When women’s bodily conditions are brought into notice, there are many myths about vaginas that are roaming around on social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter.
Here are some myths you should never believe in!
You Need To Clean Your Vagina Regularly
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Washing with water and plain soap should be all you need to keep your vagina healthy. It's normal for the vagina to have a scent.
"Vaginal odour can change at different times of the reproductive cycle and shouldn't always be thought of as being a sign of infection or illness," says Dr. Suzy Elneil, consultant in urogynaecology at University College Hospital, London, and spokesperson for Wellbeing of Women.
It's a good idea to avoid perfumed soaps, gels, and antiseptics as these can affect the healthy balance of bacteria and pH levels in the vagina and cause irritation.
Use plain, unperfumed soaps to wash the area around the vagina (the vulva) gently every day.
The vagina will clean itself inside your body with natural vaginal secretions (discharge).
Frequent Sex Will Loosen Your Vagina
The elastic muscles of the vagina can stretch and return to their usual shape. During aging and after childbirth, the muscles around the vagina may become less strong. Despite the myths, sex does not have a lasting impact on vaginal tension.
These muscles relax slowly, which is why foreplay can be very important. After sex, the vagina returns to its usual shape and tension.
There are many myths about the effect of penetrative sex on the female body. There is no evidence that sex causes a loosening of the vagina over time.
The vagina is temporarily more open before, during, and after sex. This is similar to the mouth stretching to yawn or eat, then returning to its usual shape.
Vaginal Discharge Is Always Healthy
Other than your period as part of your natural menstrual cycle, it's normal to produce clear or white secretions (discharge) from your vagina.
This mucus is produced naturally from the neck of the womb, known as the cervix.
"Vaginal discharge is not 'always a bad sign'," says Dr. Elneil. "There is a myth that copious clear or white discharge is associated with sexually transmitted infections.
"Changes in the amount of discharge can be 100% hormonal – in other words, linked to the menstrual cycle, pregnancy or menopause."
The character and amount of vaginal discharge vary throughout your menstrual cycle.
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