What is a healthy vagina? A healthy vagina is an asymptomatic vagina, meaning that it will be odeorless and the woman will not experience abnormal discharge, itching, or pain. Here are my top tips to maintaining a clean and healthy vagina:
1. Avoid wearing synthetic underwear. Cotton underwear is always preferable as this will keep the area dry, well ventilated and less exposed to allergic reactions.
2. If you’re out for long hours, make time to wash your vagina with normal water, allow time for ventilation and dry it properly during the day.
3. Try to avoid wearing tight pants for long hours as they can also reduce ventilation.
4. When using public toilets and swimming baths, jacuzzis, spas and saunas, always use your own personal towels to avoid picking up thrush or bacteria vaginosis, which can commonly be found there.
5. If you are celibate, you should always seek gynaecological advice to check that your vagina is healthy.
6. If you are sexually active and have developed discharge as a result of a new (or old) relationship, you must seek gynaecological advice to check that you are not carrying an STD. If you are infected, it is important that both you and your partner receive treatment immediately.
7. If you use sex toys or masturbation, make sure that your hands and/or any apparatus are extremely clean. Wash and dry well using anti-bacterial cleanser to remove potential bacteria or infection.
8. If you participate in anal sex, you must always be sure not to have vaginal sex following anal sex. If you do, it can result in devastating and extremely serious medical problems, as infections including E-coli are transmitted via one’s back passage and can then be transmitted to the vagina and urethra. This can lead to severe cystitis, endometritis, salpingitis, pelvic infection, pelvic adhesions and chronic pelvic pain, leading to deep dyspareunia and fertility problems.
For more information, visit www.londongynaecologyclinic.com