Good vaginal health

Good vaginal health goes a long way to help avoid preventable infections and discomfort that can, in turn, lead to serious health conditions. This article is to help women better understand how to care for their vulvar and vaginal health, what to look out for and when to seek medical assistance.

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  • Cleaning:

Vaginal health begins with how you clean your vulva which consists of your clitoris, pubic mound and labia. Contrary to the misconceptions about how to clean the vulva, no special products should be used to clean this region. Mild soap and clean water are really all you need. As for the vagina which is the opening of the birth canal and the opening that allows penetration during sex, you do not need to clean it as it is completely self-cleaning thanks to its natural discharge. You should, therefore, not douche or use any harsh products to clean the vulvar or vagina.

  • Watching out for any changes:

Having a slight smell is normal but if it becomes fishy or foul smelling, that can be a sign of infection. Vaginal discharge is also normal because it is a natural way of the vagina staying lubricated; however, green, yellow or greyish discharge can be alarming. A change in smell and/or discharge can mean there is a problem. Thus, if you experience such symptoms, see a doctor or gynaecologist to find out what could be causing the discharge and/or smell.

  • Vaginal itching

Having a slight smell is normal but if it becomes fishy or foul smelling, that can be a sign of infection. Vaginal discharge is also normal because it is a natural way of the vagina staying lubricated; however, green, yellow or greyish discharge can be alarming. A change in smell and/or discharge can mean there is a problem. Thus, if you experience such symptoms, see a doctor or gynaecologist to find out what could be causing the discharge and/or smell.

  • Wiping from front to back

This might seem so obvious, but it is definitely worth talking about. Always, wipe from front to back whether it is after urination or a bowel movement. This prevents the transfer of bacteria from your rectum to your urethra which can lead to urinary tract infections (UTI).

  • Feminine products

Avoid scented feminine products like scented pads and tampons that can cause irritation of the vulva and instead, use unscented products.

  • Choice of underwear

The choice of underwear cannot be emphasised enough. Underwear protects your clothes from discharge as well as protecting your vulva area especially if you are wearing rough clothes like jeans. Having the right underwear is important for your vaginal health and this is why cotton is the best choice, because it allows more air circulation. Clean your underwear with clean water and mild soap and make sure you give them a good rinse.

Things to know for your sexual health

  1. Always clean up after sex to prevent infections.
  2. Use protection always and if not, ensure you know your partner’s sexual health status. Stay away from scented condoms; whether female or male ones.
  3. If you are using a lubricant, ensure it is not petroleum jelly or oil. Get a quality lubricant from a pharmacy or a certified drug store. Water-based lubricants can dry up quickly while oil-based ones can damage latex condoms. All lubricants have pros and cons, so get advice from your gynaecologist or your pharmacist to help you choose one that best suits your needs and those of your partner. Lubricants are advisable for women who suffer from vaginal dryness due to different factors such as the result of using hormonal birth control, perimenopause or menopause, using antidepressants or antihistamines or undergoing chemotherapy, among other reasons.

The list of how to take care of your vaginal health could go on and on; however, the tips discussed in this article can go a long way into ensuring you improve your vaginal health. Take better care of yourself and have regular check-ups and during your gynae consultations, find out as much information as you can to help you live healthier.

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