How To Maintain Good Feminine Hygiene
Good feminine hygiene is essential to feel fresh and clean throughout the day, but also to prevent the occurrence of vaginal infections or other problems that could affect this sensitive and delicate area. You should carry out a series of daily care tasks that protect the vaginal flora and allow the natural pH value of the skin to remain stable. In this OneHowTo.com article, we'll explain exactly how to maintain good feminine hygiene.
To maintain good feminine hygiene, it is essential to wash your hands thoroughly before they come into contact with the genital area. To maintain good feminine hygiene it is advisable to wash the genital area at least once a day, preferably just after getting up in the morning, since at night this area can get sweaty. However, if you perform physical activity during the day, are on your period or you feel you need a little extra hygiene, you can wash the area again following the guidelines that we've set out in the next step.
The way you wash your intimate area as important, or possibly even more important, than how often you do it. Contrary to what you may believe, it is best to clean your private parts with water and only using a soap specifically for that purpose, one that fully respects the pH value of the delicate skin of the vagina. Above all, you should avoid frequent douching, as it can cause irritation, and avoid using soaps and lotions that are not specifically for intimate areas because they can irritate the skin, destroy the vaginal flora and leave the area vulnerable to infection. You should especially avoid scented soaps as they can cause dermatitis in the area.
When it comes to washing your private parts, we would strongly discourage the use of a sponge or similar item. It is best to use only the fingers, passing them gently over the vaginal area. It's not a good idea to use deodorants in this area either. Even if they have been developed for this purpose, they can cause irritation, allergic reactions and, more importantly, can camouflage a strong odor which could be a clear sign of a vaginal infection or condition requiring medical intervention.
Another essential measure to maintain good feminine hygiene lies in the correct use of tampons. Tampons should only be used when strictly necessary and not used permanently as they can impede the flow of blood and bacteria, increasing the risk of vaginal infections. During menstruation, tampons should be changed every 4 to 6 hours depending on how heavy the blood flow is. They should never be left in longer than 6 hours.
Similarly, sanitary napkins should also be changed every 4 to 6 hours to prevent infection.
The best underwear for the female genital area is full cotton underwear as it absorbs moisture and promotes ventilation. Thongs can facilitate the transfer of bacteria from the anus to the vagina, so it is best to not use them often. It is also essential to change your underwear daily or more frequently if you notice that it is a little moist. You should wash your underwear with a gentle soap or detergent.
Other steps you can take to maintain good feminine hygiene are as follows:
- Avoid wearing tight trousers that cause chafing and promote the accumulation of moisture.
- When going to the toilet, always wipe the genital area from front to back, as doing it the reverse can carry germs from the anus to the vulva.
- Always dry the area with a clean, soft towel.
- Wash the genital area before and after sex.
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