The vagina is an organ that is very sensitive to environmental changes. The pH of this organ is also prone to becoming disrupted.
You surely know some of the factors that can harm the health of this region, such as a lack of hygiene, wearing tight clothing or unprotected sex, among other factors.
However, there are many women that worry too much about the appearance of their genitals and hence make mistakes when looking after it.
For this reason, we want to share with you some of the things that you must never do to your “best friend.”
Wearing panty liners every day
These products were created to absorb the vaginal discharge that we experience at the beginning and end of every period we have.
Using this sanitary product every day can harm your intimate health, because its daily use makes the groin area more hot and humid.
As a result of this, your nether region transforms into the perfect area for cultivating bacteria. This causes vaginal infections and increases the amount of vaginal discharge.
If you use these products regularly, then we recommend that you reduce the amount of times you use them or change them more frequently. Ideally, you should be changing them every 4 hours.
Trying to get rid of your vagina’s natural odor
The vagina has a distinctive smell and this is completely normal. Maybe the smell makes you uncomfortable as you think it’s an unpleasant odor. However, what happens when you test this assumption and ask you partner what they think?
The vagina is a hot and humid internal organ. This means it sweats, or perspires, which creates an odor that is completely healthy.
You should only worry when:
- The odor is stronger than usual
- You also experience itching with this odor
- You start to experience abnormal vaginal discharge
Never disparage your vagina’s natural odor or try to hide it.
Using vaseline as a lubricant
Vaseline and any other products that contain petroleum can cause vaginal infections if used as a lubricant. If you want to use something as a lubricant, use a high-quality professional oil with a neutral pH.
It won’t do you any good to use any product at hand such as butters or cooking oils, because they could burn you or change the pH balance of the vagina.
Moreover, never insert foreign objects, foods or any other device that isn’t designed to go inside the vagina.
We understand that you want to keep your whole body clean and smelling good. However, you must keep in mind that excessively cleaning your vagina is not good for its health.
Some women like to use vaginal douches to clean their intimate area, but this is completely unnecessary.
In fact, this habit could be quite dangerous because it can horribly disrupt the balance of healthy bacteria inside the vagina. Some gynecologists consider douching to the be the cause of pelvic inflammatory disease and bacterial vaginosis.
The best thing you can do for your vagina is to wash it with water and a pH-neutral soap when you take a bath or shower. Furthermore, clean your intimate area with a clean towel, but don’t rub too hard.
Exposing your vagina to steam
“Cooking,” or steaming your vagina in a spa, seems to be quite popular nowadays. And yes, “cooking” perfectly describes this action.
This is because steaming the vagina involves you sitting on special seats that have steam that come out of them, in a specific type of spa, without any underwear on. This steam goes straight to your vagina.
With any type of heat treatment, the best strategy is blood circulation in that area. On the other hand, steam treatments have resulted in burns and irritation in the intimate area. Besides, there is no scientific proof of the efficiency of this procedure.
Using food during sex
Suggesting that you should use condoms, for your vagina’s sake and for the sake of your sexual health, in general, when engaging in sexual activity without a stable partner, is nothing new.
Moreover, some people like to engage in creative games when having sex.
However, we don’t recommend using chocolate syrup, whipped cream or similar products internally during these games.
This is because anything that contains sugar can change the bacteria and yeast proportions in the vagina. Furthermore, sugary products can cause infections and also irritate the vulva.
If you want to incorporate games in your sexual relations, in which you use different flavors, then look for products catered to this.
Wiping yourself incorrectly after using the bathroom
It’s vital for feminine intimate hygiene that you dry yourself properly after peeing. Incorrectly do this causes the most common infections.
Because the anus is very close to the vagina, it can transport bacteria from one place to the other. This bacteria can then become mixed in with vaginal mucosa, which is highly susceptible to infections.
The correct way to clean yourself after peeing or pooing is to start from the vagina and move toward the anus. Or in other words, from front to back.
Remember: care for the health of your vagina
The skin on the vulva is the thinnest and most sensitive skin on the body, and things that we thought were harmless can burn, irritate or infect it.
There are habits that we’ve learned since we were children, which we continue to do all our lives. However, there are some things that we must never do to our vaginas if we want to avoid uncomfortable situations.
By putting the advice mentioned above into practice, you will avoid disrupting your vaginal ecosystem. This will help you look after your health and continue being beautiful.