If your vagina is fine, don’t think about it so much. You’ll feel safe, confident and sexy. But if it’s bad, it reacts with nasty itching, pain and makes you feel ashamed. Sex? No way! Unfortunately, there are many things that can upset her. To prevent this, you should know these 10 tips for intimate hygiene:
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1. intimate care starts with sex
Use condoms with new partners. This tip is not intended as a reminder that condoms are the only real protection against transmissible sexually transmitted diseases. What you might not know is that condoms help keep the pH of your vagina constant during sexual intercourse. And this is very important: only at an optimal pH level can the “good” bacteria in your vagina perform their function optimally and protect you from vaginal mycosis, urinary tract infections and “bad” bacteria.
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2. even the choice of the right underwear is intimate care
When it comes to underwear, your vagina has a very clear preference: wear cotton. Its advantage over synthetic fabrics is clearly its breathability. Cotton is permeable to air and absorbs moisture. Tip: If you are at home alone, you should walk around “bottomless” for good ventilation.
3. even lubricant can support intimate hygiene
Dryness of the vagina does not only threaten with the beginning of the menopause. Antihistamines, i.e. drugs against allergic reactions, antidepressants and some birth control pills can also cause this. Many women also complain about a dry vagina after giving birth.
If this is the case, be sure to talk to your partner about it and use lubricant. It makes the vagina more supple and protects it from painful, sore spots where bacteria could penetrate. And it also makes sex more fun!
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4. do not overdo it with intimate hygiene
Elaborate washing and rinsing of the vagina with special products is not only unnecessary – it can even be harmful. You have probably heard it before: Your vagina actually cleans itself with the help of its natural, healthy bacteria in the vaginal flora. So don’t disturb this harmonious balance with chemicals in vaginal cleansing products. Leave them out. Otherwise you risk itching and inflammation.
Always make sure that your vagina is fine – but do not overdo it with special hygiene products © pathdoc / Shutterstock.com
5. protect your vagina when cycling
I guess you didn’t expect that your spinning class would be dangerous for your vagina. But if you regularly attend cycling classes, you risk numbness, pain and (unpleasant) tingling in the genitals. A study on female cyclists published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine confirmed that the majority of women who regularly ride a bike suffer from these symptoms. So if you’re a spinning fan, get yourself some padded sports shorts.
6. avoid antibiotics, they disturb the vaginal flora
Antibiotics can significantly influence the vaginal flora. This is because antibiotics not only fight the harmful bacteria, but also the “good” ones. Even if you have to take the medication because of an inflammatory disease, it will affect the bacteria in your vagina. And if the balance is out of whack there, vaginal fungi and other infections have an easy time. Sure, if your doctor strongly advises you to do so, you should not refuse antibiotics. But you shouldn’t take them lightly.
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7. Pay attention to intimate hygiene during anal sex
Never switch from anal sex to vaginal sex without first changing the condom or sending your loved one to wash it. Otherwise you will bring your vagina into contact with a host of bacteria that can cause a wide variety of infections. Absolute no-go!
Negligent hygiene during sex can cause itching in the genital area © pathdoc / Shutterstock.com
8. use soap that is never perfumed for intimate care
Unlike our skin, our vaginal flora has no extra protective layer, so so soap and other chemicals such as perfumes can dry out and irritate it particularly quickly. You really only need to wash “underneath” with warm water to keep yourself “clean”. If you really want more, then only pure, gentle, unscented soaps.
9. appointments with the gynaecologist are also good for intimate hygiene
Even if you do not have any problems “down below”, are not pregnant and are not a risk patient due to family reasons, you should stick to your annual check-up with your gynaecologist. Once a year, take the opportunity to talk about contraceptive methods, fertility and sexually transmitted diseases. Since cervical cancer does not cause any pain at first, you are also on the safe side with the annual (for women over 20 years of age) free screening Pap test.
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10. a trained pelvic floor also helps the vagina
Train your pelvic floor not only after a birth, but daily. Not only the pelvic floor itself benefits from this, but also the bladder and intestines, and, yes, an orgasm can also be experienced more intensively. Tip: Activate your pelvic floor 10 times a day on 3 occasions in a row and hold the tension for 5 seconds each time. This will not cost you more than 3 minutes a day – that should be feasible, shouldn’t it?!
So you see: feminine hygiene has many aspects. To keep your vagina healthy, it takes more than just proper cleaning. Sex practices, medication and your sports routine also play a major role in making your vagina feel good and rewarding you with a good body image.