You've all heard horror stories of that one friend's-cousin's-classmate who put some random object inside her vagina during a heated moment and ended up in the hospital with an embarrassing story—and maybe even some serious physical damage. So what's actually dangerous to put in there? We talked to a few health professionals to break it down. Here's what to steer clear of Some women like to use douches to clean the vagina, but in actuality, this is totally unnecessary.
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Everyone we interviewed for this article said some version of this: Flushing your vagina with a douche may make you feel cleaner, but the practice actually does more harm than good. Consider popular vaginal products such as wipes, sprays, creams, or washes more marketing gimmicks than hygiene necessities. Symptoms like itching, abnormal discharge, odor, or irritation might very well be your usual yeast infection, but they could also be a different issue called bacterial vaginosis, a sexually transmitted disease, or even a complication related to a separate chronic health issue, like diabetes. Play it safe and see your doc for the right diagnosis and treatment. Shaving every day or getting full Brazilian waxes every couple of weeks may help you feel clean and beach ready, but too much shaving and waxing can be risky. If you do get ingrown hairs, gently cleanse the area and skip trimming until the irritation disappears, Dr. Seibel adds.
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The vagina is a complicated and dynamic ecosystem. It sees a lot of bacteria, pH, and moisture. This is called vaginal discharge.
Penetrative sex can be uncomfortable, but sometimes it really hurts The medical term for this is dyspareunia , which refers to recurring or persistent pain before, during, or after sex, according to the Mayo Clinic. The pain might only occur upon entry, penetration with anything like a tampon , deep thrusting, or a combination of those — and the level of pain can range from mild to severe.