Do you think you know your body well? Most of us are likely to answer yes to this question, but it is also possible that almost all of us are wrong. This can even be applied to parts as delicate as the vagina. Between the lack of information and some misconceptions that are transmitted from generation to generation, there are many factors that can affect the health of your vagina, and as a consequence of your health in general.
Paradoxically, one of the most common mistakes is excessive hygiene or, to be more precise, inadequate hygiene: by nature, the vagina contains a large number of beneficial bacteria that help to avoid infections and to maintain the normal pH, which is acidic.. On the other hand, there are small amounts of secretions that have the function of keeping it clean in the same way that saliva in your mouth does.
Follow these tips to avoid interfering with these natural processes and maintain a healthy vagina.
The 7 culprits of vaginal allergies Say goodbye to vaginal douches. In order not to alter the normal acidity and literally create a breeding ground for infections, also avoid soaps or cleaning products that are very powerful, especially to wash the interior but also the vulva.
- Beware of sex. No, we are not going to suggest abstinence! It's about protection, and here are the essential condoms to avoid venereal diseases. Another weight factor is lubrication during intercourse, as any injury or skin irritation in that area will make you more prone to infections. Non-petroleum-based lubricants are preferred, as these can break the latex.
- Attention with the tissues. The material in your clothing can increase the heat and humidity that harmful bacteria seek. To keep the vagina fresh, clean and dry, give preference to cotton underwear and do not wear clothes that are too tight.
- Get help from the doctor. Do not neglect your appointments to the gynecology consultation. Some easily detectable changes can even detect cancer in its early stages. If you notice any unusual odor or discharge, see a doctor immediately. And don't wait a minute to treat infections!
- Get vaccinated. As Mayo Clinic specialists recommend, getting vaccinated protects us from the human papilloma virus, as well as from Hapaptitis A and B, which can be transmitted through sexual contact.
If despite following these tips you have a problem, would you know how to identify the signs that something is wrong with your vagina? Among the most common symptoms that you have a problem in that area are itching, irritation, or redness of the vagina; bleeding between one menstrual period and another, after having sex or after menopause; a lump in the vagina; feeling of pressure or heaviness in the vaginal area, and as mentioned above, a change in color, odor, or the amount of vaginal discharge, especially if you also have a fever.