Women who opt to breastfeed their children will tell you that the whole thing is such a changing and transformative experience. It also transforms their body in so many ways. This is not just inside, but outside as well. There are going to be some obvious changes that are there for one to readily see. For instance, there is definitely going to be a change in the appearance of your boobs. There are emotional changes as well but a lot of women may not have pondered much on the question whether it is going to affect their vaginal health as well.
Apparently, it does. When one breastfeeds, hormones are considered to be the reason behind the vaginal discharges that a woman secretes. It is a fact that the act stimulates the release of such hormones as prolactin and oxytocin. It is also known that breastfeeding is known for restricting the production of the estrogen hormone. Not only does this not affect the overall health of a woman, but her overall vaginal health as well.
It is reassuring to know though that none of the changes that a woman experiences during this part of her life are considered to be serious issues. A lot of women experience them, and if you do too, they are not enough cause for you to be alarmed at all. It is important though that you take note of what these changes are and what causes them to make sure that you know how to handle them as they happen. Bear in mind too that these chances are not going to be forever as well.
With that being said, below are some of the most common things that you will experience when you decide to breastfeed.
Your Vagina Is More Prone To Infection
It is a fact that your private parts hold various types of bacteria- good bacteria that are supposed to help keep the healthy balance in that region down under. However, as your body goes through the changes brought about by pregnancy and then breastfeeding, it is expected that this delicate balance will go awry. This imbalance is then going to cause this part of the body to be more susceptible to infection.
If you seem to notice that your lady parts are secreting some unusual discharge along with a foul odor and itching, it is important to give your doctor a call. This is important so if there is a chance that you are getting an infection down there, proper steps are going to be taken that this is not going to escalate into something serious.
You Will Itch a Lot
When you breastfeed, you will notice that you will likely have a drier nether region. When there is parching in this part of your body, expect that it is likely to itch as a result. You will not have as much level of estrogen when you are in this part of your life, so there is a very good chance that the protective fluid that lines your vaginal walls will be lessened as well. When you are super dry down there, expect that there is going to be some itchiness that will also occur. This is not usually cause for concern as this is temporary. If you do feel that there is pain along with the itchiness especially every time you pee, then seeing a doctor is not going to do you any harm.
You Will Smell
You will notice that there is likely going to be a different odor emanating from your nether regions too. There are a lot of women who have reported how their vaginas seem to smell way differently after they have given birth and especially during those periods that they are breastfeeding their kids. There are no scientific explanations why this is so, but there are some medical guesses as to the reason why.
There are theories stating that the changes in the woman’s hormones are causing the smell. For instance, the vaginal tissues become thinner as a result of the reduction of estrogen. This causes the vagina to be less acidic and as a result, to be a little smellier than what it is used to. But if the discharge smells tend to become quite foul, it is advised that doctor’s assistance should be sought just to stay on the safe side.
There May Be Discharge
There are different reasons why women have discharges after they have given birth and while they breastfeed. Lochia is a very common reason. This is that state where the body discharges bloody secretion after a woman delivers a child. This is also expected to continue to occur while the woman is breastfeeding too.
While breastfeeding women may also experience a pink or brownish discharge. There are studies that indicate that this may be one’s period. It is expected for women to have irregular periods right after childbirth and while they breastfeed too. It is also expected to look different than what it is used to which causes the tinged discharges. Before a woman experiences the full recognizable period, she will likely have to deal with months of brown or pink hued secretions.
It is common for women to have a clear, white, or milky discharge as she breastfeeds too. It is likely her ovulation. Because of this, it is important for women to remember that pregnancy is still possible even when she is breastfeeding her baby. This is also why it is advised for women to consider going for birth control options especially if she is not yet ready to get pregnant again at this time.
The reduction of the production of estrogen hormones can cause the nether regions to be parched. This means that sex during this time is likely going to be painful since you are not going to be properly lubed up. This is why if you are ever going to engage in sexual activity, taking it slow and easing it is very important to avoid unnecessary pain and discomfort.