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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 what looks like a wart on my vagina area, it isn't anywhere near my vagina it looks like a wart but I'm not sure, it's very embarrissing iv had it for a while now I haven't been able to have sex because I'm too embarrassed it's very big so it's noticeable and I'm scared that if I have sex someone will catch whatever it is, I had a test when i found it when it was tiny but they said I haven't any stds or anything, it's very itchy and hard to shave without catching it. What is it?





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I have 2 moles, one on each side of my vagina, on the outside of the lips, they are very emembarrassing and it makes me feel very uncomfortable when having sex as its making me self concious, am I able to get them removed easily if I see my doctor?





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I have found a painful lump about 1cm up diagonally from my clit theres dosnt seem to be any other problems but the night before i found it sex with my boyfriend was painful.... Any ideas what this could be or if it will go away its self? Its really embarrasing





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Hi. im 40 yrs old. I have a red lump at the top of the entrance to my vagina. It can be both itchy & painful. This also makes having sex uncomfortable. Would be grateful for any advice.





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hi! i am 29 years old lady .sine 2 and half weeks i am syffering from vagina burning and last few months ago i did swab test it was normal. few years ago i found kind of tumor on my entrance of my vagina a. went to doctor that time but he said that is nothing . now taking agisten tab inside my vagina and doesn't help . what should i do ?





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Hi I'm 32 and a mother of 3 iv actually had a miscarriage too I have noticed that I have a tiny spot like lump on one side of my vaginal flap it's not painful at all I get thrush very often my doctor said I wash too much which causes the good bacteria to wash away n that causes me to get thrush a lot ?! I'm worried about the tiny spot lompoc but too embarrassed to get it checked out ?? Do you think it could b something serious ?? Any suggestions





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I am 20 years old and I have white lumps in my vagina, I have recently been treated for warts although the doctor said these are not warts. Im really worried and embarrassed. What are they?





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Im 17 and i have these small white spots on the inside of my inner lip and around my clitoris. There are 3 bigger ones but theyr still small. Ive had them for months and thought theyd go away on their own but they havent and theyr worrying me now. Ive only had sex with one person and im the only person they have been with so i dont think it could be and sti. Theyr not itchy or sore or anything and you have to look kinda close to see them im just really selfconcience about them and want to know what they are.





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i have got a white discharge coming from just above my vagina ... any ideas what it can be





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I am 19 sexually active and my partner has told me that when he looks at the vagina opening or inserts his fingers it feels as though there are two openings to my vagina. I'm worried does anyone know what this could be ?





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It is possible to have two openings to the vagina or even have two vaginas! Not a very common thing however. May I suggest you get a hand mirror and have a look? Nothing to be ashamed or uneasy about. You should know what your genitals look like. That said, every woman looks a bit different down there - kind of like a snow flake, no two are exactly alike. :-) Do you use Tampons? If you have two openings I would think it would complicate their use. One other possibility is he could be confusing your urethra (where you pee from) and vaginal openings. Your urethral opening is just above the vaginal opening at the 12 o'clock position. Could just be his inexperience with girls. You can always discuss this with your GYN or GP - they will be happy to discuss your concerns. Good luck.





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