5 Do’s & Don’ts to Keep Your Lady Bits Clean

Disclaimer: If the word ‘vagina’ and related terms make you cringe; this post isn’t going to be easy for you.

Vaginal dryness
Abnormal vaginal discharge
Unnatural vaginal odour
Vaginal irritation or itching

Oh please, don’t cringe! A warning was given to you beforehand!

Yes, this is what it’s going to be about. Intimate hygiene is a fairly significant aspect of female reproductive health, sexual health and quality of life. And, while we keep turning a blind eye to it, it’s no one but us who suffers.

Even though our lady bits have a natural self-cleaning system, they need to be supported with a proper vaginal hygiene regime. And, if you can relate to any of the above mentioned issues, you need to take a serious look at your intimate cleaning habits.

Here, take a look at these 5 do’s and don’ts for vaginal hygiene and make a world of difference to your reproductive health:

DON’T:

  1. Use soap.
    Opt for something that is devoid of soap, fragrances or dyes. It’s very sensitive down there, so don’t be harsh.
  1. Wear synthetic, tight underwear.
    Yes, you may find cotton lingerie boring, but synthetic fabrics do not allow your skin to breath. It causes humidity in your intimate region. Besides, tight underwear creates friction that may lead to micro tears in the skin. Both combined are the perfect recipe for a possible vaginal infection. Thus, use cotton material and fitting clothing.
  1. Try to make your lady bits smell good by applying fragrance or deodorant.
    Ok, here’s something you should know; every vagina has a unique smell. And, it isn’t bad as long as there is a problem. Look out for strong odour. It can be a sign of infection.
  1. Wear sanitary pads/tampons/panty liners for more than 3-4 hours.
    Similar to synthetic and tight underwear, panty liners prevent the skin from breathing and can lead to irritation and increased risk of infection. Likewise, is the case of sanitary pads and tampons, as menstrual blood stays in close contact with the skin. Also, ensure you change panty liners, pads and tampons before bedtime and once you wake up.
  1. Use products that might cause irritation or allergy.
    Lotions, sprays, bubble baths, etc. may have irritation causing ingredients. Try to avoid such products that contain detergents, fragrances, dyes, strong chemicals and preservatives.

DO:

  1. Wash your lady bits once a day.
    Either gentle, natural intimate wash or simply use lukewarm water to clean it once a day.
  1. Use intimate wipes if it cannot be washed.
    On period, while traveling and during warm weather, it is very convenient to use intimate wipes.
  1. Wipe yourself from front to back and not the other way round.
    Anus and vagina carry different bacteria. If you wipe from back to front, it is very easy for the bacteria to get transferred from anus to the vagina. So, ensure to stick with front to back rule. Moreover, if you use scented and colored toilet paper, it can lead to irritation.
  1. After getting rid of pubic hair, use a soothing lotion/gel.
    Each one of us have our own choice of hair removal techniques. But no matter what you use, ensure to hydrate your skin before the procedure. Once you’re done shaving/waxing don’t forget to apply a natural soothing product to the area. It’ll prevent skin irritation.
  1. Pat and not rub
    The skin down there is very sensitive and thus, it is advisable to use a soft clean towel to pat your intimate area gently after taking a shower. Do NOT rub.

Vaginas are simply wonderful, and we should be excited to have or know one. It isn’t dirty, so don’t treat it that way. And, if you realize that something is not right down there, contact your doctor as soon as possible and get back into the balance you deserve!

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