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8 Ways to Take Better Care of your Vagina

There are lots of dos and don’ts out there on how to best look after your vagina. We’ve done the research so you don’t have to sift through the internet. Here’s our list of 8 simple steps you can do to take better care of your vagina.

Firstly, let’s quickly define vagina and vulva as both terms are often used interchangeably. The vagina is the birth canal through which babies are born, and connects to the cervix, and through that, the uterus. The vulva is the outside genitalia, and consists of the clitoris and the folds of the genitalia. The following steps will help keep both your vagina and vulva feeling fresh.

1. Look for cotton underwear 👙

Cotton is the most breathable fabric you can wear for your lady parts. This will help to prevent bacterial growth and yeast infections.

2. Embrace lube! 💦

We all experience vaginal dryness from time to time, and it can be the result of hormones or medications you may be taking. Lubricating helps prevent microtears that can occur during sex that could become infected. Different lubes work best for different people. Try to go for those with fewer ingredients and without scent, dyes or flavour. Water-based lubes are usually a safe bet that work for most people.

3. Don’t douche! 🚿

The vagina is truly self-cleaning - don’t interrupt this process! Douching can actually make things worse by killing off the good bacteria which disrupts the pH of the vagina, making it more prone to infections.

4. Use protection 🩹

Practising safe sex is the best way to take better care of your vagina. Condoms are the most simple and effective way to protect your body from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). A 2013 study also showed that using condoms helps to maintain a balanced pH, which will assist in wardarding off UTIs and yeast infections.

5. Pee after sex 🚽

Yes I know, it’s annoying to do, but peeing after sex reduces the chance of UTIs by emptying the bacteria carried in your urine.

6. No scented soaps 🧼

Heavily scented soaps can irritate your vagina and cause excessive dryness, so avoid soaps with any perfumes and opt for those with as few chemicals as possible. Even rinsing with just warm water is enough to keep your area clean. Also be careful with the delicate vulvar tissue when drying, don’t rub hard with an abrasive towel, just gently pat dry to prevent irritation.

7. Go commando 🚫

Sleeping naked at night is a great way to let your vagina breathe, keep it cool and prevent any moisture building up.

8. Period health 🩸

For the same reasons already mentioned, avoid sanitary products with any scent or perfume to maintain the pH levels of your vagina. You should opt for organic and unscented products, and remember to change your tampons regularly.

Updated on: 12/05/2023

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