There are a few basic rules for maintaining good feminine hygiene that every woman should know. By following these simple tips, you can help keep yourself clean and improve your vaginal health. Plus, it will make those visits to the gynecologist a little less uncomfortable! So without further ado, here are eight guidelines for feminine hygiene.

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1. Always wash your hands before touching your genital area

This may seem like a no-brainer, but always make sure to wash your hands before touching your vagina and definitely before changing a tampon or menstrual cup. You don’t want any nasty bacteria getting up in there! It’s really important to keep that area clean and healthy, and washing your hands is the best way to do that.

2. Keep your underwear dry

You should always keep your underwear dry. It might not seem like a big deal, but trust me, it is actually really important! Here is why you should always make sure undies are dry: 

  • Wet underwear can cause a lot of discomforts. When your undies are wet, they’re going to be itchy and uncomfortable to wear. Nobody wants to deal with that!
  •  It can create an environment for bacteria growth. This means that you could end up getting a vaginal yeast infection or urinary tract infection (UTI).

So if you want to stay healthy and feel good down there, make sure you always keep your undies nice and dry!

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3. Change your sanitary pads/ tampons/ menstrual cups often

No matter what type of sanitary product you use, it’s crucial that you switch it out frequently to maintain good vaginal health. It helps prevent bacteria build-up and keeps you feeling fresh.

  • You should change your sanitary pads every 4-6 hours, whether they are completely soaked or not.
  • It’s best to change a tampon between 4-6 hours. You should avoid leaving tampons inside for longer than 8 hours because it increases the risks of toxic shock syndrome.
  • Depending on your flow, you can wear your menstrual cups for up to 12 hours.

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4. You should always wipe yourself  front to back

It’s essential that you wipe front-to-back each and every time you go to the bathroom. It helps reduce the risk of bacteria from the anus entering the vagina or bladder through the urethra. These bacteria can disrupt your vagina’s native microbiome of microorganisms, which helps maintain a normal vaginal PH. When the balance of your vaginal flora gets disturbed, it could lead to UTIs or vaginal infections such as bacterial vaginosis.

5. Always pee after sexual intercourse

You may be wondering why you should bother to pee when you just had sex. Believe it or not, there are some pretty good reasons why you should go ahead and take care of business in the bathroom. Here are two of them: 

  • Urinating helps to flush out any bacteria that may have been introduced during sex. This can help to prevent bladder infections and other urinary tract infections. 
  • Plus, it just feels really good to take care of yourself after a bit of love-making.

So go ahead and head for the bathroom – your body will thank you for it.

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6. Avoid scented feminine hygiene products

Are you a fan of scented feminine hygiene products? You probably think they will make smell nice down there. But what if I told you that they might not be as good for you as you think? Using scented tampons, pads, and sprays can cause several health problems. They can mess up the PH levels and the balance between the harmful bacteria and good bacteria that protect your vaginal health. 
Switch to unscented products instead; they’re just as effective and much safer for your health. Your body will thank you!

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7. Avoid douching

Douching is a practice that has been around for centuries, but there are many reasons why you should avoid it. Douching can alter the natural pH balance of your vagina, leading to an increase in the risk of developing yeast infections or other vaginal infections. Additionally, douching can actually push bacteria and dirt further up into your vagina and cervix, which can lead to serious health complications such as infertility. Your vagina is self-cleaning. That means you don’t have to spend time and money on douches or other products to keep it clean. If you’re looking for a way to keep your vagina healthy, stick to simple hygiene practices like washing your hands and cleaning the outside of your genital area. 

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8. Clean your vulva every day

Keeping your vulva clean is also very important. Not only does it make you feel fresh and clean down there, but it can also help prevent infections. Luckily, cleansing your vulva is a quick and easy process that requires no special products or tools. All you need is some warm water. So if you’re not already doing so, start taking care of your vulva every day! You’ll be glad you did.

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it – eight basic guidelines for maintaining good feminine hygiene. These rules will help reduce your risk of developing vaginal infections and keep you feeling fresh and confident all day long. Remember, it’s important to be proactive about your health and take care of yourself – so start following these tips today!

 

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Hermione M.

My name is Hermione. I am the founder of WomenH and I write about women's health, wellness, mental health, and personal growth. I created this platform to inspire women to take care of themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally to become their best selves. Thank you for stopping by.

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