Healthy vagina tips according to experts. When you talk about taking good care of your body, you don’t always think about your vagina but you should because if you’re good to her, she’ll be good right back.
Here are some tips from the experts themselves!
Healthy Vagina Tips According To Experts
Most of us know that vaginas are self-cleaning ovens, a source of pleasure and a sometimes portal for life. That’s why they need extra special care and it’s important that you know the do’s and dont’s of vaginal care.
Practicing good vaginal health means fewer yeast infections and Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and, ultimately, better sex. So, here are a few expert tips on keeping everything healthy and happy down there!
There are a lot of misconceptions about how to clean one’s vagina but the general consensus from experts seems to be not to use special scrubs or washes which can be irritating.
Mild soap and water are really all you need. Your vagina is as sensitive as a flower and it can be easily thrown off balance.
Scented soaps will dry out and irritate her lips (inner and outer labia as well as the entrance to your vagina).
Remember, your vagina is self-cleaning, please stay away from intravaginal hygiene products. They can put you at risk of infections, pelvic inflammatory disease and STDs.
WATCH THE SMELL:
Your vagina may be as sensitive as a flower but it isn’t a flower, so it’s not going to smell like one.
Everyone’s vaginal smell varies based on factors like their discharge, their vagina’s bacterial flora and their hygiene practices but bear in mind, an unusual or foul odour can also be a sign that something’s wrong.
A fishy or foul-smelling odour smell can signal an infection like bacterial vaginosis, but a weird smell down there does not always mean you have an infection.
It can even be due to something like leaving a tampon in for too long or wearing synthetic underwear. Regardless, if things smell off down there, that’s a clear sign that you should see your DOCTOR to figure out what the problem is.
NOT EVERY ‘ITCH’ IS A YEAST INFECTION:
Of course, we have been taught that itching and burning are common symptoms of a yeast infection but they could just as easily be signals of bacterial vaginosis or a sexually transmitted infection.
It can be confusing but we recommend talking to your doctor and going for a vaginal health exam regularly because if you keep self-treating “yeast infections” that don’t seem to go away, it could be a sign you’re dealing with something else completely.
SHOW IT SOME LOVE:
Just like everything else in life, your vagina needs love, care and attention. This does not necessarily translate into it needs to have regular sex but it does need to feel wanted.
Vaginas like to be touched and held; sometimes, simply holding and rocking is enough to make it feel good.
Even gentle petting either with dry hands or with lubricant can have a positive effect. Try that when you wake up in the morning or when you are falling asleep at night.
EAT VAGINA- FRIENDLY FOOD:
Like your stomach, your vagina relies on healthy bacteria to ward off bacteria that causes infections.
Probiotic foods like yogurt and cheese and prebiotic foods (Prebiotics are types of dietary fiber that feed the friendly bacteria in your gut) like raw onions and leeks are important for maintaining these good bacteria.
If you’re prone to urinary tract infections, cranberry pills can help combat them by stopping bacteria from attaching to the bladder and urethra. These can be taken in juice form or as part of daily supplements.
TRY A VAGINAL GEL:
Sometimes, your period or having sex can increase your vagina’s pH balance, which then increases your risk of infections.
If you notice any vaginal discomfort after either of the two experiences, you can try using a vaginal gel once every three day which coats your vaginal walls to keep the pH low.
Yes, you read that right, you need to go commando and let your vagina breathe. Have you ever left your house in a skirt with no underwear on?
It can feel fantastic! That’s because your vagina needs to “air out” and preferably, your vagina wants cotton or nothing at all.
Now, this does not mean you have to go with big, ugly underwear on but look for panties with a thin strip of cotton fabric in the crotch. When you are home, take them off altogether.
Source: Pulse Nigeria