Having a clean and healthy genital area is important for every woman. As your body ages, your vagina ages as well, but unlike other body parts you can’t use anti-aging products on it. As Karen Boyle, MD explains: “Gynecologists don’t warn women that these things can happen, and then women are shocked when their vulva and vagina are fully changed within several years.”
1.Maintain your personal hygiene
In order to stop unpleasant smell from the vagina, you should wash it twice a day using only mild soap and warm water. Also, you need to pay special attention to the pubic hair around the vagina as the area contains sweat glands that cause the odor. Wash your vagina with water and chamomile tea and avoid using highly alkaline soaps which can disturb the natural pH balance of the genital area.
In order to maintain proper genital hygiene, you need to shave your pubic hair or get a haircut regularly. If you leave too much pubic hair, it will stimulate sweating and increase the risk of further problems.
3.Let the vagina breathe with proper underwear
Never wear synthetic underwear – you should always pick cotton undies which will make your vagina breathe and prevent numerous conditions.
4.Change your underwear every day
The vaginal secretion is a perfect ground for bacterial growth, which is why you need a clean set of underwear every day. Bacteria in the genital area can cause colpitis, cystitis or uterine infections. You need to change your underwear twice during your period as the vagina release more bacteria during this time.
5.Don’t use vaginal perfumes
Using vaginal perfumes will disturb the natural pH balance of the vagina and cause infections. Keep your genital area clean to prevent odors.
6.Visit your gynecologist regularly
You need to visit your gynecologist twice a year, even if you’re not suffering from a problem. This is especially advisable to women who are sexually active and any women over 21. Your gynecologists will do some tests for infections, PAP tests and an ultrasound scan in order to detect any abnormalities.
7.Did you know that you can make your vagina taste better?
Eating certain foods can improve the taste of your vaginal juices. In general, you should eat more fruits which contain natural sugars such as grapes, apples and mangos, and avoid eating garlic, onions, spicy foods and drinking too much coffee as they can make your vagina taste and smell unpleasant.
You can also use baby wipes when going to the toilet as they have natural pH balance and are free of any perfumes.
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