living life yellow.
the ramblings of a 21 year old
Read this blog post.
Your vagina will thank you for it.
Less is more.
There's been a bunch of crazy "vagina care" tips of the last few years and reality is, it's all just a money making scheme. Your vag is self cleaning and has its own way to keep its pH balanced. So really, you don't have to do much to keep it in line! Of course, if there's a problem, you should see a doctor, but you don't need to douche or steam-clean your vagina on the regular to stay healthy. Trust your vagina to do its job.
Clean your vulva. Properly...
Your vag may be self cleaning, but unfortunately your vulva (outer parts of your genitals) are not. Bacteria can build up pretty quickly inside the folds, so you'll probably want to clear it out from time to time. Use water, or a gentle soap to do this, nothing fancy needed. Main thing is to just be gentle.
Gentle pat, don't rub, when drying your bits after a shower.
Scented soaps are a no-no.
You are super sensitive down there so the last thing you want is irritation. Soaps that have fragrance in them have more chemicals in them usually, or some natural products that could possibly cause an allergic reaction. Best to keep your rose scented shower gel for the rest of your body!
This also goes for bath bombs and soaks. Try to keep them to a once/twice a month thing, otherwise they may start messing with your vagina's pH.
Only use soap down there once a day.
Any more is a little excessive. Feel free to give yourself a rinse, but there is no need to lather up more than once a day. Honestly, it doesn't even have to be every single day. Over cleaning your vulva can strip the skin from oils that are protecting you!
Think about alternative sanitary products.
Your body absorbs every thing that you put in to it. Which means whatever is in your period products, your body is soaking right up. When you're next buying period products, read the "ingredients," on the back of the packaging and think about whether you want that in your body!
Organic cotton tampons/pads, Menstrual cups, Reusable pads; just to name a few. There are so many options now that we are super spoilt for choice!
Let your vag breathe.
Super tight, ill fitting, really uncomfortable, pairs of underwear are not your friend. If your vulva and vag don't get enough air, then you are going to become more prone to yeast infections, and nobody wants that! The best kind of underwear for your bits are made from cotton, or at least have a cotton crotch. G string, or panty, it doesn't matter, as long as they are breathable and comfortable!
Wipe from front to back.
I'm hoping you guys already know this one but it's got to be said. After you go to the loo, wipe from the front to the back. This stops you from tracking bacteria onto your vulva and vag which can cause UTI's. Another quick preventative uti tip; Pee after sex. Every single time.
Most importantly, see a doctor if something seems off.
And be honest with them! Your GP or gynae have seen it all before. Nothing is too weird or embarrassing for them! You're probably also better off taking medical advice from someone with a medical degree rather than doctor google.
Last but not least, love thy vag, because it's pretty freaking awesome!