From the food we eat to the clothes we wear, there is a whole range of things that can adversely affect how our vagina works. Here are five tips to take note of, to ensure you are looking after ‘down there’.
1. Attend your gynaecologist
Just like attending the dentist for essential maintenance, the importance of getting your smear and annual check-up cannot be highlighted enough. This is as much about sharing your own queries, voicing your concerns and finding out what is ‘normal’ as it is about the check-up itself.
2. Wear cotton underwear
The more your vagina is able to breathe, the happier and healthier it will be; this is why cotton is recommended as the best type of underwear. Not only does cotton allow your skin to breathe, but it also absorbs moisture.
3. Avoid using harsh chemicals ‘down there’
As well as throwing your pH off balance, shower gels and lotions can dry out your vagina. Experts advise that you simply rinse with warm water or, if you need something a bit stronger, go for a natural, unscented soap when washing.
4. Never underestimate to power of yoghurt
Whether you’re eating it or applying it directly to skin, yoghurt is like nature’s medicine when it comes to keeping your vagina healthy. This all comes down to the cultures contained in natural yoghurt, which boost your ‘good’ bacteria and help to keep infections at bay.
5. If you think something’s amiss, don’t take a chance
Always, always visit your doctor if you’re starting to feel ‘not right’ down there. Certain sexually transmitted infections – that can be treated quite easily – can not only leave you with unpleasant symptoms, but also reproductive health problems. Never take a risk or leave it up to chance.