Vaginal Health Resources

You have feminine health questions and we're in a position to help you find the answers. We've compiled a list of articles, FAQs, and links to other handy resources to help you with your vaginal health queries.

Articles

We're on a mission to provide Australian women with in-depth advice on their vaginal health queries. So whether you're wanting to identify the best way to maintain a healthy vagina, understand why you may be itchy, or simply try and prevent any vaginal problems - We're going to continue to build a valuable library of resources.

September 25, 2017

Everything You Need To Know About That Itchy Vagina

  Share with your friends or family… If you’ve ever suffered from itching or irritation in your intimate area, you’re not alone. Vaginal itch is one of the most common
September 25, 2017

The Ultimate Maintenance Guide For A Happy & Healthy Vagina

  Share with your friends or family… Think you know everything you should about your intimate areas? No matter how knowledgeable you are, there is always an opportunity to learn

Frequently Asked Questions

Australian women are searching online every day for a range of common questions about their vagina. Here we will try and provide a quick answer to those feminine health questions.

Why does my Vagina smell bad?
There could be several reasons for a foul odour from your vagina. These include an overgrowth of bacteria, a yeast infection, or a sexually-transmitted disease. An additional cause could be poor hygiene. Talk to your gynaecologist and consider using a product to control odour.
Why is my Vagina dry?
Vaginal dryness is not an uncommon occurrence. This condition can result from stress, dehydration, and hormonal changes. Women who are menopausal and post-menopausal are especially susceptible, but women of any age can encounter vaginal dryness. Younger women are most likely to experience dryness a day or two before their period. Consult with your gynaecologist and try a vaginal moisturising product.
What is Vaginitis?
Vaginitis is a broad term for any inflammation of the vagina. The chief symptoms are itch and sensitivity. Vaginitis can occur due to infections, irritation from clothing, and allergic reactions to dyes and perfumes.
Why does my Vagina itch?
Vaginal itch is one of the most common gynaecologic symptoms. Occasional itch is to be expected, but persistent or severe itch should be brought to the attention of your gynaecologist. Possible causes include a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, vaginitis, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Why does my Vagina itch before my period?
This is most often caused by vaginal dryness. Your hormone levels begin to shift a few days before your period, which can cause your vagina to become dry. A dry vagina is easily irritated. Try a moisturising product designed for your intimate area and see your gynaecologist if the problem persists.
Why is my Vagina burning?
There are a few possible reasons, but vaginal burning when urinating is usually a sign of a urinary tract infection. Call your gynaecologist or family physician as you may need antibiotics. Burning can also indicate a severe yeast infection or sexually transmitted disease.
What is Sports Vagina?
Although not truly a medical term, sports vagina actually refers to a yeast infection and/or bacterial vaginosis. Sweating during a work-out can provide a moist, humid environment for your vagina that leads to overgrowth of fungus or bacteria. You can help prevent sports vagina by wearing clothing that isn’t too tight and wicks away perspiration, changing out of your exercise clothing immediately after a work-out, and showering or bathing after exercising.
My Vagina smells like Vinegar, why?
The most frequent cause for a vinegar-like smell from your vagina is bacterial vaginosis, an overgrowth of bacteria in your vagina. Bacterial vaginosis may require certain antibiotics and should be checked out by your gynaecologist. Other potential causes include the onset of menopause and excessive perspiration.
Why is my Vagina sore after sex?
Vaginal soreness during and after sex can be caused by vaginal dryness, an injury or tear to your vagina, yeast infections, and certain sexually transmitted diseases. If the pain is severe or doesn’t resolve, you need to see your gynaecologist.
Why do I have excessive discharge?
Women have different amounts of vaginal discharge, particularly when sexually aroused. Vaginal discharge should be clear without a foul odour. If you notice thickened, white, gray, or green discharge, it may be a sign of an infection and you should consult your doctor.
What is Vaginal Flora?
The term vaginal flora refers to the bacteria present in your vagina. Your vagina contains a mini-ecosystem, and certain types and amounts of bacteria are normal.
What is Candida?
This simply means a yeast infection, also called vaginal candidiasis or vaginal thrush. Yeast infections are not uncommon and may be treated with prescription or over-the-counter medications.
What are the symptoms of Candida?
Symptoms of a yeast infection include itching, burning, pain with urination, pain during sex, and foul-smelling or thickened vaginal discharge.
What is Vulvitis?
Vulvitis refers to an inflammation of the vulva, the external portion of the female genitalia.
How can I prevent Vulvitis?
There are several measures you can take to prevent vulvitis. Among these are wearing cotton knickers, avoiding soaps and laundry detergents with perfumes and dyes, and showering immediately after swimming in a chlorinated pool.
Why do I keep getting Vaginal thrush (Candida)?
Most women have some yeast naturally present in their vaginas. Normally this is not a problem. But when the yeast begins to multiply and overtake helpful bacteria, a yeast infection can result. Taking probiotics or eating yoghurt containing lactobacillus often helps prevent yeast infections. You should visit your gynaecologist if you have recurrent or severe yeast infections.
What is the common cause of Vaginal thrush?
Vaginal thrush is simply another name for a yeast infection. It is caused by uncontrolled growth of a fungus in your vagina and is typically treated with anti-fungal medications.
What are the symptoms of Vaginal thrush?
Symptoms of a yeast infection include itching, burning, pain with urination, pain during sex, and foul smelling or thickened vaginal discharge.

Why does my Vagina smell bad?

There could be several reasons for a foul odour from your vagina. These include an overgrowth of bacteria, a yeast infection, or a sexually-transmitted disease. An additional cause could be poor hygiene. Talk to your gynaecologist and consider using a product to control odour.   

Why is my Vagina dry?

