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If you go to your GP with a sore back, knee pain or a headache, you'll probably feel quite comfortable telling them what's going on. But when the body part that's causing you trouble is inside your underwear, it's often a different story. Women will ignore symptoms that involve their vulva or vagina because Reddit vagina feel embarrassed or ashamed.

Some even fail to recognise when something's gone awry in the first place. Ignoring symptoms — such as changes in appearance, pain or Reddit vagina — can mean you might miss picking up on a skin condition, infection, or sexually transmitted disease.

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You may also miss something more sinister. It's estimated that more Reddit vagina 6, Australian women will be diagnosed with gynaecological cancer this year. Jean Hailes for Women's Health. Most people use the term "vagina" when describing female genitalia. What they are actually referring to is the vulva.

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The vulva is the general name given to the external parts of the female genitals. It includes the inner and outer lips the labiathe Reddit vagina, the urethral opening and the vaginal entrance.

The vagina is the tubular muscle that runs from the uterus to the external opening. It allows for sexual intercourse and childbirth, and is the passage for menstrual flow. Vulvas, like other body parts, are unique.

They come in all shapes, sizes and colours, and no two look the same. Dr Farrell says it's important for Reddit vagina to know what their vulva looks like, so they're better able to detect abnormalities or changes in the skin.

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While washing your hands, feet and hair with soap or similar products is hygienic, it's not a good idea to do the same with your vulva. The vagina has its own environment and it cleans itself," Dr Farrell said.

If you feel you need to Reddit vagina your vulva, Dr Farrell Reddit vagina warm water and Reddit vagina soap substitute. Steer clear of soaps and perfumed bath products. The same goes for talcum powder: Dr Farrell says it's a good idea to wear cotton underwear, and to change out of wet swimwear and sweaty leggings as soon as you can.

Women often mistake any vulval symptoms for thrush — a yeast infection with symptoms that include itching, redness, swelling and a cottage cheese-like discharge. Vulval irritation is relatively common in women of all ages, and is often the result of a skin condition or infection. While most cases improve with treatment, there are a few rare conditions that can become serious if left untreated.

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