9 tips for a healthy vagina
05 July 2015, 09:33
The vagina is a delicate part of the body but often women don't give much thought to looking after it. Follow these 9 tips to keep your vagina healthy!
Strengthen your pelvic floor
A stronger pelvic floor reduces your risk of incontinence and any related infections. Kegel exercises, pilates and yoga are all great for building up the pelvic floor muscles.
Don't ditch the condoms
If you're in a committed relationship and don't use condoms, you may want to reconsider. As semen is more alkaline, it can change your vagina's PH, making it less effective at warding off higher levels of bacteria and putting you at an increased risk of infection.
Be careful of douches and perfumed soaps
You may feel the need to use a perfumed soap or douche but these can seriously irritate your vagina. Rather wash the outer area with a mild soap and warm water. Avoid ever putting any soap or shower gels inside your vagina.
Lose the lacy panties
You may love a bit of lace but when it comes to keeping your vagina healthy, cotton is better. Cotton helps to draw moisture away from the skin and is less irritating, reducing your likelihood of yeast and bacterial infections.
Pop some probiotics
Get your probiotics daily by either taking a supplement or eating yoghurt that contains probiotics. This helps your body to maintain adequate levels of healthy bacteria. This is especially important if you are taking antibiotics as they kill off both healthy and unhealthy bacteria in the body.
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Beware of talcum powder
Don't try to cover up any unpleasant odours with talcum powder. Talcum powder will dry out your vagina and lead to irritation. Also, an unpleasant smell is a symptom of infection so book an appointment with your doctor to get it treated.
Choose the right lube
Lube may help to reduce friction and irritation during sex but it is important to choose the right kinds. A study has shown that oil-based lubricants such as petroleum jelly increase the risk of bacterial vaginosis. Rather choose a water-based lubricant.
Use tampons carefully
Tampons can contribute to yeast infections. If your prone to these, rather use sanitary pads than tampons. If you much prefer tampons, change them more regularly than every 4-6 hours as usually recommended.
Say goodbye to g-strings
G-strings or thongs may look sexy but they can actually cause harmful bacteria to be spread towards your vagina. Rather choose bikini or boyleg cuts and remember to stick to cotton.
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