Tag Archives: Vaginal

Key Statistics for Vaginal Cancer

Vaginal cancer is very rare. Only about 1 of every 1,100 women will develop vaginal cancer in her lifetime. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for vaginal cancer in the United States for 2020 are: About 6,230 new cases will be diagnosed. About 1,450 women will die of this cancer. Visit the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Statistics… Read More »

Can diet improve a person’s vaginal health?

Certain foods and drinks contain compounds that may improve vaginal health and symptoms of vaginal conditions. These include probiotics, prebiotics, and fermented food and beverages. The vagina uses natural secretions, immune defenses, and “good” bacteria to keep itself healthy. Eating a healthful, balanced diet might also further prevent infections and improve vaginal conditions. This article… Read More »

Causes of heavy vaginal discharge

Regular vaginal discharge is a sign of a healthy female reproductive system. Normal vaginal discharge contains a mixture of cervical mucus, vaginal fluid, dead cells, and bacteria. Females may experience heavy vaginal discharge from arousal or during ovulation. However, excessive vaginal discharge that smells bad or looks unusual can indicate an underlying condition. This articles… Read More »

Most women in low- and middle-income countries find vaginal rings acceptable and easy to use

A systematic review published last month in PLOS ONE provides strong evidence that most women using the vaginal ring found it to be highly acceptable and easy to use, although a few women had some concerns. With increased use, women became more comfortable and satisfied with the ring, and also recommended it to others. Women… Read More »

Vaginal pain: Causes and how to treat it

Vaginal pain can be a temporary symptom of infection or injury. Or, it can be a chronic symptom with no known cause. Persistent vaginal pain with no clear cause is called vulvodynia. It is a common gynecological condition, affecting up to 16% of women in the United States. Fear or embarrassment may keep a person… Read More »

How do vaginal bacteria naturally protect against chlamydia?

New research reveals, for the first time, how certain bacteria in the vagina and cervix prime cells to defend against the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). Scientists reveal how vaginal bacteria can protect against chlamydia. Scientists have known for a while that the composition of microbes, or microbiome, in the vagina and cervix can… Read More »