Everything in nature is designed with purpose, so as the vaginal discharge. Vaginal secretions help it clean it self. The vulva, that surrounds the vaginal opening, protects the vaginal opening.
Avoid discomfort and prevent infections by following this very simple rules:
1. 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 worth 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.
2. Good hygiene during your period
Most of the women 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. Make sure you change your tampon every 2-3 hours to keep this from happening.
- 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.
3. Safe sex
Use condoms. The not only protect you from staying pregnant, but from sexualy transmitting diseases too.
Also the pH of semen is basic, and the pH of 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. Using condoms or another barrier method eliminates this problem. 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.
4. Wipe from front to back
Always wipe out from front to back to avoid transporting anal bacteria to vagina or urethral prolapse. Use clean toilet papers and avoids wet wipes or other prmducts that contain perfumes or chemicals.
5. Wash your vagina after sex
When you have sex with a partner, you’re opening yourself up to bacteria and other microscopic substances that can irritate your vagina and cause an infection. Wash your vagina with warm water after sex. This will greatly minimize the chance that your encounter will have an unpleasant after effect.
6. Kegel exercises
Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and the pubococcygeus muscle. 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 stoping 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.
- Perfect your technique.Tighten your pelvic floor muscles, hold the contraction for five seconds, and then 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.
These advises should prevent you from having vaginal infections or discomfort. If you notice something strange, talk to your gynecologist.