To Use Or Not?
Here’s what you need to know to keep your vagina healthy. It has become all the more important in today’s day and age where we are more susceptible to infections, unpleasant odour, irritation, itching and other health hazards.
Our vaginas do have a build-in cleansing mechanism. The vaginal discharge is your body’s natural way of keeping it moist and healthy, but is that enough? Yes, the vagina is self-defensive, but the vulva is the one the needs the cleaning.
Why Use Intimate Wash?
The vagina is capable of keeping our areas moist and PH balanced, but due to the changes in our lifestyles, sometimes the vagina becomes incapable of lubricating and causes dryness. This can be rectified with an intimate wash. The infection of the vulva has become common these days due to the frequent use of public washrooms and common areas. If you are sexually active, there’s a risk of bacterial vaginosis - intimate wash can be helpful in such cases. You need to use intimate wash so that you don’t upset your vagina’s ph level. It also restores good bacteria in your vagina and wards off the bad ones and prevents unwanted odour.
Who Can Use It
It is safe for all women to use an intimate wash. You can use it even during pregnancy and even when you are on your period. Hormonal changes can cause menopausal women to have dry vaginas and intimate wash can come to your rescue. Think of it like how you use a sanitiser for your hand since you can’t wash your intimates with soap as it causes irritation and itching - intimate wash is the right choice. Gynaecologists also advise washing it with lukewarm water once a day.
How To Use?
As mentioned before, the vagina is good at taking care of itself, so you need to wash only the outside - the vulva, vaginal lips and around the clitoris. Washing it inside is not recommended. Wash it gently and rinse it with water after and wipe from top to down for the last step. Use it once a day and twice a day during your period. When you are using water, don’t spray the water directly into the vagina as that could lead to the entry of bacteria, just run the water down from the top. Wash well, especially after intercourse.
What Intimate Wash Should I Be Using?
The skin in your intimate area needs special attention. Do not buy harsh products with irritant and hypoallergenic substances. The key component to look out for while buying is lactic acid, glycerine, sodium hydroxide, Cocamidopropyl betaine, vitamin E and water or you can opt for one made with natural ingredients like green tea, etc.
Gynaecologists insist on not using intimate wash if you feel irritation or itchiness in that area - this could be a sign of infection and intimate wash is not a solution but a preventive measure. Visit a dermatologist or a gynic if you suspect an infection.