Itching? Burning? Dry? Pain with intercourse? There’s a good chance there isn’t anything wrong with your pelvic floor but rather you might be suffering from a yeast infection or chronic candida.
Anytime there are changes to the pH of the vagina (hello pregnancy, menstrual cycle, peri/menopause), yeast can develop. Diet (#refinedsugar) and stress (yes, stress) can play a huge role into what’s happening down under.
Not only should you be free from the symptoms listed above, but your vulva should be well hydrated looking and the labia majora should have a “plump” appearance (most especially if you are pre-menopausal). When separating the labia to look at the vaginal opening, the tissue here should be a nice pink in color and well lubricated as well.
Not seeing that? Consider reaching out to a pelvic floor physio to help you confirm what is “normal” or your primary care doctor. Some easy changes to diet and lifestyle and adding good probiotics, particularly Lactobacillus reuteri and Lactobacillus rhamnosus taken orally and Lactobacillus crispatus vaginally. The addition of oral zinc citrate has also been found to be very beneficial. Live active culture yogurt (**NO SUGAR added - yeast thrives on sugar) inserted vaginally is an additional option and can provide soothing relief.
Consult with a provider prior to application, but 1) you’re not alone and 2) know that you can live symptom free.