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Ready for some truth? All vaginas smell. That's right: It's totally normal to have some kind of scent down there, and no matter what soap commercials tell you, it shouldn't be a light floral one. But if you're concerned about how your genitals smell, know you're not alone.
A new health guide has been released in an attempt to deter girls from undergoing cosmetic genital surgery. In , it was stated that the number of procedures had increased by 45 per cent from to , with girls as young as nine reportedly going under the knife. The health guide includes illustrations of a variety of vulvas, highlighting the fact that there is no normal way for a vulva to look.
If you go to your GP with a sore back, knee pain or a headache, you'll probably feel quite comfortable telling them what's going on. But when the body part that's causing you trouble is inside your underwear, it's often a different story. Women will ignore symptoms that involve their vulva or vagina because they feel embarrassed or ashamed. Some even fail to recognise when something's gone awry in the first place. Ignoring symptoms — such as changes in appearance, pain or irritation — can mean you might miss picking up on a skin condition, infection, or sexually transmitted disease.