Vaginal Hygiene - Do’s and Don’ts

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.

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Don’t: Use public restrooms when on the road.