Perhaps it was an ad for feminine cleansing products, or maybe you overheard some nasty old jokes. However, chances are, at some point, you received the message that vaginas are inherently dirty and gross. Fortunately, there are plenty of people in the medical field who will tell you that this is simply not true. In fact, they're pretty neat organs. With this in mind, however, it's smart to read this article that covers the vagina care tips no one ever told you about. It's time for straight talk about vaginal care. The good news is that you don't need any sort of spray, heavily scented soap or douche to clean up down there. In fact, these extra measures might actually invite infections. That said, there are some easy care tips than can help you keep your vagina happy and free from any problems. Everything from the type of fabric you choose for your underwear to the amount of exercise you get can affect your vaginal health. In addition, there's one common beauty tool you can use around your vulva to help speed up the cleaning process. By taking a look at these self-care tips, both everyday and unconventional, you can make sure your "downstairs area" is perfectly healthy.
I for one, am sure that lavender-eucalyptus-coconut body wash is great for the rest of your body but, it might not be your vagina's best friend. According to Cosmopolitan, scented soaps may irritate your "lady parts" or even lead to an upset in its pH balance. Mild cleaners are a much safer bet.
Seriously, you've probably heard enough jokes about fish for a lifetime but, you don't need to worry about perfuming your entire vulva or anything. If something does seem a bit funky below the belt, then you may want to check in with your doctor for something like bacterial vaginosis, as recommended by Self magazine. However, a normal bodily scent is nothing to worry about.
Your vagina is like a tiny oven that cleans itself and no innovations have improved upon nature. That's why douching is generally a bad idea. It may even spread infections to your vagina, as noted by the Women's Health Foundation. All the cleansing your vagina possibly needs is a little warm water and mild soap on the outside parts only.
Make sure you eat well and exercise regularly because, your vagina is so well-equipped to take care of itself, simply maintaining your overall health is one of the best things you can do to care for it as reported by the National Department of Health.
Your underwear's fabric may affect your vaginal health. Silk or synthetic underwear may retain moisture and lead to yeast or bacterial infections, as noted by the Huffington Post. At the very least, you can look for a pair with a cotton liner.
Here's a weird but helpful use for your hair dryer. If your vulva is super-irritated, then you may dry it with a blow dryer set to cool according to a study published by the Cleveland Clinic. It's one way to take care of business while avoiding scratchy towels.
Sure, sometimes you absolutely need to take antibiotics to get rid of an illness. However, it's helpful to remember that antibiotics can kill off the lactobacilli that help keep your vagina healthy, as explained by Women's Health magazine. So when you're on these meds, it's smart to have a probiotic such as plain yogurt to help keep things balanced.
Sure, plain old toilet paper is enough to get the job done but, at times it's nice to really feel clean down there. According to Women's Health, you can use wet wipes, preferably unscented variations.
Provided you follow the very basics of hygiene, your vagina is fine. An Atlanta based OB-GYN Dr. Jacqueline Walters told Essence, "it's cleaner than the mouth." The vagina can take care of itself.
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