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You’ve probably already discovered that your vagina is one of the most sensitive but important organs. Hence, it is extremely important to take care of it but be gentle while doing so. The society we live in is such that it is taboo to talk openly about ways of maintaining vaginal health. We all tend to give in to the multiple misconceptions due to which we can make mistakes in our vaginal care routine and actually cause harm.
So, what is the solution? It’s always better to ask an expert for advice! Dr Sandeep Chadha, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Motherhood Hospital, Noida suggests 10 things every woman needs to do in order to avoid any vaginal issues:
We cannot emphasise enough on the importance of wearing only cotton underwears. Dr Chadha says, “It’s always essential to wear cotton underwears as cotton is breathable and allows the air in. In addition to this, it also helps to absorb moisture which keeps the vaginal area free of moisture.”
Dr Chadha warns, “Using intimate feminine hygiene products can cause more harm than good. Regular usage of such products can disrupt the pH balance of your vagina which can lead to infections.”
“Overuse of antibiotic can be detrimental for your vaginal health,” says Dr Chadha. When you consume antibiotics in excess, it can kill both the good and bad bacteria of your vagina, causing yeast and other infections to grow.
It is a type of exercise that targets your pelvic floor muscles and strengthens them. Dr Chadha says, “Do your kegel exercises regularly as it helps to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles which results in an improved bladder and bowel function.”
Getting intimate without protection might sound and feel liberating but it’s not worth all the health risks. Dr Chadha suggests, “Always wear protection during your intimate moments as it is the most effective way to protect yourself against any sexually transmitted diseases.”
Regular checkups and screenings can help detect any complication in the early stages. So, go for regular screenings to your gynaecologist and opt for the HPV vaccination to reduce your risk of cervical cancer.
“Menopausal bleeding is not normal and you shouldn’t be ignoring it. You should contact your gynaecologist as soon as you notice any such bleeding,” says Dr Chadha.
When we suggest avoiding the usage of vaginal washes, what’s the best way to wash your vagina? Dr Chadha has the answer to that! “Wash your vagina regularly with normal water after urination. Wiping it with a tissue from the front to the back is the best way to go about it,” he says.
Dr Chadha suggests using padded shorts while cycling or exercising as it protects your vagina from injuries.
An itchy vagina is one of the first symptoms of vaginal infection. So, you must not ignore it. In addition, you should not ignore any pain you experience during sex.
So, ladies, keep these 10 rules in mind and you will never experience any vaginal issues!