LADIES ONLY: How to keep your UNDER PARTS clean and healthy
Many girls till date refrain from talking or sharing tips on how to maintain feminine hygiene. However, it is important to know about vaginal hygiene to keep your genitals clean and your reproductive tract healthy.
This keeps your boyfriend around as well. The following are some of the basic vaginal hygiene tips every girl should know.
1. Keep the undergarments dry
Not wiping the vagina after urinating can cause the panties to get wet, which cannot only lead to bad odour but put you at risk of vaginal infections. Thus, it is always advised to wipe the area with toilet paper or soft cloth so that your underwear is always dry. It is also advisable to clean the vagina after sexual intercourse without fail.
2. Wipe your vagina rightly
Are you wiping the area down the right way? Well, probably not! The right way to clean the vagina is from front to back (the vagina to the anus) and not the other way round. This is because if you do the other way round, then the chances of dragging the harmful bacteria to the vaginal area are high and this will lead to infections.
3. Avoid using soap while washing your vagina
The use of soaps laden with harmful chemicals such as glycerol, perfumes and antiseptics can affect the healthy balance of the harmless bacteria in the vagina. Moreover, it can also change the PH of the vagina which can cause irritation and lead to the growth of unhealthy bacteria. Instead, use plain water, preferably lukewarm water to wash the area around your vagina.
4. Avoid douching
A douche is a device which flushes up water into the vagina to clean vaginal secretions. Douching involves the use of certain chemicals which can interfere with the vaginal PH. This can, in turn, disrupt the normal vaginal bacteria, hence lead to the development of infections.
5. Change Sanitary pads after 4-6 hours
Girls who have normal menstrual blood flow should change their sanitary napkins every 4-6 hours. However, if you have a heavy flow during menstruation, change your pads every 3-4 hours. If you are using a tampon, then change it every 6 hours without fail. Failure of timely changing of sanitary napkins can lead to skin rashes in the genitals, odour and risk of infections.
6. Avoid scented feminine hygiene products
It is not a good idea to use feminine hygiene products such as scented wipes, vaginal deodorants or scrubs in the name is of giving your vagina a better smell. These products can worsen the condition and make you prone to infections since they alter the normal and healthy vaginal environment.
7. Avoid wearing tight undergarments
It is advisable to wear undergarments from breathable fabrics like cotton. Wearing tight clothes and inners made from synthetic fabrics causes sweating due to reduced air circulation. Excessive sweating and moisture can lead to the growth of harmful bacteria and yeast, causing vaginal infections. Also, do change your clothes after working out or exercising or any activity which can be sweaty.