“Most of us are fairly shocked to learn that the health of your vagina may be a reflection of the health of the rest of your body,” Dr. Sheeva Talebian explained to Teen Vogue.
“The vagina can tell us a lot about your hormones, your head and your overall health. In fact things like vaginal discomfort, vaginal discharge and vaginal odour can be the first sign that something is off within your body.”
And according to Victoria’s Better Health, 75 per cent of women will experience some kind of vaginal discomfort during their lifetime.
Here are five red flags that your lady parts might be waving at you right now:
If you're itchy, you might need to change soaps.
If things are getting a bit itchy down there, you could have an yeast infection, or you might need to change soaps.
The vaginal mucosa, just like your skin, is sensitive to changes in body washes, soaps and detergents.
So although you may love that new washing detergent you picked up on half price, your lady bits might not be so keen.
"The same sort of itching that can occur on your arms, legs, hands and abdomen from changing detergent or adding a new skin care product can happen in your vagina,” Dr. Talebian says.
Vaginal discharge is normal, but you need to keep an eye on it.
Every vagina experiences some kind of discharge and it's completely normal, even if the word freaks you out a bit.
It's when the discharge changes colour and consistency that you might need to investigate further.
"If you have a new discharge, especially if it has unpleasant smell associated with it, or is thick , yellow, bloody or is associated with itching, burning or pain, see your GP," Dr Dasha Fielder recently told Now To Love.
"We have a full vag situation" on Mamamia Out Loud.
Things getting a bit smelly? Try a probiotic.
If your signature lady scent starts to change this could indicate a shift in your pH level or signal a bacteria infection.