Ask The Doctor: Gynecologist Answers Your Questions
Whether you have one or not, myths around vaginas are pretty hairy. Thankfully, Madge the Vag is here to get to the facts straight. With the help of Dr. Lily Hanna OB-GYN, Madge answers your, um, burning questions for all things vaginal – be it health, hygiene or sex.
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Should you have pubic hair? The hair down there protects your vagina from infections that would otherwise track into it. The skin in that area is also super sensitive and prone to little nicks and tears, which can get infected. Clipping pubic hair is a much safer bet. I say, bring the bush back, baby!
Can your labia become swollen after sex? If you’ve ever had an orgasm that has caused your labia to swell, lucky you! During arousal, blood vessels become enlarged, which can lead to swelling in the labia majora, labia minora and the vagina. Similarly to an erect penis, once you have an orgasm, the blood flow will regress and the swelling will go away. YAY!
Can you use a feminine wash? Like Dr. Hanna says, all of them are off the table! If you’re concerned about vaginal hygiene, dilute a teaspoon of white vinegar in a squirt bottle of water. White vinegar has its own antiseptic properties, and when mixed with enough water, it’s not too harsh on the skin. Make sure you only wash externally though, as you don’t want to irritate the vaginal cavity.
Do you have a burning question you need answered? Send in your own questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and your question could appear in one of our editions of Ask The Doctor.
About Madge the Vag: Madge the Vag is a quirky mom on a mission to spread (literally) the word on everything vagina. She may have a 1950s wardrobe, but approaches women’s vaginal health in a refreshing way that is very today. Madge highlights a taboo topic or challenging issue many women face but may be afraid to talk about. She interviews experts on a range of topics like public hair, yeast infections and sex. #madgethevag #askthedocto #womenshealth
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