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Hey beauties, just a little warning this content is a taboo kind of post. It took me a while to actually write this content, but I feel like this is the type to not be hidden or an off-limits topic. Especially when it comes to maintaining personal hygiene, feeling well, and being confident about our bodies, even when it comes to keeping our lady part happy. You might be wondering what I’m talking about? I’m going to be discussing a “dialogue” of how to take care of your vagina. This is another controversial topic, to be honest, I don’t understand why women are scared to talk about this particular topic. I think it’s completely normal, and it can better help others understand their feminine hygiene.
Ladies do you know your vagina is a rather fascinating organ. Let’s start off with a simple question—what is a vagina? A vagina is a muscular tube connecting a uterus to external female genitalia. A healthy vagina is naturally acidic and contains rich quantities of beneficial bacteria that help fend off infections and maintain a normal pH level. A healthy vagina will also produce small amounts of discharge to keep itself clean. That being said, no matter how clean and healthy a woman’s vagina is, it will always have a natural distinct smell. Regardless of how happy your vagina maybe, if your vulva is upset with itching or burning — you’re not going to be happy. Besides regular maintenance, you may experience changes certain times like for instance during and after your period, or even during and after giving birth, just to give examples. We as women go through so much with our vagina, that is why we need to learn to love it and know how to treat it. There is good news when it comes to taking care of our vagina, believe it or not—there’s not much to do. You may have heard it being said as a “self-cleaning oven.” That expression may seem a bit inappropriate, it’s true that the vagina is able to clean itself naturally. You know what I don’t get is, if it’s that easy, why are so many women using personal cleansing products like douches, sprays, and powders? Yes, it’s normal to want to be clean, fresh, and smell nice for ourselves and our partners, but we aren’t going about it in the healthiest way. How you mean? I’ve said this too much to count but I’m going to say it again and again “you are what you eat”.
I will discuss the most common personal hygiene tips that every woman should know about, it’s tips I’ve learned, and trust me I’ve made so many common mistakes and wished I had someone who would have informed me. Some information may seem basic, while others you may not have known about. The purpose is to keep in mind that prevention is better than being unhappy with your whoo haa.
Steps to take in keeping your vagina in good health:
- The first thing the most important out all is eating a healthy balanced diet. You may not know it, but a balanced, nutritious diet and drinking plenty of water is key to vaginal and reproductive health. Yogurt and cranberry juice will be your best friend. I never liked drinking cranberry juice, but I use to suffer from UTI and cranberry juice was a lifesaver! You know what else I noticed is now I always drink cranberry juice, it helped regulate my vagina not only odor wise, but prevented UTI and yeast infections, another thing or tip for you ladies is it helps with taste-wise for your partner—not to sound too personal but my husband always says I taste good down there. (we’re all grown woman no need to be all omg). Drinking water everyday helps flush all the waste out and water is the best drink for your body in general. I’m not saying be a health freak and never indulge in your sweet tooth, I mean come on now—you can have a cheat day it won’t hurt no one. And another tip, if you experience vaginal dryness, eat more soy products, which contain a weak form of estrogen that can aid natural lubrication. Always ask your doctor, and if your allergic don’t eat soy. And too much soy is not good for you. Well, too much of anything is not good for you, it’s all in moderation.
- Your vagina should stay clean and dry. What you wear can affect that, for instance, certain types of fabrics and styles worn close to the vagina can increase heat and moisture, which leads to bacteria overgrowth and infections. Use only warm water to wash the vulva. Dry thoroughly with a clean towel—change your towels after washing your vulva. Wear cotton underwear during the day, sleeping without underwear at night to let your vagina breath, and avoid thongs. Try not to wear tight-fitting clothing, and change out of wet swimsuits and sweaty workout clothes as soon as possible.
- After a bowel movement, wipe from front to back to avoid bacterial contamination of the vagina and to lower the risk of bladder infection. Change sanitary pads and tampons regularly during your period. When you’re not having your period, do not use pads or panty liners to absorb normal vaginal discharge; they will keep moisture and warmth near your vagina, which can result in infection.
- You can reduce your feminine odor by trimming, shaving, or waxing your pubic hair. Always keep your pubic hair short or remove it completely in order to keep your private parts clean.
- Douching is a “don’t.” A lot of women think douching is a good way to keep things clean and tidy down there. There are many different reasons why women douche — and most are based on misinformation. Women do it routinely to either rinse away blood after their monthly period, to clean up before or after sex, or to get rid of an odor. Others douche because they think it can treat an infection, protect them against sexually transmitted diseases, or prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Unfortunately, these reasons couldn’t be farther from the truth. Douching does nothing to protect you, and in fact, it may cause real health issues. Douching changes the natural acidic balance of your vagina. That balance is what keeps it healthy. Changes to this environment can leave you susceptible to harmful bacteria and infection. If you already have an infection, douching may make it worse by pushing the bacteria further up the vagina.
- Be gentle. Avoid abrasive washcloths or scrubbing, which can irritate sensitive tissues. Avoid harsh cleaning products. Strong soap can dry out the mucous membrane of the vulva and cause irritation. Soaps and washes also affect the natural pH of your vagina and can disrupt its healthy balance. If you do use soap, be sure to find one that is mild, fragrance-free, and without other harmful chemical ingredients. Also, avoid cleansers or pre-wet wipes that contain these ingredients as well as alcohol. The skin around the vaginal area is extremely sensitive and delicate mucous membranes can allow harmful chemicals to be more easily absorbed. Take showers instead of baths as much as possible, avoiding bubble baths is the right way to go as it causes infections.
Like I said, in the beginning, our vagina is a self-cleaning oven, and it can take care of itself—you just need to show your lady part some love. Another important thing is everything in moderation.
What is your way of keeping your feminine hygiene clean? What are some of your tips?
Until next time,