Vaginal health is something that women are shy to speak about but you should always. A vagina is an important and delicate part of your own body. And this goes under many changes during lifetime like adolescence, pregnancy, during menses and also menopause. Hence, All women should be concerned about their vaginal health.
The vagina is designed to keep itself clean with the help of natural secretions (discharge). A healthy vagina also releases small amounts of discharges. Exercising regularly also helps to maintain proper vaginal function with your overall health, like walking and running tones the pelvic floor and assure good general health.
A woman can suffer many vaginal problems in her lifetime. Most common are an itchy vagina, vaginal discharges, lousy odor, redness and swelling around the vag and many more. Therefore, every woman should be concerned about feminine hygiene. People come up with many queries like “How to keep your vag clean and smelling good?”, “How to prevent it from infections?” , “Which soaps should you use?”, What is the Ph balance of the vagina?”, “How to get your Ph balance back to normal?”.
Here are the some most essential tips to keep your vagina healthy and happy.
1. Do not douche.
Usually, vaginal pH is about 3.8 to 4.5 which helps to prevent it from many severe infections. A douche clean water up into the vagina, and it also takes out vaginal secretions with it. As vaginal secretions are removed, douches can intervene with the vagina’s pH levels, reducing acidity and disturbing a healthy vaginal bacterial atmosphere.
When douching, water goes in the opposite direction. Germs can go inside the female system from outside. Do not douche.
If your vagina has a strong or unpleasant odor, visit your doctor; a douche is only going to conceal the smell without curing the problem that’s producing it. Avoid applying harsh soaps or cleansers on the vulva or inside the vagina, as those also can affect a healthy pH balance.
2. Scented wipes and vaginal deodorants
As mentioned above, these scented products can again obstruct the vagina’s healthy natural balance.
Patients generally ask me about the best soaps for the private parts. Do not use perfumed soaps, gels, antiseptics. These make your vagina dry and disturb vag’s ph balance.
Washing with water and a plain soap should be all you need to keep your vagina healthy. It’s normal for the vagina to have an odor. “Vaginal odor changes with different times of the reproductive cycle, for example, during pregnancy, and after that vagina has a different odor. You shouldn’t always consider that as a sign of infection or illness. So don’t fret about the smell of your vagina. If you are concerned, visit your gynecologist.
3. Use condoms
Using condoms during sex helps to protect you not only against pregnancy but also sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, and HIV infection.
You should always use new condoms when turning from oral or anal sex to vaginal sex, to prevent the entrance of harmful bacteria into the vagina.
4. See Your Gynecologist
All women aged from 25 to 64 especially those are sexually active should go for cervical screening, pap smears. Being screened routinely means any abnormal changes in the cervix could be recognized early and, if necessary, can be treated to as soon as possible and stop disease further from developing. Also, you can discuss the safe sex and diseases of the vagina from your gynecologist.
5. Use Enough Lubricant
Lubrication is an important part of intercourse. Without it, the skin of the labia and vagina can become irritated and chafed. While vaginal lubrication usually occurs naturally during female stimulation, some women do not produce enough natural lubricant and vagina remains dry which makes sex painful and unpleasant. In this case, you should use an artificial lubricant to reduce friction, to make your vag wet and to increase pleasure.
If you’re using condoms for protection, then, do not use an oil-based lubricant —that they can cause the latex in condoms to break down.
6. Choose cotton underwear
Your female part should remain clean and dry — and everything you wear may affect vaginal conditions. Certain types of fabrics and tight-fitting garments create warm, moist conditions in which yeast flourish. Wear breathable cotton underwear and avoid thongs. If you’re prone to yeast infections, change out of wet swimsuits and sweaty workout clothes as quickly as possible.
You can maintain your female part by many other ways. For example, healthy food, doing kegel’s exercise, do not take excess antibiotics.