Is cotton underwear really that important?
Synthetic fabrics prevent the skin from breathing. This increases perspiration and heat in the intimate region, and as you probably know, damp and dark areas with no sufficient air flow are the perfect grounds for microbes to prosper. Wearing tight clothing such as skinny jeans, leggings and tight shorts causes friction and can damage the skin tissue. This opens the door for the microbes to pass the skin barrier and cause an infection. That is why it is important to limit wearing this kind of clothing and keep your lace underwear for special occasions, while wearing cotton underwear on daily basis. Another thing you can do to keep good vaginal health is sleeping without underwear on. This will allow your intimate region to “air out” and recuperate overnight.
Why do experts recommend not to use colored and scented toilet paper?
Fragrances and dyes used to add color and scent to toilet paper (and other product, such as lotions, vaginal sprays and bubble baths), are common irritants that can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as irritation and discharge. That is why you should avoid all products containing these chemicals. Speaking of hygiene when using the toilet, never wipe from back to front – doing this can easily transfer the bacteria from anus to the vagina, causing infection.
Can I apply perfume to my intimate region?
Every vagina has a unique smell and that’s not a reason for concern. Of course, if you notice a strong odor, it can be quite embarrassing. Applying perfume or vaginal sprays can cause irritation and symptoms such as discharge, itch, burning and even odor.
How often should I change panty liners?
Every 3 to 4 hours. The same goes for pads and tampons where the risk of irritation is even greater, since menstrual blood is in the direct contact with the skin.