Vagina is an important part of a woman’s body which requires as much attention to hygiene as do other parts of the body. However, since the vagina is an embarrassing subject to discuss many women neglect the basics of vaginal health care. Here are some useful do-it-yourself tips to keep the vagina healthy.
This is the simplest of formulas to keep a whole lot of health issues at bay. To maintain good vaginal health, specifically you need to minimize sugar intake, and consume a lot of probiotics. Yogurt contains the good bacterial similar to the ones found in the vagina- acidophilus. Sugar on the other hand encourages the harmful bacteria responsible for vaginal infection to breed and multiply.
Research has indicated that a woman’s vagina contains a number of bacteria which constitute the vaginal flora. When the vaginal flora is in balance the vagina is considered healthy. However whenever an imbalance in this flora occurs due to any external factor it can lead to vaginal infections such as Bacterial vaginosis bv.
Eating foods like plain yogurt, which contains lactobacillus acidophilus, or orally taking a probiotic pill are very useful in relieving vaginal itching and burning. Orally taking lactobacillus acidophilus in pill form can also been used in treatment for vaginal irritation.
You will be surprised to know that one of the most common causes of vaginal infection is sweat or oil built up in the vaginal/ groin area. To avoid this it is essential to bathe and shower regularly. You must try to keep the vagina as clean as possible, without making use of douches.
Douches do more harm than good- it washes away not only some of the bad bacteria, but the good ones also. Douching can also aggravate vaginal inflammation. It is important to bear in mind the fact that the vagina is a self cleansing organ- hence there is no need to wash it frequently with soaps and such other things which contain chemicals.
Condoms help to keep your vagina clean. Having unprotected sex often can lead to vaginal infections in addition to obvious pregnancy and STDs.
Make use of dental dams and gloves whenever you receive oral sex or are being fingered.
Wear cotton underwear
Cotton allows air circulation and absorbs moisture instead of retaining it. This ensures that there is no unhealthy built up of harmful infection causing bacterial. It also helps maintain good skin around the vagina area.
Remove your tampons
Leaving a tampon inside the vagina for too long can result in infections. Ideally you must change tampons at least once in six hours. Similarly in case you happen to use sanitary pads you must change it frequently to avoid serious irritation to the skin on and around the vagina.
Scented soaps and sprays
Soaps and scented sprays contain chemicals which can aggravate vaginal dryness and interfere with the vaginal pH balance. Hence it is best to avoid making use of these in the vaginal area.
Consult a gynecologist
Self medication is never the answer to vaginal problems. It is best to consult a doctor whenever you happen to notice any problems with your vaginal area. If you do suspect anything at all, call and make an appointment as soon as you can.
Always wipe from front to back after using the toilet. While showering or taking a bath, rinse your vagina with lots of water, especially if you use soap.
Vitamins for vaginal health
Vaginal dryness is a common problem which women face during and after menopause. However inadequate vaginal lubrication can occur at any age. Symptoms of vaginal dryness include itching and stinging around the vaginal opening and in the lower third of the vagina. Vaginal dryness also makes intercourse uncomfortable. To get relief from dryness it is essential to stay hydrated, get regular exercise, maintain a healthy diet, use lubricant and nourish the body with a variety of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin B12 and essential fatty acids.