Here’s how you can take care of your vagina

We’ve all heard tips for healthy hair and skin, but what about our vagina? Most women learn from an early age that they should use soap or gels for their “intimate hygiene”.

But that can sometimes do them more harm than good. Knowing how to stay clean, choosing foods that are good for one’s health and doing vaginal exercises are all tools for having a vagina at its best.

Continue reading to learn more about a healthy vagina.

Here’s how you can take care of your vagina:

Part 1

Wash it only with hot water. This may seem to go against your instinct, but washing your vagina with soap, whether bar soap or liquid, is not advisable. In fact, the vagina manages to stay clean without our help or that of soaps [1]>. Like other parts of our body, our vagina has a pH that must be maintained around 3.5 to 4.5 in order to prevent any proliferation of bad bacteria, but to allow the multiplication of good bacteria. Using aggressive gels, you would affect this balance, which would cause infections, irritations and bad smells.

  • There is a tendency to use the term vagina to designate the private parts. But the vagina is actually the conduit that connects the cervix to the vulva. The vulva or external genitalia can be cleaned with soap without dye or perfume, as long as your skin supports it.
  • If you still wash your vagina with soap, then make sure to rinse it with warm water so that there is no trace of soap left. Soap in the vagina can cause irritation.

2

Do not use showers or vaginal sprays. Vaginal douches will supposedly make sure that your vagina feels as good as a sprig of lily of the valley, but it is not so [2]. On the contrary, these showers remove all the good bacteria that make sure it stays clean and healthy. Chemicals in the vagina after a shower can cause irritation, even a burning sensation. The same goes for female sprays. If you take care of your vagina with other methods, it is not necessary to give it another smell than its own.

  • Scented creams that change the smell of your vagina cause the same problems and should be avoided. The same goes for sanitary napkins, tampons and scented wipes.
  • If you think it is absolutely necessary that your vagina be perfumed, choose a natural and chemical-free product. You can also concoct your own spray by mixing a few drops of essential oil (rose, lavender or lemongrass) with water. Use this spray after the shower and dry well before getting dressed.
  • 3 Good hygiene during menstruation. Many women suffer from an increase in vaginal infections when they are regulated because the blood in the vagina upsets the pH balance. For a healthy vagina during menstruation, take these habits:
  • Change the buffer regularly. Tampons absorb menstrual blood. If you leave the tampon too long in the vagina, the blood will stay there too and the pH will be out of balance. So change buffers several times a day to avoid this.
  • Do not use sanitary towels longer than necessary. If you use it all the time, even outside of your periods, your skin may become irritated.
  • Go to a menstrual cup. This rubber cup is inserted into the vagina and collects the blood. You must rinse it a few times with hot water during the day. Menstrual cups do not contain chemicals and are an excellent solution if you are easily irritated by tampons and sanitary napkins.
  • 4 Wipe back and forth. It is important to wipe back and forth rather than the other way around to avoid carrying bacteria from the anal area to the vulva, which causes infections. Use paper without dyes or perfume. Do not use wet wipes or any other product that contains perfume or chemicals.

Part 2

  • 1 Wear cotton underwear. Cotton underwear dries faster and lets air pass through the fabric more easily. This avoids too much moisture that would allow fungus and bacteria to grow, which would lead to infection. Underwear made of synthetic material, silk, lace or other do not let enough air.
  • If you like to wear underwear in materials other than cotton, make sure that the part of the panty that comes in contact with your vagina is lined with cotton.
  • If you often have vaginal infections, try organic cotton underwear without dyes that do not contain chemicals.
  • 2 Wear clothes that are not too tight. Elastic pants, skinny jeans and tights keep the moisture against the skin and do not let air through, which can cause fungal infections. Try to wear clothes that are less tacky, made of lighter materials that let in the air. Wear dresses and skirts more often. Prefer the stockings (unlike pantyhose, the stockings come only to the thighs). Also wear shorts that do not tighten too much.
  • 3 Do not wear wet clothes too long. If you wear a wet swimsuit or wet sportswear for too long, it could cause the development of mycosis. So change as soon as possible after swimming or playing sports. Also remember to have spare underwear on you.
  • 4 Make a habit of cutting the hairs of your pubis. Long pubic hair creates a moist, warm environment that is conducive to the growth of bacteria, which increases the chances of infection. There is no point in shaving you completely (unless it’s what you want), you can simply cut the long hair with scissors so that the maintenance of your pubis is easier.
  • However, if you decide to shave all the hair, be careful not to cut yourself. Use shaving cream (do not put it in your vagina) and take your time to shave the contours so you do not cut yourself.
  • You can also wax yourself. If you prefer this solution, first do some research to find a reputable beautician who uses quality products and wax. Beauty salons with dubious hygienic conditions propagate bacteria.
  • 5 Wash yourself after having sex. When you have had intimate relationships with your partner, you expose yourself to bacteria and other microscopic substances that can irritate your vagina and cause infections. The solution ? Wash your vagina with hot water after having sex. This will minimize the risks.
  • Ask your partner to wash before having sex, especially if you do not use condoms.
  • You can also wash other parts of your body! Especially if you are sensitive to infections, try taking a shower with your partner before having sex to minimize the risk of infections.
  • 6 Urinate after having intimate relationships. Urinate, even if you plan to wash. After sex, the bacteria come up through the urethra and end up in the bladder. By urinating, you eliminate these bacteria by the vagina and avoid these damn urinary infections [3] [4].
  • 7 Use condoms. The pH of the sperm is neutral, but that of the vagina is acidic. When sperm remains in the vagina after intercourse, it upsets the balance of the vagina and allows the multiplication of bacteria. By using condoms, you eliminate this problem. If you do not want to use condoms, wash after having an intimate relationship so that the sperm does not have time to affect the pH of your vagina.

