The shape, size, and colour of the areola and nipple vary from one woman to the next. The left and right breasts may be different sizes. And your other body parts aren’t perfectly symmetrical either! The size of your breasts may change if you take birth control pills, are pregnant, or gain or lose weight. There are no perfect breasts, so it’s best to accept yours the way they are!
Every vulva is unique. The colour, size, and shape of the labia minora and labia majora differ from one woman to another. The labia minora often stick out beyond the labia majora after puberty, and they’re not always perfectly symmetrical. As with breasts, there’s no such thing as a perfect vulva. If you’re worried about how your vulva looks, talk to a professional or another adult you trust.
Preventing vaginal infections
Good hygiene is the key to preventing vaginal infections and irritation. You also need to use a condom to prevent transmission of an infection. Consult your doctor or a health care professional if you feel itching or irritation around your vulva, pain during sex, a burning feeling when you urinate, or changes in your vaginal secretions or the way they smell.
Vaginal secretions appear in your underwear starting at puberty. They’re a bit sticky, transparent, and whitish. Their appearance varies based on your menstrual cycle: more liquid or thicker, whitish or yellowish. This kind of secretion is normal, but if it’s uncomfortable, you can change your panties, use a panty-liner, or freshen up with a damp washcloth. But don’t use tampons or vaginal douches for this purpose.
You might be wondering about the odours your vagina gives off. These odours vary from one woman to another. They also change during your menstrual cycle and depending on how often you wash. The best way to control odour is to wash once a day with water and mild soap. Never put perfume on your vaginal area to mask odours! Scent can cause an irritation or infection.
Nowadays, we often see hairless bodies, completely depilated. It’s the fashion, but in reality, bodies are much more varied. Remember that this is a decision you have to make for yourself, not for other people. Cutting, shaving, depilating… Every method has advantages and disadvantages. If you have questions, ask for help and information from your parents or qualified people: a cosmetician, beautician, or nurse.
Gynecological examination 😷
During a gynecological examination, your doctor will examine your genitals to make sure you don’t have an infection or a disease. You need to have this kind of examination within 6 months of the first time you have sex. You should also have one if you have pain, itching, or discharge with an abnormal colour or odour, if you’re pregnant, or if you’ve been sexually assaulted. If you’re embarrassed, talk to your doctor. He/she will be able to reassure you!