By: Guest Author
Published: March 7, 2018
Contributed by Sandy Funches- Guest Contributor
When it comes to vaginal health, women often have several thoughts running through their mind. However, they are either afraid to ask them aloud or rely on myths instead of facts, leading to a scary situation. That being said, it is important for every woman to take care of their vagina be it hygiene or knowing the do’s and don’ts as it can affect their overall health and well-being. If you to want to know about the essential ways to keep your lady parts being healthy, here are the crucial tips that will lead the way:
Let It Breathe
Do you often splurge on expensive innerwear that includes lace-trimmed, satin or silk panties? What about leather pants and skinny jeans and jeggings, which you wear for being fashion forward? If your answer is affirmative to both the questions, then ladies, you’re doing it wrong.
Occasionally, you can always spice up the things in bed with your fancy negligees or dress to impress your partner, but it is not something your vagina approves! This is because tight underwear and outfits will lead to a moist and warm environment that fosters the growth of bacteria and yeast. Surely, you don’t want your body to become a breeding ground for microbes!
With no airflow, you may experience itchiness as well, which leads to severe discomfort.
What you can do instead is switch to cotton panties or panties with cotton crotch. During bedtime, remove any innerwear for better ventilation. This will certainly help your cause.
Take Extra Care During Menstruation
When it is “that time of the month,” make it a point to take extra care of your vaginal hygiene.
Wearing pads for a longer duration or forgetting to change the tampon/leaving it inside your vagina overnight can lead to toxic shock.
Also, wearing panty liners and sanitary pads when the flow is less, can cause rashes in the area near the vagina.
Therefore, it is highly recommended that you change the products every 4-6 hours. You can even switch to menstrual cups as an alternative.
Don’t Use Any Chemicals
Using any sort of scented soaps, body wash, deodorants, wet wipes and sprays in the vaginal area is a big NO. It also stands true for heavily scented pads and tampons. These products do more harm than good and may cause infections!
If your vagina smells, then find out the reason behind it instead of masking it with chemicals. Your physician or gynecologist will be the right person to turn to for getting an advice on this. Also, when you wash your innerwear, make sure that you use a mild detergent for the same.
Don’t Use Douche
One of the most common activities women carry out to clean their vaginal area is douching.
It the act of inserting water or other solutions in the vagina to wash it completely. However, this is unnecessary because the vagina automatically cleans itself. But douching hampers the acidic balance and therefore, the chances of irritation in the vagina increases. Moreover, it can also let the bacteria into the fallopian tubes. What you can do instead is wash outside the vulva with lukewarm water.
Know the Symptoms of Vaginal Yeast Infection
Vaginal yeast infections occur when there is an increase in the yeast amount present in the vaginal area or due to the introduction of new yeast. One of the common telltale signs of yeast vaginitis or vaginal yeast infection is constant itching in the vaginal area. Apart from that, you can easily detect this when you constantly get a thick, whitish discharge, burning sensation, pain at the time of urination and pain while intercourse. As soon as you get these signs and symptoms, visit the nearest physician.
Say No To Surgery
Seek Counseling Before You Consider Elective Surgery for More Aesthetically Pleasing Private Parts Vaginoplasty, Labiaplasty and Laser Surgery may get all the attention in the world, but you can’t deny the fact that they come with their share of disadvantages.
There are better, safer and effective alternatives that you can always explore. A vaginal tightening stick, for instance, is a 100% herbal remedy that works magic and helps you retain a tight vagina for several days. It costs next to nothing and gives the results within minutes of applying.
Watch Your Hair Removal Methods
Ever got acne down there? Well, it is the result of infections you got from the wrong hair-removal methods such as shaving it with a razor. If you keep getting these razor burn acne, choose a better alternative such as lasering or waxing. However, when the condition persists, consider visiting the gynecologist to check for any underlying infection and start the treatment without any delay. No matter what happens, do not treat any acne in the pubic area all by yourself as this can aggravate it!
Check Vaginal Discharge
A normal discharge is clear, milky and has a subtle scent. This can change with the menstrual cycle as it’s a result of ovulation. If you find that your discharge has a distinct odor and has a different texture and smell, it’s time to visit a clinic.
Check for Signs of STD/STI
Whether or not you have multiple sex partners, you need to be aware of your body and what’s happening with it. This is with reference to Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Infections, which you can get from intercourse or even when your partner goes down on you. Hence, whenever you spot any abnormal sign and symptom in your vagina or pubic area, get yourself checked for STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) and STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections). It also helps when you and your partner exchange information about your sexual past and use protection every time you get physically intimate. Just remember, a stitch in time saves nine!
Understanding vaginal health taking the necessary steps is important for every woman. We hope that these tips helped you get a gist of how you too can keep your vagina healthy. If you’ve similar tips to add to the list, don’t forget to share them with us in the comments!
Sandy Funches is a freelance writer who enjoys writing. Writing is of utmost importance to her as doing so helps her educate people by spreading her knowledge.
The views expressed herein this article, written by a guest contributor, do not necessarily represent those of the Red Hot Mamas organization. The content is for informational purposes and should not substitute the advice of your doctor.