How to Keep Your Vagina Healthy

Jul 03, 2009
Many women are concerned about such problems as vaginal odor or yeast infection. Menstrual cycle changes, infections, hormones and stress can alter your normal vaginal balance. How to avoid vaginal problems and keep your vagina healthy?
  1. Cleaning and Care

    It is important to follow hygiene rules to maintain good health and prevent vaginal infections and irritation. Many women mistakenly believe that the more cleaning is the better, which is not quite true. It is known that excessive washing can lead to imbalanced pH level, which becomes a risk factor for vaginal infections and bad vaginal odor.

    Use warm water to wash your genital areas. Washing with soap can harm the natural balance in your vagina and cause dryness. You may use gentle products for intimate cleansing, like intimate gels or disposable towels for intimate hygiene. Avoid using scented products and deodorants for intimate hygiene.

  2. Your underwear

    Choose your underwear wisely, giving preference to cotton items. You need to change your underwear on a daily basis or more often after physical activities or during hot weather.

    Sleeping without underwear is perfect because wearing underwear during sleep increases dampness in genital area, which contributes to the growth of bad bacteria.

    Use loose-fitting pajama or panties with cotton crotch. Tight-fitting underwear made of synthetic materials increase the risk of developing yeast infection.

  3. Intimate Hygiene during Periods

    Wash your genital area twice a day with warm water and mild intimate gel to keep clean and prevent infections during periods. Change pads or sanitary napkins and tampons at least every 4 hours to avoid overflow and prevent bad odor. Choose only unscented products of intimate hygiene. Avoid using deodorants, sprays and talcum powder on the vagina.

  4. Before and After Sex

    Use condoms and dental dams when you engage in sexual intercourse to lower your risk of sexually transmitted infections. Keep in mind that birth control methods like IUD, the pill and others are meant to provide protection from unwanted pregnancy, but not against STD's.

    Urinating after sex is helpful in keeping your vagina healthy. Urination after sex does not prevent STD's but helps in preventing bacteria from going up your urethra and into your bladder, which may lead to urinary tract infection.

    Do not douche after sex to prevent unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases. It is one of the common misconceptions that douching can be used as birth control method. In fact, douching can push sperm even further. Besides frequent douching may harm natural vaginal balance and lead to other problems like vaginal dryness or dangerous infections.