Is your hygiene down there up to the mark?

When I was growing up, taking a bath was always the last thing on my mind because most of my spare time was spent on the football field. Every morning, I would run off to play with my friends without even taking a shower, and even if I had school afterward, the shower never lasted more than five minutes. Now some may say, that is all the time it takes but really, do you think you can scrub off all the dirt in less than five minutes? I didn’t think so either. Although you could get away with not taking a shower during your childhood, as you grow up, you realize that time spent in a bath is probably the only time where you are in a relaxed state of mind. And if you have all the time in the world, running a bath, and soaking in it with a glass of wine in your hand can be the best thing in the world. You know, like the one Monica convinces Chandler to take after a long, hard day.

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But if taking a bath alone could imply that your whole body was clean, and by the whole body, I mean even down there. The concept of cleanliness differs from person to person. While some might hop into the shower any chance they get, others think that a quick wash of their face, underarms, and their genitals is more than enough to get them through the day.

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You should know that neither regular showers nor daily scrubbing of our genitals can ensure that our intimate hygiene is up to the mark. For that, we need to find the perfect balance between our daily routine and eating habits. And I know some women hold off on taking a bath when they are on their period, it is essential to take one. Here are some points on the checklist that you can tick to know how well you rate on your intimate hygiene scale.

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  1. Wipe your butt from the front to the back so that bacteria causing infections do not enter your vagina.
  2. Wash your vagina with soap or feminine wash that have a pH level ranging from 3.5 to 4.5.
  3. Watch out for signs of imbalance like change in discharge and odour, any itching or pain during sex.
  4. Have yourself tested every month for sexually transmitted diseases, even if you have used protection since residues left by condoms can cause infection.
  5. Check for rashes or bumps under the skin of the vulva or vagina. If they are accompanied by pain, then visit your doctor and have him take a look.

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  1. Wear a clean pair of underwear even when you are on your period. Also, avoid wearing tight underwear to give your vagina room to breathe.