May 08, 2015
9 Weird Vagina Mysteries You Don't Want To Ask About
Nobody really wants to talk about the strange things that can happen below the belt. In fact, some issues can be downright embarrassing. Lumps, bumps, odours, bleeding - it happens. We've complied a list of weird vagina mysteries and how to deal with them, so you no longer have to sit and worry.
You have a weird bump
Um, hello? No one invited you! Plus why did you think it was cool to show up THERE?! This bump could be so many things but it's likely not serious. It could be anything from an ingrown hair to a sebaceous cyst (a lesion under the skin). For starters, try a warm soak. You can also apply a little over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream if it seems inflamed. If you're still having problems or it continues to hurt, check in with your doctor.
There's a, ahem...funky smell
This smell could have a ton of possible causes but make sure to see your doctor no matter what. If it's a foul-smelling discharge, it could be a bacterial infection. In that case, you may need antibiotics to treat it. Another common culprit when it comes to odor is a forgotten tampon or a stuck condom - yes, its actually quite common.Your doc can help you remove it, if you require assistance.
Bleeding when you're not on your period
If you're randomly spotting, it could just be a hormonal imbalance although persistent spotting is something to bring up as it may be a sign of infection, pregnancy, or a polyp on your cervix. If you find that the bleeding happens after sex or comes with a discharge, it could be an STD.
An itch that just won't go away, particularly with discharge, could be a sign of a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis. If you've tried treating all that and still can't get rid of the itch, it could be as simple as a skin reaction to something like your soap or even laundry detergent.
You've Got a Weird Discharge
Don't panic if this is a monthly thing; most women have a physiological baseline discharge that's supposed to be there. You more have to look out for a change in colour, consistency, or odour.
It's painful to pee or have sex
Pain can be a sign of an STD, so you'll want to check with your doctor if the feeling persists for more than a couple days. That being said, if the pain just happened once or twice after sex, it may have been from dryness.
You're lacking sensation down below
Generally people who bike a lot or take frequent spin classes may find this to be an issue. If that's you, make sure to invest in a nice padded seat or shorts!
It's like the desert in your pants
Vaginal dryness can happen to any age of woman. Being extra dry can happen after pregnancy or if you're taking certain medications like antihistamines or antidepressants. If you're feeling like the Sahara, try an over-the-counter lubricant or see your doctor if it that doesn't help.
You feel a deep internal pain
Deeper vaginal pain, especially during sex, could be a sign of endometriosis or an ovarian cyst. Check in with your doctor about a vaginal ultrasound.