Taking care of yourself is one of the most important tasks that you would do, right? Along with taking care of your most of the body, it’s extremely important to take care of your internal body which includes our private parts. Intimate hygiene is really important and it is the one thing that can help you protect yourself from infections. Here are few of the questions that people usually ask and we are here answering those questions.
1. How should you be cleaning your vagina?
Vaginas are self cleaning. Clean your vulva with warm water and mild soap- but only externally. If you’re sensitive, avoid products which contain glycerin and harsh/heavy fragrances. No vigorous cleaning is necessary, so clean gently with either your hands or a soft washcloth.
2. Why no soap?
Like we said, the vagina can do its thing all on its own. Douching is not just unnecessary, but can also be problematic. Using products that mess with your vagina’s flow, may prompt irritation and infection by altering your pH levels down there.
3. If you can’t use soap, how are you supposed to control the smell?
If you are cleaning your vulva properly (warm water and mild soap), you should be good. Mild odour down there is normal and natural. Your vagina is not supposed to smell like a bouquet of roses. However, if you notice an unusual odour that needs to be controlled, it could be an infection, so consult your doctor immediately.
4. How to avoid UTIs? What about yeast infection?
For UTIs: pee after and before sex. In general, don’t hold your pee in- take bathroom breaks regularly. Wipe from front to back. Don’t hang out in wet or sweaty workout clothes or bathing suits. Opt for underwears made of breathable fabrics like cotton. HYDRATE!
For yeast infections: all of the above + avoid a high sugar diet. Don’t take antibiotics unless you really need them. Avoid harsh and fragrant feminine hygiene products.
5. What’s considered abnormal and normal discharge?
You won’t know what’s normal or abnormal unless you check things down there. Some amount of discharge is completely normal and natural. If you track your cycle, you’ll notice that the discharge is more between ovulation and your period, and it looks like egg whites. Consult your doctor if you notice the following in your panties: fishy or foul odor, blood in your discharge when you are not on your period, any unusual colours accompanied by pain, irritation, itchiness or redness.
6. Does the discharge sitting in a menstrual cup allow bacteria to accumulate and cause problems?
No! If you clean and change your menstrual cup as advised, you should not fear infections more so than using any other period product.