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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 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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I have extra 2 little lumps of skin in my vagina what is this I'm worried





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When I first found out I had Lichen Sclerosis I too had asked my Doc about something such as this, and she said it was a sign of areas in my vaginal wall that were starting to prolapse. I told her at the time that they were what I thought were vaginal warts although I am married and faithful I don't know how you get warts down there I am only guessing possibly from someone else? That was what I was told, hope this helps, but always best to seek the help of a good gynocologist.

Sometime I get a green paste substance from my vaginal area only when I really wipe myself. It's crazy but when I drink a lot of peppermint tea is when I notice it more. No itching or burning at all.





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Hi, I have a fatty pubis and I hate it. What can I do? Any advise would be much appreciated.





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Hi im 19 and I havee these like paper cuts in the flaps of my virgina and i got them after i had sex and it burns when going to the loo and hurts when i wipe. Its on both sides and really uncomfortable what can i do as it is worrying me.





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Hi Robyn, I'm 19 years old and I've experienced these symptoms many times, is your vagina itchy as well? This may be a sign of thrush as I get paper cuts with thrush

The skin on all the parts of my Virginia have turn white and are sometimes itchy also there are abrasions ,I am 67 and do not take any pills or potions and very fit. R





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I have lots of hard, pea like lumps inside the vulva which vary in size. I am 66 and find it embarrassing to talk to anyone about this. Do I have any need to worry or is this just an 'age related' thing?





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