Health | Let’s Talk Intimate Health With Canesten

I’ve always been pretty comfortable talking about any aspect of women’s intimate health and today is no different. I am more of a woman than I was a few years ago having had kids and I think that those subjects that are seen as ‘taboo’ just aren’t an issue for me. Having said that, when I was much younger, I shied away from having any type of intimate conversation with any female family member, preferring instead to talk about it amongst friends.

My Experience

I had a couple of experiences in particular where I was ridiculed after hitting puberty and having an ever changing body; I was laughed at and that was absolutely not cool! I would like to think that if I ever had a daughter that she would be able to come to me openly and be quite frank about those kinds of changes so I could help her adjust but, as it is, I have two boys. I know that when they grow up they’ll be questioning ‘the life of females’ and I want to be open and honest with them too.

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The fact is the more we shy away from those intimate health taboos, the ones that, as females, we are more than likely to experience as least once in our lives, the more it becomes a tarred subject and people become less educated about it. Canesten believe that if your knowledge of women’s health is up to scratch you’re sufficiently equipped to make decisions about your health and you’ll be able to be comfortable with your body and have confidence in yourself.

Women’s Intimate Health

Intimate health isn’t just talking about puberty and periods but also about things like cystitis, thrush and even BV (bacterial vaginosis); do you know the difference?

We need to normalise these conversations by taking it one step further and opening up about them. These are ALL common ailments in women and are not anything to be embarrassed about. There are huge knowledge gaps which are mostly likely due to the persistent stigma around these topics but the more educated we are, the better we’ll all be for it.

BV Or Thrush?

When something isn’t quite going to plan downstairs, the first thing I know that I do is put it to the back of my mind and that it will correct itself overnight! Others won’t address it because they’re too worried or because they don’t have time to think that anything else is going on.

It’s usually a little while later that I’ll seek medical advice. Typically I’ll try and get diagnosed at the pharmacy first (there’s nothing they haven’t heard and it saves you a trip to the doctor!) but there are women who are more than likely to try and self diagnose. If you are going to do this it’s so, so important to understand your symptoms so you can treat yourself properly and fix the problem, rather than prolonging it.

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Bacterial Vaginosis is actually twice as common as thrush and is the most common vaginal infection among women. Despite this, lots of us have never heard of BV and just assume it’s thrush anyway. However, there are quite a few differences you can look out for;

  • BV can possibly give you a fishy smell. Thrush has no smell.
  • If you have BV your discharge may be thin, greyish and watery and it may be in excess too. Thrush would make your discharge thick and curd-like.
  • You would only have occasional discomfort with BV whereas with thrush the skin around your vulva is likely to become red, irritated and you may have an intense itching or burning sensation

It’s incredibly important to understand the difference between the two! So, ladies, how well do you really know your vagina? Gentlemen, feel free to join in even if you don’t have a vagina!

Take The Canesten Quiz!

Canesten are committed to helping women by offering them healthcare products and knowledge. Their aim is to keep women in control of their intimate health and close in on those large knowledge gaps. I scored 5/6 on their ‘myth busting quiz‘ which I was quite impressed with actually! I love knowing that I know about my body and that I can address those intimate issues with no problem.

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162 Comments

  1. Harry Baker-Farmer
    October 15, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    Four of six

  2. Ben Robb
    October 15, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    4/6 Knew some things but not others

  3. Rachel B
    October 15, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    2/6 i’ve learned that I know very little!

  4. Catherine Gregory
    October 15, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    4/6 Knew somethings but others such as how common BV is was knew to me

  5. Frances Sunshine Hopkins
    October 15, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    Didn’t do very well, only got 1/6 – all very interesting

  6. Tammy Neal
    October 15, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    3/6 put learned some new things xx

  7. Samantha Bolter
    October 15, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    scored 3/6 must try harder :)

  8. Deborah Mackenzie
    October 15, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    Apparently I dont know much! 2/6

  9. Jo
    October 15, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    2/6!! I didn’t think I would do so bad so I’ve learnt a hell of a lot!! Very interesting

  10. Mary Campbell
    October 15, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    3/6. Never knew that Squalene is a substance common in both the vagina and sharks. A real eye-opening quiz, that’s for sure – and very insightful, too.

