Did you know that the vagina is in fact a self-cleansing organ? There are glands inside it that produce secretions (or discharge) to keep it moist. These secretions range from clear to milky depending on your monthly hormonal cycle and are usually thicker during ovulation (when an egg is released). They do not normally produce a bad odor. It is important to known that these secretions help maintain a natural pH balance that keeps the vagina acidic, thus preventing the growth of other harmful organisms. The key to optimal feminine hygiene is therefore maintaining hat natural balance.
If there are changes in your vaginal discharge, you may need to refer to a doctor to identify the causes, which could either be:
– A vaginal infection
– Poor daily vaginal hygiene
Proper hygiene contributes to overall good health. Daily genital cleansing is part of feminine hygiene and is very important. Women have natural hormones that cause oil and sweat glands to increase discharge. Vaginal discharge may vary due to the menstrual cycle, amount of sexual activity and exercise and types of birth control used. Accumulation of this normal bodily discharge can promote rashes, irritations and odors.
It is not surprising that we would spend extra time and money to buy special products to maintain part of our body which is often forgotten and neglected is our vagina. This is often neglected because most females feel that the soap and shower gel that they using on a daily basis will suffice in cleaning the vagina.
Soap and shower gels have higher pH level which will destroy natural acidic protection of vagina and cause discomfort and abnormal discharge. Hence, it is not encouraged for female to use soaps and shower gels on the vagina area because they are alkaline in nature and will create further dryness and effect the growth of good bacteria which help prevent irritations and infections at our vaginal system. Avoid upsetting your vagina’s pH balance.
Now that you understand the basics of feminine hygiene, it is important to practice them. Get yourself a good feminine wash. Make sure that your hands are clean and you do not have products on them like perfume that might aggravate your vagina. Always try and prevent soap fro getting into your vagina.
Be gentle, remember not to rub too hard or wash with water that is too hot as this could lead to irritation. Aggressive scrubbing can also damage sensitive tissues in the vagina area.
Always clean the anal and vaginal areas from front to back. This will help prevent cross contamination from anal bacteria that can cause serious discomfort and infections in the vagina.
Do not douche or do it as little as you can. Don’t forget to increase the number of lactobacilli or good bacteria in your diet through upping your intake of yogurt or taking acidophilus tablets.
Here are some Do’s & Don’t for daily feminine hygiene:
+ Open lips and clean between folds
+ Change underwear daily
+ Wear underwear with a cotton crotch because cotton wicks moisture away from the body
+ Wipe from front to back to prevent spread of bacteria
+ Urinate after intercourse to prevent urinary tract infections
+ Change tampons and pads every 4-6 hours when awake
+ Use a blow dryer or air dry before dressing
+ Wear loose comfortable clothing when possible
+ Sleep without underwear or in loose cotton boxer shorts to promote natural drying of the genital area
– Neglects the hidden areas
– Wear jeans without underwear
– Wear mini-pads on a regular basis: they hold in moisture and can promote vaginal infections like yeast
– Postpone going to the bathroom when the urge is felt or after sex
– Leave tampons and pads in place for prolonged periods: moisture promotes bacterial growth
– Stay in wet clothes or bathing suits; moisture promotes bacterial growth
– Wear tight jeans or spandex clothing for prolonged periods because they promote moisture
– Use powder in the genital area; powders hold in moisture and promote fungal infections