Proper Vaginal Care – Are You Doing It Right?
Some women are particular when it comes to their hair and skin, but sometimes, their vaginal health is overlooked. In earlier times, women are taught from their childhood that it is a must to cleanse daily with strong soap or feminine hygiene sprays. However, those bring more harm than good. Here are some guidelines on how to take care of your vagina properly:
Keep it clean.
Washing your vagina with a bar or liquid soap is not actually the best way to do it. The vagina can stay clean on its own even without the help of outer cleansers. The vagina, just like some other parts of the body, has its own pH level that needs to be maintained: 3.5 and 4.5. These levels prevent the growth of unhealthy bacteria and they also facilitate good bacteria growth. When you use cleansers that are too strong, this might lead to irritation, foul odour or worse, infection. Soap residue that isn’t completely washed off from the vagina will cause irritation. Warm water is often the best cleanser, or glycerin soaps. Avoid vaginal washes and douches
Avoid douches or feminine sprays.
Douching with chemicals that are intended to make the vagina smell like flowers often has opposite effects. These chemicals wash out even the healthy bacteria that help the vagina stay clean and infection-free. The chemicals left behind by douching cause irritation and burning.
Observe good hygiene during menstrual period.
Many women are afraid to use tampons during their period. This I a myth. Tampons are very safe to use, just remember to change them frequently. Sanitary pads that are scented, that have a plastic weave or liner on them may cause more harm than good by causing a severe irritation to the vulva and vagina. Some women may experience itching following their periods or burning while using these pads. Check with your doctor if you are unsure. Washable pads, cotton pads or menstrual cups are also safe.
This is essential because if you don’t wipe from front to back, you might let fecal matter enter your vagina – this also causes infections. If you are going to use toilet paper to wipe, make sure it’s unscented. Use toilet paper that is soft and avoid unnecessary roughness. Flushable wipes are great to use, and women can buy portable ones for their purse to use while away from home, and travelling.
Cotton underwear is the best choice.
This type of underwear dries quickly and it also allows air to flow freely through the fabric. By doing this, you are preventing the development of damp conditions that promote yeast and unhealthy bacteria growth. If you like wearing underwear that is made from other fabrics, just make sure that the section touching your vagina has a cotton liner.
These are just some of the tips on how you can make sure you are taking care of your vagina. If you are experiencing unusual symptoms, it is best to see your doctor right away. Dr. Fay Weisberg can be of help in these times of need.