Thursday 6 May 2021
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Keeping the cookie on point

If she could smile or cry, she possibly would. Just like any body part, keeping a healthy vagina means hygiene and making sure all is well downstairs at all times. Your vagina is just another part of you, just like your heart or brain or legs. So it makes sense to get to know it. People will advise you on how to keep your skin smooth, add volume to your hair and give diet tips to look gorgeous. But seldom will anyone say how you need to take care of your vagina. Ladies, you do not have to worry about smelling like a fresh field of daises or a bouquet of roses. All you need to do is use the right products, eat the right food and understand your little friend. The vagina is a tube of muscle inside a woman’s body that runs from the cervix (the opening of the womb) to the vaginal opening. The external sex organs, which are called the vulva, surround the vaginal opening. Looking after your everyday health can help keep your vagina in good shape and actually make you feel like a woman. “It is an important organ. Babies are conceived through it, infections can be transmitted through it so you have to make sure your sexual partners are not carriers of diseases and that you should check the Ph and chemistry of the vagina,” said local Gynaecologist, Matti Kimberg.

Keeping her healthy and happy is important. Vaginal problems can affect your fertility, desire for sex and ability to reach orgasm. “If you fail to look after your vagina, an infection can go in the Fallopian tubes which can lead to infertility,” says the doctor. Ongoing vaginal health issues can also cause stress or relationship problems and impact your self-confidence. Knowing the signs and symptoms of vaginal problems and what you can do to protect your vaginal health is of paramount importance. Thus, taking charge of your lady parts will assist in preventing odors, infections, irritations and discharges of many kinds. First of all, how do you know your vagina is okay? You will know when there is something wrong especially if you are sexually active. “Burning and itching in the vagina and vulva, plenty irregular discharge, inflamed and painful mucous membrane, appearance of lesions, bad smell, bleeding (especially after sex) and a dry vagina are the signs of an unhealthy vagina,” Dr. Kimberg lamented.

When it comes to regular care of your vagina, the good news is, there’s not much to do. You may have heard it called a ‘self-cleaning oven.’ And while that expression may seem a bit inappropriate, it’s true that the vagina is able to clean itself naturally. It makes mucous to keep the right balance of acid and base to protect against infection from unhealthy germs and foster a healthy mix of micro-organisms (healthy germs) that normally live ‘down there.’ So if it’s that easy, why are so many women using personal cleansing products like douches, sprays, and powders? Off course it’s normal to want to be clean, fresh, and smell nice for ourselves and our partners, but are we going about it in the healthiest way?

“It is essential to choose your sexual partners wisely, be sure. Don’t forget to remove the tampon, because this can cause a nasty infection and go for regular check-ups, especially pap smears at least every 12-18 months. Avoid putting all sorts of things in your vagina that don’t belong there and the body will do the rest.”     Dr. Kimberg said. Nobody really wants to have to say, “Uh, I have this itch” or “I had unprotected sex,” but doctors really need to know all the nitty-gritty in order to give you the right care.
Woman on their period are advised to wash themselves at least twice per day and to have enough supplies. This is the most important thing. If you have had your period for a while you will know which products you prefer, how heavy your flow is and if you prefer tampons over pads. If you are scared of leaking as many girls and women are, change your pad/tampon regularly. Drinking lots of water also helps to flush toxins during this period and will shorten the length of the menstrual days.

Did you know?

  • Just like your face, your vagina also wrinkles with age.
  • You can’t lose something in your vagina (like a tampon).
  • Your vagina may change dramatically after childbirth.
  • Vaginal discharge differs from woman to woman and it is normal when clear.
  • The vagina is like a bicep, use it or lose it.
  • Your vagina is your signature.

Things your gynaecologist wishes you would stop doing;

  • Assuming that a very heavy flow is normal.
  • Leaving tampons in overnight.
  • Using sugary foods to spice up your sex life.
  • Using harsh chemicals on your honey pot.
  • Avoid having sex on your period.

Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Vagina

  1. Soap-free zone
  2. Lose the panty perfume
  3. Pay your Gyno a visit, she misses you!
  4. Cotton underwear is still sexy
  5. Maintain a healthy vaginal pH

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