How did you achieve your healthy body?
My guess is you’re doing the right things: eating well, drinking water, sleeping enough hours, exercising...right? So when it comes to your intimate areas, are you taking care of those properly as well?
Embrace the lube
Think of the vagina as a sort of ecosystem, with good and bad bacteria kept in balance by the body’s natural pH of around 4 (about the same as a tomato). That acidity level helps the good bacteria in the vagina to thrive, while keeping the bad stuff from taking over.
When estrogen dips due to breastfeeding, perimenopause or menopause, medical treatments, etc., the vagina’s natural lubrication can diminish and tissues thin. The right moisturizer or lubricant can protect delicate vaginal tissues, but it’s important to choose a lubricant that helps your body without doing it harm.
Some things to consider when picking out a lube:
- Be sure the lube is approved for vaginal use. It may seem ridiculous, but many lubricants are only approved for “external” use (particularly those with scents, flavoring, warming, or other novelties).
- Does it reflect the natural pH of the body? Look for “pH-balanced.”
- Check that the label says “hypoallergenic” to avoid the risk of unpleasant reactions.
- Does it work with condoms and toys? Be sure your lube doesn’t break down latex, so you can enjoy the moment without worry.
- Look for “non-sticky” and “non-staining” for easier use and clean up.
Good lubricants replace or enhance the body’s natural moisture, allowing for greater comfort during daily activity and intimacy. If you’d rather not stand in the drugstore aisle comparing lubricants, it might be easier to choose a lubricant or moisturizer that’s been approved by ob/gyns, dermatologists, or other medical professionals.
Ditch the douche
The research is pretty clear on douching: don’t do it. Douching, or “cleaning” the vagina with water or other fluids, is practiced by one in four women between 15 and 44, according to womenshealth.gov. But douching, while offering no actual benefits, can do considerable harm.
How does it happen? Well, douches can throw off the body’s natural pH, allowing the nasty stuff to get a foothold and turn into yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis. Douching can also let any bad stuff defeat gravity and move upward into the fallopian tubes, uterus, and ovaries, allowing for some even more serious health issues.
While the exact cause-and-effect process isn’t known, douching has been linked to pelvic inflammatory disease, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, problems during pregnancy, and vaginal dryness.
Dispelling douching myths
There is no reason for a healthy woman to douche.
- It doesn’t help with odors. If you’re concerned about odors or discharge, see your doctor. And we know no one may have told you this, but some discharge is natural and normal.
- It doesn’t “clean” anything. You don’t need to clean your vagina—it’s doing that already, thank you.
- Douching does not protect against pregnancy or STIs.
- Douching isn’t a “courtesy” for your doctor. Your ob/gyn needs to see what’s going on in there, and douching only confuses the results.
You take care of your heart with healthy exercise. You take care of your skin with moisturizers and sun screen. You even put balm on your feet to prevent cracked heels! All your bits deserve the same care and attention, so know what you need to know to have a healthy you.
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