45% of women experience uncomfortable vaginal symptoms. Some women feel uncomfortable talking about vaginal health altogether.
But a healthy vagina is important for your entire body, so how do you implement vaginal maintenance into your routine?
If you want to keep your vagina healthy and functioning properly, here are some vaginal health tips to start trying today.
Find A Doctor
While you should have a primary doctor, most women see an OB/GYN for their reproductive needs. OB/GYNs specialize in the reproductive system of women and can diagnose vaginal problems accurately. Getting an OB/GYN who supports you is one of the best ways to have great vaginal and vulva health.
You can also discuss vaginal rejuvenation and other forms of vaginal care with your OB/GYN. If you’re interested in vaginal rejuvenation, check out this article to learn more.
Wash Daily With Water
When you shower you should wash your vagina, but gently. Many scented soaps or body washes contain chemicals and other potential skin irritants that can upset the balance of bacteria in the vagina. More so, it could cause irritation which leads to yeast infections.
When washing, try washing with a bar of gentle soap and water, or just water. Only wash the outside of your vagina, not the inside.
Eat Healthy Foods
Did you know that the foods you eat can impact your vaginal health? The vagina relies on healthy bacteria to keep it functioning properly and balanced. Probiotic foods can boost vaginal health down there and maintain the balance of healthy bacteria.
Some probiotic foods are yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, and pickles. If you don’t like probiotic foods, try taking a probiotic supplement. Don’t forget to drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
Some underwear is fun and exciting to wear, but it can restrict much-needed airflow to the vagina. Sticking to cotton underwear allows the vagina to “breathe” better and is less likely to cause irritation. Without proper airflow, the vagina is subject to prolonged moisture which leads to infections.
If your underwear does get wet, you should change it right away, even if you have on cotton. Tight-fitting clothing also blocks air movement. At nighttime, consider not wearing underwear to air out your vagina.
Anytime you use the restroom, you should always wipe front to back. Wiping any other direction can transfer bacteria into the vagina, making it a prime breeding ground for bacterial infections to fester. Harmful bacteria like E. Coli may get into the vagina if you don’t wipe properly, which is very dangerous to your health.
Even though it’s a simple trick to remember, it can save you much pain, doctor’s trips, and expensive hospital stays and medication.
Try These Vaginal Health Tips
These vaginal health tips promote a healthier vagina which leads to a healthier you. Talking about vaginal health is not shameful, but should promote not just a healthier body, but a healthier mindset when thinking about the reproductive system.
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