Vaginal hygiene: do’s and don’ts

Proper vaginal hygiene can make a world of difference to our reproductive health. It can reduce the risk of acquiring infections, it can speed up recovery and prevent uncomfortable symptoms such as irritation and discharge. Take a look at some of the most important do’s and don’ts of vaginal hygiene.

DO: Wash your intimate area once a day.

This means you simply should be using lukewarm water or a gentle, natural intimate wash once a day.

DON’T: Use soap.

Soap is highly alkaline and very aggressive for gentle, sensitive skin of the intimate area. Always choose a natural intimate wash that doesn’t contain soap, fragrances or dyes.

DO: Use intimate wipes if a shower is not around.

Especially when on period, during warmer months or when traveling.

DON’T: Wear synthetic, tight underwear.

Synthetic fabrics don’t allow the skin to breath, which leads to increased temperature and humidity in the intimate region. Tight garments create friction, which can cause micro tears in the skin. Combine this with increased heat and moisture and you get a perfect recipe for a possible vaginal infection. Choose natural materials and avoid tight clothing for prolonged periods of time.

DO: Wipe yourself from front to back.

It is very easy to transfer bacteria from anus to the vagina when wiping from back to front, so make sure never to break this important rule. Use unscented and uncolored toilet paper in order to avoid irritation.

DON’T: Use fragrance or deodorant to make your intimate parts smell better.

Every vagina has a unique smell, and unless there is a problem, it shouldn’t smell bad. A strong odor can be a sign of infection.

DO: Use a soothing product after removing pubic hair.

Whether you choose to shave, wax, use a depilatory cream or something else, always make sure to hydrate your skin prior to the procedure, and apply a natural soothing product to the area in order to prevent skin irritation.

DON’T: Spend a whole day wearing the same panty liner.

Panty liners are not intended to be used for prolonged periods of time. Similar to synthetic underwear, panty liners prevent the skin from breathing and can irritate your skin and increase the risk of infection. The same goes for sanitary pads and tampons, especially due to the menstrual blood that stays in close contact with the skin. Always change your panty liners, pads and tampons every 3 to 4 hours, right before going to bed and as soon as you get up.

DO: Pat instead of rubbing.

After showering, use a soft clean towel and pat your intimate area gently to dry it completely.

DON’T: Use any products containing irritants or allergens.

This goes for lotions, sprays, bubble baths, etc. Ingredients that should make you avoid the products containing them, include detergents, fragrances, dyes, strong chemicals and preservatives.


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