we all smell different.
December 22, 2015

Visiting the gynecologist

Visits to the gynecologist are part of a woman’s life. During the reproductive period, women should see their doctor as often as necessary. Pregnant women on the other hand, should have regular medical check-ups.
December 22, 2015

Vaginal discharge as a sign of a yeast infection

Vaginal discharge is a fluid secreted by glands located in the vagina and vulva. Discharge protects the vagina from infection, cleanses it, and provides lubrication during sex.
December 22, 2015

Vaginal discomforts – do I really need to see a doctor?

A complete list of vaginal discomforts is long, and it goes from discharge and odour all the way to pelvic pain. Take a look at some of the most common types of vaginal discomforts and the criteria that can help you decide whether you need to see a doctor.
December 22, 2015

Vaginal infections and antibiotics

Vaginal infections can be caused by many factors. One common cause of these infections is using antibiotics. Learn more about how antibiotics can disrupt vaginal balance and how to prevent vaginal discomforts as a side effect of antibiotic therapy.
December 21, 2015

Vaginal pain

When vaginal pain occurs, it is mostly due to an infection. However, pain in the intimate region can also be caused by irritation, vaginal dryness and hormonal changes. Other symptoms that may follow vaginal pain include itching, burning, soreness, stinging and throbbing.
December 21, 2015

Causes of painful sexual intercourse

Pain during sexual intercourse can go from mild to severe, but wherever it may sit on the intensity scale, it can certainly turn sex from pleasurable to unwanted. Pain during intercourse can cause problems in a couple’s intimate life, but it can also affect a woman’s life in general.
December 21, 2015

Do skinny jeans cause vaginal infections?

They’re lots of women’s favourite fashion item and popular with women of all ages. They fit perfectly and look good - so why shouldn’t you wear your skinny jeans every day? Believe it or not, skinny jeans can cause vaginal discomforts and encourage bacterial overgrowth.
December 21, 2015

How to relieve vaginal itch

The discomfort caused by itchiness can be characterised from mild to severe, making you very uncomfortable. Learn more about vaginal itch and how to relieve the discomfort.
December 21, 2015

External intimate discomforts

It’s safe to say that almost every woman has experienced some kind of external intimate discomforts – whether it is irritation, itching, swelling, redness, soreness, sensitivity, haemorrhoids or minor tissue injuries.
December 21, 2015

Prevention of vaginal discomforts

Vaginal discomforts can be highly uncomfortable, affecting your sex life and the quality of life in general. For most vaginal discomforts the exact cause can be difficult to determine. Here are some guidelines on how you could prevent vaginal discomforts, however, they are not a guarantee.
December 21, 2015

The 5 most common vaginal discomforts

Every woman will experience some vaginal discomfort at some point in her life. These discomforts range from mild and merely annoying, to others that can seriously effect a woman's quality of life or her sex life.
December 21, 2015

The vaginal flora – what you need to know

It is very important for our overall health that the delicate balance of the microbes living in our bodies is maintained – and the same goes for our vaginas, too.
December 21, 2015

Candida treatment: how to relieve symptoms and prevent recurrence

One of the most common vaginal discomforts is vaginal thrush, also known as vaginal yeast, candidiasis or just candida. Thrush symptoms include a thick white discharge, usually described as being similar to cottage cheese, strong redness and itching in the vulvo-vaginal area.
December 21, 2015

How to treat a vaginal yeast infection

When the vaginal flora gets disrupted (by use of antibiotics, intensive washing, vaginal dryness etc.) or due to other factors (such as hormonal fluctuations), candida can overgrow and cause discomforts such as itching, irritation, pain and discharge.
December 21, 2015

Yeast infections during your period

The uncomfortable symptoms following the infection become almost unbearable when combined with the menstrual blood, cramps and irritability that often encompasses being on a period. Learn more about vaginal yeast infections and what to expect if the infection strikes during your period.
December 21, 2015

How to take care of your vagina during summer

Summer time means your vagina is more vulnerable than usual – heat, sweating, traveling, swimming, are only some of the things that can cause vaginal discomforts. Here is some advice on how to take care of your vagina during summer months.
December 21, 2015

Vaginal hygiene

Vaginal hygiene is one of the factors in the prevention of vaginal discomforts. The intimate area has a specific microbial flora, where good bacteria (producing lactic acid) keep the balance with other bacteria.
December 21, 2015

Vaginal hygiene: do’s and don’ts

Proper vaginal hygiene can make a world of difference to our reproductive health. It can reduce the risk of acquiring infections, it can speed up recovery and prevent uncomfortable symptoms such as irritation and discharge.
December 21, 2015

Vaginal pH – is your vagina acid or alkaline?

You may have heard that the vaginal pH value is an important part of intimate health. But what exactly is pH and why is it so important for our reproductive health? Keep reading to find out what a normal vaginal pH value is and whether your vagina should be acid or alkaline.
December 21, 2015

Anatomy of the vagina

The vagina is an elastic, muscular organ that connects the uterus with the external reproductive organs. Learn more about the anatomy of the vagina so that you can better understand how this fascinating part of the female body functions.
October 29, 2015

Vaginal itching: what causes it?

Perhaps one of the most uncomfortable vaginal discomfort is itching. It can be very embarrassing, and it is not recommended to scratch down there. Having a constant itch in your intimate area can also have a large impact on your daily activities.
October 29, 2015

Is my vaginal discharge normal?

Vaginal discharge is normal and has several important purposes, including cleaning and lubricating the vagina and helping to prevent and fight microbial problems and infections.
October 28, 2015

Vaginal infection: causes, symptoms and treatment

Did you know that almost all women will suffer from vaginal discomforts at some point in their lives? If you are currently experiencing itch, discharge or redness; don’t worry you are not alone.
October 28, 2015

Vaginal dryness: causes and treatment

Most women will experience vaginal dryness at some point in their lives. This can be quite uncomfortable as it can cause other discomforts such as itching, burning, and soreness.
October 28, 2015

Everything you should know about bacterial vaginosis!

Did you ever notice a strange smell from your intimate area? A strong, even fish-like odor that left you feeling a bit uncomfortable? This could be due to a bacterial imbalance also known as bacterial vaginosis (BV).
October 26, 2015

Vaginal odour: what causes that strong smell?

Every woman has her own body scent. The same applies to your vagina. It is completely normal to have some sort of intimate odour. If this odour becomes unpleasant this could be an indication of a vaginal infection. But how do you know if your vaginal odour is abnormal?