The Importance of Taking Care of Yourself
Being a lady can be tricky from time to time, making it extremely important to look after ourselves as well as our bodies. In this article we will be discussing the importance of female hygiene and will be sharing some tips, woman to woman.
No matter how comfortable we are with our bodies, we all have times where we question how we smell down there. You've likely thought to yourself at some point, "Do I smell normal?" "And what's normal anyway?".
Everyone's vaginas, even healthy ones, have their own special scent. Still, that below-the-belt area sometimes gets a bad rep. Did you know that there is more bacteria in our mouth than in our vagina.? The vagina has particular smells, which vary from person to person, influenced by your clothing's material, your diet and how much you're hydrated. Education is important when it comes to feminine hygiene.
You likely learned about your body from an array of sources—school, the Internet, BFFs, your mom. Chances are, though, some feminine hygiene skills were never taught to you or have evolved over time. Read on for some helpful tips.
Keep the vagina clean and dry
Cotton is breathable, making it an ideal fabric selection for underwear. It keeps your skin cool and dry. With breathable fabrics like cotton, you have a reduced risk of bacterial growth and infections. On the flip side, fabrics like satin retain moisture. That reduces airflow, creating irritation and friction. And that encourages yeast and bacteria growth, which can lead to infections. You should also change out of sweaty workout clothing and wet swimsuits to help prevention infections.
Maintaining a healthy diet can do your body and your vagina good. Foods like yogurt with live cultures contain good-for-you bacteria that help promote vaginal health.
Use fresh towels
Wash and replace towel and washcloths after you use them. Reusing towels isn't wise because bacteria can cling to these surfaces. And that potentially puts you at risk for an infection.
Drink lots of water - Water will keep you hydrated, and flush out toxins that can cause odour. If you don't like water, then opt for green tea which is also believed to reduce unpleasant odours.
It sounds simple but it's important to wipe from front to back until the toilet paper shows no residue. That will help prevent bacteria from getting into the vagina. Change sanitary pads and tampons regularly during your period. If you're wearing panty liners, change them frequently. However, if you wear them all the time, you may have some irritation.
What You use To Stay Clean
Regular soaps and shower gels can disturb the pH level of your intimate area because they are not designed for it. Soap and liquid body wash commonly contain harsh chemicals and ingredients like parabens, phthalates and colourants that actually irritate the intimate area and alter the pH of it. With that being said BETADINE™ has created its intimate range to have a pH between 3.8 to 4.6 which is ideal for ones intimate area.
It is important to maintain an healthy pH level in these areas because an unbalanced pH causes an unpleasant odour and/or causes irritation of the vulva which are all signs of an unbalanced pH as well as a bacterial or fungal infection.
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Do you have any feminine hygiene tips you would like to share, or maybe a question?