Your vagina really (really) wants you to read this.
You might think you know everything about keeping her lady parts in good shape, but could be wrong. Douching for ditching its annual review, there are a lot of misconceptions about what to do to maintain a healthy vagina. Let us clarify:
#1. Use Condoms
You know that the tires are great in protecting against STDs and pregnancy, but one study found that condom use helps maintain the pH level of your vagina to the status quo as good bacteria, such as lactobacilli, can survive there. This is super important because those little bacteria help prevent yeast infections, urinary tract infections, and bacterial vaginosis. In case you needed another reason to wrap things up.
#2. Wear Cotton Underwear or Go Commando
When it comes to the selection of underwear, the vagina has a preference: cotton. That’s why most lingerie comes with a thin strip of cotton fabric in the crotch. Since breathes and absorbs moisture, which is ideal to dress your female parts form, says Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Yale University. And when you’re laying around the house, please go commando so you can let the air out things, says Minkin. Just do not go to the gym sans underwear, because you want that extra layer between you and the germy gym equipment.
#3. Work it Out
Doing Kegel exercises is crucial to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which are key to stronger production, amazing bladder control orgasms, not to mention. Note to self: Include Kegel exercises in each workout.
#4. Embrace Greek Yogurt
Eating yogurt with live cultures helps to increase the good bacteria in your hoo-ha, which, as you know, are all great for preventing nuisance problems such as vaginal yeast infections, says Minkin. Just be careful that you’re not noshing super-sugary kind, because that could make you more susceptible to infections.
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#5. Always Go To Your Annual Exam
Although new guidelines advise against annual pelvic exams if you’re symptom-free and not pregnant, a visit to your doctor isn’t just about poking around your lady parts, says Minkin. “I think an annual exam is important for talking about health problems,” she says. Using this time to chat about using condoms, fertility, and any random sex questions you might have is just as important as checking for STDs. So before you switch up your doctor visits, have a conversation about it with him or her first.
#6. Lube Up
Sometimes when you’re about to hit the sheets, it seems that her vagina just not get the memo. But it is quite normal vaginal dryness can affect you if you take certain medications such as antihistamines, antidepressants, or hormonal contraceptives. It can also arise after pregnancy or shortly before menopause. When this happens, make sure that it is communicating with your partner to not go ahead before it is properly lubricated, which is obviously painful and can cause abrasions. Or just use a lubricant to speed up the process and make the sex even hotter, says Minkin.
#7. Say No To Douching
Think you need a little help keeping things entirely clear down there? You do not. The vagina cleans single reality, says Dena Harris, MD, assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University. In addition, studies have shown that the use of intravaginal hygiene products can put you at higher risk of infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, and sexually transmitted diseases. Just do not.
#8. Handle With Care While Cycling
An unexpected place you could be putting your health at risk vaginal is the study of the bicycle. If you’re a frequent driver, you could be at risk of genital numbness, pain and tingling (not in a good way), while cycling. In fact, a study of female cyclists in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that most experience these symptoms. If you love to hit up cycling studies, try wearing padded shorts and following these changes so as to keep his vagina pain during training.
#9. Approach Antibiotics with Caution
Another threat to the good bacteria in your nether region are antibiotics. Those pills can kill some of that wonderful lactobacilli to keep your vagina healthy, says Minkin. Obviously, if you have to take an antibiotic to fight the infection, you should not pass up the recipe, just load the Greek yogurt with probiotics to reduce the damage, she says.
#10. Be Mindful of the Order of Sex Acts
Be sure not to anal vaginal sex without changing the condom or cleaning first, says Minkin. Going back door to the front of the vagina exposed to a lot of bacteria and can up the risk of infections, she says.
#11. Be Careful With Soap
Scented bath gel that can be impressive, but does not belong anywhere near the genitals, says Minkin. Soap can be a process of drying to sensitive skin around the vulva, and it really is only necessary to rinse with warm water to keep things clean down there. But if you do not feel good about going without soap, stick with a plain, smooth, soap, she says.
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