5 rules for a healthy vagina
While every woman may have a vagina, every woman may not know how to take care of her, inside and out. There’s more to vaginal health care than making sure you clean her everyday, as women must be mindful that the products being used can cause more harm than good. Those tampons that you use, did you know that they are soaked in a chemical concoction that’s contributing to painful periods and fibroids? See below for my top tips for vaginal health and my favorite products to use!
1. Eat a vaginal health diet
When you think of the word ‘yeast’ what do you imagine? A loaf of bread, some dough, etc. Did yo know that eating a diet high in processed foods, YEAST, refined sugars, and added preservatives can increase the yeast levels in your body, and cause you to have reoccurring yeast infections? A healthy diet for vaginal health includes lots of fruits, vegetables, plenty of water, no dairy and a good probiotic. Women who have made this change in their diet have reported an increase in their libido, less issues with lubrication, less occurrences of yeast infections and normal menstrual cycles.
2. Remove toxic menstrual and wash products
Here are some toxic ingredients lurking in your tampons and pads: pesticides, chlorine, fragrance, rayon, dioxin and BPA. Ummmmm, excuse me? And can you imagine placing this chemical concoction in your sensitive lady parts, which is access to the core of our entire body? It is our job to PROTECT our core with our lives, however we have been sticking these harmful products for years and years and years. This is mainly because most women aren’t aware and wouldn’t even guess that companies would provide something so harmful. GUESS AGAIN! These chemicals result in toxins being released into our bloodstream (TSS), disrupt our hormones, cause fibroids, yeast infections, bacterial infections, TSS and cancer. I don’t know about you, but I would rather not take my chances. With the growing number of natural and organic pads, tampons and cups, there’s no need to continue using brands that are harmful to our womb health. Here are a few of my favorite products to use.
3. Proper cleansing
Most women have been taught how to clean their lady parts, and what to clean it with, but not properly. Knowing how to clean is just as important with what you clean with. If you take a look on the back of your cleansing product, most have ingredients that you don’t even recognize and also promise things such as ‘odor blocking’ ‘ph balanced’ which can prevent women from getting to the root cause of finding out why they have those issues in the first place. These are also harsh on the skin, which is the last thing we want to introduce to such a sensitive area. Just like there are emerging companies creating natural pads and tampons, there are also companies creating plant based and sensitive washes for your vagina. Some women claim to only use water to cleanse, which is fine, but if you’re active like I am, I like to ensure I’m getting a good cleaning down there. Externally of course! Here is my favorite brand. I’ve used others but I always find myself back to using this and will continue to do so. People who I’ve recommended this to have also found this to be a product that they love!
4. Wear proper clothing
This may or may not be news to you, but wearing tight clothing that doesn’t allow our lady parts to breathe will result in creating a hot and moisture environment which can contribute yeast infections. I personally try to aim for 100% organic cotton and white underwear to avoid exposure to harmful dyes, or I don’t wear any at all. This might be too much for the average woman, because who can avoid a good Victoria Secret sale on panties? If you have trouble with keeping dry underwear throughout the day, try taking an extra pair with you to change so that you aren’t sitting your lady part in a moist environment all day, exposing you to problems with yeast.
5. Self exams
Yes, grab that mirror and take a look at your lady parts. We do self breast examinations, but why is it not common to do vaginal examinations? There are things to check for there as well, such as unusual bumps, cysts, discharges (that are not normal), rashes Or other skin irritations. Use these steps to help guide you through a self exam:
1. Sit on the edge of your bed on a towel, or on the floor.
2. Sit with your legs spread in front of a mirror or use a handheld mirror, and examine all parts of your vagina with CLEAN HANDS.
3. Take note of the color, and skin, so that if there are any drastic changes, you can discuss this with your doctor.
4. Examine yourself for anything unusual, such as lumps, bumps or rashes, and report them to your doctor immediately (if anything found).
Try doing this quarterly or yearly, and please note that this does NOT replace having exams with your gynecologist.
What are your favorite vaginal health tips?