Everything in nature is designed with a purpose, so as the vaginal discharge. Vaginal secretions help it clean itself and keep a healthy vagina. The vulva, that surrounds the vaginal opening, protects the vaginal opening.
Avoid discomfort and prevent infections by following this very simple rules:
Keep your vagina clean
We already mentioned the vaginal discharge, but when you wash your body you should wash the intimate zones too. NEVER with soaps or other chemicals, but only with warm water (not too hot).
If you see redness or feel discomfort, you can use slightly warm Chamomile or St. John’s wort tea. The soaps and showering gels are strong cleaners, and they wash out the good bacteria and change the pH balance of vaginal secretions. That way your vagina is prone to infections. For the same reason, don’t use feminine sprays. They suppose to make your vagina smell better, but very often they do the opposite, by ruining the bacterial balance.
Good hygiene during your period
Most of the women experience vaginal infections when they’re menstruating because having blood in the vagina changes its pH and throws things out of balance.
To stay healthy during your period, implement the following good habits:
- Change your tampon frequently. Tampons absorb menstrual blood, and if you leave them in too long, you’re keeping the blood in your vagina where it can change your pH. To keep this from happening change your tampon every 2-3 hours.
- Don’t use pads or panty liners for longer than necessary. Wearing pads and panty liners all month long or after your period is over can lead to skin irritation.
Use condoms. The not only protect you from staying pregnant but from sexually transmitted diseases too.
Also, the pH of semen is basic, and the pH of the vagina is acidic. When semen is left in the vagina after sex, it upsets the balance in the vagina, leaving it prone to bacteria growth. This problem can be eliminated by using condoms or another barrier method. If you don’t want to use condoms, wash the semen away right after sex so it doesn’t have time to change the pH of your vagina.
Wipe from front to back
For healthy vagina always wipe out from front to back to avoid transporting anal bacteria to the vagina or urethral prolapse. Use clean toilet papers and avoids wet wipes or other products that contain perfumes or chemicals.
Wash your vagina after sex
Every time when you have sex with your partner, you’re exposed yourself to bacteria and several different types of microscopic substances who can irritate your vagina and be a potential cause of infection. Wash your healthy vagina with warm water after sex. This will greatly minimize the chance that your encounter will have an unpleasant after effect.
Pelvic floor muscles and the pubococcygeus muscle can be strengthened with repeatedly contracting and relaxing the muscle, also known as Kegel exercises. These muscles tend to get looser and weaker with age and after giving birth.
Strengthening them can help you avoid issues like urinary incontinence and also increase sexual pleasure. Here are three steps for doing Kegel exercises:
- Find the right muscles. To do this, pretend you are stopping urination in midstream. If you succeed, you’ve got the right muscles. Once you’ve identified your pelvic floor muscles you can do the exercises in any position, although you might find it easiest to do them lying down at first.
- Enhance your technique.Tighten the muscles of the pelvic floor, hold the contraction for five seconds, and after that relax for five seconds. Work up to keeping the muscles contracted for 10 seconds at a time, relaxing for 10 seconds between contractions.Repeat this 10 times.
- Repeat three times a day. Aim for at least three sets of 10 repetitions a day.
This advice should prevent you from having vaginal infections or discomfort. If you notice something strange, talk to your gynecologist.