Every woman should care about a healthy vagina. The healthy vagina is acidic and has high amounts of useful bacteria which keep balanced pH values and help in the fight against bacteria. Also a small amount of discharge is a sign of a healthy vagina. Disruption of the normal conditions could lead to infections and diseases.
Warning and symptoms of an unhealthy vagina:
- Burning and itching in the vagina and vulva
- Plenty of discharge
- Inflamed and painful mucous membrane
- Appearance of lesions
- Bad smell
- Bleeding (especially after sex)
- Dry vagina
You can keep the vagina healthy if you follow these tips:
Try maintaining the pH balance without douching
Douching is harmful to the vagina. It reduces the acidity and in that way interferes with the pH values of the vagina and makes it vulnerable to infections. The normal pH levels are between 3.8 and 4.5. If your vagina has got a strong smell, visit a doctor, because douching will just mask the smell and won’t resolve the problem.
Stay away from junk food
Fast food hinders the pH balance. Sugar, carbs and fruit drinks can all cause yeast infections.
Consume a healthy diet
You must eat healthy and nutritious food if you want a healthy vagina and body. Yogurt and cranberry juice can help you with yeast infections, and soy food can help you with a dry vagina.
Safe sex and using condoms protects you from STDs, some of which are incurable. Oral to vaginal or anal to vaginal sex requires a new condom to stop transferring bacteria into the vagina.
Smoking affects the lungs, but also the vagina – the nicotine hinders the bacterial equality and causes strong smell and blocked pores in the vulva.
Stay away from antibiotics
Try not to take any antibiotics if possible. They can have a chain response which leads to yeast infections. If you must take them, consume kefir, yogurt and fermented foods in general to soothe the yeast.
Treat the infections right from the start
The three most common vagina issues are yeast infections, trichomoniasis and bacterial vaginosis . Not treating them on time can cause serious health issues. Treat them with topical or oral drugs.
Choose your underwear carefully
Vaginal skin is sensitive so wear a 100% cotton underwear.
Visit a gynecologist
What’s really crucial for good vaginal health are regular gynecologist checkups. The first exam should be on 21 years or in period of three years after your first sex. The gynecologist performs Pap smears which can show any changes in the vaginal cells.
Use only water to wash it
It’s very important to only use water for washing your vagina. You shouldn’t use any hygiene products.
Choose the soap carefully
Use soaps rich in olive oil – they won’t dry the skin or distort the pH levels of the vagina.