Follow these simple hygiene tips for your intimate area:
- The vagina is self-cleaning. Meaning; there is no need to wash or use products to clean the vagina (the vagina is inside your body.) It is important to avoid using soap or shower gel inside the vagina, as this can disrupt the delicate balance of bacteria and pH levels, leading to irritation or infection.
- The vulva is the external part of the vagina. You usually only need to use water to clean the vulva. If necessary, and in addition to water, you can use unscented vegetable oil or a small amount of mild, unscented soap to clean the vulva. (If you have sensitive skin, avoid soap.) Avoid using harsh soaps, scented products or deodorants on the intimate area, as they can irritate the skin and cause itching or burning.
- Always wipe from front to back after using the toilet to prevent the spread of bacteria.
- Wear breathable underwear made from natural fibers, such as cotton, to keep the area dry and reduce the risk of infection. Change out of wet swimwear or workout clothes as soon as possible, as dampness can create an environment for bacteria to grow.
- Practice safe sex to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections.
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