Why, you may ask, is it important to know my vulva and vagina? Well, knowing these parts and how to keep them healthy and happy is paramount to your overall health and well-being. There is nothing more annoying or irritating than an infection or?something else gone wrong down under.
First things first, let?s start with a quick anatomy lesson to get us all on the same page. Many people, maybe even you, think that a vulva and a vagina are the same thing. In reality, they are two different parts of your body. Your vagina is actually an internal organ and your vulva is external and includes vaginal lips, clitoris, and the opening to the vagina. Both of these parts are extremely important and can become easily irritated.
How to take care of your vulva
Now that we have that out of the way, here is some very important information about your vulva. Did you know that there are actually vulvar dermatologists that deal specifically with vulvas? There is also a National Vulvodynia Association where you can find a specialist if you need one.
So, your vulva is pretty important. And when things go wrong down there, it can be quite simply miserable. Here are just a few maintenance tips to keep your?vulva in great shape.
Your vulva secretes thick oils that protect it from secretions and friction. If you wash too frequently with commercial products, you wash away these important oils. Too much washing will remove healthy bacteria that is necessary to maintain a healthy pH. Without this bacteria, you are much more prone to infection. The best method for cleaning your vulva is to cup warm water in your hand and splash it over the area.
Shaving and waxing
Using a razor in a warm and moist environment like a shower creates the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. If you happen to nick yourself, it opens up the door for infection. To reduce the risk of nicks and cuts, use a natural shaving lotion with no chemicals or fragrances and use a new blade each time you shave.
Stay away from hair-dissolving chemicals also, as they can be very harsh on?sensitive skin. Waxing, if done wrong,?can actually burn your skin. If you wish to use an alternative method of?hair removal,?go for laser removal.
Like any other part of your body, your vulva is prone to dryness, especially if you are perimenopausal or menopausal. Beware of lotions and creams ? you don?t want them anywhere near your vulva. Instead try coconut oil, it will prevent dryness and moisturize?at the same time.
Feminine hygiene products
Don?t be fooled by products claiming to deodorize and freshen. Your vulva does not need this serious kind of attention. Most of the time these products are laden with fragrances and dyes that end up irritating and can cause a serious allergic reaction. Because the vulva and vagina are hormone responsive tissues, this sensitivity increases after menopause and also during menstruation. Again, the?only thing you really need?is fresh water.
Sexy bedroom attire
Believe it or not, that pretty lingerie you love to wear may cause irritation, especially if it is made from anything other than 100-percent unbleached cotton. Synthetic fibers, dyes and elastic can be highly irritating, more so if you are allergic to rubber. Thongs are very hard on your vulva, but don?t fret. There are lots of really pretty?organic underwear?and lingerie to choose from.
You may love for your laundry to smell amazing but it often comes at a cost, especially if you use commercial laundry products. Dyes and perfumes found in these products are very harsh and can cause intense irritation to delicate skin. Use only free and clear detergents for your undergarments.
Now for more tips see how you can keep your vagina clean.