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Women's Health Week: Is your vagina healthy?
Tuesday, 27 October · 2 min read

There are lots of myths around what a healthy vagina should look and feel like, but what's ‘normal’ can vary widely and is unique to each person.

So, here's what to know.

The sexual organs on the outside of your body — the lips (labia) and clitoris — are known as the vulva. This can vary greatly in size, so it's completely normal for yours to look different from others you’ve seen.

Larger labia only become a medical problem if they impact your life, like sports or work.

The vagina itself is a muscular tube that links the vulva to the neck of the womb (cervix).

It’s normal for your vagina to produce clear or white discharge when you’re not on your period. Healthy discharge can vary in terms of amount and texture, but if it develops a strong smell of colour, this could be a sign of infection.

Discharge helps clean the vagina, so you don’t normally need to use feminine hygiene products when you wash. In fact, these can affect the pH balance (how acidic or alkaline it is) of your vagina, which could lead to infection.

If your vagina starts itchng, this might also be a sign of infection. But it could also be the result of a skin condition like eczema. If you’re concerned about any itching or discharge, speak to your doctor.

Exercise can help keep your vagina in shape. Walking and running helps tone the muscles around your vagina, bladder and bottom (your pelvic floor), which improves how it functions.

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Harriet Beecher Stowe, author

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