12 Hot Tips to Taking Good Care of Your Vulva
Taking good care of your vulva is very important to prevent infection and discomfort.
You don’t have to wait to hear your lover say, “hmm, what is that rotten fish smell?” before you consider appropriate vulvar hygiene.
The vulva is the outer part of the female genitalia. The opening of the vagina (also known as the vestibule), the labia majora (outer lips), the labia minora (inner lips), and the clitoris are all part of the vulva.
Learn 12 hot tips to take good care of your vulva and why it is important to have a healthy life.
What is vulvar care, exactly?
Keeping the vulva dry and free of irritants is the reason why vulvar care is important.
You may prevent the vulva from getting red, swollen, and irritated by practising good vulvar hygiene.
Since several diseases are transmitted via the vaginal canal, these tips also act as a framework for good vaginal hygiene:
- Clean the vulva with warm water. Using a clean towel, thoroughly dry the area.
- Vaginal discharge is a natural way for the vagina to cleanse itself hence, avoid douching as it has the ability to disturb the normal flora.
- Wear underwear made of 100% cotton. If you have sensitive skin or are susceptible to vulvar irritation, avoid wearing nylon, acetate, or other manmade fibres.
- After washing, rinse underclothes thoroughly or double-rinse. When it comes to laundry detergent, don’t use it too much.
- Before wearing new underwear, make sure they’re washed.
- When washing underwear, use a mild soap. Fabric softeners (including dryer sheets) and enzyme-based detergents should be avoided (amylase, lipase, protease and cellulose).
- Wipe with fluffy white toilet paper.
- To control menstrual bleeding, use tampons instead of sanitary napkins. (Deodorant tampons are not recommended.)
- To avoid toxic shock syndrome, do not leave pads or tampons in all night or for an extended period of time.
- If you’re itchy, don’t scratch; instead, see your doctor for treatment.
- Wearing nylon pantyhose or panty girdles is not recommended. They trap heat and moisture, making it ideal for harmful microorganisms to grow and multiply.
- Although they seem to be popular, avoid using scented sanitary pads as they can irritate the vulva. Other vulva irritants are scented oils, bubble baths, bath oils and talcum powder.
Instead of self medicating, make an appointment with your gynecologist right away if you notice any discoloration, discharge, or abnormal growths.
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Take any abnormality you see seriously, even though it seems to be harmless because it is painless. Most diseases have a better prognosis when they are detected early and treated appropriately.