You know what grinds my gears? People who see their genitalia as something gross.

It's LITERALLY a part of you and does a lot of amazing things. Some of those things aren't exactly fun, but they all have a purpose and are nothing to be ashamed of.

On the other hand, there are a few things your vagina does that it shouldn't, and if it does, something is wrong.

But again, it's never anything to be ashamed of. If you experience anything abnormal down there, it's incredibly important to go and see your doctor. When in doubt, it's better to check with a professional.

Just remember, it also doesn't mean anything that your period has always lasted 10 days when your best friend's last four. Everyone is different, and you know your body best.

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Vaginal discharge SHOULD happen, but watch out.

Vaginal discharge plays an important role in carrying away dead cells and bacteria in the vagina and cervix.

The amount, color and smell can vary, with a color that ranges from milky in color to whitish, but note any changes that are abnormal for you!

When there is a significant change in color, consistency or smell, it can be due to something as harmless as hormonal fluctuations, or it could be from a more serious issue such as cervical cancer, according to WebMD.

A stronger smell "down there."

OK, the vagina doesn't exactly smell like a tray of freshly-baked cookies, but it's important to note when that smell becomes funkier than normal.

A stronger smell is usually caused by an inflammation in the vaginal area because of poor hygiene, and could be a sign of infection, and less commonly, cancer. Get checked by your doctor to rule out any serious problems, and be sure to keep it clean!

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If it's dry as a desert.

This is something where it's important to note your age above all else. A thin layer of moisture coats the walls of the vagina, and increases when a woman is sexually aroused. But after menopause, women experience a decline in estrogen and causes less moisture in the vagina. Hormonal changes and changes in medication can also create a decrease in moisture, no matter what age you are. A more serious problem can be Sjogren's syndrome, which causes dryness in the eyes, mouth and vagina and is where the immune system attacks healthy tissue. It's important to meet with your doctor if the problem doesn't go away.

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Burning: it's not normal.

It should never hurt to pee. If you begin to feel a burning sensation, that's a problem. The vagina should have a healthy mix of bacteria, but if the wrong bacteria gets in there it can lead to an infection, which causes the burning sensation. This is usually a diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis, a mild infection that can be cleared up in a few days. But if it doesn't clear up, it can lead to more serious problems, according to WebMD. The wrong bacteria can especially get in there if you have multiple partners, but burning is also a symptom that comes along with some sexually transmitted diseases/infections, so it's important to consult your doctor. Burning usually comes along with others symptoms too, as you'll find out on the next page.