Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Women’s Health – 5 Most Common Vaginal Problems You Should Know

Conditions that might affect your v**ina include:

1. s*xual problems. These might include persistent or recurrent private part pain just before, during or after s*x (dyspareunia). Pain during penetration might be caused by involuntary spasms of the muscles of the vaginal wall (vaginismus).

2. Sexually transmitted infections. Various sexually transmitted infections can affect the v**ina, including private part warts, syphilis and private part herpes. Signs and symptoms might include abnormal vaginal discharge or private part sores.

3. Vaginitis. An infection or change in the normal balance of vaginal bacteria can cause inflammation of the v**ina (vaginitis). Symptoms include vaginal discharge, odor, itching and pain. Common types of vaginitis include bacterial vaginosis, which results from overgrowth of one of several organisms normally present in your v**ina; yeast infections, which are usually caused by a naturally occurring fungus called Candida albicans; and trichomoniasis, which is caused by a parasite and is commonly transmitted by s*x.

4. Pelvic floor relaxation. If the supporting ligaments and connective tissues that hold the uterus in place become weak, the uterus, bladder or rectum might slip down into the v**ina (uterine prolapse). As a result, the v**ina also is pulled down.

5. Other diseases and conditions. Vaginal cysts can cause pain during s*x or make it difficult to insert a tampon. Vaginal cancer — which might first appear as vaginal bleeding after menopause or s*x — also is a rare possibility.