A Vagina is a flower that goes by other names that include honeypot, punani, yoni, vulva, cunt, cookie, peach and et cetera.
The vagina is an internal organ that connects the uterus to the outside world. It has two main functions: a pleasure receptor during sex or for delivering babies through natural childbirth. However, when a woman is menstruating, then she bleeds through her vagina till her cycle is over.
So how does one look after their vagina?
The vagina is a self-cleaning organ through vaginal discharge, and, it has a PH level.
Looking after it starts with eating a healthy diet, filled with fruits, vegetables, water and physical exercise. Exercises include walking, running and, kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor.
Use gentle soaps that don’t have any scents to clean around your vagina. Always clean this area whenever you’re showering to keep it clean. During your periods, you might need to wash this area more than once a day.
No Vaginal Douching
The vagina hosts healthy bacteria that are there to protect it. They balance out the vagina’s PH level, to keep the bacteria healthy and dominant than harmful bacteria that might enter the vagina. However, vaginal douche disturbs the PH level and affects the protection offered by the good bacteria in the vagina.
You don’t have to remove all of your pubic hair since it protects your vagina from extra bacteria. It also acts as a barrier between your skin and your underwear which is helpful, especially during hot and humid weather. You also don’t have to worry about that area becoming itchy.
Practice safe sex and use a condom every time.
Do pelvic exams, PAP Smears and consult your gynaecologist regularly. Get the HPV vaccine, if possible.
If you’re experiencing vaginal dryness, use lubrication with your partner to protect your vagina from pain and, tearing during sex.
Wear cotton underwear because your body will breathe easily and absorb any extra moisture. Alternatively, you can go commando and let your vagina breathe.
Non-Scented Sanitary Pads
Be aware that scented pads and tampons can cause irritation and affect the PH level down there. So stay away from scented sanitary products.
Do self-examinations on your vulva with a mirror and sit in a comfortable position. Look for things that seem abnormal like moles, birthmarks, and skin tags. Lumps can be a sign of vaginal cancer but always seek professional help.
Be mindful about which sex toys work for your vagina. Get something that feels comfortable and doesn’t irritate the vagina. Sex toys have different materials so, there’s something for everyone.
Love the vagina that you have by embracing it, since, they come in different shapes and sizes.