As a woman, you should always take pride in knowing how to keep your vagina fresh. Cleaning your vagina should be something you do every day. It is important to know about vaginal hygiene to keep your genitals clean and your reproductive tract healthy. There are a few basic vaginal hygiene rules every woman should know about.
1. Keep your underwear dry as much as possible.
Make sure to wipe the vagina using toilet paper or a soft cloth after urinating to avoid bad odor and to keep your underwear dry.
2. Learn the right way to wipe
Wipe yourself from front to back, from the vagina to anus so that no harmful bacteria can be pulled from the anus. It helps avoid many infections.
3. Avoid using soaps and shower gels to wash your vagina.
The use of harsh soaps may cause unnecessary problems like irritation, itching, or rashes. Instead use plain soap and water, preferably lukewarm water to wash the area around the vagina.
4. Avoid scented feminine hygiene products
Using feminine hygiene products such as scented wipes, vaginal deodorants, or scrubs to keep the vagina healthy. In fact, it can cause bacterial vaginosis, so your vagina can actually smell like fish. These products that are supposedly designed to make you smell “better” can actually give you an infection and do exactly the opposite of what it’s intended to do.
5. Shaving pubic hair prohibited
Do not shave off pubic hair entirely, instead give it a trim. Believe it or not but pubic hair is there for a reason, and we should let it be. It acts as a barrier to protect our vagina from bacteria.
6. Avoid using douche.
Douche is a device used to introduce a jet of water to the inside part of the body so that it can be washed. Douching is done for either medical or hygiene reasons. Most doctors recommend that women do not douche. It can change the necessary balance of vaginal flora (bacteria that live in vagina) and natural acidity in a healthy vagina. A healthy vagina has good and harmful bacteria.
7. Change your sanitary pads frequently.
I would suggest to change your sanitary pads every 4-6 hours during the day. If sanitary napkins or tampons are not change for a long time, it can lead to skin rashes and bad odor. It can also put you at risk of infections. Also, some women tend to use reusable cloth pads, which needs to be washed and dried properly before using it.
8. Avoid wearing tight clothes
Avoid wearing synthetic materials like nylon and lycra which increases humidity in the intimate area, in turn, causing bacterial infection. Wear cotton underwear as it enables the skin to breathe.
9. Practice safe sex and Clean the vagina after intercourse without fail.
Using a condom when having intercourse saves you from serious infections like sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV. Using protection everytime you have sex is one of the simplest and effective ways to prevent STIs and vaginal infections and unwanted pregnancies. Better safe than sorry. Wash your vagina after sex to prevent spreading of harmful infection from your partner to you or vice versa. Not cleaning up after the act can make you prone to vaginal infections, so always clean the vagina with water to prevent infections like urinary tract infections (UTIs).
10. Consult a Doctor.
Do not ignore signs of vaginal infections as it could be a sign of an underlying health condition. Never try self-medication. Most women try some quick home remedies such as using baking soda solution to wash the vagina or applying some homemade paste to get rid of odor. But this approach is completely wrong. It is best to consult a Doctor for all these problems.