Our vaginas smell -- all the time. We rarely notice, of course, because when the vagina has a balanced pH level the odor remains largely consistent and indiscernible. But it doesn’t take much to upset that pH: sex with a partner wearing a condom, as well as semen, tampons, menstruation, the use of vibrators and even eating certain foods with strong flavors and odors can all change the pH and bring about new and different smells.
Some of the most common odors are:
What it might mean: A fishy smell can be a sign of either bacterial vaginosis, a bacterial infection, or trichomoniasis, a common and easily treated STI . With both, you might also notice a white or gray discharge .
Should you see a doctor ? Yes. Both of these infections are treated with antibiotics.
What it might mean: You have recently had your period or you have recently had sex where semen entered your vagina. Both of these c...
Definition Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy is bleeding coming through the vagina during pregnancy, for any reason. Alternative Names Pregnancy - vaginal bleeding; Maternal blood loss Considerations Up to 10% of women have vaginal bleeding at some time during their pregnancy, especially in the first 3 months (first trimester). Bleeding is even more common with twins. To help prevent a miscarriage or other problems during pregnancy: Avoid smoking and using drugs of any kind, including alcohol. Eat a well- balanced diet . Get regular medical checkups. Take prenatal vitamins (or vitamins high in folic acid) before and after getting pregnant. Common Causes During the first 3 months, vaginal bleeding may be a sign of a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. See the doctor right away. During months 4 - 9 bleeding may be a sign of: Abruptio placentae Miscarriage Placenta previa Vasa previa Other possible causes of vaginal bleeding during pregnancy: Early labor (bloody show) Ectopic pregnancy Infection of the cervix Trauma...
Because breast cancer has been the subject of so much media attention and marketing, most American women know this message by heart: changes in your breasts should be reported to your doctor. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to know which changes are truly serious, and which are nothing more than a temporary hormonal issue, an allergic skin reaction, or a harmless cyst. Surely we want to protect ourselves from cancer; and just as surely we don’t want to run to the doctor with every breast pain or patch of rough skin around our nipples. Every day women write to us via the Q & A section on this site, asking if the change they see in their breast(s) is a symptom of cancer. Asking questions here at mybreastcancernetwork.com is a good first step, a place to get advice about breast-health issues that might be related to cancer. As expert patients, we use our laymen’s knowledge to assuage your fears, or kick you into gear—whichever is necessary. But, caveat emptor: w...
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