Vaginal health is an important part of a woman’s overall health, says women’s health advisor Marla Ahlgrimm. Vaginal problems can affect a woman’s fertility and her desire for sex. They can also cause stress or relationship problems and impact her self-confidence. Here, Ahlgrimm describes the signs and symptoms of vaginal problems and what a woman can do to protect her vaginal health.
Q: What factors generally affect vaginal health?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Vaginal health depends on various factors. For example, unprotected sex, birth control products, certain health conditions, of course, pregnancy and childbirth. Just getting older is a big factor.
Q: How does getting older make a difference?
Marla Ahlgrimm: As we age, the vagina loses elasticity after menopause. Also, estrogen production declines after menopause, which can cause the vaginal lining to thin — making sex painful. Continue reading