Women should understand how delicate the vagina is and just like most parts of the body, the vagina requires great care and maintenance in order to keep it healthy. Here are some tips on how you can optimize your vaginal health:
Change pads and tampons regularly
When you had your first period, you probably have heard this advice. Changing your pads and tampons every 3-4 hours definitely helps in keeping your vagina healthy. Why should you change it ever so often? The pH of blood is higher compared to that of a healthy vaginal pH. You do not want your vagina soaked to blood for a long time.
Avoid wearing tight-fitting jeans, shorts and leggings excessively
Bad bacteria thrive in warm and moist environments. When you wear trousers that are too restrictive, you provide a warm and moist environment. In addition to that, constant rubbing and friction also lead to irritation in the vaginal area due to tissue damage. You should allow air to pass through your intimate area freely by wearing jeans or shorts that are not too tight.
Cotton underwear is still the best choice
Underwear made of synthetic materials might also decrease its breathability factor. Similar to wearing tight-fitting jeans or shorts, wearing restrictive underwear only increases the chances of having vaginal infections. Spandex underwear and thongs are not so sexy when you do not have a healthy vagina.
Maintain a healthy vaginal pH
Some women do not think much about their vaginal pH, but you should know that it IS important. A healthy vaginal pH is slightly acidic, ranges from 3.5-4.5. When it becomes imbalanced, there is an increase in the risk for vaginal issues and infections. The vagina is delicate by nature and the pH can be thrown off balance by simple things such as your period or even sexual intercourse.
Choose your feminine wash wisely
Never use soap to clean your vagina. When showering, avoid using harsh or scented soaps as those might set off your vaginal pH and might lead to irritations and other vaginal infections.
A healthy diet leads to great vaginal health
It might not be obvious but a balanced, nutritious diet and sufficient fluids help in keeping the vagina healthy. Yogurt and cranberry juice can help in preventing yeast infections from occurring. For other healthy foods, ask Dr. Fay Weisberg.
If you notice your vagina having a different and foul odour, or if you are experiencing pain when urinating or having sexual intercourse, set up an appointment with Dr. Fay Weisberg. Your vaginal issues must be addressed immediately.