Talking about Intimate Health with Canesten®

This is a collaborative post

Talking about our lady parts is something that most women shy away from. And yet throughout our lives, there are numerous times that something is amiss down there. It might be a little itchy. It might be a bit sore. It might hurt when you pee. And I bet that 9 times out of 10, like me, you just try to ignore it and wait for it to pass rather than go to the GP and have it checked out.

Because I know, as a woman, there is nothing nice about having to open up your legs for some stranger to have a look at. In fact the only time I have been happy to have that done is when I was in labour with Oscar and me opening up meant that they could tell me that I was ready to push!

And there is no more awkward conversation to be had with the local pharmacist either. No-one really likes to admit that something is wrong with their vagina do they?! 

Just recently I had a problem with mine. Yep, I am telling all of you because I do like a bit of honesty in my posts. I was really, really itchy down there, a bit of it was sore and I had an unusually large amount of discharge. Did I go to the doctors?

Did I heck!

I rode it out, hoping that it would go away and it did. All by itself. Should I have gone to the doctors? Probably, yes. Because I had no idea what was wrong at the time.

Initially, I put it down to Thrush. That's always what we put it down to isn't it? But up until recently, I had no idea that there was another common vaginal problem – Bacterial Vaginosis. This is the most common of vaginal infections and is actually twice as common as Thrush. And yet I had no idea that it even existed.

So what are the differences between Bacterial Vaginosis and Thrush?

BV symptoms can include:

  • Fishy or unpleasant odour
  • Watery discharge
  • Greyish white looking discharge
  • Worsening of the above after sex or during your period

Thrush symptoms can include

  • An itchy vagina / vulva
  • Soreness around the entrance to your vagina (vulva)
  • Slight swelling of your vaginal lips (labia)
  • Cottage cheese-like white discharge

In either case, it is best not to just ignore it (like me!) but to get it checked out so that it can be treated quickly and efficiently. 

For 40 years Canesten® has been helping people to understand, prevent and treat their intimate conditions with a huge range of effective products. And now they are asking how much do you really know about your intimate health?

So come on, how much do you know about your vagina ladies? And men – how much do you know about what can happen to your lady's?!

Why don't you take the Canesten® 'myth buster quiz' and discover how much or how little you really do know?

It turns out that I knew very little about my own, getting only two of the answers correct. I clearly need to swat up so that I know what is right, what is wrong, and what to look out for in future.

Have a go at the quiz below and then enter the competition to win a £50 Amazon voucher. 


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This post has been supported by Canesten®, but all thoughts are my own.


  1. Ren Taylor
    September 30, 2017 / 11:02 am

    I got 5/6 which is pretty good but i am a science teacher which probably helped x

  2. September 30, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    I got 5/6 in the quiz – i opted for neutral instead of acidic


  3. Helen Blake
    September 30, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    whoop 6/6

  4. Solange
    September 30, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    I got 5/6 and I had no idea so many women suffered from BV.

  5. Anthony Harrington
    September 30, 2017 / 11:30 pm

    4/6  I didn't know that BV was so common

  6. Jade Hewlett
    October 1, 2017 / 7:36 am

    I got 3/6 and I didn't know that BV was that common

  7. Lisa Rowsell
    October 1, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    I got 3/6, and I know now that the number of women who suffer with BV is higher than I thought.

  8. cheryl hadfield
    October 1, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    I got 6/6, am really happy to know alot about intimate health, as i have 2 young daughters to educate in the near future

  9. lorraine kirk
    October 4, 2017 / 9:18 am

    5/6 I didn't know BV was so common, it's not something you hear about. 

  10. Lynda Graham
    October 4, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    I got 5/6 . I worked in pathology – its more common than we imagine.

  11. Vicky Robinson
    October 15, 2017 / 2:10 am

    I'm surprised that BV is so common as I really didn't know.

  12. Diana
    October 15, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    4/6 Didn’t know how common BV is

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