Vagina health

Is my vagina normal?

Every vagina is different. Find out about normal size, shape, colour, discharge, and when you might need to see a doctor.

Keeping your vagina clean and healthy

Find out about keeping your vagina clean and healthy without using a douche, scented wipes or perfume.

Vagina changes after childbirth

Find out about changes to the vagina after going through childbirth and how to help speed up recovery.

Girls' bodies Q&A

Answers to questions about girls' bodies, including puberty and sex, vaginal discharge, and pregnancy.

Sexual arousal in women

What happens in a woman's body when she is sexually aroused, from initial excitement to after orgasm.

Period problems

Treatments for period problems, including painful, missing or heavy periods, ovulation pain, and PMS.

Menopause: the facts

Up to 80% of women have hot flushes and night sweats during the menopause.

STI symptoms that need checking

Find out the symptoms that could mean you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

Can oral sex give you cancer?

Discover the link between oral sex, HPV viruses and cancer. Plus how to have safer oral sex.

Female sexual problems

Orgasm problems, pain during sex, loss of desire and where to get help and support.

Masturbation Q&A

Is masturbation normal, and is it possible to masturbate too much? We sort fact from myth to answer your questions.

Vaginal discharge

Find out about vaginal discharge, including what's normal, signs of a problem, what can cause unusual discharge, and when to get medical advice.

Female genital mutilation (FGM)

FGM is where a woman's genitals are cut or changed for no medical reason. It's illegal and causes long-lasting damage. Find out more.

Female genital mutilation (FGM)

FGM is an unnecessary and illegal practice that causes significant physical, mental and emotional harm. Find out what FGM is and where to find help if you or someone you know is at risk of having FGM.

Media last reviewed: 03/05/2016

Next review due: 03/07/2018

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Menstrual cycle: animation

This animation explains in detail how the menstrual cycle works.

Media last reviewed: 21/10/2017

Next review due: 21/10/2020