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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
16 years in practice
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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. ...Read more

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Denise Elser
Board Certified, Gynecology
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What is the best way to clean my vagina daily?

What is the best way to clean my vagina daily?

Vagina self cleans: Your vagina cleans itself through natural secretions. Douching is not recommended, as it washes away 'good' bacteria, protective secretions and changes the ph, thus making it easier to develop irritations and infection. Wash the vulva or outer genitalia with a washcloth and mild cleanser. ...Read more

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Alan Patterson
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
36 years in practice
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What causes sharp pains deep inside the vagina?

Many possible causes: Could be infection, endometriosis, cancer, pre-cancer, a sore or tear, a fibroid, or cyst, prolapse, bladder rpobelms, you need to see yoru gyn for proper daignosis, because the txments can be quite differnent depending on the cause. ...Read more

Dr. Ray Tidman
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
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For the past few weeks and several times before I have noticed a white thick substance coming out of my vagina. I worry that something is wrong. When ?

For the past few weeks and several times before I have noticed a white thick substance coming out of my vagina. I worry that something is wrong. When ?

Other symptoms?: May be normal, or a yeast infection. You are approaching the age of routine gyn check ups by your primary care doc. Do not fear information. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Andrea Knittel
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Board Certified, Family Medicine
19 years in practice
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What's thick white stuff that comes out vagina ?

What's thick white stuff that comes out vagina ?

Many things: There are many things this could be, both benign and infectious. This is a discussion best had face to face with a physician rather than online, so that specifics can be asked. ...Read more

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Brittany Chan
Board Certified, Pediatrics
4 years in practice
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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. ...Read more

Marianne DiNapoli
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Natalie Sieb
Board Certified, Family Medicine
8 years in practice
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What can I use to clean my vagina, I've always had a problem with smelly vagina?

What can I use to clean my vagina, I've always had a problem with smelly vagina?

Rule out: Have you had your first vaginal exam by your doctor yet? May want to make sure there is not an infection before trying a bunch of products to make it better. Sometimes an overgrowth of bacteria can cause acute or chronic poor smells from the vagina that can be easily diagnosed in your doctor's office. If that has been ruled out, would recommend a pH balanced wash like Vagisil to see if that helps. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
22 years in practice
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