The vagina is a very sensitive part of a woman’s body. The following guideline is to provide a safe method of cleansing while avoiding possible irritation and/or infection. Also don’t forget to consult your doctor for any possible infection or cancer. Vagina care should be part of your regular body hygiene.
Perspiration or secreted or excreted fluid may create an odor when in contact with bacteria on your skin. Use antibacterial wipes, or Always Wipes, or wash this area with soap and water if you detect an odor. Some odors are related to vaginal infections. If you have a discolored discharge and any itching or burning associated with this odor, see your doctor.
Some girls and women shave the part of their pubic hair that shows when they are wearing a bathing suit. If you are going to shave, use a really good shaving cream, like Gillette SatinCare gel, and a good razor, like the Gillette Venus razor. I hear more and more about girls shaving their entire pubic area, but I don’t understand the reason for it. A shaved pubic area will itch really badly as it grows back, and there is no need to shave this area at all. You can use hair removing cream instead. Soft vagina wash is recommended to have healthy vagina hygiene.
Vagina Hygiene Tips
Clean your Vagina to Beauty!
- Clean rinse water
- Bath tub or stand up shower
- A very mild Bar soap or Bodywash; or Mild Vaginal Soap
- Clean hands!
The Process of cleaning vagina
- Get in your shower in the most comfortable position to wash your vulva. This could be either standing with the shower head running or even squatting while the tap is running.
- If you are left handed, use your left hand or if you are right handed, use your right hand. Gently rub your vulva with your index, middle and ring finger with clean water, get between your labia (lips) to make sure any discharge, dead cells or dirt is removed.
- Using a clean wash cloth or a plastic cup, rinse by pouring water over the vulva. Don’t rub too hard, or get the water too hot. This could lead to irritation.
- You should not use soaps or washes. These will dry-out the mucus membrane of the inside of your vulva which may cause irritation, and toxins that may be present in some products are more easily absorbed through the mucus membrane. Soaps and washes will also effect the natural pH of your vagina/vulva which effects healthy bacterial balance – this can lead to bad odour and risk infections.
- Wash or wipe using a front to back motion (meaning spread your labia[vaginal lips] apart and wipe from front to back). This helps to prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI).
- Make sure when you go to clean your vagina, that your hands are clean, and do not have soap on them, if you don’t want to use soap.
- Be gentle! Aggressive scrubbing could damage sensitive tissues of the vagina.
- Use minimal soap and be careful to avoid getting soap inside the vagina.
- Wash the buttocks and anal area last to avoid cross contamination. Anal bacteria reaching the vagina (by piggy-backing on a wash cloth or fingers) can cause serious discomfort and/or infection. Gently wash in front to back direction.
- Be careful during menstrual period
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Vagina Cleaning FAQs
What is Vagina Vulva?
The outside female genitalia is called the vulva. The inside female genitalia is called the vagina. So even though we use vagina as a general term to refer to the entire female genitalia, the medical term only refers to the inside.
What is the truth about the cleanliness of vaginas?
First of all, yes, the vagina is full of bacteria. It needs to have that bacteria in order to stay healthy – they are the “good” bacteria. When you eliminate the bacteria (by taking antibiotics, for example), that allows overgrowth of other things, like yeast. Yeast can exist in the vagina, but when they grow too much, they can cause itching, burning, pain with sex, redness, or odor. There are certain bacteria that shouldn’t be in the vagina – like Chlamydia (a sexually transmitted infection), or E. coli (a bacteria found in stool). Another bacteria that can exist in the vagina, Group B Strep (GBS), does nothing to the woman, but can cause a serious infection in infants, so if a pregnant woman has it, we give her Penicillin in labor to get rid of it before the baby comes out.
Vagina care should be devoid of chemicals unless vagina is not infected with yeast or serious ailments. Consult doctor in such scenarios.
Should you clean your vagina?
Bottom line: not really. Most women have a small amount of daily mucous discharge, fully clean vagina with chemically treated soap is not recommended. That discharge is produced by glands in the vagina. That mucous traps any untoward elements, and pushes them out. That’s why the vagina is “self-cleaning.” An increase in the amount of discharge isn’t very concerning – usually it is related to the hormonal cycle, or random chance. A change in the color of the discharge can sometimes come with an infection, so you should see your doctor in that case. But using a douche doesn’t really help. It pushes things up when you really want things to come down. And what is up? Your uterus and cervix. If there is anything dangerous in the vagina, you would be pushing it up toward your uterus, and potentially your fallopian tubes. That means that if there is “bad” bacteria in there, like Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, that bacteria would then be pushed upward into a sterile area, and cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, which can cause tubal scarring and infertility.
Should you clean your vulva?
Yes, this is OK. The vulva are on the outside, and so have the tougher external skin that covers most of our bodies. However, I have found that the vulvar skin, being hidden from the outside world most of the time, is more sensitive than the skin on your arms or legs. It can often become very irritated by shaving/waxing, or the detergent in soap, which strips off the natural oils. This can cause a vulvar dermatitis, which can be extremely itchy, and looks like dry patches of a lighter color than the rest of the skin. When this happens, I advise women to stop using soap or removing hair at least temporarily, and I usually prescribe a cream to help with inflammation. If you think you have vulvar dermatitis, see your gynecologist. If you want to stop using soap on the vulva, I recommend washing with water and a washcloth. This can remove the dirt/discharge without irritating the sensitive vulvar skin.
Should you shave your vulva?
Meh. You can, if you want to, but stop if it causes problems. Hair removal pulls the hair from the shaft, and can introduce bacteria into the hair follicle. When this happens, a woman can get folliculitis, which looks like a small pimple, and is painful. If this happens, I advise women to stop hair removal at least in that area. It’s important to remember that hair removal is entirely cosmetic, and has no medical benefits, so if it’s causing irritation, it’s time to stop, at least temporarily. Not every culture thinks women should be hairless. Apart from hygiene, clean vagina is good for foreplays too.
One potential alternative is trimming the hair instead. This can avoid the folliculitis complication while still feeling neat/clean.
What should you do for the occasional itch?
If you are having persistent itch or pain, you can try an over-the-counter yeast cream, or see a gynecologist. But if you get the occasional itch down there, and you are pretty sure it’s nothing, you can buy any popular non-allergic brand OTC product. It has to be a pain reliever and a soothing ointment, and can take care of the occasional itch, or pain from folliculitis. If it doesn’t help, see a doctor.
How do you know if you need to see a doctor?
Occasional mild symptoms, like itching or odor, can arise with changes in cycle, especially around the time of menses. Something that does away quickly on its own, especially once your period is over, is usually no big deal. Symptoms that are severe, or that are constant and persistent, mean that you should be evaluated by a doctor.
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