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Your V Zone is one of the friendliest and hardworking parts of your body. It cleans itself, expands before the arrival of a baby, and is very strong (the vaginal weight lifting record is over 30 lbs.) For these reasons and many others, it is very important to take care of this area of our body.

Here are some signs that your V Zone may be healthy or experiencing some health concerns. 

White or transparent discharge with no odor. 

It’s totally normal! And it’s part of how your vagina keeps itself clean and lubricated. The discharge comes from glands located near the vaginal opening and the cervix, which may also contain mucus from the vaginal walls. The amount and texture of the fluid can vary depending on what stage of the menstrual cycle you’re in. 

If your discharge is similar to the raw egg white, this is exactly how it should look when you are ovulating. 

Thick, white discharge with intense itching. 

This may be because of a yeast infection; and it’s very common. So don’t worry. In fact, 3 out of 4 women have them at some point in their lives. It is caused by the accelerated growth of microscopic yeast, composed of different types of fungi. It is not sexually transmitted and can be cured with antibiotics. *If you are experiencing symptoms of a yeast infection - including intense itching and thick, white discharge - consult your doctor or gynecologist. 

White or gray discharge with a fishy odor. 

This can be a harmless infection called bacterial vaginitis. It is caused by an imbalance in the normal amount of bacteria in your vagina. It is also very common and is not sexually transmitted. It is treated with antibiotics prescribed by your doctor or gynecologist. After treatment, the out-of-control bacteria will be nice and tamed. 

Green, yellow, or foamy discharge. 

If you find that your vagina has been smelling fishy lately, it hurts when you go to the bathroom, and it is very itchy, it could be a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) known as trichomoniasis (or “trich”). It’s caused by a small parasite that can be eliminated with antibiotics. 

Abnormal discharge with bleeding. 

If you have the following symptoms, see your doctor or gynecologist immediately: pain in your pelvis, bleeding between periods, or pain after having sex. 

These could be symptoms of chlamydia or gonorrhea. Gonorrhea can also turn your secretions green. Both can be treated with antibiotics prescribed by your doctor, but if you leave them untreated, they can cause serious health problems. Practice safe sex by wearing a condom! 

Blisters and abnormal discharge.

If you have painful swelling around the vagina, it could be a sign of genital herpes caused by a sexually transmitted virus. Go to your doctor or gynecologist as quickly as possible if you have any of these symptoms. It can be controlled with antiviral medicine, but symptoms will most likely return.

Keep your V Zone Healthy! 

Your overall health is tied to the health of your V Zone. Eating a balanced diet and exercising are the best things you can do for it. 

Your V Zone lubricates and cleans itself, so you don't have to wash it on the inside, not even with vaginal douches. They can actually do more harm than good, and cause some of the problems we talked about above. You can wash your vulva with specially designed soaps for this area. 

Wear cotton underwear. Cotton is a breathable material that absorbs moisture better than others, so it’s the best for your Zone V. 

If you suspect that your V Zone may be having health issues, contact your doctor or gynecologist right away.