Who wants to talk about their private parts and their problems down there? No one! But why suffer in silence? Instead, we’re not shying away and neither should you. Read on and discover what we think is best for genital health.
1. Use only water or mild soap to wash down there
Stay away from using harsh soaps down there. A healthy vagina is protected by an army of good bacteria to stave off disease-causing microbes. These good bacteria are called lactobacili and they help keep your vagina’s pH balance at its normal level (less than pH4.5). If you use harsh soaps and other cleansers or perfumes on it, it’ll disrupt this ecosystem, which will lead to growth of the bad bacteria and eventually cause several infections you’d rather not be irritated with.
2. Change your pads or tampons often
Pads: Changing your pad every 4 hours would help you avoid bacterial growth (they grow in warm, moist, dark environments, which is facilitated by your filled pad).
Tampons: Changing your tampon every 4-8 hours will help prevent Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), a rare but sometimes deadly disease, caused by bacteria which produce toxins.
3. Always wipe from front to back
After you’ve done your business on the toilet, the direction in which you wipe can make a huge difference. All doctors recommend wiping from front to back to avoid transporting the germs from your rectum to your bladder, vagina, etc.
4. Always keep it dry
Bacteria thrive in moist, dark environments, so if you wash but leave it wet, you’re just allowing harmful bacteria to grow. This then causes itching and other dreaded problems down there. Wipe gently after washing and make sure you are dry before pulling up your panties.
5. Pee after sex
When you’re being frisky in bed, bacteria gets transferred easily from other regions of your body and your partner’s body. Doctors recommend peeing immediately after sexual intercourse to prevent bacteria from getting into your urethra.
6. Avoid douches and feminine hygiene sprays
Washing and spraying water into your vagina in an effort to clean it with commercial douches may make you feel cleaner, but it’s actually screwing up the good and bad bacterial balance in your vaginal area.
7. Eat yoghurt
Yoghurt contains good bacteria which helps keep the bacteria in your digestive tract and vagina in check. Eating yoghurt regularly could help with keeping vaginal infections at bay. Some people also swear on cranberry juice, but there’s not much scientific evidence on that for now. No harm trying though!