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7 Tips to Keep Your Vagina Healthy & Happy
- Don’t douche – The vagina is magnificent organ that is more than capable of cleaning itself. No innovation has ever improved upon what nature can do on its own. Douching can pose many risks including spread of infections, as noted by the Women’s Health Foundation. Mild soap with warm water externally is all that is needed.
- Skip scented soaps and perfumes – Vaginal irritation is a concern with women. Using scented soaps or perfumes can lead to an upset in the delicate PH balance of the vagina and cause irritation, redness and itching. If you do find something funky smelling below the belt then check with your doctor before applying irritating substances.
- Healthy nutrition and movement – Maintaining a healthy body with a balanced nutrition and daily movement will support the overall health of vagina.
- Cotton can be your best friend – Silk or synthetic underwear may retain moisture and lead to yeast or bacterial infections. If you love your silk panties at least go for a pair with a cotton liner.
- Use a blow dryer – An irritated vulva can be very uncomfortable. If you find yourself in pain and unable to use a towel then using a blow-dryer set on cool can provide the dryness that you need.
- Don’t overuse antibiotics – Your vagina has to maintain a healthy balance. Antibiotics can kill off the lactobacilli (healthy vaginal bacteria) that help keep your vagina healthy. When taking antibiotics adding a daily dose of probiotics (such as Greek yogurt or Kombucha) can help prevent lactobacilli die off. Oral probiotic supplements can also be used. Make sure to get one that contains at least 10 billion CFU (colony forming units) and purchase it directly from a refrigerator (and store in yours!) for maximum effect.
- Wet wipes – Sometimes it’s nice to feel really clean and wet wipes can certainly do the job. They are safe to use provided they are of the unscented kind.
Don’t forget to do your Kegel exercises – Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support the uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum. You can do Kegel exercises, also known as pelvic floor muscle training, just about anytime. Doing three sets of 10 Kegels each day, holding each kegel for five seconds is a great start and can be done anywhere. There are apps to help you stay on track with your Kegels. You can experience a Kegel by stopping your urine flow during urination–you should feel a gentle “pulling up” of the vagina. That’s a Kegel!