Ladies the first thing you need to know about your vagina is that she can take good care of herself. Many of you don’t know this, while many do, but still insist on messing around down there and in doing so cause more harm than good. You need to know some basic rules about vagina care and follow them by the letter. That’s why we’ve listed 4 of the most common mistakes you do when trying to take care of your vagina.
- Forget about steaming
Do you think your vagina is a carpet? If you don’t, why on earth would you think that it needs steaming? Just because Gwyneth Paltrow said so, and she’s the expert on the matter, right? You should take advices from anyone and everyone, especially when it comes to caring for your most delicate parts. Women’s Health report Paltrow’s words about the steaming process: “you sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al. It is an energetic release—not just a steam douche—that balances female hormone levels.”
Even though we appreciate her opinion, we believe in experts more and the experts say steaming is a big no-no. Raquel Dardik, MD, clinical associate professor at NYU Langone Medical Center’s department of obstetrics and gynecology says that steaming can even burn your vagina, which kind of makes sense, don’t you think so?
- Self-medicating is never a wise thing to do
Again, we don’t just make these things up, we consult experts on the matter and the experts say that whenever you encounter a problem in your northern region, however insignificant it may seem, always consult a gynecologist. Forget about over the counter vaginal creams or suppositories for yeast infections, and definitely forget about natural remedies you read online. Dardik says: “You should never try to self-medicate with homemade remedies like garlic or tea tree oil. I’ve seen chemical burns from some of these Internet suggestions, and a chemical burn inside of your vagina is not something I’d wish on anyone.”
- Inserting UFOs (unsanitary foreign objects) seems like a good idea until it doesn’t.
If you’re sexually active I believe you have a pretty good idea what goes in your vagina and what doesn’t. You’re allowed to insert tampons, fingers, sex toys, a penis, lube, birth control, menstrual cups—and nothing more. Leave the experiments for some other area of your body and leave your vagina alone. It may seem like cucumbers, bananas and that phallic-looking device in your kitchen could fit just right in, but no matter how much you disinfect it they can still do so much damage. Stay clear of unsanitary foreign objects and stick to the basics.
- You really, really need to stop all that douching
DO you know what your vagina should smell like? Hint: It’s not tropical breeze or morning mist. Constance Young, MD, assistant professor at Columbia University Medical Center’s department of obstetrics and gynecology says that “The much-advertised intimate care products do exactly the wrong thing to the vaginal microbiome, making it more susceptible to infection.”
We already mentioned before, but let’s just repeat it once more. Your vagina can clean herself up on her own just fine, it doesn’t need any help. It maintains its special pH balanced environment, thanks to the lactobacillus bacteria that resides there. When you start applying your fragranced douches down there, you disrupt its acidic environment and neutralize it, making it unable to protect herself from outside influences.
You might wonder why there are so many products on the market if douching is so bad for you. Well, they’ve got to sell you something and that’s just something that sells. If you feel like you just have to freshen your lady parts up always stick to the simplest method, some unscented soap and warm water, but only on the outside and nothing more. But if you like really, really have to, we still advise you to leave it alone.