The vagina is a muscle tube inside the body of a woman; it runs from the cervix (opening of the womb) to the vaginal opening. The vagina is designed to clean itself out, but there are still certain misconceptions around how to keep it healthy. We made a listicle around the Vagina do’s and don’ts.
Don’t use douches or feminine sprays
Douching with chemicals is apparently meant to make the vagina smell great but they end up having a negative effect on it. The normal vaginal pH is about 3.8 to 4.5, but douching can interfere with these levels, reducing acidity and interrupting a healthy vagina.
Feminine sprays and douches wash out all the healthy bacteria that help the vagina stay infection free and clean. The chemicals left behind by douches can even cause burning and irritation in certain cases.
Maintain a healthy diet
Drinking a lot of fluids and following a balanced/healthy diet are important for reproductive and vaginal health. Consumption of certain food has proved effective in treating vaginal health problems. A good example is yogurt, as it can prevent yeast infections and help with their treatment too. Cranberry juice or its supplement is also great if one is prone to UTI’s (Urinary tract infections).
Wear cotton underwear
The vagina has a preference when it comes to selecting underwear – cotton. Cotton absorbs moisture and is the perfect way to clothe the vagina. That’s why most ladies underwear comes with a thin strip of cotton fabric in the crotch area.
At least a shower a day helps to get rid of bacteria that can build up and cause odour in the vagina – pretty much like every other part of the body. Depending on one’s daily routine, it may be necessary for him/her to shower more than once a day.
Practice safe sex and use lubrication
Using male or female condoms during sex help to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, genital herpes etc. It is advisable to change condoms when switching from oral to vaginal sex; this prevents harmful bacteria from entering the vagina.
Lubrication is another vital part of sex, without it, the skin of the vagina can become irritated. Vaginal lubrication usually occurs naturally, but some females do not produce enough natural lubricants. In these types of cases, they can use unscented artificial lubricants.
Be careful with soaps
Body wash and soap are great, but they do not belong in the Vagina. Soap can be very sensitive to the skin around the vulva. The vagina is already self-cleansing so all that is needed is to wash with lukewarm water to keep things clean.
Women around the age of 25 – 65 are advised to go for cervical screening. Being checked regularly allows for identification of abnormal changes in the cervix.