Just because our vagina cleans itself on its own, it doesn’t mean that we can take a step back and relax. Taking proper care of our personal hygiene goes a long way in making a difference to our reproductive organs, in turn, keeping us healthy. Take a look at a list of do’s and don’ts that I have compiled.
Do: Wash your vagina regularly with warm water and mild soap.
Don’t: Lather too much soap around the vagina as it can be irritating.
Do: Pat dry with a soft towel to absorb excess water.
Don’t: Rub your vagina with a towel as it can cause scratches and wounds.
Do: Use mild pH-balanced intimate wash to clean your intimate area.
Don’t: Use shower gels or perfumed soaps.
Do: Trim your pubic hair.
Don’t: Shave or wax because pubic hair serves a purpose.
Do: Wear cotton lingerie and loose clothing when on your period.
Don’t: Wear synthetic materials like nylon.
Do: Rinse your vagina with clean washing cloth if it feels itchy.
Don’t: Scratch the area as it may cause rashes.
Do: Change your sanitary pad every 4-5 hours.
Don’t: Wear panty liners every day.
Do: Use intimate wipes from front to back.
Don’t: Clean the inside of your vagina with the wipes.
Do: Use only water to clean the outside of the vulva (I repeat only the outside.)
Don’t: Douche (Mixture of water and vinegar or other commercial products). As much as you want to make sure that your vagina smells like a blooming flower, douching does more harm than good.
Do: Visit a gynaecologist if you find any discolouration in your vaginal discharge or any irritation in your vagina.
Don’t: Self-medicate with over-the-counter medicines.
Do: Use Peebuddy which gives you the freedom to stand and pee.
Don’t: Use public restrooms when on the road.