7 guidelines to improve your intimate hygiene
THE HYGIENE OF THE INTIMATE AREA IS, SOMETIMES, THE GREAT FORGOTTEN OF THE FEMININE DAILY HYGIENE. WE TELL YOU THE KEYS TO A CORRECT CLEANING ROUTINE.
The intimate hygiene should be done properly to not cause problems. These can be due to excess (too much cleaning), default (too little) or ignorance and modesty (we do not know how to do it and we are ashamed to ask).
The genital area is very sensitive and that is why we must take care of it more delicately than other areas. However, on many occasions the exact opposite occurs and it is one of the parts to which we pay less attention.
The objective of cleaning, in addition to maintaining hygiene, is to prevent the proliferation of germs that could lead to discomfort or a pathology (irritations, cystitis, vaginosis, etc.), but without eliminating the local microbiota (set of microorganisms who live regularly in the area and that are not harmful if not beneficial) that helps us protect ourselves from infections .
GUIDELINES TO IMPROVE YOUR INTIMATE HYGIENE
USE SPECIFIC CLEANERS
For daily hygiene of the vaginal area you must use a specific product. Do not use the same gel or soap that you use for the rest of the body.
Intimate soaps must ensure proper hygiene without irritating, drying out, or altering the normal pH of this area. Using them, you make sure to maintain natural protection against infections.
CLEAN FROM FRONT TO BACK
It is very important that you always perform hygiene from front to back. In the opposite case, it is very likely that you will drag bacteria or other microorganisms from the anal area to the vulvar. In this way, the risk of infections increases.
The same to clean you after going to the bathroom.
WASH ONLY THE OUTSIDE AREA
Only the external genitals need to be washed . There are natural mechanisms to maintain internal balance in the vagina.
FORGET ABOUT DOUCHING
Vaginal showers are not necessary and, in addition, are not recommended at all. This practice produces an imbalance in the microbiota inside the vagina.
In addition, in the event that an infection already exists, such as cystitis , it could be aggravated by producing with the water jet a drag of the microorganisms, both pathogenic and beneficial.
DO NOT USE SPONGE TO WASH THE INTIMATE AREA
The best thing to wash your intimate area is to use your clean hand.
Germs accumulate in sponges that are not easy to eliminate. In addition, cleaning with your hand is much more difficult for friction or irritation.
DO NOT USE INTIMATE DEODORANTS
You should not become obsessed with the smell of the genital area . Although you perform the hygiene correctly, it is natural that it presents a certain smell.
Using deodorants or products for the intimate area that contain perfumes or alcohol will irritate and cause discomfort in the area.
USE COTTON UNDERWEAR
Cotton favors perspiration, so that chafing is avoided . Wash the underwear with mild detergents and rinse it properly so there are no remains that can irritate your intimate area.
OTHER TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND
Whenever possible, it is convenient that you do an intimate area wash before and after sexual intercourse . This will reduce the risk of infections.
Be careful with excess hair removal in the intimate area. Pubic hair plays a role, protects the intimate area, prevents rubbing of clothes, stops sweat, …
In case you notice dryness in the genital area, use a specific moisturizing product . Dryness, in addition to causing discomfort and itching, can alter the protective function of the skin. Therefore, dryness can favor the appearance of infections or other discomforts.
CARE IN SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
During menstruation you should be more careful with hygiene, especially as regards the frequent change of tampons or compresses.
Pregnancy is a time of many hormonal changes that, in the case of the vaginal area, may involve a change in pH . This can cause changes in the microbiota, itching, irritation, etc.
Correct intimate hygiene is very important at this time because vaginal infections during pregnancy can increase the risk of abortion or premature delivery.
With the arrival of menopause there is a decrease in vaginal discharge, an increase in pH and changes in the vaginal mucosa, favoring the appearance of infections.
In addition, on many occasions, menopause can be accompanied by the appearance of some urine losses making the care and hygiene of the intimate area even more necessary.
If you put our recommendations into practice, you will see how your intimate hygiene will gain.