  11. Emma Jones
    October 15, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    I got 5/6. Who knew about the sharks?!

  12. Debbie Hoare
    October 15, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    3/6 I now know a lot more about my vagina!

  13. sharon martin
    October 15, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    3/6 didn’t realise BV was so common

  14. October 15, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    5/6! the shark one threw me! :’) thanks for the chance hun x

  15. Laura Avery
    October 15, 2017 / 11:48 am

    4/6 . Sharks lol I knew that but what a strange connection

  16. Hannah Scudder
    October 15, 2017 / 11:27 am

    4/6, not bad.

  17. Abigail Cullen
    October 15, 2017 / 11:27 am

    I scored 5/6.

    I thought yeast was too blame but it actually was bacteria, so I learnt something there, regarding to infections.

  18. Kim Neville
    October 15, 2017 / 10:49 am

    My score was 5/6 I got the pH wrong which I know is acidic now :-)

  19. Wendy Tolhurst
    October 14, 2017 / 11:34 pm

    I scored 5/6 as I got the pH balance wrong. Am still quite surprised to learn that the pH balance of a healthy vagina would be acidic.

  20. Ellen Stafford
    October 14, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    I got 5/6 – not too bad but interesting to know the facts.

  21. Sarah Wilson
    October 14, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    5/6 and I learned that the most common cause of vaginal infection is bacteria.

  22. Eve H Ogden
    October 14, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    2/6 learnt a lot

  23. gemma hendry
    October 14, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    3 out of 6 learnt a lot

  24. Kat Allinson
    October 14, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    2/6, pretty bad, learnt a lot now though

  25. Laura Findlay
    October 14, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    I got 5/6. I’ve learnt we have something in common with sharks lol x

  26. tammi nutting
    October 14, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    i got 4/6

  27. Siobhan
    October 14, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    I got 5 out of six, i learnt i know more than i think

  28. Adrian Bold
    October 14, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    I got 4/6, so not bad!

  29. Vicky Robinson
    October 14, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    5/6 as I didn’t know BV was so common.

  30. clare davies
    October 14, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    6/6 the shark one was a lucky guess! ha

  31. Alison
    October 14, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    3/6 didn’t know as much as I thoughy

  32. Hayley Todd
    October 14, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    My score was 4/6 so I’m quite pleased about that! I’ve learnt that the correct pH is acidic! I honestly thought it would be neutral!

  33. sarah fielding
    October 14, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    I got 4/6, so not too bad!

  34. Sarah Addey
    October 14, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    3 oh dear not clever:-)

  35. Jacqueline Roberts
    October 14, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    I got 4/6 I thought the yeast infection would have been higher

  36. Becky Duffy
    October 14, 2017 / 3:12 pm

    I scored 4/6 and I actually knew more than I thought I would, not something I really knew much about unfortunately

  37. Diane Carey
    October 14, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    3/6 I now know it is acidic. Got that one wrong

  38. Katie leavy
    October 14, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    I got 3/6 and was shocked at that thought I knew about intimate health a lot more so have now learn didn’t realise the shark one was a new thing to learn its now encouraged me to read up some more regarding all things intimate

  39. Claire Elizabeth Noke
    October 14, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    4/6 – I didnt realise what the healthy PH level of the vagina was!

  40. Tricia cowell
    October 14, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    6/6 I guessed the shark answer

  41. Amanda Botterill
    October 14, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    I only got 2 out of 6, so I’ve now learnt a lot

  42. Phil Boyle
    October 14, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    4/6

  43. Marrian
    October 14, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    5/6 I learned how common BV is.

  44. donna l jones
    October 14, 2017 / 11:40 am

    3/6 knew less than i thought

  45. Lauren Fox
    October 14, 2017 / 11:35 am

    I only got 3 out of 6 but now I know so thank you :)

  46. Julie Edwards
    October 14, 2017 / 11:09 am

    6/6!! WOW!!

  47. EJ Dunn
    October 14, 2017 / 10:46 am

    I got 3/6 and I found out that BV is a lot more common than I though!

  48. Jo McPherson
    October 14, 2017 / 10:09 am

    3/6, I didn’t realise I knew so little

  49. Jo Hutchings
    October 14, 2017 / 9:41 am

    4/6 – I didn’t realise that we’re naturally acidic!

