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Andrea Knittel Dr. Knittel
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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What is the vagina?

What is the vagina?

Tube to the uterus: The vagina is tube that connects the vulva (the outer part of the female genitals) to the uterus, or womb. It is between the urethra (where urine comes out) and the anus (where bowel movements come out). When someone talks about a woman having sex, they are often referring to penetration (with a penis, finger, or sex toy) of the vagina.

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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Vagina has a bad odor?

Vagina has a bad odor?

Needs an evaluation: A vaginal discharge is anything coming from the vagina that is more than the scant amount of normal mucous that healthy women have. A discharge that has odor is usually an infection with germs such as bacteria, trichomonas, gonorrhea or chlamydia (discharge gets worse as infection gets worse). A woman with a discharge should see her doctor for an exam & medication. Avoid sex until after treatment.

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Dry itch around vagina?

Dry itch around vagina?

Yeast likely: The most common cause of vaginal itching is a yeast infection. There are many different over the counter yeast medications available and it would be reasonable to try this first. If it gets better then that is what it is. If it does not get better then you will need to see your obgyn to determine the cause.

Brittany Chan Dr. Chan
Pediatrics
6 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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I have a smelly vagina?

I have a smelly vagina?

May be infection: Infection, particularly bacterial vaginosis, is the most common cause of foul-smelling vaginal discharge. Normal discharge is clear or white, and may have a slight odor but usually doesn't smell. Poor hygiene, as in other parts of the body, can be a culprit too-it's best to wash the external area w/ mild soap and water during your shower, and never douche! if the smell bothers you, see your dr.

Marianne DiNapoli Dr. DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
68 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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What causes dry vagina?

What causes dry vagina?

Lack of estrogen: As women age, for example after menopause, their bodies make less estrogen. This can lead to vaginal dryness. A doctor can evaluate if a topical vaginal estrogen cream could be right for you.

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Dr. Tony Ho Dr. Ho
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
10 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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Why does my vagina hurt?

Dr. Tony Ho Dr. Ho
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Why does my vagina hurt?

Needcontext: There are a myriad of reasons for any particular, single symptom. We need to know the timing, setting, associated symptoms, etc, before we can even begin to give an educated guess.

Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss Dr. Schomberg-Klaiss
Family Medicine
24 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How to clean your vagina?

How to clean your vagina?

Self-cleaning: Your vagina doesn't need much in the way of cleaning, it's designed to table care of itself. Water, a soft washcloth, & maybe some gentle soap is all you need. Too much scrubbing or harsh chemicals create more problems than they solve, & douching destroys the natural balance & protection.

Dr. Stephen Richards Dr. Richards
Obstetrics & Gynecology
38 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Vagina throbs irritating?

Vagina throbs irritating?

Vaginitis: You should see your doctor to look for infections.

Dr. Peter Baumann Dr. Baumann
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2017 years in practice
Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg Faculty of Medicine
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Why is the vagina acidic?

Why is the vagina acidic?

Lactobacilli: Lactobacilli are the bacteria found in a health vagina. They cause the pH of the vagina to be around 3.0 to 4.5, i.e., cause it to be on the acidic side. A pH above 4.5, which can be measured with a simple test strip, typically indicates the presence of bacterial vaginosis, trichomonas, or yeast.

Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Is it good to suck vagina?

Is it good to suck vagina?

Suck yes, Blow no: Never blow into the vagina with the labial lips closed as this can cause an air embolism (air in the veins which can travel to the heart and lungs causing death) and that would 'suck big time.'.

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Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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How do you clean a vagina?

How do you clean a vagina?

You don't!: The healthy vagina is like a self cleaning oven, it doesn't require the addition of "anything".

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is it good to suck vagina?

Is it good to suck vagina?

Cunnilingus: This sensation may be very stimulating to the female. Whether it is good or bad is not a judgement that I can make for the couple. However, diseases can be transmitted via oral sex.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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How to clean a child vagina?

How to clean a child vagina?

Wet q-tip or cloth: The material that adheres to the outer folds can be teased off with a wet q-tip or cloth. Leave the inside alone & flood the area with water to rinse away an debris. Avoid soaps that will irritate the sensitive tissues.

Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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My vagina hurts why is that?

My vagina hurts why is that?

Get it checked: It is difficult to say what is causing your vagina to hurt without examination. There may be infection as that is the commonest cause of pain in vagina Get it checked by your Gynecologist

Dr. Darrin Cunningham Dr. Cunningham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
26 years in practice
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Why I feel my vagina so dry?

Why I feel my vagina so dry?

Atrophy: At 49 you are getting low on estrogen which will cause vaginal dryness. Estrogen vaginal therapy can help. Also, lubricants like olive, coconut, or any pure vegetable oil can be used to lubricate for intercourse.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Can I put mebo in my vagina?

Use of an ointment: That is made for treatment of hypertropic scars may be irritating to the tissues of the vagina. Don't recommend it

Dr. Timothy Raichle Dr. Raichle
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Why does my vagina swell up?

Why does my vagina swell up?

Infection: This could be related to infection, trauma, or perhapse "prolapse" or relaxation of the pelvic floor. This can easily be determined with an exam - go get checked out!

Dr. Donald Colantino Dr. Colantino
Internal Medicine
57 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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How do I keep my vagina wet?

Gynecologist: Your gynecologist may prescribe either topical estrogen cream, skin patch, or place you on oral estrogen with or without Progesterone only if he/she feels it's warranted after examining you. The least amount of these medications should be used for this problem.

Dr. Bruce Jacobs Dr. Jacobs
Family Medicine
years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Jonathan Song Dr. Song
Gynecology
years in practice
Rush Medical College
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Is olay good for the vagina?

Is olay good for the vagina?

No.: Oil of olay is designed for external usage only. If you have shaved and require a moisturizer of some sort, you can apply externally but not inside the vagina. Depending on your age, you may experience occasional dryness which can be alleviated by certain prescription medication, but please see you doctor first to discuss. I hope this helps. Good luck!