How to Maintain a Clean and Healthy Vagina

 Keeping your vagina clean is important to your overall health, but you might be surprised how low-maintenance your routine really needs to be. Fortunately, we have all the tips you need to keep your vagina healthy and clean!

Steps

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    Find a good gynecologist and visit them regularly. This means that if anything goes seriously wrong, you can get it sorted fast. They can also recommend you on better ways to look after your vagina. Attend any smear test appointments you are offered and if your gynecologist recommends you get tested or screened for a condition, do so.[1]
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    Wear comfortable underwear, and change it every day. Some experts insist that cotton underwear is the best kind of underwear for maintaining a healthy vagina, but conflicting research suggests that cotton and synthetic underwear are comparable when it comes to fending off yeast infections.[2] It is probably best to choose whatever is comfortable for you, and if you are predisposed to infections, consider switching to cotton.
    • There is some research indicating that women who are disposed to yeast infections get them more when wearing thongs, so these would also be good to avoid in the case of infection.[3]
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    Do not use soap. This unbalances the pH system and can cause the vagina to become acidic, leaving it unable to clean itself, and open to more bacteria and infections.[4]
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    Be careful what you're putting inside it. If you find yourself with a new sexual partner, try to discuss each others sexual health beforehand, to make sure you won't pass any infections between each other. If possible, make sure you are both tested for STIs, especially if you don't want to use condoms.[5]
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    If using sex toys, clean them before and after every use, using specialized cleaning products available online. If more than one person will be using them, it is best to put a condom on all sex toys beforehand.
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    If you're worried about vaginal odor, it can help to change your diet. Too much sugary and fatty foods can make your vaginal fluids bitter and smell unpleasant - it can help to eat more fruit such as pineapple and strawberries. Other healthy foods to help your vagina maintain its pH are garlic, and natural or Greek yogurt.[6]
    • Vaginal odor may also be a sign of other health issues, and you might want to consult a doctor.
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    Wash your bedding regularly, to get rid of any lingering germs and dirt.
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    Consider wet wipes. While on your period, it may help to use specialized wet wipes, to help you stay clean and fresh throughout the day. Remember to change your sanitary towel/tampon regularly, especially if you have a heavy flow, to help you feel comfortable. Never use a tampon for more than eight hours.
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    If you wax your pubic hair, see a professional if possible, at least for the first time you have it done. If you shave, be very careful, it may be best to keep a small mirror on hand to check how you're doing.
Dr Rohit Bhaskar, Physio
Dr Rohit Bhaskar, Physio Dr. Rohit Bhaskar, Physio is Founder of Bhaskar Health and Physiotherapy and is also a consulting physiotherapist. He completed his Graduation in Physiotherapy from Uttar Pradesh University of Medical Sciences. His clinical interests are in Chest Physiotherapy, stroke rehab, parkinson’s and head injury rehab. Bhaskar Health is dedicated to readers, doctors, physiotherapists, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Bhaskar Health audience is the reason I feel so passionate about this project, so thanks for reading and sharing Bhaskar Health.

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