Nowadays there are different kinds of personal grooming and hygiene products that promise to help women keep their vagina clean and healthy. However, it might be overwhelming with the kind of products out there as to which to choose for use and how safe and effective they are. Here we discuss the general ways one can ensure that their vagina remains clean, often without the use of expensive or elaborate personal grooming products.
- Understand the Vagina Structure
In order to take care of your vagina, it is necessary to ensure that you understand the structure of the same and what are the parts that need to be cleaned and kept hygienic. The vulva indicates female genitals located on the outer side which is near the vaginal opening. Mons pubis refers to the tissue over the pubic bone that remains covered by pubic hair. The clitoris is part of the vagina that is sensitive to touch; clitoral hood is small skin that covers the clitoris. The larger pads of skin that overlap the vagina are called labia majora and labia minora, also known as the lips of the vagina. The anus is the opening on the other end that leads to the rectum. Vagina, as per term definition, is a canal of a tube of tissue and muscles lying inside from the clitoris and connects to the cervix, attached to the uterus.
- Keep Vagina and Vulva Clean During Bathing
A woman can take several steps to ensure that the genital areas remain clean. For instance:
- When bathing or showering, one can wash the vulva region with mild and unscented soap and warm water. The water should be warm and one should ensure that all the soap is washed off. One could also simply wash well with warm water.
- When cleaning the vulva, separate the labia with your fingers and clean around the clitoral hood and in between the labia skin folds.
- Rinse off the area and pat dry with a dry, soft towel after washing or showering is complete.
- Cleansing Routine during Toilet Usage
When you pee or use the bathroom for bowel movements, even at such times ensuring proper cleanliness goes a long way towards ensuring personal hygiene.
- After peeing one can use a soft bathroom roll tissue to dab and dry the vulva area.
- Use of a ph balanced cleansing solution or intimate wash solution comes of use at such times as well.
- Keep a peri-care bottle handy; this can be used to spray inside the vulva.
- Once the vulva is washed, use bathroom tissue to swap clean your vulva.
- Anus, after using the toilet, should be cleaned with a toilet shower and can be dabbed dry with a bathroom tissue.
- Vaginal Cleansing During Periods
When you are having your periods, the same cleansing routine can be followed. Additionally, try to use a hygiene wash solution to keep off irritation or excess blood stain from the vulvar area. It is important to wash the vulvar area properly when you are bathing. Once all blood is removed wash with mild soap and warm water. Ensure that you rinse it off thoroughly.
- How Vaginal Hygiene is Maintained?
In general, with normal hygienic cleansing and a healthy lifestyle, you would ensure genital health as well. The cells in this region maintain normal pH levels. Hence, it is best not to use sprays or douche in this region. Simply washing with warm water or mild soap should be adequate in keeping your vagina clean.
- Hygiene of Underwear and Sanitary Pads
What you use to protect or cover the vaginal area is also important. For instance, ensure that the fabric of underwear you use is soft and comfortable on the skin. Cotton is the preferred fabric as it allows the skin to breathe and does not allow odors to remain. Unless required, avoid wearing thongs that irritate the vulva region. Ensure that you wash your underwear with light detergent and warm water and that the vulva covering area is cleaned and scrubbed thoroughly. It is best not to use scented wipes or perfumed products in contact you’re your vulva area that can cause an allergic reaction or irritation. When you have periods, ensure that sanitary pads used are changed frequently.
- Check for Symptoms
In general, the vagina keeps itself clean by the issuance of natural fluids. There might be light, clear and white discharge from your vagina which is normal. However this should not be odorous and you should not feel burning, dryness or itchiness in the vulva area. These are aspects that one should check into. If such symptoms persist then one should refer to a doctor. The above points need to be kept in mind when it comes to vulva cleansing and personal hygiene methods for women.