Vagina Health Specialist

Prema Kothandaraman, MD

OB-GYN located in Arcadia, CA

It’s safe to say that nearly everyone agrees on the importance of good vaginal health. Having healthy genitals is highly important because of the physical and emotional benefits. If you take care of your vagina properly, then you can decrease the risks of getting infections and, in turn, keep your body healthier as a whole. Whether you’re suffering from increased vaginal dryness, vaginal atrophy, or other forms of vaginal discomfort, Dr.Kothandaraman can help. If you live around Arcadia, California (zip 91006), call in and book an appointment today.

Vagina Health Q & A

Why is good vaginal health important?

When something doesn't feel right down there, your day-to-day sense of well-being can take a major hit. Apart from the physical pain you experience, you also have to face the awkwardness vaginal discomfort brings into the bedroom as well.

When you take care of your vaginal health, you can prevent infections such as vaginitis from occurring. The better the care you take care of your genitalia, the fewer chances you have of becoming sick and being afflicted with more serious health conditions.

It can be difficult to figure out whether your vaginal health is truly OK on your own. However, if you’re urinating properly and experiencing no strange symptoms, and if everything seems to be fine during intercourse, then your vagina is more than likely in fine health.

However, you should visit an OB/GYN regularly and get checked to ensure that there are no problems brewing inside you.

When should I visit a doctor for my vaginal health?

You know you need to go to see a doctor when you experience any of these symptoms, either on their own or alongside each other:

  • Excessive vaginal itching
  • Pain during urination
  • Excessive pain during your period
  • Extreme vaginal itching
  • Persistent vaginal dryness
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Strange smelling discharge
  • Large amounts of discharge

What are some ways I can maintain good vaginal health?

Taking care of your vaginal health starts at home. There are multiple things you can do to try and ensure you stay healthy and infection free. Everything from your diet to the products you use can all play a role in keeping your genitalia in perfect health.

Here are a few tips you can follow to ensure that your vaginal health is at its best:

  • Consume probiotics. Probiotics help fight bacterial infections in the vagina
  • Don’t use harsh soaps, especially when soaking in the bath
  • Make sure you take care of your hygiene. After going to the bathroom, wipe from front to back to help prevent bacteria from sneaking in.
  • Bathe regularly with warm water and dry the vulva gently — but thoroughly — afterward
  • Wear only 100% cotton underwear to prevent irritation
  • Change your tampon about every four hours
  • Avoid scratching and itching
  • Avoid scented oils, sanitary pads, and talcum powder as they can irritate the vulva

The more you care for your vagina, the healthier and happier you will be. Call Prema Kothandaraman, MD, today to help recover your vaginal health and start enjoying your life again.