Unfortunately, vaginal hygiene is still considered a taboo subject in so many different places around the world. Many women are still not comfortable with discussing and find it difficult to get the right help on how to maintain feminine hygiene.
Needless to say, vaginal hygiene is important for keeping the reproductive tract healthy and your overall well-being as well. Regardless of what the age is, every woman should know about some basic vaginal hygiene rules.
Vaginal health is extremely important and ignoring the problems that can be caused by poor vaginal hygiene can lead to further complications. Not caring about your vaginal health can have unpleasant effects, like affecting your ability to reach an orgasm, fertility, and your sex drive.
However, every woman should know how to ensure vaginal hygiene. Let’s look at some helpful tips that could help ensure a healthy vagina.
Keep the underwear dry
If you do not wipe the vagina after urinating it can make the underwear get wet, which not only causes a bad smell but can also lead to vaginal infections. This is why you should always wipe the vagina afterwards and use a soft cloth or a toilet paper so the underwear does not get wet.
On the other hand, it is important to note that the vaginal fluid or discharge is a sign of a healthy vagina. Avoid excessive wiping of the vagina or using products like talcum powder, which can make the area too dry and cause dryness and itchiness. It could also lead to pain during sexual intercourse.
Change pads after every 6 hours
According to gynaecologists around the world, women who have normal blood flow should change a menstrual pad (sometimes referred to as a sanitary pad) every five-six hours. Even on days when the blood flow is light.
On the contrary, if the blood flow is heavy during menstruation, we would suggest that you change the pad every three-four hours. Moreover, during menstruation, you should clean the area every time you use the washroom.
If you fail to change the pads (or even tampons) for an extended period of time, it might lead to bad odour and skin rashes. In more serious cases, it could cause infections. Some women in some parts of the world prefer using reusable cloth pads, these should be washed and dried properly before use.
Clean the vagina after sex
Remember to clean the vagina after every time you perform sexual intercourse. In fact, make it a habit. Most women don’t realise that body fluids and particles from condoms can cause irritation.
Failing to clean up the vagina after sexual intercourse can make you prone to vaginal infections. If you want to stay away from infections like UTIs (urinary tract infections), you should always clean the vagina after sex.
Don’t use soap to wash the vagina
It is never a good idea to use scented soaps or chemical soaps when washing the vagina. Using soaps that are full of harmful chemicals could cause bacterial growth in the vagina. In additon to that, chemicals can also change the pH level of the vaginal area, which could cause irritation and lead to multiplication of unhealthy bacteria.
Instead, using an organic and natural intimate chocha spray could eradicate bacteria from the vagina. Free of any harmful chemicals, this spray could help assist in balancing the pH level of the vagina, as well as relieving itchiness and irritation.
Practice safe sex
Using condoms for safe sex is an easy and simple method of avoiding sexually transmitted infections (STIs), unwanted pregnancies and vaginal infections. On the other hand, unprotected sex carries the risk of number of infections and diseases such as chlamydia, herpes, syphilis, gonorrhoea, warts, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Use a condom and before you use one, make sure that your vagina is not allergic to the material of the condom.
Moreover, refrain from using lubes for sex as that could damage the vagina and also put you at risk of infections. Lubes contain glycerin, which can damage or irritate the vaginal cells, which in turn, increases the risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as HIV and herpes. Remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Every woman should know about these helpful vaginal hygiene tips that can help ensure a healthy vagina. Remember to share this information with all your friends and family to spread awareness. Learning about these rules at the right time could make a very big difference in the overall health and wellness of a woman.
Finally, you should never ignore any serious signs and symptoms of vaginal infections. Whether it is execcive vaginal discharge or a bad smell that is not going away, do get in touch with your doctor immediately. Never ignore any pain or itchiness in the vaginal area as these can sometimes be indicators of an underlying health condition.