Do you think you know everything you need to about keeping your lady parts healthy? Confident that your habits keep them in tip-top shape? There are thousands of myths about what women should do to keep their vaginas healthy; from douching to the importance of annual exams. We want to eliminate the myths and enlighten you with these 11 Tips on How to Keep Your Vagina Healthy.
It is common knowledge that condoms are used to protect us against STDs and unwanted pregnancy but did you know that condoms can actually help your vagina? One study found that the use of condoms helps maintain the levels of good bacteria, like lactobacilli within your vagina keeping your pH level in a healthy range. The proper amount of good bacteria is extremely important as it helps to prevent yeast infections, Urinary Tract Infections, and bacterial vaginosis.
Choose Your Underwear Carefully
The underwear that you wear plays a large role in the overall health of your vagina. If your vagina could choose for herself she would always choose cotton. Have you ever noticed that almost all underwear, regardless of the exterior material has a thin strip of cotton fabric in the crotch? Cotton is a fantastic material for breathability and absorbing moisture.
Cotton is the ideal way to clothe your lady parts, says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., a clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale University. Dr. Minkin goes on to further say when you are at home lying around, do not be afraid to wear any underwear under your clothes so you can let things air out. The only stipulation is not to go to the gym without any underwear, as you will want to make sure you have an extra layer of protection between you and germy gym equipment.
Work it Out
This is not about sex, at least not yet anyway. This is about strengthening your pelvic floor muscles with kegel exercises. Regular kegel exercises and stronger pelvic floor muscles will lead to better bladder control and can lead to mind-blowing orgasms. Make sure to include Kegels in your regular workout routine.
Embrace Greek Yogurt
Having yogurt regularly as a snack contains live cultures that help boost the good bacteria in your vagina, which as we already discussed is all-around fantastic for preventing annoying vaginal problems like yeast infections. The only thing to be aware of with regularly eating yogurt is to watch the sugar content in the yogurt. Eating yogurts high in sugar can actually make you more susceptible to yeast infections. A simple check of the label before you buy will let you know the sugar content.
Always Go To Your Annual Exam
Will some guidelines advise against annual pelvic exams if you’re symptom-free and not pregnant, a visit to your doctor isn’t just about poking around your lady parts, says Minkin. “I think an annual exam is important for talking about health problems,” she says. Using this time to chat about using condoms, fertility, and any random sex questions you might have is just as important as checking for STDs. So before you switch up your doctor visits, have a conversation about it with him or her first.
We know that sometimes the mood and setting are just right very quickly your clothes are off and ready to hit the sheets. Unfortunately, your vagina does not always react as quickly as your heart or raging hormones might. It is very normal to have some form of vaginal dryness. Taking common medications like antihistamines, antidepressants, and even your birth control pill all can play a part in a lack of natural vaginal lubrication when you need it. Vaginal dryness can become more of an issue after pregnancy and before menopause.
Thankfully there is a simple solution to this problem. The first is proper communication with your partner as you do not want to start having sex without the proper lubrication. Not only will this be uncomfortable and even painful, but there can also be some lasting effects. The use of a product like Alura Lux is all that is needed to help and improve vaginal lubrication in the future.
Much more than a lube, Alura Lux was developed specifically for this condition. Use during sex improves natural lubrication and increased sensitivity. Continued use of Alura Lux improves vaginal health and increases libido.
Say No to Douching
Think you need some assistance keeping things all clear down there? You don’t. The vagina actually cleans itself, says Dena Harris, M.D., a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University. Plus, studies have shown that using intravaginal hygiene products can put you at increased risk of infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, and STDs.
Handle with Care While Cycling
Working out is obviously fantastic for our health, both physically and emotionally. However, when we work out we always need to make sure that we are protecting our bodies, in this case, our private parts, from injury. One place that we have to be ultra-sensitive to is the cycling studio. Women who are frequent riders can be putting themselves at risk of genital numbness, pain, and tingling (not in a good way). Being aware of this possibility there are precautions that you can take to protect your vagina, such as wearing padded shorts, cycling seat modifications to even ways to change the way in which you ride. Taking these precautions will allow you to continue enjoying cycling while keeping your vagina pain-free.
Approach Antibiotics with Care
Another threat to your nether region’s good bacteria is antibiotics. Those pills can kill off some of those wonderful lactobacilli that keep your vagina healthy, says Minkin. Obviously, if you have to take an antibiotic to fight infection, you shouldn’t pass up the prescription, just load up on probiotic Greek yogurt to reduce the damage, she says.
Watch the Order of Sex Acts
Make sure not to go from anal to vaginal sex without changing the condom or properly cleaning off first, says Minkin. Going from backdoor to front exposes your vagina to a host of bacteria and can up your risk of infections.
Be Careful with Soap
That scented body wash may be awesome, but it doesn’t belong anywhere near your genitals, says Minkin. Soap can be really drying to the sensitive skin around your vulva, and you really only need to rinse with warm water to keep things clean down there. But if you just don’t feel right about going soap-free, stick with a plain, gentle, unscented soap, she says.
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