It is very important for women to be concerned about their vaginal health. They should know that a small discharge of secret is a sign of healthy vagina, because the healthy vagina is ideally acidic and contains a good amount of bacteria that fight off infections and keeps the acidic pH balance. This secret is similar to the saliva in your mouth. But if you notice some changes in these conditions, you may be facing up an infection or even vaginal disease.
There are signs that warn you that there is something wrong. If you feel burning and itching in the vulva and vagina, large amounts of discharge, red, inflamed and painful mucous membranes, appearance of lesions, strong unpleasant odor, abnormal bleeding, bleeding after sexual activities and dry vagina, you should know that there is something wrong with your vagina.
Here are some tips in order to keep your vagina healthy and clean at the same time:
- Preserve the vaginal pH balance without douching
The ideal vaginal pH level is between 3.8 and 4.5. The first sign is when you feel an unpleasant smell. Then, you should go to a gynecologist immediately! Douching can interfere with the vagina’s pH levels, setting the stage for infections. It will only conceal the odor without solving the issue. Our advice for you is not to use strong cleaning products because they can impair the acidic pH level.
- Avoid junk food
You should avoid this food anyway because it can only do harm to you, but also, Dr. Rebecca Booth recommends to avoid junk food, sugar and carbohydrates in large quantities if you want your vagina to be healthy.
- Eat a healthy diet for better vaginal health
A healthy diet and drinking a lot of fluids are important for perfect vaginal health. Some foods can help the well-being of your vagina and treat a lot of diseases, like cranberry juice and yogurt, which can help with a yeast infection or soy, which helps with a dry vagina. As you can see, healthy diet is an important part of your vaginal health.
- Always practice safe sex
It is very important that you use condoms, because this will ensure that you’re not infected with sexually transmitted diseases or HIV. Also make sure that you change the condoms every time you make a change from oral or anal sex to vaginal sex in order to ensure that harmful bacteria don’t enter the vagina.
- Don’t smoke!
Dr. Booth says that if you want a healthy vagina, you should stop smoking. He adds that tar, nicotine and smoke can heart the good bacteria and prompt blocked pores in the vagina. Ditch this awful habit and allow your vagina to breathe.
- If possible, avoid antibiotics
A vaginal yeast infection is a common female condition. The easiest way for them is to reach for antibiotics, and when they take them orally, they actually set off a chain response which makes the yeast multiply and grow. In order to keep the yeast under control when you must take antibiotics, include more yogurt and kefir in your diet.
- Treat infections right from the start
Every woman should be concerned about her vaginal health. The healthy vagina is ideally acidic and contains a good amount of good bacteria that fight off infections and keeps the acidic pH balance. The healthy vagina secrets a small discharge to keep itself clean – similar to the saliva in your mouth. If these conditions are not ideal, you may end up with infections or vaginal diseases.
- Choose natural clothing to stay dry
“The vaginal skin is fragile” says Dr. Booth. “Try wearing natural materials, like 100% cotton or silk.” Synthetic materials often contain allergens and chemicals that irritate the skin.
- Visit your gynecologist regularly
The most important thing for you is to take standard gynecological exams regularly. The first exam should be taken at 21 or three years after the first sexual contact. Gynecologists can also perform Pap smears, which help identify changes in the vaginal cells caused by some diseases.
- Rinse with water only
Although the intimate hygiene gels are very popular nowadays, there is no gynecologist who recommends them. Their advice is to wash the vagina only with water.
- Be careful with the soap
Try using soap with olive oil. You mustn’t use a soap that makes your skin dry. Choosing a soap that will not distort the pH value is a very important thing.