Here’s how you can take care of your vagina Method 3: Eat well and do exercises

  • 1 Eat yoghurt. Yogurt contains good bacteria that have positive effects on the vagina [5]. By including yogurt in your diet, your body will receive all the good bacteria needed. Yoghurt consumption is also an excellent way to prevent and treat fungal infections.
  • Other foods also contribute to your good health. If you do not like yoghurt, you can replace it by eating kimchi or kombucha.
  • 2 Eat a lot of fruits. Cranberries, pineapples, strawberries and all the other fruits help against bad odors. Do not imagine that your vagina will smell of raspberry or banana, but the smell will be more pleasant, if it is something that concerns you. The fruits also contain a lot of water. By moisturizing well, you help your body eliminate toxins that can cause unpleasant odors.
  • 3 Eat garlic. Garlic eliminates fungal infections. So it’s a great way to prevent and cure them. By eating raw garlic or cooked several times a week, you take care of your vagina. It seems that garlic also eliminates bad odors.
  • 4 Do Kegel exercises. Kegel exercises strengthen the pubococcygeal muscle and the perineum. These muscles relax and weaken with age and after giving birth. By strengthening them, you can avoid future problems of incontinence and increase sexual pleasure [6]. Here’s how to do Kegel exercises:
  • Locate the perineal muscles. For this, stop urinating before you finish when you are in the bathroom. The muscles that allowed you to stop are those that you are going to build with these exercises.
  • Squeeze and hold the contracted muscle for three seconds and release. Repeat this exercise 15 times.
  • Do the Kegel exercises every day and try to contract the muscle longer and longer.
  • 5 Imagine other exercises for your vagina. The vagina gets muscle too during intercourse. By making love regularly, your vagina will stay in shape. Try to contract and relax the muscles of your vagina during intercourse.
  • You can also do this exercise with a vibrator.
  • Geisha balls, vaginal cones, Ben Wa balls and vaginal weights are accessories made to strengthen the vagina [7].

Method 4: Treat infections and other ailments

  • 1 Treat fungal infections with appropriate medications prescribed by your doctor or gynecologist. Most women suffer from fungal infections. These are treated with creams or suppositories prescribed by their doctor or gynecologist. The treatments usually last from one to seven days, depending on the severity of the infection. Most treatments are combined with a pruritus cream that will soothe the itching and burning sensation around the vulva [8].
  • If you think you have a fungal infection, see your doctor. Symptoms of fungal infections include thick yellowish vaginal discharge with a foul odor, burning sensation and itching in the vagina, a red and irritated vulva with burning sensations and pain.
  • If the infection is not gone within a week, talk to your doctor about prescribing the drugs that will stop the infection.
  • You can try eating twice as much yogurt or other fermented foods to increase the number of “good” bacteria in your body.
  • 2 Consult a doctor if you have vaginitis. A vaginitis is caused by mycoses, bacterial infections, parasites and others. It can be recognized by a vaginal discharge with a foul odor, burning sensations, itching and redness around the vulva. Your pharmacist can give you information on the creams to apply to combat these unpleasant symptoms, but it is better to go to the doctor to prescribe the necessary [9].
  • 3 Regularly test for STIs. Sexually transmitted diseases such as the human papillomavirus, genital warts and others can cause serious harm if left untreated. If you have unprotected intimate sex, you may have an STD. Make an appointment with your doctor or gynecologist for tests. There are also free screenings.
  • 4 See your doctor if you notice anything abnormal. Women usually know their vagina. They know when something is not normal. All vaginas are different. It is therefore important that you know yours (touch, sight and smell). So, if something changes, you will notice it quickly and you will quickly make an appointment with your doctor. Make an appointment with your doctor if your vagina changes color, if warts appear, if the losses are different or smell or if you have pain.

Advice

  • Take baths regularly and wash your vagina with water. Especially when you are settled.
  • Ask your partner to do STD screening, so you’ll both have peace of mind (but still use condoms). Do not be a sissy and get tested.
  • Drink a lot of water.
  • Washing your vagina daily is the same as bathing, washing your hair or brushing your teeth every day.
  • Wash yourself after sex.
  • By shaving or waxing pubic hair, you will have a cleaner vagina.
  • Drink cranberry juice.
  • Do not make love and do not masturbate in case of infection.

warnings

  • Take care immediately if you have an STD. STDs get worse over time and can have serious consequences.
  • If you bleed irregularly (slight losses between your cycles, several weeks in a row, so much so that you have to change your sanitary napkin or tampon every half hour …), consult a doctor. This may be due to a number of diseases [10]
  • If your vagina has a nauseating odor (more specifically, a fishy smell), consult a doctor. You may be suffering from vaginitis [11]

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