Being a female comes with a lot of challenges, the growing up then changes in our bodies and a lot more. Personal intimate hygiene is something we need to master because this area is most often neglected especially with the teenagers who do not have enough info on how to care for that area. A healthy vagina will be able to secrete fluids and self-cleanse, but improper feminine care upsets the balance and causes infections that can lead to more serious problems like sexually-transmitted diseases, pelvic inflammatory diseases, infertility, increased risk of cervical cancer, birth complications such as premature delivery or neonatal infections and increased risk of neonatal death. Today we will try to share some tips on how to get that part easy. Ps… I am not a doctor or an expert but bear with me… These tips have been researched, and are safe.
The first problem we have that could be really challenging to some women is smell.. we all have to smell some type of way. Your Vjay is your vjay and not a field of lilies… So it does not need to smell like one. Keep away from vaginal douches, scented wipes, and other artificial products. Your vagina has a self-cleaning mechanism and does not require you to use external cleaning agents. These actually interfere with the pH of your vagina creating a breeding ground for bacteria and infections. So the best option is to up your hygiene.
Keep undies fresh always
Change your underwear regularly. A woman should never wear an underwear item for more than a day. Vaginal secretions make it totally unhealthy, damp and a ready ground for bacteria to multiply. This is even more important during menstruation. Even if it isn’t fully soaked, it is a good idea to change a pad every 3-4 hours. When you are on your period, there is more chance of bacteria building up, in and around your vagina. So, make it a point to change your pad/ tampon and pant liner regularly and wash your vagina meticulously before every change. Rash, bacteria and bad odor will also develop if you do not change out for fresh ones.
Mow your ‘lawn’
Pubic hair is an evolutionary part of our body that has helped buffer our lady parts from friction and injury but nowadays we have, underwear and outer clothing that serve as protection, so it’s good practice to keep pubic hair short to minimise insulation down there and allow for air circulation. It isn’t necessary to remove pubic hair completely, we know Some people crave a hairy vagina, but keeping too much vaginal hair is not so wise. However, too much shaving, waxing or tweezing can cause rash and ingrown hairs. But shorter is cleaner and better.
Cotton undies all the way.
It may not feel as sexy as a lacy one or a thong but cotton underwear helps keep your vagina dry and more importantly, allows it to breathe. It prevents the buildup of sweat and bacteria which in turn keeps your vjay clean and infection free. Cotton underwear is the best for your vagina because it’s most breathable. For the same reason, you’re better off not wearing any underwear at all when you sleep. Yes ladies go commando at night I know I know it easier to wear lacy and all types of pants because of availability and care.. if you cant get cotton pants get those with a cotton lining on the part that touches the vjay or use the organic pant liner.
As you can imagine, you do not want to bring what’s lurking in the back over to the front. This can introduce other bacteria from the GI tract into the vagina it sounds simple, but it is really is important. Wiping, whether during showering or after using the toilet, should always be from front to back to reduce the chances of the vaginal area coming into contact with bacteria and particles from the anal region.
For handwashing, do it before using the toilet. Your hands are exposed to a lot of germs, especially when you are out and about in public. Prevent those germs from transferring to your nether region by washing before, as well as after.
For a healthy vagina, you need to eat well and eat clean. The saying goes, “you are what you eat”, and yes, your food consumption affects your body odor, including the one that comes from down there. Cranberry juice, avocados, yogurt, apples, flax seeds, and almonds, help your vagina remain infection free. So eat like a queen, but eat well. what you smell like down there is important for your own self-confidence. No one wants to be told that they smell bad! On the other hand, avoid fruits and vegetables that give bad breath — like onions, garlic. They have an equally negative effect on vaginal taste, just like alcohol, coffee, and spicy food. Drinking lots of water too is very beneficial for her as water acts a pure natural cleanser
Do your kegel exercises If you’re not already familiar, Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and the pubococcygeus muscle. These muscles tend to get looser and weaker with age and after giving birth. Strengthening them can help you avoid issues like urinary incontinence and also increase sexual pleasure. To do Kegel exercises, follow these steps:
Locate your pelvic floor muscles. To do this, pretend you are stopping urination in midstream. The muscles you use to stop are the ones you are targeting with kegel. Tighten the muscles and hold for three seconds, then release. Repeat this 15 times.
Continue doing Kegel exercises daily, holding for longer and adding more repetitions as you gain control. Having relaxed and strong vaginal muscles not only leads to better sex but also can make childbirth easier and prevent leaking down the line. A pelvic physical therapist can teach you how to best exercise your PC muscles.
Keep an eye out for discharges Not all discharges are bad tho. Discharges are actually your vagina’s way of flushing out bacteria and impurities. While a clear, milky or mildly yellowish discharge which doesn’t have a bad odor is perfectly normal, a discharge with a peculiar smell and color accompanied by irritation and itching may mean a visit to the gynecologist is pending. Get medical help once you notice an itch, strange coloration of vaginal (menstrual) emissions, strange feelings or noticeable signs of infections — say foul odor, rashes or boils, head to the hospital. The danger of leaving infections untreated goes beyond odors. Your fertility as a woman is also at risk. There is nothing to be shy or ashamed about having a vagina, ladies! If you ever feel any kind of discomfort, go to a gynecologist. It is also a good idea to get regular checkups of your lady parts just to make sure all is well and in place.
The vagina and genitals are a sensitive area. Good feminine hygiene gives more self-confidence, a strong sense of femininity and satisfying sexuality, and protects women from serious problems.
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