Take care..down there.😻
All hail to the V's!
The Vagina and Vulva, that is.
Us, ladies can have a complicated relationship with our V's, but it doesn't have to be...I got you..keep on reading.🤎
From the onset of puberty, to child-rearing and menopause, our V's are dear partners in this journey called life. However, what exactly is a Vagina and what is a Vulva?
- vagina-the muscular tube leading from the external genitals to the cervix of the uterus in women and most female mammals.(Internal)
- vulva- the portion of the female external genitalia lying posterior to the mons veneris, consisting of the labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, vestibule of the vagina, vaginal opening, Bartholin (vestibular) glands.(External)
It's very important to know the differences between the vagina and the vulva and how they work together harmoniously. However, to keep them in sync and healthy, let's discuss tips to keep you well and smelling fresh down there:
- Drink lots of water daily, 1 liter or more preferably. Limit sugary sodas and juices in your diet, as high sugar consumption leads to yeast overflow.
- Eat lots of veggies/fruits, take vitamins and supplements, like probiotics. Probiotics can introduce healthy bacteria to the vagina and help balance pH levels and yeast production.
- Look into Raspberry Leaf tea for menstrual and pregnancy support.
- Watch your sugar intake. High sugar diets are a breeding ground for frequent yeast infections and pH imbalances. Specifically, decreasing your carb and alcohol consumption can drop yeast infections occurrence dramatically.
- What is vaginal pH? pH is a measurement of how acidic or alkaline (basic) a substance is. The scale runs from 0 to 14. A pH of less than 7 is considered acidic, and a pH of more than 7 is basic.
- What is a normal vaginal pH? A normal vaginal pH level is between 3.8 and 4.5, which is moderately acidic. However, what constitutes a “normal” pH level can vary slightly based on your stage of life.
- So why does vaginal pH matter? An acidic vaginal environment is protective. It creates a barrier that prevents unhealthy bacteria and yeast from multiplying too quickly and causing infection. A high vaginal pH level — above 4.5 — provides the perfect environment for unhealthy bacteria to grow. (Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/womens-health/vaginal-ph-balance)
- Wash with mild soaps/cleansers or pH balanced washes formulated for the V's. Steer clear of douches, sulfate and fragrance heavy cleansers, as they can imbalance your pH levels. Look for fragrance-free options when shopping for bubble bath formulas as well.
- Internal cleansing is what the vagina does naturally, but the vulva and anus still need cleansing. So, while you are in the shower or bathtub, prop that leg up to cleanse the external parts properly.
- Keep underwear dry. Bring extra clean underwear with you to the gym or to change on hot days. Warmth, moisture, and friction can all lead to irritation and the potential changes in pH that increase favorability for yeast and fungus to grow.
- Keep pubic hair bare or short. You definitely want air to flow freely down there. Keep it cool.🤎
- Before & right after sex, cleanse your V's.
- Always wear protection with a new sex partner. And if you both decide to have unprotected sex, get tested for sexually transmitted diseases prior and ask questions about each other's sexual health. If your partner is secretive or aloof when it comes to discussing sexual health, BIG red flag..🚩Walk on by...
- Sleep without underwear, let her breathe.
- Wear 100% cotton underwear only. This light and breathable fabric allow the V's to remain cool, calm and collected.
- Limit wearing thong underwear. Not only are they no longer trendy and extremely uncomfortable, but, ill-fitting and tight thongs can cause small cuts and/or lacerations to the delicate vulva. No baby, no....
- Wipe front to back when using the toilet, especially after #2. Also, be sure to use wipes, as this ensures all fecal matter is removed properly and nothing is left behind. Leftover #2 can travel upwards into the V's and cause inflammation and/or bacterial infections. Wipe, until you are in the clear.🤎
- Change your pad or tampon frequently, especially on heavy flow days. Prepare for your menstruation by stocking up on your faves. And if you see them on sale, rack up, so you are always prepared and save coins.
- Research AZO products for vaginal health. They have effective formulas for those suffering from recurring urinary tract infections and yeast infections.
- Most importantly, schedule yearly gynecologist appointments for STD/Cancer screenings and checkups. Tell your doctor of any concerns and ask questions.