If you rock a flower between your legs, chances are you’ve heard of various methods and products that promote vaginal hygiene.
But let’s be real…
The vagina is a very sensitive area. With the internet flooded with countless tips, tricks and products that supposedly support vaginal hygiene, it is crucial that you know what works and what doesn’t.
Before you check out the 12 tips for keeping your vagina nice and tidy, let’s get one thing straight:
No vagina is the same; not the shape of it, not the color of it and not the odor of it. So remember that your vulva is vibrant, and that much of what you experience down there is normal.
Yes, odor is normal.
So is dryness.
And you guessed it… discharge is too.
Remember that the vagina is easily disrupted by menstruation, sex and even your diet. Which is why it is important to know when Mother Nature is simply running her course and when things require professional attention.
Without further ado, here are 12 tips for maintaining vaginal hygiene:
1. Treat your vagina like your face.
If your skin care routine includes high-quality products that are natural and fragrance free, it’s time to apply that same level of care to your vagina.
Just like your face, your vagina is not a fan of aromatic, artificial, low-quality products. So rid these types of sanitizers, lubes and cleansers from your regimen and adopt practices that help your vagina, not harm it.
2. Give her a rinse… and only a rinse.
This tip will likely come as a shock to many.
The vagina is great at taking care of herself. Many people even refer to it as self-cleaning — and this is very much true.
Despite the many advertisements and store aisles that encourage you to buy soaps and fragrances, they are not vagina friendly… even if they say they are.
The vagina self-regulates its pH, and if you’ve ever taken a science class, you know just how easily this delicate balance is disrupted. So keep the bubbles for the vulva (what you see on the outside) and let your vagina (the inside) do its thing.
3. Front to back, always.
When you pop a squat on the toilet, be sure to wipe front to back. Always.
If it isn’t obvious why, the vulva folk have multiple holes: the vagina and the back door.
These holes serve very different purposes and produce very different substances. With the vagina being as sensitive as it is, it is important you keep bacteria out, especially when that bacteria is the good ol’ number 2.
Wipe front to back to ensure bacteria ends up on paper and not in your punani.
4. Use high-quality lube.
While the vagina is self-lubricating, it’s not uncommon to experience dryness. Truth be told, it is totally normal.
So if the lady Jane is feeling dry during sex, lean on lube for help. There are countless types out there, each with their own pros and cons.
The highest quality lubes are those with the simplest ingredients. They are typically water-based.
Here are some of our vagina-friendly favorites:
Aqua Water-Based Lube by Wicked
Get the rich, long-lasting, silky-smooth feel of a silicone lube without the sticky residue. Wicked Aqua water-based personal lubricant gives you a sensational feeling without staining your sheets or damaging your favorite toys. Here are some of the product highlights:
- Fragrance-free and Paraben-free
- Vegan – no animal byproducts or testing
- Water-based blend of spa-quality ingredients
- Enriched with aloe, Vitamin E, and olive leaf extract
- Long lasting and never sticky or tacky
- Cleans away easily with water
- Latex friendly
Intimate Sea Lube by Sliquid
Get wet and wild with the Natural Intimate Lubricant from Sliquid. Made with natural, water-based, water-soluble, and vegan-friendly ingredients, this sexy and slippery lube is ultra safe to use on the body as well as with any toy, making it ideal for partner or solo play! What makes this product superior?
- Water-based lubricant
- 100% Vegan-friendly
- Easy clean-up
5. Cotton panties please.
Boy does it feel good to let her breathe, but when it comes time to put the panties on, there is one thing you should know…
Not all underwear is created equal.
The vagina and moisture do not get along; moisture can promote the growth of bacteria and lead to an infection. Which is why cotton underwear is a better alternative to underwear made with synthetic fabrics. Cotton is more absorbent than anything synthetic, allowing your flower to stay as moisture-free as possible when the panties are on.
6. Pop a squat after sex.
As if it hasn’t been said enough — the vagina is sensitive.
For this reason, it is always a good idea to pee after sex. Doing so will prevent bacteria from bombarding your urinary tract and causing a UTI.
7. Say farewell to fragrance.
Just as fragranced soaps are a no-go, so are fragranced period products.
Ensure that your tampons, pads and liners are unscented next time you are greeted by Aunt Flo.
8. Change your tampons, pads and liners frequently.
On the topic of period products — a simple way to promote better vaginal hygiene is to change them frequently when you are menstruating.
It is recommended that you change your period products 4-5 times a day.
9. Practice safe sex.
Practicing safe sex is one of the easiest ways to promote vaginal hygiene. It is also the most promising way to ensure you do not get an STD.
So wear a condom, even if you are on another form of birth control. IUDs, hormonal implants, shots and the pill do not protect you from sexually transmitted infections and diseases.
10. Drink water.
Your vagina, just like other parts of your body, craves water.
Believe it or not, the vagina can get dehydrated. This not only impacts self-lubrication, but can cause itching, burning and even pain if dehydration is ongoing.
So drink up. Your whole body, including your vagina, will thank you.
11. Add probiotics to your diet.
Probiotics are naturally occurring microorganisms that have plenty of health benefits.
In other words, they are good bacteria that are found in fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut and pickles.
This kind of bacteria combats the growth of yeast, creating the acidic environment that your vagina requires to effectively prevent infection. Whether you are prone to yeast infections or not, it can be helpful to incorporate probiotics into your diet. If you are not a fan of fermented foods, try out a high-quality probiotic supplement.
The benefits of probiotics to your vaginal hygiene are specific to eating them. Therefore, do not put yogurt or any other probiotic-packed foods into the honeypot. She would not be pleased.
12. Get friendly with a gynecologist.
No matter how poor or poise your vaginal hygiene is, find a gynecologist that you trust and who you can comfortably ask questions to.
From experiencing abnormal discharge to having unprotected sex, a gynecologist will be there to answer any questions that you may have. They will offer solutions for issues that require professional attention and can provide peace of mind on things that are not truly a threat to your health.
Don’t have a gynecologist near you? You can use this website to locate one in your area who meets your criteria.