  50. Rachael O'Brien
    October 14, 2017 / 7:48 am

    I got 3/6
    Learnt vaginas are meant to be acidic , we have something in common with sharks !

  51. Emma h
    October 14, 2017 / 5:41 am

    4/6 I didn’t realise how common it is for women to get BV
    1/3 is a lot

  52. Rachel Craig
    October 14, 2017 / 12:38 am

    More about bacterial vaginosis than just the name.

  53. JULIE WARD
    October 14, 2017 / 12:11 am

    2/6, just proves I know nothing, but I am antique

  54. Diana
    October 13, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    4/6
    1 in 3 women suffer from BV! Would have never thought that!

  55. Sylvia Paul
    October 13, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    I got 4/6. Tthe first one was a complete guess as I have never heard of Squalene. I got it right though x x

  56. alice lightning
    October 13, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    3 oh dear bad score

  57. sandy ralph
    October 13, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    oh not good i only scored 3

  58. Jenny Jones
    October 13, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    5/6 I think I did quite but I did guess some and I did know how common BV is

  59. caroline tokes
    October 13, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    i did pooly 2/6 so learnt lots i didn’t know

  60. Charlotte Bell
    October 13, 2017 / 10:11 am

    I got 5/6! I always thought the vagina was neutral! Learned that it’s acidic x

  61. Jacqui Rankine
    October 13, 2017 / 8:44 am

    2/6 very poor. Thanks fr the knowledge

  62. Susan Hall
    October 12, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    4/6 That the PH should be acidic

  63. Christina Curtis
    October 12, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    4 out of 6 I learnt that 1 in 3 women suffer from BV

    I accidentally put my Insta name not Twitter so if you need it to check it’s @CtinaCurtis

  64. Maggie Ali
    October 12, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    I got 5/6 . Sharks question confused me

  65. SARA owen
    October 12, 2017 / 10:14 am

    I got 6/6

  66. Sam parkes
    October 11, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    I got 4/6. Shocked that the statistics of women who have BV is so low

  67. Nikki Hayes
    October 11, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    5/6 – this isn’t the first time I’ve done this quiz but I still keep getting confused about the desired vaginal ph level (acidic apparently) 😀

  68. Tracey Belcher
    October 11, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    4/6 – Blast ha ha

  69. Michelle Carlin
    October 11, 2017 / 11:07 am

    I got 5/6 and I’ve learned just how common BV actually is.

  70. Rich Tyler
    October 11, 2017 / 1:14 am

    4/6 – Not bad

  71. Laura Walker
    October 10, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    I got 3/6 I thought the most common infection was yeast based

  72. sheri Darby
    October 9, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    I got 4/6 and learnt that the vagina is acidic

  73. tess d
    October 9, 2017 / 1:33 pm

    scored 4/6 learnt that the PH of the vagina is Acidic

  74. katrina walsh
    October 9, 2017 / 10:08 am

    5 out of 6 and I now know what BV stands for

  75. Danielle Spencer
    October 9, 2017 / 9:02 am

    I scored 4/6, I learnt a few things too!

  76. Naz M
    October 8, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    I got 6/6 I’ve done it once before and got 4/6 so seems like I’ve learned some things :)

  77. Lynne Durkin
    October 8, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    I got 4/6 so not too bad and learnt a couple of things.

  78. Naila M
    October 8, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    I got 3/6 on the quiz, however I learnt a lot about intimate health such as what BV is :)

  79. Ali Thorpe
    October 8, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    5/6 I’m glad that I did well. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about.

  80. Carole Nott
    October 7, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    3/6 – i must learn more

  81. Victoria Shiel
    October 7, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    2/6

  82. Heather Hibbert
    October 6, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    I got 5/6! Bv is waaaay more common than I thought

  83. DANIELLE VEDMORE
    October 6, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    3/6 I must do better!!

  84. kelly L
    October 6, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    2/7 I should really know better then this!

  85. Sandra Bald
    October 6, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    I got 6/6. I am still shocked about women get BV.

  86. Lisa Rowsell
    October 5, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    I got 5/6, and was shocked to know that BV is so common!

