I bet you didn?t know that your vagina has a self-cleaning mechanism, which actually works very well if left alone. This mechanism works much like saliva in your mouth and equates to a small amount of discharge, that many people feel is actually a sign of infection.
A healthy vagina is naturally acidic and contains highly beneficial bacteria that fight off infection and keep pH levels normal. Here are just a few ways you can keep your vagina healthy and happy.
Always wash your vulva from front to back and not back to front. Use warm water only and no harsh soaps or other products containing fragrance or dyes. If you wish to use a little soap, use organic soap only. Never use a douche, this will only cause irritation.
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Choose sanitary napkins that are free from dyes or chemicals, and be sure to change your napkin every four hours.
Try a bidet
You can avoid all of the irritation of toilet paper and save a few trees at the same time?if you use a bidet. Handheld versions are great if you don?t have a permanent one installed in your home. Fill your?bidet?with warm water and rinse each time you use the bathroom.
Change your underwear frequently
The more frequently you change your underwear, the better. In fact, if you work out, sweat a lot or are prone to infection, change twice a day.
Pee after sex
Always have a post-sex pee, even if you don?t think you have to go. When you have sex, unwanted bacteria can travel up your urethra, which is connected to your bladder. When you?pee after sex?you help flush this bacteria out of your vaginal area.
Eat cleansing foods
Many foods help vamp up your vagina?s self-cleaning mechanism. These foods include such things as cranberries and pineapples. Try making a delicious green juice using wheatgrass, pineapple, ginger and cranberries for a super healthy vagina.
Keeping both your vulva and vagina clean and respecting your body?s natural tendency to maintain balance will help you remain healthy and infection-free. If you happen to notice an unusually strong odor or have other issues such as burning, itching, redness or trouble urinating, it is time to see your doctor. Never try to solve issues like this yourself ? that can only lead to more problems.