Do you think you know how to keep your vagina clean? Reading this article to the end will change your perception about how you have been doing it.
Also, it will expose your mind to the right way of keeping your vagina clean and healthy.
The vagina is a tube of muscle inside a woman’s body that runs from the cervix (the opening of the womb) to the vaginal opening.
It has a soft, flexible lining that provides lubrication and sensation.
The vagina connects the uterus to the outside world. Its entrance area is the vulva.
The vulva and labia form the entrance and the cervix of the uterus protrudes into the vagina, forming the interior end.
Indeed, how well a woman understands and care for the vagina helps her keep it clean.
But some women want their vagina to smell like roses or ice cream. They have their reasons.
It is a poor way of caring for your organ.
Unfortunately, poor vagina hygiene and the products women use could be the reason some contract infections.
A 2014 study highlighted that some feminine hygiene products may use ingredients that are known or suspected endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), carcinogens, or allergens.
Sadly, these products make the vagina vulnerable. But doing the under listed things will help keep the vagina healthy.
1. Maintaining Good General Health
Interestingly, here is number one secret of keeping a healthy vagina.
Eating the right meal and exercising can help the vagina stay healthy. Generally, exercises affect all organs in the body.
For instance, walking and running help strengthen the pelvic floor. Do your regular exercise and it will aid secretion that happens in that region.
2. About Vagina Discharge
Really, some women feel terrible when they notice a discharge. But you should be more concerned if there is no discharge at all.
It is normal to produce clear or white secretions (discharge) from your vagina. This mucus or discharge is produced naturally from the neck of the womb – the cervix.
Also worthy of note is the fact that the amount of discharge varies throughout you menstrual cycle.
During ovulation, (the period your ovary releases an egg), your discharge could be thicker and stretchy. It has the semblance of a raw egg white.
However, the bottom line is that a healthy discharge doesn’t have a strong smell or colour. When there is soreness or itching going along with the discharge, you should consult a doctor.
3. Bacteria Presence
There are good and bad bacteria and the balance of bacteria in the female organ makes it healthy.
Bacteria presence are for good. The good bacteria help subdue the harmful bacteria that may come in.
Also, they help to keep the PH level balanced and produce natural antibiotics that help subdue the harmful bacteria.
The good bacteria also produce substance that stops invading bacteria from sticking to the walls of the female organ.
4. Cleaning And Washing The Vagina
The products you use when washing your vagina could increase the risk of contracting infection. Unfortunately, in Nigeria women grow with this perception that douching and washing the vagina with some soaps could keep it safe and healthy.
Douching on hot water is one that is common, but gyneacologists warn that it affects the natural cleansing performed by the organ. This research has more.
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If at all, wash the vulva area with plain soaps (without perfumes). Chemicals disrupt the natural condition that helps the good bacteria thrive.
Also, cleaning should not be done with scented wipes and vaginal deodorants.
If you are part of those that want their vagina to lose it’s Aloe-Vera-like smell and have a nice scent like rose, you should have a rethink.
Understand that at different times of your reproductive cycle, the odour could change, but that does not mean that there is an infection.
The study cited earlier said several studies have found that black and Latina women tend to use douches and feminine deodorisers more often than women of other races. As a result, they also experience higher rates of bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections.
5. Sanitary Pads And Others
According to the research cited above, “lubricants containing highly osmolar glycerin have also been linked to bacterial vaginosis and changes in the vaginal flora”.
It stresses the need for women to ensure that they use sanitary pads that are cotton-based and not synthetic-fiber tampons.
It reported that synthetic fibers are more absorbent than cotton; they concentrate menstrual proteins to a greater degree than cotton and provide “an incredibly perfect physico-chemical environment” for toxin production.
Following this guide will help you ensure that you maintain a good vagina health and reduce worries that could come sometimes.
However, if you feel you have contracted an infection, go for testing. Do not self-medicate in assumption that there is an infection.
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