We still don’t find it comfortable to talk about our lady parts. How many of you actually do your research on how to take care of your vagina? We go about searching for ways to keep our hair, face and other parts healthy. We do all that we can to take care of our exposed parts that we totally forgot about our internal needs. Isn’t vagina our sacred part? Isn’t that what we are supposed to take the most care of? But how many of us do? We think we know everything but you don’t. There are tons of mistakes we are actually making every day.
So here we are, one woman, to another, telling you all about ways to treat your vagina well and maintain its health.
What constitutes a healthy vagina? While it depends somewhat on a woman’s age, the vagina generally has an acidic pH, contains rich quantities of beneficial bacteria that help fend off infections.A healthy vagina also secretes small amounts of discharge. While some women might not even be aware of it.
GO COTTONY :
When it comes to your underwear, your vagina screams COTTON.
Cotton can help it breathe and absorb moisture. We are already suffocating it with all the layers we can, so better stick to cotton for it can someway find fresh air. Also, avoid wearing tight pants that literally stick to your skin. It not only causes irritation but it also affects your vaginal health which can later lead on to something worse.And when you’re laying around the house, feel free to go commando so you can let things air out.
EAT HEALTHY :
Every part of your body needs its own food, we may never know but your vagina needs a balanced nutritious diet to stay happy. Also hydrating your body at regular intervals keeps it at its finest health.
Greek yogurt can help breed the good bacteria that fights yeast infections down there. So make it a habit to take yogurts atlas twice or thrice a week to avoid infections. And also avoid eating highly sugary regularly for they too can make you susceptible to vaginal infections.
REGULAR CHECKUP :
Yes, it is important to get your vagina checked once in a while even if nothing is wrong. It is actually important to take time and talk to your doctor about everything like using condoms, fertility and any random sex question you might have. Think you need some assistance keeping things all clear down there? You don’t. The vagina actually cleans itself.
LESS CYCLING :
Cycling can actually help your muscles relax and a fun workout but you also need to know that it is one place where your vaginal health is at stake. Frequently riding a cycle could actually affect your vagina because of the numbness down there while you ride. Stressing up the region can lead to a major crisis so the next time you get on your cycle you better wear padded shorts to ease the pain.
SAY NO TO SOAP :
Washing your vagina once a day is a must but then don’t use your soap or body wash for your area. It can really mess up your genitals, soaps and products may affect your vulva. So all you need to do is simply wash it with Luke warm water. If you still feel unclean use vaginal washes that are safe on skin.
WIPE FRONT TO BACK :
You can also use intimate soft wipes when you feel irritated or when you are on your periods. But then, make sure it has no scent or soap in it also it is easy for a bacteria to transfer from your anus to the vagina so it is better to wipe front to back and not the other way round. You can also use soft tissue papers to dab your genitals. Rubbing the area is a NO! NO!
PUBIC HAIR :
Pubic hair is our worst nightmare but common it is what keeps your vagina safe. But then it is a must to keep your hair short and clean.
Not taking proper care of your pubic hair can actually lead to the growth of lies and other bacterias. So whether you choose to shave or wax it is better to use a cream to smoothen the process and also make sure to hydrate your skin by applying a soothing product to prevent irritation. But it is better if you switch to trim it using a scissor rather than shaving or wax for it is the most sensitive part of your body and a little force can create chaos down there.
DO NOT USE THE SAME LINERS OR PADS LONGER:
Panty liners are not intended to be used for prolonged periods of time. Similar to synthetic underwear, panty liners prevent the skin from breathing and can irritate your skin and increase the risk of infection. The same goes for sanitary pads and tampons, especially due to the menstrual blood that stays in close contact with the skin. Always change your panty liners, pads, and tampons every 3 to 4 hours, right before going to bed and as soon as you get up.
DONT DOUCH :
Vaginal pH is about 3.8 to 4.5 and douching can interfere with the vagina’s pH levels, reducing acidity and disrupting a healthy vagina. If your vagina has a strong or unpleasant odor, a douche will only cover up the smell without curing the problem that’s causing it. Avoid using harsh soaps or cleansers on the vulva or inside the vagina, as these also can affect a healthy pH balance.
PRACTISE SAFE SEX :
Using condoms helps to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as HIV, herpes, gonorrhea, etc. You should change condoms when switching from oral or anal sex to vaginal sex to prevent the introduction of harmful bacteria into the vagina.And also avoid sharing sex toys to avoid risks.
TREAT INFECTIONS :
Three types of vaginal infections are common: yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis. While yeast is a fungal infection, bacterial vaginosis is caused by bacterial overgrowth in the vagina. Trichomoniasis is an infection caused by a parasite and is sexually transmitted. Treating these infections is crucial because not treating them can lead to unpleasant, painful, and serious reproductive health problems.
GOOD HYGIENE :
A good hygiene is what is going to keep you healthy. Always wash your intimate areas well and before you use public toilets wipe the seat and always carry a sanitizer.Change sanitary pads and tampons regularly during your period. It is fine to wear panty liners to absorb normal vaginal discharge as long as you change them frequently. Clean your toilets regularly and always keep the place tidy and neat.