LIFESTYLE & COMMUNITY

5 Mistakes Concerning Intimate Hygiene That You Probably Make

Date March 6, 2018

Since we don't live in the Stone Age anymore, there shouldn't be any issues with hygiene in our modern lives. But there is hardly a woman who hasn't experienced a sudden sensation of itching or burning in the genital area that seems to have come out of nowhere.

In reality, the cause could be due to clothing, nutrition, or a number of mistakes which we will discuss below.

1. Wrong choice of underwear

Choose cotton garments for everyday wear. Undoubtedly, g-strings and synthetic panties look beautiful and attractive, but fabrics that do not allow for airflow cause the proliferation of pathogenic microorganisms.

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2. You don't keep to a proper diet

You may wonder where the connection between these two is. As gynecologists claim, the connection is direct. For example, if you periodically have yeast infections, limit the consumption of sweets, as the candida fungus that provokes this disease 'feeds' on carbohydrates, particularly, sugar. Of course, such a diet can't replace a treatment, but it will help you alleviate your state for a couple of days until you consult a doctor.

3. You use an aggressive soap or shower gel

There are special products for use in our intimate areas. They have pH levels of 4−5, which corresponds to the natural pH of women. Substances that are not intended for personal hygiene can disrupt the acid-base balance. The same is true for gels with strong odors. 

When choosing a gel, pay attention to its contents. Be sure to buy it if there is lactic acid in the components as that effectively restores the acid-base balance.

4. You abuse wet wipes for intimate hygiene

Of course, they can help in difficult situations when you can't take a normal shower. However, you shouldn't abuse them. Such wipes can disrupt your acid-base balance and cause irritation of mucosa.

5. You use tampons incorrectly

During menstruation, gynecologists recommend using sanitary pads mostly and only using tampons for occasions when you need to completely hide your pads (tight or light clothes, a photo session in a swimsuit, etc.). The reason behind this is that during menstruation, blood should be eliminated from the body naturally and it shouldn't stagnate inside.

When using tampons, it's important to change them regularly, as there are known cases of women who have neglected this rule and experienced toxic shock syndrome.

These are just the basic rules of intimate hygiene. If you are concerned about smells, itching, burning, or vaginal discharge, do not try to treat yourself and consult a doctor as soon as possible.

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not treat yourself, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.