8 Things You Should Do To Take Care of Your Vaginal Health

10 May, 2020
Taking care of your vaginal health is fundamental for any woman. It isn't just a question of hygiene, but also helps you prevent diseases and avoid risks.

Taking care of your vaginal health is an important part of any woman’s general health and well-being. However, maybe because of taboos, lack of knowledge, or other reasons, people don’t always tend to it as well as they should. For many women it’s hard to talk to professionals about specific measures related to their vaginal health.

The vagina needs care, especially preventive care that helps avoid diseases and problems. This care doesn’t take away women’s privacy. Vaginal health doesn’t have to do with modesty, it’s a purely sanitary issue.

What should you know to take care of your vaginal health?

When it comes to women’s intimate parts and their care, these tips can be very useful:

1. Talk about your vagina

Gynecologist, talking about vaginal health.
Make regular visits to your gynecologist, and talk openly about your vaginal health.

The first important measure is to become comfortable with vaginal care and your intimate areaYou have to get used to talking about this topic with your doctor. Doctor’s visits should be totally normal for any anomaly or change, even if it seems minimal or not important enough.

2.  Evolution

Your vagina’s functions and condition go hand in hand with the female life cycle, which experiences transformations. This is normal and natural, so it shouldn’t be a reason to worry.

3. The age you should start taking care of your vaginal health

Throughout a woman’s whole life, she should take care of her vaginal health. There isn’t an age for it, which is why it’s important that mothers talk with their daughters about proper hygiene. This way, those girls will grow up without taboos and shame.

4. Vaginal hygiene

Vaginal hygiene.
Proper hygiene of your intimate area is indispensable, especially when you are menstruating.

One key topic when talking about vaginal health is hygiene. You don’t have to clean the inside of your vagina, since it has its own natural cleaning methods.

It’s an area with a range of important bacteria, and these bacteria promote your health. If you use chemical products inside your vagina, it will harm these helpful bacteria.

The labia and nearby areas on the outside of the vagina are the parts you should wash with warm water. You can use a neutral soap, but never use industrial or chemical products, or strong water sprays. The water pressure can make water and soap get inside and that could cause you harm.

You might be interested in: Five Home Remedies to Regulate the pH of Your Intimate Area

5. Vaginal odors

Many women worry about vaginal odors and try to improve the situation with intimate deodorants and perfumes. As we have seen, chemical products aren’t recommended because they damage your natural bacterial balance.

If you need to perfume your vaginal area, we recommend you use a mix of water with a natural oil and apply it as an aerosol. It’s important to adopt good cleaning habits to reduce bad odors.

If the smell turns acidic or too strong, you should see a doctor. It could be that you have a vaginal infection, a frequent problem, but easy to solve if you see a doctor.

6. Exercises to take care of your vaginal health

As time goes by, vaginal muscles lose elasticity. These muscles are used for sexual relations and for giving birth. Therefore, it’s important to dedicate time to vaginal exercise.

We’re talking about the well-known “Kegel exercises”, that you can do in any place. You need to squeeze your vaginal muscles, hold for a few seconds, and then relax them.

Jade eggs, vaginal cones, and Chinese balls are useful accessories for these exercises. Additionally, using a vibrator contributes to your muscle elasticity.

You might be interested in: Kegel Exercises to Tone Pelvic Muscles and Increase Sexual Pleasure

7. Lingerie

Woman in underwear.
Breathable underwear avoids humidity in the area and problems associated with that.

We suggest you wear cotton underwear and delicate, soft fabrics for daily use. Lace, though it’s pretty, is a little rough, so it’s better to save that just for special occasions. If you use other fabrics, the part that touches your vagina should be cotton. This advice works for bathing suits too.

8. Condoms in sexual relations

One fundamental tip to care for your vaginal health is to use protection during sexual relations. In addition to avoiding unwanted pregnancy, condoms keep the semen from contacting the vagina and prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

Another good measure is to pee after sexual relations. Pee helps control unwanted bacteria. Later, of course, you can wash yourself as well.

Every woman should consider vaginal care on the same level as any other part of her body. Vaginal health is an integral part of womanhood.

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