Before and after menopause, changes can occur “down there”. About half the population have vaginas and vulvas, so let’s make it time to talk about vaginas and vulvas with the same ease we talk about arms and legs.

Depending on the Source (DotS) the definition of vagina and vulva may vary. In Vagina [+ Images] the (United States) MedlinePlus’ definition of vagina is:

“The vagina is the female body part that connects the womb (uterus) and cervix to the outside of the body”.

In Vulva & Vaginal Irritation: What Is the Vulva? [+ Image] the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) definition of vulva is:

“Vulva is the general name given to the external parts of the female genitals”.

In Essential Information: Some Facts About the Vulva – Where Do Vulval Problems Belong Medically? [+Image] (Australian) Caredownthere elaborate on:

“The vulva is part of the skin and most of the things that go wrong there are skin conditions that happen on other parts of the skin. This includes common skin problems like dermatitis, psoriasis and allergic reactions. Some of the skin conditions that involve the vulva are not common on other parts of the skin, and this includes a condition called lichen sclerosus”.

In Vulva & Vaginal Irritation: What Is Normal? [+ Image] the JH elaborate on:

“Because it is difficult for women to see their own vulva, many women do not know what their vulva looks like and/or what is normal for them. If you don’t know what your vulva looks like, it is a good idea to use a mirror so you can look and become familiar with what is normal for you. It is then easier to detect any changes in appearance, such as changes in colour, bumps, thickening or thinning of the skin or dry, cracked skin”.Meno Martha and Vaginas and Vulvas

The JH also explain:

“If you are worried about the odour of your vulva and vagina, and/or have other symptoms such as itching, burning, irritation, soreness, painful sex or painful urination, you should see your doctor”.

In Essential Information: Some Facts About the Vulva – Which Is the Right Specialty? [+Image] Caredownthere elaborate on:

Meno Martha and Vaginas and Vulvas

“The first place to go if you have a vulval problem is your own general practitioner or a women’s health service such as the Family Planning Organisation. There is no single speciality that is the best for vulval disease. Many different specialists have expertise in this area and this includes dermatologists, gynaecologists, sexual health physicians and GP’s with an interest in women’s health”.

DotS and/or DotC (Depending on the Country) a GP may be a qualified and registered general practitioner, a medical practitioner, a medical doctor or a doctor.

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