Ignoring the problems associated with poor vaginal hygiene can lead to many complications in the future. Here there are some essential rules
- Keep the panties dry
Not wiping the vagina after urinating can cause the panties to get wet, which can not only lead to bad odour but put you at risk of vaginal infections. However, the vaginal fluid or discharge is a part of a healthy environment. Your vagina cleans itself out, discharge is healthy and it means the vagina is doing what it is meant to do.
2. Change sanitary pads after 4-6 hours
Women who have normal blood flow should change a sanitary napkin every four-six hours. However, if you have heavy flow during menstruation then changing sanitary pads every 3-4 hours is a must. If you are using a tampon, then change it every six hours without fail.
3. Clean the vagina after intercourse
Make it a habit to clean the vagina every time after sex. This is because body fluids and lube from condoms can cause irritation. Always pee after sex as it helps to clean everything out.
4. Avoid using soap while washing your vagina
The use of soaps laden with harmful chemicals such as glycerol, perfumes and antiseptics can affect the healthy balance of the bacteria in the vagina. Moreover, it can also change the pH in the vaginal region, which can cause irritation and lead to the growth of unhealthy bacteria. Instead use plain soap and water
5. Avoid douching
A douche is a device which flushes up water into the vagina to clean vaginal secretions. Douching involves the use of certain chemicals which can interfere with the pH. This can, in turn, disrupt the normal vaginal bacteria. Moreover, there is no evidence that douching can protect you against sexually transmitted infections.
6. Say no to scented feminine hygiene products
It is not a good idea to use feminine hygiene products such as scented wipes, vaginal deodorants or scrubs to keep the vagina healthy. In fact, these products can worsen the condition and make you prone to infections.
7. Practice safe sex
Unprotected sex carries the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) using protection such as condoms every time you have sex is one of the simplest and effective ways to prevent STIs and vaginal infections and unwanted pregnancies.
8. Avoid wearing tight clothes
wear undergarments made from breathable fabrics like cotton. wearing tight clothes and inners made from synthetic fabrics cause sweating due to reduced air circulation. Excessive sweating and moisture can lead to the growth of bacteria and yeast, causing vaginal infection. Also, do change your clothes after working out or exercising or any activity which can be sweaty.
9. Learn the right way to wipe
Are you wiping the area down the right way? The right way to clean the vagina is from front to back (the vagina to the anus) and not the other way round. if you do the other way, then the chances of dragging the harmful bacteria to the vaginal are high.
11. Do not ignore signs of vaginal infections