9 Important Facts About Female Intimate Hygiene
October 11, 2018 16:32 By Fabiosa
In pursuit of the genital cleanliness, some girls are often excessively zealous. However, this usually doesn’t lead to anything good. There is no real reason to feel that you aren’t clean enough in the intimate area. At the same time, many strive to make their genitals “fragrant like roses.” As it turns out, this is completely unnatural.
Female genital organs are an independent, balanced system. Today we will tell you how to care for the intimate area properly to keep the healthy environment.
1. Comfortable and high-quality underwear.
Experts recommend choosing cotton underwear, or at least cotton pads. Over-fitting, synthetic and uncomfortable panties shouldn’t be worn. Genital organs don’t have access to air, and this increases the risk of yeast infections, which are known to thrive in humid and warm places.
2. Don’t abuse bath bombs.
A hot bath with fragrant foam and candles is a great way to relax, but doctors recommend to give up the color bombs. These products can negatively influence the pH level of your vagina, making you more susceptible to infections and irritations. You don’t need to get rid of your favorite bath accessories completely – just reduce their use to 1-2 per month.
3. Wash the vulva correctly.
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While the vagina cleans itself, the external part of the genitals, including the vulva, must be washed properly. Bacteria, accumulated dead epithelium cells, and sebum can develop inside its folds. To wash your vulva, you don’t need a washcloth and fragrant soap, which can cause an allergic reaction or irritation. It is better to choose a soft product without any smell. Castile soap or regular glycerin are also suitable for this purpose.
4. The vagina is an amazing self-cleaning environment.
It has its own ways of maintaining the proper pH level to prevent infections. The vagina is an acidic environment with a pH ranging from 3.8 to 4.4. Therefore, the use of tools for intimate hygiene with a neutral pH (about 5) doesn’t make much sense.
5. Each vagina has its own unique smell, and this is normal.
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The smell is often the cause of concern, but it isn’t an indicator of cleanliness. Each woman has her own vaginal odor, which can vary depending on the diet and the menstrual cycle, which is also completely normal. Don’t try to disguise it with perfumed means since it will only lead to irritation of the vulva.
6. Douching is bad.
This procedure often does more harm than good. Douching can kill the “good” bacteria that are needed to maintain the pH balance. Antiseptics and flavorings, which are contained in many kits sold in stores, can irritate the mucous membrane. Your vagina cleans itself without a problem, so there is no need to wash it with vinegar, chlorhexidine or other liquids.
7. Get rid of flavored pads.
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Perfumed tampons and pads can disturb the pH balance in the vagina, causing an allergic reaction or irritation, so it is best to choose fragrance-free products.
8. Check the vulva for skin cancer regularly.
Although genitals don't see sunlight very often, they are also at risk of developing skin cancer and other dangerous diseases. Check the vulva and area around it with a mirror regularly. Don’t disregard the appearance of birthmarks, new moles or areas of skin that get scratched a lot. These changes are best discussed with a specialist.
9. Cosmetics - one of the main causes of irritation.
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Shaving creams, shower gels, lotions, sprays, soaps can cause itching and abnormal discharge. Regular wet wipes, which aren’t intended for intimate hygiene, can also cause irritation and rashes.
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As already stated above, try not to “overcare” about the hygiene of the genitals and discuss with your doctor any changes that may occur in this area.
This article is solely for informational purposes. Before using any of the information provided above, consult a certified specialist. Use of the information outlined above can be harmful to health. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm or other consequences that may result from the use of the information provided above.