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Vaginas

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The penultimate programme in our week of specials sees the EI team rolling into Norwich to set up a clinic in the heart of one of the country’s busiest shopping centres. This time the Docs are getting stuck into the Vagina, and there’s no room for coyness ladies!

The first patients in the EI clinic are a group of teenagers who want to find out more about the embarrassing consequences of thrush. 75% of women get thrush at some point in their lives, and it affects everybody – from babies to grannies and a few fellas on the way through.

Vaginal prolapse

Then there’s 42-year-old Debbie, who’s come to see the Doctors after giving birth to a bouncing baby boy. Baby Samuel’s doing fine, but Debbie’s having to deal with the embarrassing consequences of a painful childbirth that delivered much more than just a bundle of joy…

The Docs are next putting periods under their medical microscopes, looking at the causes of period pain as well as the painful condition Endometriosis, where cells from the womb find their way into different parts of the body, with unpleasant consequences.

Enlarged Labia

We’re then reacquainted with 45-year-old Alyson from Monday’s programme, who’s all in a flap when it comes to exposing herself to her new partner. Fortunately, a consultation with Dr Pixie leads to a welcome resolution to her elongated labia.

The menopause is something that every woman must eventually go through. However, the period just before that, the perimenopause, is less understood, but can be taste of things to come. With hot flushes, night sweats and weight gain among the symptoms, Dr Dawn discusses some of the treatment options, including Hormone Replacement Therapy.

There’s also a case of vaginal dryness for Dr Dawn to examine as well, with a novel treatment involving a vaginal oestrogen pessary. Thanks to the treatment, Susan and her husband can resume normal service in the bedroom.

Polcystic Ovaries

Back in their London clinic, the Docs have a case of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which affects over a third of British women, including high profile sufferers like Emma Thompson and Victoria Beckham. Jenni’s in the clinic to be rid of the hair that’s constantly appearing on her back and chest, and a course of laser treatment sees her much improved. They also have a woman whose overactive bladder is making her life a misery, but there’s a novel solution more commonly associated with the world of cosmetic surgery…

Dr Dawn makes a house call on a women whose been suffering from a prolapsed rectum for years, and fortunately there’s a solution to her plight – but it’s certainly not for the faint hearted…

Smear test

Finally, Dr Jessen is running a smear campaign in Norwich! He’s targeting the 20% of British women that don’t attend a regular cervical smear test. And he’s not taking no for an answer…as three volunteers discover when he persuades them to have theirs done there and then!

And don’t forget – you can watch our self-check guide to how to check your vulva by clicking here, or you can get the guide on your mobile phone by texting VULVA to 84444…

The EB team would like to thank:

Ms Angelica Kavouni
Mr Michael Lamparelli
Mr Lawrence Mascarenhas – lawrence@mascarenhas.freeserve.co.uk
St. Lukes Hospital
Dorset County Hospital
Skin
Transform
Spire Gatwick Park Hospital
Bupa Wellness Clinic
Wood Dene School
Marie Stopes
Endoscopy
Michael Swinn
The Vulval Awareness Campaign
Tetbury Hospital

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I have recently discovered a small lump inside my vagina. It feels like it's not flush against the wall but almost like it's a bulge on the end of a flap of skin. It doesn't hurt or bother me but it is new and I'm a little worried. I'm 31 and had 1 vaginal birth. I had a clear pap smear a month ago





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My wife does not get wet after all the for plays befour sexual intercourse with her and as a result we have been using gels. Please is it a deases or what must we do. And how long must we continue using this gels? Thanks so much and please reply to us early because its urgent.





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I have this lump fold of skin in my vagina when I was small now am 22yrs it is growing with me it seems its about to cover my vagina its not painful but I don't like it what could that be





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I've had a second child (both normal delivery). Youngest is not 16 months and I'm down to only one breastfeed a day now. I don't expect my periods to return until b/f is over, as this was the case with my first. But this time, I've no vaginal discharge at all. Only after intercourse (which isn't that often at the moment!!) do I get anything. What I'm getting is sticky, green tint wetness with no smell. There is also a little cramping going on. I did have a poly cystic ovary ( very little symptoms)could there be a link? My worry is that the cervix is trapping 'waste' stuff in the womb. I understand that discharge is a natural way of self cleanse. My post baby smear was OK. Any advice appreciated.





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It could definitely be PCOS! I went off the Pill last year and didn't have a menstrual cycle for a year until I started Metformin (my PCOS was caused by insulin resistance) - check your sex hormones and insulin response (ask for a Glucose Tolerance Test) from your doctor. Don't worry about the lack of menstrual discharge, your cervix doesn't trap anything. The uterine lining is simply intact and still connected to your uterus. It hasn't turned into "waste" material yet - it only detaches following a completed ovulation (which your body is probably not doing because of PCOS). Hope all goes well!

I have a photo I want to know if it's normal ?? Is it possible to send it ? My doctors thinks it's fine but I dont ??





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I had an internal ultrasound a month ago, & l bled profusely. Had bi-manual 2 weeks ago, & GP felt small lump in vagina but no other masses. Could not use speculum due to pain and bleeding, so unable to do visual inspection. Been bleeding on and off ever since, and feel VERY sore, especially on left side of vagina. I am 61 years old. Do l need to seek further help?





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I would have your md to a transvaginal ultrasound to see if you have fibroids, and a biopsy to see if there is any Cancer. Ask for a CA 125 blood test which tells of you may have a cancerous problem such as ovarian. I don't mean to scare you but check out the symptoms with md stat!!! And insist on all these tests. I'm a nurse please listen:))) I know you said vagina but this good be a side effect of fibroids which are non cancerous. Any please go now to md.

Hi I am 54 and just descoverd a hard lump on the bone where my clitoris is ,its not I moveable lump it on the bone what could think be , I am worried





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they are fordyce's spots. we all havr them and they are not imbarrasing at all. Guys have them too :)





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Hi I have noticed pain during intercourse but also my partner said he can feel a lump inside. I checkd myself and it's like a cone shaped lump that I can push up and down but it's sore. Can u please help as it's causing discomfort? Kind regards





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Elizabeth, by the sound of it, this is your cervix. They are not always at the top of the vaginal vault, sometimes they are a bit of an angle. If he is hitting it during intercourse, it is normal for it to hurt (it's comparable to being kicked in the testes) so your partner needs to hold off penetrating you as deeply. How long ago was your last pap smear? Is it sore to the touch or just a dull pain when pushed?

my new wife Mother of 3 years old boy ,now has a larger vagina ,as result of childbirth ,Can I ask for some remedial advice to tighten up the vagina? >I know about Pelvic Floor exercises!!!!!,But more on new techniques /advice please





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