How to Keep Your Vagina Healthy in Your 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s

The following are some of the most common questions and concerns I receive from readers:

1)

What is the best way to keep my vaginal area healthy?

I am glad you asked!

2)

Is it normal for my vaginitis to become worse with age? Does it mean I will have trouble conceiving or giving birth later in life?

It’s not normal for your body to change over time. If you’re worried about having trouble conceiving or giving birth later in life, then you need to see your doctor right away. You might want to consult one before going out into the world.

3)

Do I really need to worry about getting pregnant? Can’t I just take a pill every day?

Pregnancy is very rare even when women do not use contraception. Even so, you may still want to avoid pregnancy if you don’t want to deal with any possible health risks.

4) My partner says he doesn’t think I’m getting sick anymore.

Why is it always me?

Your partner may be right about your condition becoming better. However, it could just be because he thinks things are going well between him and you now.

5)

What does it mean if I can’t have children? Is something wrong with me?

If you’re in your 20’s and still not having luck getting pregnant, it could be due to medical reasons. You may want to get a second opinion from another doctor.

6)

What is the best way to take care of our future family?

You don’t always need to take a pill everyday. There are other options for birth control.

7) I thought I was sick last month.

Why isn’t it showing up on my calendar?

If you’re having trouble seeing or remembering your cycles, you should try keeping track of them for a few more months. You may be able to see a pattern after all.

8)

Should I be worried about my skin getting dryer down there? What can I do about it?

You shouldn’t be worried about your skin. Just keep it moisturized and exfoliated.

9)

Is the treatment working?

My labia seems to be getting longer.

It’s not uncommon for your labia to feel longer or appear more wrinkled than usual. However, it could just be from the cold weather outside.

10) I’m experiencing a lot of pain in my vaginal area. What could be wrong?

Sources & references used in this article:

Comprehensive cervical cancer control: a guide to essential practice by World Health Organization. Reproductive Health… – 2006 – books.google.com

In search of sexual pleasure and fidelity: vaginal practices in KwaZulu‐Natal, South Africa by S Coney – 1994 – Hunter House

Your Body Beautiful: Clockstopping Secrets to Staying Healthy, Strong, and Sexy in Your 30s, 40s, and Beyond by F Scorgie, B Kunene, JA Smit, N Manzini… – Culture, health & …, 2009 – Taylor & Francis

Prevalence of AIDS-related risk factors and condom use in the United States by OG Jennifer Ashton MD, C Rojo – 2012 – books.google.com

Beyond risk: examining college students’ sexual decision making by JA Catania, TJ Coates, R Stall, H Turner… – …, 1992 – science.sciencemag.org

Body image issues of women over 50 by SB Oswalt – American Journal of Sexuality Education, 2010 – Taylor & Francis

Make it count: How to generate a legacy that gives meaning to your life by JC Chrisler – Women Over 50, 2007 – Springer