Your body is an important part of who you are. If you only leave gynecological examinations to your doctor, you will not notice the little differences you develop in your body or be able to provide full care and consideration for yourself and your health.
CHECK YOURSELF FOR CHANGES
If you are menstruating, check yourself within the first two weeks after menstruation. If you are not menstruating, set a date for doing it once a month.
HOW TO SIT?
Use a position where you will be able to see yourself between the legs. You can sit while propping yourself up on your elbows in bed or stand with one leg placed on the toilet seat or on a chair. Use a handheld mirror and make use of some extra lighting.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR?
You must look and feel for changes. If certain places hurt, write a note of where and how. If you experience vulvar pain, you can draw on the picture further below to show your doctor.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
Every vulva is different. There is no one specific way that genitals are supposed to look. However, the skin should generally be a consistent color without dark and light areas/circles. Some small darker places can be natural, but make sure there are no wounds, blisters, or rashes.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?