FEMININE HYGIENE. We all do it (hopefully!), but no one really talks about it. Keeping your lady parts fresh and sparkly isn’t only about showering everyday, it’s a lot more.
Let’s get into what doesn’t work first…
1. Douching. Yes, DOUCHING. I first heard about douching when I was a pre-teen – those douching packs were so popular then (and before, too). I really didn’t get it until a bit later when I did a ton of research. See, I was a guinea pig even back then…wanting to try everything!
Why do women feel the need to douche? To clean out the vagina & get rid of any unwanted odor.
However, if you have a strong odor, see your GYNO. All of the research that I’ve read determines that douching is VERY BAD for your vagina. You don’t actually need to go in (literally) and clean out your vagina. The vagina actually cleans itself and studies have shown that douching actually puts you at an increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease and STD’s.
Glad I never tried it!
2. Stay far away from scented soaps, specifically Summer’s Eve. If you don’t know what it is, it is an intimate soap that is filled with crap like allergens and preservatives, AKA an invitation for a yeast infection.
Here is what works…
Wearing cotton underwear
At least cotton in the vaginal area. Cotton is breathable and absorbs moisture, so it’s really the best way to clothe your flower. Maybe TMI? But we’re already here, so…if you’re at home, try going commando. You know, to really air things out.
Using a scent-free cleanser
Maintaining freshness is equal parts hygiene and pH balance. I have tried SO MANY feminine wash products, and yes, I did use Summer’s Eve many moons ago (yuck), but now I LOVE Organyc’s Intimate Wash Gel. It is free of parabens, synthetic perfumes, colorants, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, and Sodium Laureth Sulfate. It’s not drying at all.
I am in no way an expert on probiotics, and am learning a lot about them currently. Think of it like this: you know how important ‘good’ bacteria is to your gut. It’s also good for your vagina. Taking probiotics helps restore your pH levels and encourages good bacteria to be present. Read more on probiotics for vaginal health here.
Ok, what is your experience here? What works for you? What doesn’t. Please SPILL.