VAGINA

Meet Your Vagina Doctor Day

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Thank you so much for joining my family and being a part of my blogs. I love being able to share with you all the things about my life and things I’ve gone through. 

I want to get to know you and I think it's important that you get to know me. 

When it comes to choosing your care team, I think it's extremely important to "get" the person. So I felt I needed to let you into my story and hopefully it will resonate with you. 

Feel free to reach out to me as I would love to learn more about you too. 

I read my emails and I do not bite so feel free to tell me about yourself! 

I believe the biggest thing about choosing a healthcare provider is to truly get to know them and have a relationship with them. It is something that is missed out on a lot....and something I refuse to give up. 

Without a relationship and a connection, how in the world can I expect you to trust me with your care or to guide you?  

This month, each week you are going to get a new glimpse into my story. 

Next week, you will be reading “The Beginning of the Journey!”

See you then! 

Let's Talk About It...

What is your vagina supposed to look like?

I know, I said it. Out loud and everyone is uncomfortable. But let me tell you something. If you do not know what “normal” or “supposed to look like is, then how will you ever know if something is wrong or not? I mean, come on!

There are some things to consider when using the word “normal” though. First and foremost, please understand that everyone is different. All vaginas are different. All labias are different. All clitoris’s are different.

What I mean when I say “normal” is, are you seeing what you have always seen or are you seeing something out of place?

Your vagina is adaptable. You will go through changes and notice differences when you become pregnant and postpartum, menopause, etc. but you should still be in tune with what your “normal” is so that you know when seeing someone is necessary.

I have attached a video talking about just general anatomy of the vagina, but please note there are many more layers. I will be presenting this the best I can for future purposes, so keep checking my youtube channel!

Okay, so we are ready to look. I recommend either a deep squat with a mirror on the floor, or sitting with a handheld between your legs or a mirror on the floor in front of you.

What are we looking for?

After watching the video below, you want to consider these things for YOUR vagina:

  1. Color of tissue. You should have a nice pink, healthy color to your vagina, especially inside the labia "lips)

  2. Labia. Pay attention to how your tissue typically lays. Do you have the labia minora that is going further than the labia majora (this is not a negative thing), is the labia hanging down? Get to know your labia!

  3. What happens when you kegel. When you properly perform a pelvic floor contraction, do you notice a nice, healthy close and lift? If not, why?

  4. What happens when you cough. Is there tissue coming out? Is there discharge coming out with coughing? Do you close and lift with your cough?

  5. Where is your clit? I know, you’re laughing. That’s okay! But if you know where it is, you are more likely to be able to get the sensations you truly want and be able to communicate with your partner.

  6. How wide is your hole? This is important because when you become pregnant and when you give birth, this can change, but you need to be able to understand what is your normal.

Hopefully you are viewing what you need to be viewing! If you are still curious and need some help, reach out and let me know!

But with that being the normal stuff you should know about, what are some things to be concerned about?

  1. Tissue color being red, purple, or any color not pink. If there is blood or any tissue color that may be abnormal, please note you should get that checked. This includes warts, spots, moles that are abnormal, new “pimples” or spots as well.

  2. Tissue coming to the outside of your vagina. This can be an indicator of prolapse or something going on that needs to be treated.

If you notice that your anatomy does not look like that of the pictures or my video DON”T FREAK OUT! It may be totally normal. Please understand that you could have a perfectly normal vagina, just different anatomy.

I often find myself bringing out a mirror to show my patients what they should be looking for. Please let me know if you need this! I can find someone in your area to help you.

In the mean time….happy vagina searching!!

Understanding Your Pelvic Floor

I am a FIRM believer in the importance of understanding and knowing your own anatomy. I believe it is significant in the diagnosis process because if you do not know what is normal, how will you know it needs helps?

In this video, I have given you and overview of the general female reproductive anatomy! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Looking "Down Under"

I cannot tell you how many times I have a conversation with my patients about the importance of taking a peek at what’s down under. I wanted to share with you a few of the reasons why it is so important.

If you don’t look, how will you know what your normal is?

If you take a small mirror and look at your vagina, when you have no symptoms, you can look at the color, the size, how things look on you. Because, let’s face it. We’ve seen pictures but what is it really supposed to look like?

Well, everyone is different. Yours will look much different than your best friend and all of the other women in the world.

You can make sure you do not have any colors that do not look like healthy tissue, or even spots that are bleeding. You can check and make sure there is no tissue where it should not be. I then get asked what is a normal color? A healthy pink. Not bright red, or redness which looks like irritated tissue. Without touching, look at what the tissue looks like. Look at your labia majora (big/thick lips), then the minora (thinner lips), spread them apart and look around. Check color, placement, color of any discharge you may have. Get familiar!

I recommend you look before trying to become pregnant, during your prenatal period, during pregnancy, and postpartum. You do not need to look everyday, just become aware of your “normal” and that way you know what to look for when checking! You want to ALWAYS be aware of what is going on down there and be sure you are noting if anything seems off.

If you don’t look, how will you know if something goes wrong?

If you do not take a peek, how will you ever know if the episotomy you had is not healing? How will you know if the incision is infected? How will you know if there is some sort of growth? What about a mole that is becoming discolored or becoming too large? Ingrown hairs? Abnormal colored discharge, because you truly cannot see the color on your panty liner?

You won’t know any of those things unless you do look! I also HIGHLY recommend a pelvic physical therapy assessment during your prenatal, pregnancy, and postpartum phase! That way you have a skilled set of eyes to take a look as well and determine whether your tissue is healing/looks healthy, whether you potentially need to have a hormone panel done, etc.

You will be more in tune with your body knowing your own anatomy (e.g. during sex, masturbation)

This one makes many women uncomfortable but I have to say it anyways:
masturbation is good for you. It helps to keep your tissues healthy and if you are having orgasms and increasing the blood flow to the area, you will be less likely to have less lubrication later on in life which decreases symptoms of dryness and decreases pain with intercourse, the need for hormones, use of extra lubrication, etc. So, ladies, if you are not having intercourse don’t be afraid to help with your own health!!!

Now, there is a lot of information about this topic out there and how to do it, etc. I am not a huge fan of going straight for the vibrators or straight for the toys. The reason for this is exactly what I’m talking about in this blog. I want you to explore your own body. I want my patients to know exactly where things are, we go through the anatomy, I want them to know what feels good and what doesn’t. Being able to do so while also pleasuring yourself is just a win-win!!

This is especially important for patients who experience pain with intercourse. That way you can still get the benefits!!!

As mentioned before, I highly recommend a visit to your local pelvic physical therapist to have a second set of eyes on you and to also help teach you and educate you about what to look for!!

Happy looking!

SEX- Did I get your attention??

What in the world would a physical therapist have to do with sex? I know the majority of us do not like to speak about sex openly. It is a …. sensitive subject.
I do. I like to talk about it because I’ve noticed the life changes it can make to have PAIN FREE sex. Or to educate patients on the reasons they may experiencing difficulty with intercourse.
Pelvic floor physical therapy is FUN!!!
Listen in!