Intimate hygiene: 6 tips of gynecologist to take care of her vulva
The external genitalia of women require special care to be in good health. But beware of mistakes! Contrary to popular belief, intimate products are to be banned as some practices like the vaginal douche. Interviewed by the British media The Independent, gynecologists recall the good behavior to adopt to take care of her vulva.
Forget the intimate products ...
Foam, cream, wipe, washcloth ... Intimate products such as cleaners, deodorants or moisturizers occupy a large place in the hygiene department of the outlets. They promise a vulva in good health. And yet, they are not recommended by health professionals.
Dr. Vanessa Mackay, obstetrics-gynecologist and spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG), explains to The Independent : "It's a myth that the vagina needs to be thoroughly cleaned with scented soaps or feminine hygiene products. (...) It contains good bacteria, which are there to protect it. If these bacteria are disturbed, this can lead to infection, such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush, as well as inflammation."
Thus, the only care that can be brought to this area is pass water, without placing the pommel directly at the entrance of the vagina. If a woman prefers to wash with a product, it is advisable to choose a neutral pH or slightly acidic and especially without perfume or controversial toxic products.
... and the vaginal deodorants
Also avoid deodorant products or scented wipes for the simple and good reason (I added simple and ...) that the vagina and the vulva have no bad smells when they are in good health.
A particular smell may be a sign of an infection or a forgotten tampon, as explained by Dr. Odile Bagot in a previous article. Using a perfume is useless! It is rather advisable to go to the doctor to find the necessary treatment.
The vulva is not dirty. There is no need to clean up or abrade this part of the body. To preserve this fragile area, it is recommended to proceed gently to a daily cleaning. Wash the area from front to back to prevent transfer of bacteria from the anus to the vagina responsible for urinary tract infections. Tip that also applies when you wipe after going to the bathroom, especially after sex.
After showering, pat lightly with a clean towel to wipe.
Monitor the health of her vulva
When she is in poor health, the vulva, like the rest of the body, sounds the alarm. Some symptoms are not wrong. It is therefore important to monitor your private parts, and to note any changes, signs of an infection.
"Early signs of infection include a change in color or consistency (vaginal discharge, menstruation), a sudden odor, an unusually large amount of loss, itching outside the vagina, pelvic pain or stomach, unexpected vaginal bleeding', Lists Dr. Virginia Beckett, also spokesperson for RCOG. If there is any doubt, contact your doctor or gynecologist.
Do without toilet gloves
Like intimate hygiene products, some accessories are not recommended to clean the vulva. It is a very sensitive part of the body. Washcloths, lufas or brushes may abrade the mucous membranes. The best tool? Your hand. Wash the entire area gently from the top to the lips, but do not put water or soap inside the vagina.
Stop vaginal douches
Putting water in the vagina removes lactobacilli, bacteria that are naturally present and essential for the good health of the intestinal flora. It is therefore recommended to wash only the outer parts.
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