Brands are capitalizing on our growing knowledge of intimate health, flooding the market with a plethora of goods aimed at helping you clean and ‘beautify’ your vulva and private area. But do we really require them? First and foremost, wrong information on how to clean your private area could leave you with anything from itchy skin to a full-blown yeast infection. We all know that when it’s uncomfortable down there, it’s uncomfortable everywhere, so you want to do it right the first time. Here’s how to wash your private area properly to keep it happy, healthy, and feeling new.
1. Don’t forget the back
After you’ve used the washcloth on your vulva, wash your perineum, the area that “taints” your parts or buttock and anus. You don’t want to get bum bacteria on your bits by accident.
2. Avoid scented soap or liquid.
According to Healthline,It’s best to avoid perfumed soaps, gels, and antiseptics, as these might disrupt the private area flora balance and pH levels, causing irritation. All women, on the other hand, are unique. Some people may not have any concerns washing with fragrant soap. However, if a woman is experiencing vulval irritation or symptoms, one of the first things she should do is using non-allergenic, basic soap to see if it helps. Natural private part secretions will clean the private area inside your body. (discharge) Washing more than once a day during your period may be beneficial, as it keeps the perineal area between the private part and the anus clean. Perineal cleanliness is important, and you should wash that area at least once a day as part of your normal bathing practice.
3. Grab a washcloth.
As seen in Healthline, Though you can clean with just your fingers, a washcloth or unscented wet wipe (not a scrubby loofah!) will help you clean thoroughly.
4. Wear cotton undies
Cotton is the most breathable material you can cover your privatr area with, as opposed to synthetic lace-y things that, face it, aren’t as comfortable anyway. And thongs while practical can whisk bacteria into the urethra because they’re so close-fitting, and that heightens your risk for a UTI (ouch). So choose your panties wisely.
5. Douching should be avoided.
Furthermore, Medicalnewstoday notes that A douche pushes water into the private area canal, allowing private area secretions to be flushed out. To “clean” the private area, some women use a douche. Using a douche, on the other hand, can upset the usual private part bacteria, thus it’s not suggested. Douching does not protect against STIs or private part infections, and it may actually increase the risk. The same can be said for private part steaming, which is all the rage right now but, in the long run, can increase the quantity of dangerous germs in the private area.
6. Choose tampons and pads wisely
You should have a general understanding of what’s in them. According to research, some tampon brands include dangerous chemicals known as phthalates, often known as “endocrine disruptors,” which mess with your hormones. Certain tampons have also been shown to contain dioxins, a result of the bleaching process. Though the amount of dioxin in tampons is now lot lower than it was previously. Organic, unscented tampons and pads may be the most secure option.