Everyone knows that vagina health is vitally important when it comes to your overall body health. While we’re always concerned with catching a cold, getting a stomach virus, or anything else that can make us feel pretty crappy–keeping your lady parts happy and healthy is important for homeostasis. In order for you to remain in good health, you should make sure you practice good routines and stay away from certain products that are known to cause inflammation and irritation. As well, there are vitamins, supplements, and other things every female should know about to avoid problems down under.
1. WEAR COTTON UNDERWEAR OR NONE AT ALL.
Cotton underwear is the only material that will breathe and allow your vagina to fully maintain its healthy flow. If you wear other materials, they’re likely to hold in bacteria and also rub, causing irritation. Many doctors and OBGYN’s say it’s healthy to go panty-free at home and sleep without any underwear at all, allowing your vagina to get some much-needed air.
2. NEVER SIT IN WET OR SWEATY CLOTHING.
After the gym, swimming, or anything that has you building up sweat and moisture, it’s important to change ASAP. Bacteria tend to enjoy and build up in dark, moist environments, so the longer you sit in your workout gear–the more likely you are to develop an infection.
3. BE CAREFUL WHEN TAKING ANTIBIOTICS.
Whenever you’re sick and taking any antibiotics, it’s important to take a probiotic with it. Antibiotics kill off lactobacilli, which is known to keep your vag healthy and on track. Taking probiotics prevents the risk of developing a yeast infection.
4. DO NOT USE SCENTED SOAPS, WASHES OR LOTIONS DOWN THERE.
It’s been scientifically proven by many doctors that scented washes and soaps can cause infections in your vagina. Often times, tampons and detergent can also irritate the vagina and cause rashes, and worse, bacterial infections. Instead of trying to make yourself smell good down there, just wash more frequently (with regular, unscented washes and soaps).
5. ALWAYS PEE AFTER SEX.
Whenever you’re sexually active, there’s a lot going on down there, including the passing over of some germs and bacteria. Some doctors even say peeing before sex is a good idea–but, always pee after sex to prevent UTI’s and the spread of bacteria.
6. CLEAN YOUR SEX TOYS REGULARLY.
If you’re someone who enjoys using toys in the bedroom, it’s important to wash them on a regular basis. Not only will your own germs build on them, but, by leaving them out, airborne germs and other bacterias can make their way onto your toys, and into your body.
7. WIPE RIGHT.
Always, always, always wipe front to back. No matter how much people say this, it’s important to live by it. Wiping back to front risks getting fungal bacteria into your vagina, which will lead to serious infections (and painful ones).
8. NEVER SKIP YOUR OBGYN APPOINTMENT.
It’s vital to get annual checkups and make sure that everything is running smoothly down there. Even though you feel fine and everything seems normal, it’s important to get checked for anything and everything regularly. You never know how important a doctor’s visit can truly be.