You probably don’t think about your vagina too much, unless you’re having sex or masturbating (good for you). But, you really should start. There’s more to a vagina than sexual pleasure and period blood. After all, there are a ton of horrifying things that can happen to your vagina, and you might already be aiding them without realizing it. I don’t want to freak you out, but vaginas are super sensitive (even though you probably already know that) and a lot of stuff can affect them, so you really should checking up on your “down there” area pretty frequently. Oftentimes, your vagina is trying to tell you something, and you might not even realize it!
This doesn’t mean that you should come home every night, and sit in front of a mirror with your legs spread checking things out. I mean, go ahead and do that if you really want to, but it’s not necessary. It just means that you should be looking at it if something feels off, and basically listening to it. If it smells, or there’s more discharge than usual, or it feels very itchy, then, uh, maybe you should do something about it. It could be something more than just a little infection! I know it’s scary to think about this stuff, but the more you know, the safer you will be when it comes to your vaginal health. Here are seven reasons why you need to pay attention to your vagina right now, and, warning: some are pretty horrifying.
UTIs Are Becoming UntreatableIsn't having a vagina so much fun! We can get cool things like yeast infections and UTIs and now, they are becoming untreatable! YAY! Supposedly, the bacteria that causes urinary tract infections are actually becoming resistant to antibiotics. That means that if you have a bad UTI that doesn't go away with the medicine, the infection can spread to your bloodstream and cause serious illnesses. A good way to protect yourself from an UTI is to be sure to urinate right after sex in order to get bacteria out from there, and to head to your gyno as soon as something feels wrong or painful down there. Image Source: iStock
Your Periods Might Get IrregularUnfortunately, even though it is my favorite time of year, spring and summer trigger allergies and all different type of body changes that can actually affect your hormones and your period. People who have allergies or asthma are actually more likely to have irregular periods. So you might want to carry around some extra pads for a little while, in case a surprise period decides to spring up on you. Image Source: iStock
Bath Bombs Are Ruining Your VaginaWHYYYYYY. Bath bombs are still trendy AF and watching videos of them are mesmerizing but they might actually be ruining your vagina. I'm sorry to be the one to tell you this. The colors and dyes can mess with your pH balance, which can be a little dangerous and cause irritation, swelling or even pain. Not to mention the fact that some bath bombs have glitter in them and glitter should go nowhere near your vagina. Image Source: iStock
Baths In General Are Ruining your VaginaYou might as well skip the baths all together, TBH. I know you might want a long, relaxing bath after a hard day at school, but it's not a good idea. Sitting in the bath for too long (over a half an hour) can actually increase your risk for a UTI and, as we learned earlier, they are becoming increasingly hard to cure. To be safe, you should just shower! Image Source: iStock
People Are Trying To Glue It SHUTOkay, if a man ever tells you that you need to glue your vagina shut during your period, yell at him. This one guy (yep, a guy) is trying to patent a product that is basically "vaginal lipstick" which just glues your vagina together to stop your period from leaking. Ha....what. Not sure why this man thought it was a good idea to make this "invention" but you should never listen to anyone who tells you what to do with it. Also, you shouldn't be gluing your vagina shut. That's just...wrong. Image Source: Mensez
Your Bike Might Be Hurting Your VagAh, springtime is almost here, which means you're probably breaking out your bike and going on rides every day. Okay...maybe not. But, if you frequently use exercise bikes like Ariana Grande, you should be aware that they might be hurting your vagina. It's rare, but sitting on a bike for too long can actually cause nerve damage to your vagina. Be sure to take breaks and stop if you ever feel pain down there while you're bikin'. Image Source: iStock
Because The Government Is Trying To Own Your VaginaReal talk: the government is actively trying to take away your right to be in control of your own vagina by defunding Planned Parenthood, so it can be pretty terrifying to have one at the moment. So you need to take the necessary steps to make sure you're taking care of your vagina. In order to do that, you want to be sure to protect yourself from STD and pregnancies. Not sure what birth control method to use? Check out this site that rates each method so you can find the right one for you. Image Source: iStock
Which one of these vagina facts shocked you the most? What did we miss? Tell us in the comments!