Even though our vagina’s have a reputation for being mystical and magical, that doesn’t mean it takes a spell or a potion to keep your lady bits right and tight.
Common sense can go a long way in protecting the health of your vagina and so can these 9 easy tips!
1) Keep it clean and keep it dry
Moisture breeds bacteria! Douching may have been a much more common topic 30 plus years ago but it’s still something you should avoid doing. Also avoid using harsh soaps and cleansers on the inside or outside of the vagina as it can negatively impact your who-ha’s healthy pH balance. I know everyone is working on their Summer Bods so make sure you change out of sweaty workout clothes as quickly as possible. The same goes for wet swimsuits, change out of them as soon as you can.
2) Let it breathe
Wearing undies made out of breathable material i.e. cotton can help minimize moisture, heat and friction that can breed bacteria, infection and general discomfort. And don’t forget to air it out at night ladies! That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sleep naked (unless you’re into that), but lose the underwear and/or tight fitting pajamas.
If you’ve had a baby than you are probably very well acquainted with Kegels and your pelvic floor muscles. If not, here is a crash course. Kegels are exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. These muscles are responsible for controlling pee flow. They are easily done and can be done anywhere any time without anyone ever knowing.
Step 1: find the muscles you use to hold or control your pee flow.
Step 2: try squeezing and releasing these muscles for a few seconds at a time.
Congrats, you’ve just done a Kegel!
4) Ben Wa Balls
When I first heard about Ben Wa balls all I could think about was the childhood board game Mouse Trap. While using them does involve your mouse, the setup is far less complicated. Ben Wa balls will help you engage and tighten your pelvic floor muscles.
Just pop them in one at a time and go about your business as usual. Keep in mind though, your muscles may not be tight enough initially to keep them in for extended periods of time but the more you use them the tighter you will get. Although this is considered a safe practice, you do still need to take proper precautions when using Ben Wa balls. Always sanitize and dry the balls before and after each use. Warm soapy water will do the trick. Don’t worry they can’t get lost inside your body but if they do get temporarily stuck try standing up and coughing or sitting and bearing down as if you are pushing out a baby.
5) Balanced and healthy diet
Eating right is crucial for maintaining vaginal and reproductive health. In fact, certain foods may be effective in treating vaginal health problems. Anyone who has had a UTI (urinary tract infection) knows that drinking cranberry juice can help with treatment and prevention. Also, plain yogurt can potentially help prevent yeast infections and aid in their treatment.
Acidophilus is a dietary supplement that can be taken daily to help maintain/restore the normal balance of intestinal bacteria. Why is it important for vagina health? Because every aspect of our bodies and health are interconnected. Here is what I mean, the beneficial bacteria found in our intestines migrates from the colon, out of the body, and into the vagina and urinary tract. A poor diet or auto immune disorders can have a negative impact on intestinal health which can directly affect vaginal health, mental health and more.
7) Proper Hygeine
I feel like I shouldn’t have to say this but it’s worth repeating- Always wipe from front to back to avoid bacterial contamination of the vagina and to lower the risk of bladder infection. Also change sanitary pads and tampons regularly during your period.
8) Stay hydrated
Drinking plenty of water is crucial for healthy skin, healthy organ function and preventing vaginal dryness (ouch!).
9)Keep your gyno on speed dial…not really, but keeping up with regular gyno exams is crucial to maintaining your vaginal health.
Here’s to your vagina health!