  87. Sue P Bowden
    October 5, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    I got 4 out of 6. I didn’t know the one about sharks

  88. Margaret GALLAGHER
    October 4, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    4/6
    VB and thrush are not the same thing

  89. Kelly Hirst
    October 4, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    I got 2/6 in the quiz – oops! I’ve learnt what BV stands for

  90. karen hill
    October 4, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    2/6 LOL i dont know my vagina very well at all

  91. LORNA WILSON
    October 4, 2017 / 7:08 am

    5/6, first attempt. Goog to have some knowlwdge about our body!”

  92. Donna Sadler
    October 4, 2017 / 2:09 am

    5/6. Didnt realise BV was so common! x

  93. Fay
    October 3, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    I got 4 out of 6. I didn’t know about the Squalene & sharks

  94. Emma Gibson
    October 3, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    I got 4/6 so Im quite happy with that.

  95. Sheila Reeves
    October 3, 2017 / 8:22 am

    6/6! But I have done this a couple of times before so knew the shark one ;))

  96. Mary Davis
    October 2, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    My quiz score was 5/6, yay! But I learned a lot as I hadn’t know much about BV before, or that it was different from thrush – so thank you! ^_^

  97. Isabel O
    October 2, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    Oops I only got 3/6 and I had no idea the pH of a vagina was acidic!

  98. Jeanette Leighton
    October 2, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    4 out of 6 not too bad could be worse

  99. Ellen Sheppard
    October 2, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    I got 4/6. Was surprised to learn that we are acidic rather than pH neutral

  100. Tracey Susan Anderson
    October 2, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    3/6 and here was me thinking i was wise to intimate health seems i need to educate myself further!

  101. Jessica Barber
    October 2, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    I got 5/6… shocked how common BV is! Great to get the facts.

  102. jackie grout
    October 2, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    I got 4/6. I was surprised at Answer 2 being Acidic I thought it was Nutral

  103. Stephanie Coals
    October 2, 2017 / 11:16 am

    I got 4/6 and learnt that BV is a lot more common than I thought it was.

  104. lucie fish
    October 2, 2017 / 10:59 am

    4/6 sharks

  105. lorraine kirk
    October 2, 2017 / 10:28 am

    I got 4/6. I didn’t know that so many women will suffer with BV – I thought it was rare compared to Thrush.

  106. Jasmine Johns
    October 2, 2017 / 8:50 am

    I got 4/6

  107. emily
    October 2, 2017 / 2:02 am

    I got 4/6. I learnt that 1 in 3 women suffer from BV

  108. Emma Smiley
    October 1, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    3/6

  109. Sara Goodman
    October 1, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    2/6 I’m clearly not as clued as I thought I was!!!

  110. Rebecca Sutton
    October 1, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    i got 4/6. so not to bad

  111. Nadia Josephine
    October 1, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    4/6 I learned some new things and lots of other people seem to have learned new things. Great article!

  112. stephanie Campbell
    October 1, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    5/6 i didnt know the answer to the first question… i was quite intrigued and will study this further… but i do have a degree in sexual reproduction health so id be worried if i didn’t get them right.

  113. stephanie Campbell
    October 1, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    5/6 i didnt know the answer to the first question… i was quite intrigued and will study this further… but i do have a degree in sexual reproduction health so id be worried if i didn’t get them right.

  114. Jade Pawley
    October 1, 2017 / 10:50 am

    I got 4/6! I didn’t realise that BV was so common! I was certain it was 1 in 10!

  115. Jade Hewlett
    October 1, 2017 / 8:02 am

    I got 3/6 and learnt that BV is more common than I thought

  116. Becky Yeomans
    October 1, 2017 / 7:19 am

    I got 6/6, But I think a couple were just lucky guesses! I didn’t know BV was so common. 1in3!!

  117. Lorna Ledger
    September 30, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    I had 3/6 right :] I did not know that 1/5 women suffer from BV

  118. Victoria N
    September 30, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    1/6 – a terrible score, should know better!!

  119. Megan Clark
    September 30, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    I got 5/6 – I got the term BV wrong but only because I thought it was bacterium rather than bacterial! Quite proud of myself for knowing the answers though even though they still surprise me!

