Sex

Hey vagina, are you ok?

Your va-jay-jay queries get met with answers…

A happy gal needs happy, healthy lady parts. But sometimes, things can get a bit cray. From an itch that shouldn’t be scratched to pleasures made painful, Cosmo’s resident GP, Dr Penny Adams, downloads and decodes your issues.

Sometimes my vagina is itchy and I have to scratch myself. Is this normal?

“A vaginal itch isn’t the norm,” says Dr Adams. It could be due to excessive discharge or a sign of infection or dermatitis, but irritation from G-strings or synthetic material is also common. Dr Adams recommends switching to cotton undies, and seeing your GP if the problem continues.

Since I started having sex with my new boyfriend my vaginal lips have become sore, red and swollen. Could I be allergic to his junk?

Infections like candida (thrush) and herpes can cause this, so be sure to get checked. If you have ruled out any kind of infection it could be an allergic reaction – but not to his genitals. You could be allergic to latex condoms, lubricant or his ejaculate, but this is very rare. Try non-latex condoms and always use them to minimise your contact with his sperm. “It’s also quite common for the vulva to swell slightly from excessive or a-little-too-rigorous sex,” adds Dr Adams.

After I orgasm, it’s superpainful for my clitoris to betouched. Why is that?

The clitoris has the highest density of sensory-nerve fibres in the body. After an orgasm, it becomes engorged (ie full of blood), making it super sensitive – so direct touching can be extremely painful. As soon as the blood begins to drain from the area, the pain will go away.

Does having surgery to reconstruct the hymen make sex better? Why do women have the procedure?

If the hymen has been torn, either through sex, exercise or using tampons, the remnants of the membrane can be sewn back in place. Some religions expect women to have an intact hymen for marriage as it implies virginity. “The hymen is torn or stretched during intercourse, and that can be painful,” explains Dr Adams. “If an intact hymen is needed for cultural reasons, a reconstruction may give psychological relief – but it does not improve sex physically.”