When you notice any skin irritation on your face, such as rashes, redness, swelling or itchiness, you would normally see a skin doctor to determine the causes and to offer solutions. This is what we usually do, right?
But, what if you ever notice any abnormal itching, redness or new lesion you have never seen before on your vaginal?
Don’t fret! Although, for the most part, we need a healthcare provider to determine if there are any abnormalities that may need medical attention, some aspects can be self-accessed.
In this article, we will discuss the procedures on how to do a vaginal self-exam and why it is important.
A vaginal self-exam (VSE) is one way for a woman to inspect or look at her vulva and vagina. The vulva refers to a woman’s external genitalia, which consists of the inner and outer labia (lips), the clitoris, and the vestibule or the vaginal opening.
On the other hand, the vagina connects the vulva to the cervix, serving as the passage for menstruation, sexual intercourse and childbirth.
Before learning the steps on how to do a vaginal self-exam, you must first know why it’s done. Primarily, there are two reasons for VSE:
To find out if something out of the ordinary is happening to your external genitalia, you must regularly perform VSE. If you regularly examine your vulva and vagina, you’ll immediately know when some things are not normal. This can be done at least once a month, or as often as you want.
To do a vaginal self-examination, you will need:
Choose a time when you are not having a menstrual period. Do not use vaginal creams or douches before doing the examination.
Have the mirror and flashlight where you can easily reach them. Wash your hands. Sit on the floor, a bed, or a couch and support your back with pillows. Bend your knees, place your feet near your bottom, lean slightly backward, and spread your knees apart so your genital area can be seen.
Hold the mirror in front of your genital area. Look at the:
Relax your pelvic and abdominal muscles during the vaginal self-exam. Discomfort should be minimal, unless you have an infection or open sore. VSE may feel awkward at first, but when done regularly, you’ll be more at ease with it.
|Normal||The vulva does not have sores or other growths, such as genital warts.|
|The vaginal walls are reddish pink and have folds or ridges. No sores or growths are present.|
|Normal discharge is clear and thin or white and creamy. The discharge does not have a bad odour, is not bloody, and does not look like curds (cottage cheese).|
|Abnormal||Skin sores or raised spots, like genital warts, might be visible. Redness and labia itching could indicate irritation (from products or sexual activity) or infection (eg. genital herpes or another sexually transmitted infection).|
|Vaginal discharge that has a bad odour may mean an infection such as trichomoniasis is present. Discharge that looks like curds may mean a vaginal yeast infection is present.|
If you have strong vaginal odour,
In the table provided on what is normal and not normal for VSE, we have discussed what the normal findings are supposed to be. If you notice anything that’s not normal, then you need to consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis.
Premier Clinic has several vaginal rejuvenation treatments in the form of laser and injections to treat vaginal issues such as vaginal dryness by increasing lubrication of vagina and restoring vaginal balance.
To ensure your comfort and privacy during the process, you will undergo consultation and treatment with our female doctors. Please contact us for further information related to women’s sexual health problems: