For a woman, the vagina is one of the most important parts of the body. Just like other parts of your body, it is important that you care for it. It may be difficult for some women to ask about the proper hygiene involving this sensitive and private region, which is why the basics of keeping the vagina healthy had been enumerated below.
- Eat healthy. You are not only keeping a healthy body by reducing the intake of sugar. You are also preventing the overgrowth of bacteria in your vaginal region. Rather than eat sugar-rich foods, consume more yogurt. The bacteria in yogurt called acidophilus are good bacteria killed off by the bad bacteria present in sugars.
- Be clean. To prevent infections in the vaginal region, you have to remove sweats or oils that may build up in the area. What you want to do is take a regular bath and avoid using a douche to clean the vagina. Why should you not use douche? It can clean the vagina, yes, but since it cleans way too much, it can remove the good bacteria together with the bad. Bad bacteria recover faster and this makes your infection worse. Inflammation or vaginitis may also result from douching. A simple washcloth paired with a mild unscented soap would be enough instead of douching. Also, remember not to wash inside the vagina.
- Practice safe and protected sex. Having unprotected sex will make your vagina prone to STDs. Make sure that you use condoms to keep your vagina clean of infections and diseases that may be passed on to you by your partner. Dental dams are also recommended when having oral sex. You should also wash your vagina after having intercourse.
- Wear comfortable underwear. Cotton is the best material for underwear. It is breathable, which is good for the vagina. With air circulating around the area, there’s a less chance of things building up. Cotton is also good for when you want good skin in that particular part.
- Use tampons properly. Tampons should not be left in the vagina for more than six hours. This can cause a serious buildup and may even lead to toxic shock syndrome. Instead of using a bigger size and changing it after a long time, use a smaller one and make it a habit to change it sooner. Menstrual pads should also be replaced regularly to prevent irritation like diaper rash.
- Avoid sprays and soaps. If you really need to wash with soap, use unscented ones. Soap isn’t recommended for use on the vaginal region because they may not be removed properly and may cause a buildup, which will lead to an infection in no time. Sprays are even more damaging because the scent they leave behind is bad. Bubble baths may also lead to dryness down there, so avoid these too. Also remember to rinse well after taking a bath. Use lots of water after you’ve soaped the area to remove all sorts of buildup. This will also help remove any discharge.
- Visit your gynecologist. You should make a habit of visiting your gynecologist. This doctor is the only one who can diagnose your situation properly. Whenever you feel something wrong down there, or if you notice vaginal discharge, always call your doctor immediately.