It cleans itself. That's what vaginal discharge is for, after all. Having a clear or white-ish discharge is perfectly healthy, and it flushes out bacteria and old cells to prevent any unwanted pathogens from entering the uterus. So there's no need for you to come at your vagina with scented soaps —only baby shampoo, please—as you don't want to upset its pH balance. And for the love of all things healthy, don't douche. You'll only regret it.
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Just one long hormone ride! Endocrine System : Hormones and their functions. How does a woman's body change over a lifetime? Over the course of a lifetime the female body goes through many changes. Primarily those changes occur during puberty, pregnancy and menopause and are controlled by hormone fluctuations. Hormones are a chemical substance produced mainly by the pituitary glands. They are little chemical messengers that travel through the bloodstream and issue orders to cells and organs throughout the body.
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If you're not the kind of woman who regularly examines herself south of the border, you might not realize that, just like the rest of your body, your vagina is getting older. It's not that your vagina is celebrating your exact birthday. After all, "your body doesn't know that the calendar is changing," says Alyssa Dweck , MD, an assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and a practicing gynecologist in Westchester County. But genitals undoubtedly change as time goes on, and knowing these changes are totally normal—and that the unpleasant ones can often be managed—at least offers a little comfort.
Menopause is the time that marks the end of your menstrual cycles. It's diagnosed after you've gone 12 months without a menstrual period. Menopause can happen in your 40s or 50s, but the average age is 51 in the United States.