  120. lyn burgess
    September 30, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    I got 4/6, so I could do better and I learned that 1 in 3 will suffer from BV

  121. Carol Thomas
    September 30, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    3/6 must do better

  122. September 29, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    I got 6/6 and quite pleased with that! It really is something that needs talking about more often and not be hidden away.

  123. Alison Joyce
    September 29, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    4/6 vaginas acidic, who knew

  124. Ashleigh Allan
    September 29, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    4/6 I learnt how common bv is

  125. Hannah Wallington
    September 29, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    I got 1/6 so I don’t know as much as I thought I did!

  126. Rebecca
    September 29, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    3/6 looks like I need to learn more!

  127. Helen Blake
    September 29, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    not too bad – 4/6

  128. Alana Walker
    September 29, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    I got 4/6, could do better! I learned about how common BV is.x

  129. Laura Jeffs
    September 29, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    I got 6/6 , so my knowledge must be quite good!

  130. Justine Hughes
    September 29, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    I got 3/6 and learned I need to go and read up on it :-)

  131. Sidrah Ahmed
    September 29, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    I got 4/6 and i never knew Squalene is a substance common in both the vagina and Sharks

  132. Amelia Kennedy
    September 29, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    I got 6/6, but I have suffered from BV many times and have done my research! x

  133. Zenath
    September 29, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    I scored 3/6. I learnt that 1/3 women suffer BV and that the vagina can clean itself.

  134. Alica
    September 29, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    I got 5 out of 6, so not too bad!

  135. Heather Haigh
    September 29, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    Umm, I only got 2…

  136. Mary Heald
    September 29, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    I only score 3 ….however I now know a few more facts

  137. Corinne Henson
    September 29, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    I scored 4/6 so not to bad :/

  138. Becky John
    September 29, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    5/6 I learned that 1 in 3 will suffer from BV

  139. Ren Taylor
    September 29, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    I did very well on the quiz but I am a science teacher so that probably helped lol x

  140. Amy Wright
    September 29, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    5/6 – we’ve got a lot in common with sharks!!!

  141. lynsey Buchanan
    September 29, 2017 / 12:21 am

    i only got 2/6 and learned that I do not know much about intimate health.

  142. Sheena Batey
    September 28, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    5/6 got the ph balance question wrong.

  143. Helen Stratton
    September 28, 2017 / 8:58 am

    I scored 3/6, was surprised as thought I was more clued up! I was mostly surprised that a healthy vagina should be acidic.

  144. Emily C
    September 27, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    6/6! The shark one was a guess though so I’ve learned something there. :)

  145. Solange
    September 27, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    I scored 5/6. I didn’t realise so many women get BV.

  146. Anthony Harrington
    September 27, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    5/6 learned that BV more common than I thought

  147. Jessica Woods
    September 27, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    5/6 not bad! I’ve always suffered with this

  148. Katrina Adams
    September 27, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    I only scored 3/6 and am really surprised and how much I didn’t know! Need to brush up on my knowledge.

  149. S Edwards
    September 27, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    I did not know that BV I got 4/6

  150. Jayne Townson
    September 27, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    I managed 5/6 , but I did guess a few. I haven’t heard of Bacterial Vaginosis before, so it was a bit of an eye opener.

  151. laura banks
    September 27, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    i got 4 out of six so was quite impressed

  152. MANDY DOHERTY
    September 27, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    4/6 I never realised how common BV is

  153. clair downham
    September 27, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    i didnt ralise about bv and got 5 right

  154. Sue McCarthy
    September 27, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    I didn’t realise so many women get BV

  155. September 27, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    5/6 not too bad it’s so important we speak openly about these issues!

  156. Tracey Peach
    September 27, 2017 / 11:55 am

    I got three out of six I need to brush up on intimate health!

  157. September 27, 2017 / 11:42 am

    3/6, but only because I was second-guessing myself. Should’ve gone with my gut answers!

  158. September 27, 2017 / 10:53 am

    I got 5/6 too!
    Eilidh x

  159. Tracy Nixon
    September 27, 2017 / 9:39 am

    I got 6/6 as I have done it a few times! First time I scored 2 so I have learned a few good facts!

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