Female Facts #5: Tips for Healthy Genitals.
Updated: Dec 17, 2019
Article by Sidra Owens
May 27 2019 at Medium // Grace Health
When it comes to the vulva and the vagina, less is always more. The fewer things that you do to it, the healthier it will be. Now, I’m not talking about sex; I’m talking about hygiene.
There are all types of products on the market to treat that not-so-fresh feeling. Damn television for spreading that bullshit. The truth is, all of the soaps, sprays, powders, potions, fragrances and douches are not healthy for the vulva and the vagina.
The skin of vulva is delicate, and it doesn’t respond well to harsh soaps and fragrances.
The vagina is meant to have a pH between 3.8 and 4.5. Using these so-called feminine hygiene products near or inside the vagina, can drastically upset the natural acidic environment and lead to infections. The most common non-sexually transmitted infections that affect the vagina and vulva are candida (Yeast Infection) or Bacterial vaginosis. Both are common, easily diagnosed by a physician and are highly preventable. Not to mention that these “hygienic” chemicals can also irritate the opening to the urethra and lead to Urinary tract Infections, especially in little girls. We have to think of their vulvar health, too. There is no need for fragrances, perfumed soaps or bubble baths for bathing your girl children. Water and mild soap does the trick for them as well, and it avoids them suffering itching and pain, while not knowing what’s truly going on.
Wash your genitals with mild soap. No harsh fragrances. Douching is highly unnecessary. A normally functioning vagina flushes itself. If you are experiencing strong vaginal odors that aren’t remedied by bathing, it may be time to visit your primary care physician to check for a potential problem.
So, women are yummy, and we know it. We are curvy and soft, and we often wear clothing to accentuate those curves. And there’s nothing wrong with that. You should always where clothes that make you feel good, but in doing so, we need to be mindful. The multitude of curve-accentuating clothing that ladies love to wear is often tight fitting. Very tight. Too tight. So tight, in fact, that the vulva and vagina can’t breathe. That’s right. They need air-circulation as well, to maintain an ideal healthy pH. Spending to many days in a row in skin tight attire will eventually lead to an infection. So vary your wardrobe. There are plenty of clothing choice out there that can accentuate your physical assets, while leaving enough air for your vulva to breathe.
Another piece of clothing to be considered are panties. Panties come in all shapes and sizes, materials and designs. Having something silky against your skin can make you feel lovely, but be careful. Panties without a cotton crotch don’t allow the vulva and vagina to breathe. If you haven’t noticed air circulation is highly important to female genitalia. I’m not saying to never wear your silky, lacey, no cotton panties. Just make sure you switch up often.
When it comes to sleep, everyone has their personal preference. Some like to be covered head-to-toe, and others sleep naked. But for women, I recommend sleeping without panties; once again, so that the area can breathe. Panties can be restricting and even more so, when you’re sleeping and contorting in a variety of ways, while unconscious. So do your vulva a favor and toss the panties into the dirty clothes, before you turn in for the night.
Hydration and Nutrition
It’s more than common knowledge that we all need to eat nutritious food and stay hydrated with plenty of water to keep our bodies healthy, but this applies to the vulva and vagina,too. Avoid over indulging in alcohol and sodas, because like the body, they can dry you out. Yogurt (yuck) provides good bacterial cultures for healthy pH; garlic is anti-fungal, helping to keep yeast at bay; while avocados, apples, flaxseeds, and water aid in keeping your vagina lubricated. These are just a few things that lend towards good vaginal health.
Last of all, I want to touch on decision making to maintain healthy genitalia. Much like you can’t tell whether a person has an STI by looking at them with their clothes on; you can’t tell if they wash themselves well based on looking at them either. But you can follow your nose. If you’re about to have sex and realize that you are dealing with a partner who has a funky crotch, don’t just acquiesce for the sake of getting off. Often time young boys are not taught how to properly bathe themselves; so they grow into men, who don’t know how to properly bathe themselves, unless they’ve discovered the funky truth for themselves. The head of the male penis can hold onto all sorts of bacteria and fungi; and it’s important that it’s washed properly, especially if uncircumcised. If it wreaks, leave it alone. Most times, people know what their problems are. So, he’ll most likely know if he’s not clean. If knowing this, he still wants to penetrate you, you should leave him alone. Don’t do a dirty dick, your vagina will thank you.
Many of you may be wondering, why am I reading this? Why is she writing this? This is common knowledge. I already know this. The truth is, there are many women, even now, that are embarrassed to talk about sex, let alone basic anatomy. These women have daughters, who never receive the proper information until they have a raging infection and they’ve scratched themselves raw. It is for the sake of all the girls, who have been and will be short changed by their mothers. For all those who never receive the proper teaching, instead receiving shame, fear and indoctrination.
We only get one set of genitals. We need to take care of them the best we can.
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