A healthy vagina is something every woman should care about. The healthy vagina is acidic and has high amounts of useful bacteria to keep balanced pH values and help in the fight against bacteria. A small amount of discharge is also a sign of a healthy vagina. Disruption of the normal conditions could lead to infections and diseases.
Warning and symptoms of an unhealthy vagina:
– Itching and burning in the vagina and vulva
– Plenty of discharge
– Inflamed and painful mucous membrane
– Appearance of lesions
– Bad smell
– Bleeding, especially after sex
– Dry vagina
You can keep the vagina healthy if you follow these tips:
Maintain the pH balance without douching
Douching is harmful to the vagina. It interferes with the pH values by reducing its acidity and making it vulnerable to infections. The normal pH levels are between 3.8 and 4.5. If your vagina smells strong visit a doctor, because douching will just mask the smell and won’t resolve the issue.
Stay away from junk food
Fast food hinders the pH balance. Sugar, carbs and fruit drinks can all cause yeast infections.
Consume a healthy diet
Healthy and nutritious food is a must if you want a healthy vagina and body. Yogurt and cranberry juice can help with yeast infections, and soy food can help with a dry vagina.
Practice safe sex
Safe sex and using condoms protects you from STDs, some of which are incurable. Oral to vaginal or anal to vaginal sex requires a new condom to stop transferring bacteria into the vagina.
Cut down on smoking
Smoking affects the lungs, but also the vagina – the nicotine hinders the bacterial equality and causes strong smell and blocked pores in the vulva.
Keep away from antibiotics
If possible, don’t take any antibiotics. They can have a chain response which leads to yeast infections. If you must take them, consume kefir, yogurt and fermented foods in general to soothe the yeast.
Treat the infections right from the start
Yeast infections, trichomoniasis and bacterial vaginosis are the three most common vagina issues. Not treating them on time can cause serious health issues. Treat them with topical or oral drugs.
Choose your underwear carefully
Vaginal skin is sensitive so wear a 100% cotton underwear.
See a gynecologist
Regular gynecologist checkups are crucial for good vaginal health. The first exam should be on 21 years or in period of three years after your first sex. Any changes in the vaginal cells can be noticed by Pap smears performed by a gynecologist.
Use only water to wash it
It’s very important to only use water for washing your vagina. Do not use any hygiene products.
Choose the soap carefully
Use soaps with olive oil – they won’t dry the skin or distort the pH levels.