Vaginal dryness is not an uncommon occurrence. This condition can result from stress, dehydration, and hormonal changes. Women who are menopausal and post-menopausal are especially susceptible, but women of any age can encounter vaginal dryness. Younger women are most likely to experience dryness a day or two before their period. Consult with your gynaecologist and try a vaginal moisturising product.   

What is Vaginitis?

Vaginitis is a broad term for any inflammation of the vagina. The chief symptoms are itch and sensitivity. Vaginitis can occur due to infections, irritation from clothing, and allergic reactions to dyes and perfumes.   

Why does my Vagina itch?

Vaginal itch is one of the most common gynaecologic symptoms. Occasional itch is to be expected, but persistent or severe itch should be brought to the attention of your gynaecologist. Possible causes include a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, vaginitis, and sexually transmitted diseases.  

Why does my Vagina itch before my period?

This is most often caused by vaginal dryness. Your hormone levels begin to shift a few days before your period, which can cause your vagina to become dry. A dry vagina is easily irritated. Try a moisturising product designed for your intimate area and see your gynaecologist if the problem persists.  

Why is my Vagina burning?

There are a few possible reasons, but vaginal burning when urinating is usually a sign of a urinary tract infection. Call your gynaecologist or family physician as you may need antibiotics. Burning can also indicate a severe yeast infection or sexually transmitted disease.  

What is Sports Vagina?

Although not truly a medical term, sports vagina actually refers to a yeast infection and/or bacterial vaginosis. Sweating during a work-out can provide a moist, humid environment for your vagina that leads to overgrowth of fungus or bacteria. You can help prevent sports vagina by wearing clothing that isn’t too tight and wicks away perspiration, changing out of your exercise clothing immediately after a work-out, and showering or bathing after exercising.  

My Vagina smells like Vinegar, why?

The most frequent cause for a vinegar-like smell from your vagina is bacterial vaginosis, an overgrowth of bacteria in your vagina. Bacterial vaginosis may require certain antibiotics and should be checked out by your gynaecologist. Other potential causes include the onset of menopause and excessive perspiration.  

Why is my Vagina sore after sex?

Vaginal soreness during and after sex can be caused by vaginal dryness, an injury or tear to your vagina, yeast infections, and certain sexually transmitted diseases. If the pain is severe or doesn’t resolve, you need to see your gynaecologist.  

Why do I have excessive discharge?

Women have different amounts of vaginal discharge, particularly when sexually aroused. Vaginal discharge should be clear without a foul odour. If you notice thickened, white, gray, or green discharge, it may be a sign of an infection and you should consult your doctor.  

What is Vaginal Flora?

The term vaginal flora refers to the bacteria present in your vagina. Your vagina contains a mini-ecosystem, and certain types and amounts of bacteria are normal.  

What is Candida?

This simply means a yeast infection, also called vaginal candidiasis or vaginal thrush. Yeast infections are not uncommon and may be treated with prescription or over-the-counter medications.  

What are the symptoms of Candida?

Symptoms of a yeast infection include itching, burning, pain with urination, pain during sex, and foul-smelling or thickened vaginal discharge.  

What is Vulvitis?

Vulvitis refers to an inflammation of the vulva, the external portion of the female genitalia.  

How can I prevent Vulvitis?

There are several measures you can take to prevent vulvitis. Among these are wearing cotton knickers, avoiding soaps and laundry detergents with perfumes and dyes, and showering immediately after swimming in a chlorinated pool.  

Why do I keep getting Vaginal thrush (Candida)?

Most women have some yeast naturally present in their vaginas. Normally this is not a problem. But when the yeast begins to multiply and overtake helpful bacteria, a yeast infection can result. Taking probiotics or eating yoghurt containing lactobacillus often helps prevent yeast infections. You should visit your gynaecologist if you have recurrent or severe yeast infections.  

What is the common cause of Vaginal thrush?

Vaginal thrush is simply another name for a yeast infection. It is caused by uncontrolled growth of a fungus in your vagina and is typically treated with anti-fungal medications.  

What are the symptoms of Vaginal thrush?

Symptoms of a yeast infection include itching, burning, pain with urination, pain during sex, and foul smelling or thickened vaginal discharge.

External Resources

There's a lot of information on the web. Finding trustworthy sources is the key and that's why we wanted to help you find external sites that we believe to be trustworthy and will provide you with even more insight.

Health Advice for Australian Women
Womens Health
Sexual Health Advice
Health Advice for Queensland Women

FAQ Sources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Bacterial Vaginosis - CDC Fact Sheet.” Updated: 16 February 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/std/bv/stdfact-bacterial-vaginosis.htm
Health Direct. “Vaginal Thrush.” Updated July 2015. https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/vaginal-thrush
Kloss, Kelsey. “5 Common Reasons For Vaginal Itching Other Than A Yeast Infection - And 5 Products That Help.” Prevention. 16 June 2017. https://www.prevention.com/health/5-common-reasons-for-vaginal-itching
Mayo Clinic. “Bacterial vaginosis.” Updated 29 July 2017. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bacterial-vaginosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20352279
Mayo Clinic. “Yeast infection (Vaginal).” Updated 18 September 2015. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/yeast-infection/basics/definition/con-20035129
Mayo Clinic. “Vaginitis.” Updated 25 October 2016. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/vaginitis/symptoms-causes/dxc-20258675
National Health Service. “Vaginal Thrush.” Updated 3 April 2016. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Thrush/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Womenshealth.gov. “Bacterial vaginosis.” Updated 18 April 2017. https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/bacterial-vaginosis
Womenshealth.gov. “Vaginal yeast infections.” Updated 3 August 2017. https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/vaginal-yeast-infections