Personal hygiene is essential. Especially in the times of an active virus spread like we’re experiencing right now. But except for your hands, keeping your precious parts is as crucial to your overall health. Let’s see what you need to do to keep your vagina healthy and fresh.
Wash Yourself Down There With Clean Water
First of all, keeping your vagina in good health requires, believe it or not, only clean water. Yes, you can use products intended for your precious parts, but they won’t do much except for leaving them smelling lovely. They probably told you in school that the vagina is a self-cleaning organ, and it doesn’t need much to stay clean.
Yes, it will have a particular odor, but, for the most part, it’s your own body odor and it mostly depends on your eating habits and how often you exercise. If you do notice a strange or unpleasant smell, the safest bet is to consult your gynecologist. You could either have a bacteria overgrowth, which is quite common since a little imbalance in your bacteria levels down there can promote it, or your odor could appear because of the development of an STD. Either way, go to the doctor and find out what’s happening and wash with water regularly (more frequently while you’re on your period.)
Change Pads, Tampons, or Menstrual Cups Regularly
The period time is an extremely sensitive time for your vagina. Except for washing up, you should change your pads, tampons, or menstrual cups frequently. Well, you can leave the cup in for longer, but make sure you don’t forget about that tampon since it can multiply your bacteria numbers and (rarely) have a deadly consequence - Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Did you hear about Kegel exercises or Kegels? These simple movements can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which hold your bladder, your uterus, your rectum, and your small intestine in place. To keep them tight, make sure to remember doing them every day or every other day for a few minutes. You should feel the muscles in your vagina lift as if you’re holding in the pee.
The best part about Kegels is that they can only do you good and they can prevent the possibility of pelvic organ prolapse (POP), as well as ensure you will have stronger vaginal wall muscles after giving birth.
Hold Off of the Late Night Snacks
As mentioned earlier, what you eat will affect your health significantly. Sugar especially. Keeping a nutritious diet full of fibers and staying hydrated could save you from bacterial overgrowth in your private parts. Naturally, you can still enjoy occasional sweets during your PMS, but know when to stop. Also, when you take antibiotics, they kill most of the bacteria in your body, good or bad. So, when your doctor prescribes antibiotics, make sure to eat a lot of yogurt or other foods with probiotic culture.
Avoid Certain Practices and Products
Although you probably feel quite nice after pointing the shower stream downwards, all gynecologists will agree that douching your vagina is unnecessary. And no, it will most certainly not contribute to its cleanliness.
Sexy underwear is an excellent tool to spice up sex life. However, most of the seductive underwear is made from synthetic materials. These materials prevent your vagina from breathing and can make it sweat and produce harmful bacteria. Plus, ensure you avoid staying in wet clothes not to get a yeast infection.
Harmful sex toys and lubes
As we said in an earlier article, there is a variety of toxic chemicals in sex toys, such as phthalates. When you’re buying sex toys and personal lubricants, make sure you read your labels and avoid ingredients such as phenol, toluene, cadmium, and carbon disulfide.
Say Yes to Certain Practices and Products
Natural personal lubricants
Although you can’t always be sure about every single ingredient, ensuring you use natural products like an organic personal lubricant is crucial.
Check condom ingredients
Condoms with natural ingredients will help maintain a healthy vagina. The natural pH level of the vagina is acidic. Since the pH level of the semen is alkaline, it can put the vaginal pH out of balance and lead to various infections, itching, or redness.
Pee after sex
No, you will not prevent unwanted pregnancy by peeing after sex, but foreign bacteria will exit your body. Moreover, include washing up after to get rid of any bacterial residue that’s left.
Treat Her Nicely
No rough sex without lube
Some people like to enjoy rough sex sometimes. It’s all nice as long as you care that your vagina doesn’t suffer from strong friction. Every time you practice rough sex, make sure to use a lubricant.
No wiping from behind to the front
When necessary, make sure to wipe the toilet paper from front to back, i.e., from the vagina to the anus. It will stop the spread of harmful bacteria from the anus to the vagina. This bacteria can lead to bladder infection or Escherichia infection.
The skin of the vulva is very soft and sensitive, and scrubbing it with sponges can cause minor scratches or redness. Remember that it is enough to wash the intimate parts by hand (and again, only with water.)
Do You Keep Your Intimate Parts Healthy?
Caring for your intimate hygiene can not only keep your precious parts safe but have a positive effect on your overall health. Make sure to follow our quick guide if you’re unsure how to keep your intimate parts fresh and healthy.