The vagina is an important part of the body, but when something goes wrong you may be too embarrassed to talk to your doctor.
You’ll probably need an exam and no one I know likes to put on a gown and put their feet in the stirrups.
It sure seems like the doctor uses the biggest speculum he can find, and it takes forever until you can get dressed.
If you practice some vaginal hygiene tips you might be able to solve the problem yourself.
There are tons of feminine hygiene products on the market today. Advertisers are constantly telling women they should douche, spray feminine deodorant around the vagina and how they can benefit from their products.
The vagina is easy to keep clean without purchasing a myriad of hygiene products.
Use Mild Soap to Wash
You may find it hard to believe that the natural discharge secreted from your vagina is a natural cleansing agent that helps to protect you against infections.
If you wash the vagina excessively, douche or use perfumed or chemical-laden soaps or cleansers, you’ll destroy the protective shield of the vagina and may experience pain and odor. To keep the vagina clean, rinse the external area around the vagina with warm water and mild soap.
Consult Doctor for Strong Smells
Every woman’s vagina has its own natural smell that’s healthy and natural. If you notice a strong scent or fish smell emitting from the vagina, you may have an infection such as bacterial vaginosis.
Most doctors will prescribe antibiotics for this condition, but there are also natural ways to overcome most infections and restore the vagina’s delicate pH balance, which is usually a major contributor.
Don’t Douche After Menstruation
The vagina has its own natural way of cleaning itself after the menstrual period, but some women feel they need to douche to feel cleaner.
Many times, douching pushes bacteria and other toxins into the reproductive tract and causes pelvic inflammatory disease – a very painful condition. Pads and tampons that are scented may also lead to infections, so always use unscented products.
Nix Tight Clothing
The moist, dark area of the vagina must have air flow to prevent infections and other conditions. If there is no air flow, fungi and bacteria may form and multiply within the folds of skin.
Avoid high waisted skinny jeans, leather pants or synthetic spandex. Wear cotton underwear and sleep in the nude from the waist down.
Use Condoms for Sex
Bacteria can enter the vagina during sex and cause many serious conditions such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, herpes and genital warts – and HIV.
Protect your vagina from contracting these debilitating infections by using condoms when you have sex. Some of these infections and diseases may contribute to incidences of sterility, cancer and other problems.
Clean Vagina After Urination
Use soft, white, unscented toilet paper that does not contain dyes or other irritating chemicals.
Wipe yourself from front to back after experiencing a bowel movement to prevent fecal matter from coming into contact with your vagina, which can cause a bacterial infection.
It’s important to maintain a regimen of feminine hygiene. You’ll improve your overall health as well as prevent infections, odors, itching and other discomforts that could arise.