In most parts of the world, [email protected] cleanliness, like menstruation, is a taboo subject. Many women have shied away from discussing or offering advice on how to keep their feminine hygiene up to this point. [email protected] hygiene, on the other hand, is critical for keeping your genitals clean and your reproductive tract healthy. There are a few basic [email protected] hygiene rules that every woman, regardless of age, should be aware of!
[email protected] health is incredibly essential, despite the fact that it is rarely discussed. Ignoring the issues connected with poor [email protected] hygiene might lead to a slew of future concerns. Being unconcerned about your [email protected] health might have negative consequences ranging from decreasing your [email protected] drive to your ability to have an orgasm.
1. Keep the undergarments dry
When you don't wipe the vagina after urinating, your underwear gets damp, causing a foul odor and putting you at risk for [email protected] infections. As a result, wiping the region with toilet paper or a soft cloth to keep your underwear dry is always a good idea.
[email protected] fluid or discharge is part of a healthy [email protected] environment. Excessive washing of the vaginal area with talcum powder can make it extremely dry, causing discomfort and [email protected] dryness. It can also make sex more sensitive to damage and cause discomfort. According to a study[1,] talcum powder use in the [email protected] area has been associated to an elevated risk of endometrial cancer.
2. Change sanitary pads after 4-6 hours.
Women with regular blood flow should change a sanitary napkin every four to six hours, according to Dr. Nupur Gupta, a Delhi-based gynecologist. On days when your blood flow is poor, the same is true. You should change your sanitary pads every 3-4 hours if you have a heavy flow during your period. Make sure you change your tampon every six hours if you're using one. Sanitize the area every time you use the restroom during menstruation.
Skin irritation and odor can occur if sanitary napkins or tampons are not changed regularly enough. In other cases, it can also put you at risk of infection. Furthermore, some ladies prefer to use washable reusable cloth pads.
3. Avoid using soap while washing your vagina
Avoid using powerful soaps or scented soaps to clean the [email protected] area. The usage of soaps containing harmful substances like glycerol, perfumes, and antiseptics may upset the healthy balance of [email protected] microorganisms. It can also cause discomfort and encourage the growth of hazardous germs by altering the pH in the [email protected] region. Instead, use regular soap and water to cleanse the area around the [email protected] area, preferably lukewarm water.
4. Avoid douching
A douche is a device that flushes water into the [email protected] canal to clear [email protected] secretions. Douching is the process of using chemicals to change the pH of the [email protected] fluid. As a result, the normal microorganisms in the [email protected] area may be disrupted. There is also no evidence that douching protects you from [email protected] transmitted infections or [email protected] infections.
5. Say no to scented feminine hygiene products
Using feminine hygiene products such as scented wipes, [email protected] deodorants, or scrubs to maintain the [email protected] healthy is not a good idea. In actuality, these products may worsen your condition and leave you more vulnerable to infection. Additionally, using [email protected] cleansers might cause skin peeling, which raises your risk of infection.
6. Avoid wearing tight clothes
The majority of specialists advise that you wear underwear made of breathable fibers like cotton. This is due to the restricted air circulation caused by wearing tight clothing and inners made of synthetic textiles.
Excessive perspiration and wetness, which foster the growth of bacteria and yeast, can lead to [email protected] infection. Avoid wearing leather pants, tight spandex, or damp bathing suits for extended periods of time. Also, after working out, exercising, or engaging in any other sweaty activity, change your clothes.
7. Do not shave pubic hair
Some women consider pubic hair is unsightly and unclean, thus they prefer to shave it. However, if studies are to be accepted, pubic hair protects the vulva (the outer portion of the female genitalia that surrounds the [email protected] entrance) from bacterial infections.
Furthermore, the use of non-electric shaving methods such as razors for eliminating genital hair has been associated to genital injuries.
8. Never try self-medication
Most women are hesitant to consult a gynecologist for infections or illnesses of the genital areas, such as ringworm, pubic lice, [email protected] dryness, or itching. They do, in fact, try some simple home remedies to get rid of the odor, such as washing the [email protected] with baking soda solution or using a homemade paste. Additionally, if home remedies fail to provide relief, antifungal or antibiotic ointment or lotions sold over-the-counter are the next best thing. This method, however, is completely erroneous. All of these concerns should be explored with a medical professional.
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