Even though it sounds as a cliché but it is perfect just the way it is.
You have heard this many times, but there isno harm in repeating it as it really it is fine just the way it is. Ladies, it is your temple and you have to take good care of it without messing it around, and make hygiene decisions on the spur of the moment. Here below are presented the most usual ways that can go so much wrong:
1. Stop self-medicating it, it is always a bad decision.
Forget those over the counter vaginal creams or suppositories for yeast infections as they might do more harm than really be helpful. According to Raquel Dardik, MD,clinical associate professor at NYU Langone Medical Center’s department of obstetrics and gynecology”You should never try to self-medicate with homemade remedies like garlic or tea tree oil,“.
Not everything that is recommended as natural and homemade is perfect solution for your body, especially to the most sensitive part of your body.Dardik continues in his conclusions: “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,”.
2. No steaming (especially not the given vagina advice from Gwyneth Paltrow).
We all have to strive towards healthier lifestyle, but having in mind our best interests not following some non proven bad advices especially given by some celebrities. They are only celebrities not Ph doctors. Furthermore, your vagina is not a floor or carpet that has to be steamed for disinfection.
According to our partners at Women’s Health (and because Goop took down the post due to justifiable backlash), this is how Paltrow defines vaginal steaming: “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.“
However, this is what a professional say about this steaming process, Raquel Dardik, MD, “Steaming would be a definite no because you would burn your vagina,”
3. Excess douching has to stop.
You must have heard about this up to now, that excess douching can do more harm than good. Your vagina is not created to smell like tropical breeze. Read what this professional has to say about this issue, Constance Young, MD, assistant professor at Columbia University Medical Center’s department of obstetrics and gynecology, states: “These products do exactly the wrong thing to the vaginal microbiome, making it more susceptible to infection,” If you need douching avoid any advertised products, and use simple unscented soap and water.
4. At some point it may seem like good idea, but definitely is not inserting UFOs (unsanitary foreign objects).
You may already know what can go into your vagina, but let us specify once again:birth control, menstrual cups, tampons, fingers, sex toys, a penis, lube, and that is all nothing else. Give your vagina the Monty Python treatment: None shall pass. According to Young: “Essentially, it comes down to common sense and personal habits. Sex toys, diaphragms, menstrual cups should all be cleaned and washed in-between uses,” Everything else like bananas, cucumbers, any phallic-looking devices in your home should not be used at all, especially not in your most feminine part. You may try to clean and sanitize them, which is useless as their textures alone can provoke severe irritation.
“Self-cleaning oven”, you have heard it many times, even though no lady wants to be associated with some cooking device, it is totally true. Your vagina maintains its own special pH-balanced environment, as a result of lactobacillus bacteria present in it. When you put a douching mixture up there, you are causing non natural changes like changing the normally acidic environment to a neutralized one thus blocking the natural ability a vagina has, and that is to protect itself.
Then why are there so many products on the market? This question immediately will pop up to your mind, but according to Young “It’s all about marketing that’s not based on any science—it’s the equivalent to Febreze, but for a more intimate setting,” . However, if you feel the necessity to do something extra for you down there, just use unscented soap and water, and only on the outside, don’t go inside and mess things up. Just stick to this tried and true method, and you’ll always be on the save side.