Many of us don’t think about it, but the vagina is really the top boss when it comes to how we feel. If one thing is off-balance with our vagina, trust us, you can feel it in no time. So if we neglect our vaginal health or aren’t doing what we can to better it, we’re the ones stuck with the consequences.
As you probably already know, there are tons of tips that you can find online about vaginal health. However, a lot of those tips may not be backed up by a reputable source. Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled a list to help you reference. So if you want to make sure your vaginal health is something worth bragging about (to your doctor, not just anybody), then keep on reading.
#1 Don’t Ignore Your Gyno
Like, ever. One of the easiest things we can do to better our vaginal health is to schedule a visit with our preferred gynecologist. They’ll be able to do the necessary screenings and tests to see just where your vagina stands. Even if you’re not due for a pap smear just yet, having a chat with your gynecologist about any sudden changes in discharge or differences you’ve noticed about your vagina can show you are paying attention to your vaginal health. So if you’ve been putting off that appointment with your gyno, or it’s been a hot minute since you sat in their waiting room, we’d suggest doing that pronto.
#2 Practice Safe Sex For Optimal Vaginal Health
No, we’re not turning this into a high school sex-ed lecture with a slideshow of terrible pictures (how could we forget freshman year?). What we mean by practicing safe sex for your vaginal health is using condoms with new partners and not forgetting the lube. Sometimes lube gets a bad rep, but we’re here to tell you that a good water-based lubricant can protect your vagina from any unnecessary abrasiveness or pain. Also, we recommend going for lubes that don’t contain parabens, scents, flavors, non-natural oils, or dyes. Those ingredients can actually throw off your vagina’s pH balance and cause other irritations.
#3 Wear Breathable Clothing
When it comes to the clothes we wear, what we don’t want is to have our vagina in sweaty and damp conditions. Sweat and dampness can cause excess bacteria growth, which can lead to yeast infections galore. Therefore, we recommend avoiding wet clothing, tight pants, and most importantly, going for a pair of lightweight breathable cotton underwear. Breathable fabrics like cotton and linen are what can keep the vagina happy, and you at ease.
#4 Stop Douching For Better Vaginal Health
We’re going to shout this from the rooftops until the end of time. Douching, or washing your vagina with soap and other scented concoctions, is actually one of the worst things you can do to throw off your vagina’s health. The vagina really does clean itself, and introducing new soaps and other chemicals that appear when douching can throw off the vaginal balance. Psst Psst. We’re not fans of douching, but we know that you want to make sure your vagina feels refreshed. That’s why we’ve created the perfect cleansing wipes to keep you nice and fresh whenever you need them. And don’t worry, your vagina won’t mind these wipes. Our cleansing cloths are hypoallergenic, and pH balanced, too.
#5 Consider a Vagina-Friendly Diet
While foods won’t necessarily cause harm to your vagina, some foods can actually help vaginal health thrive. Probiotic foods like yogurt and cheese help, and there are also vaginal probiotics out there too. The vaginal probiotics come in pill form and as suppository capsules. However, if you’d rather stick to including probiotics in your food for now instead, consider the following:
- Raw onion
- Sweet potatoes
- Dark chocolate
- Pumpkin seeds, and
- Many other fresh fruits and veggies
We know what you’re thinking, though. Wait, so you can actually eat yourself to a happier vagina? Yeah, sign all of us up! We also make it really easy for you to get just the vaginal health boost you need with our bladder supplements. Our supplement is packed with cranberries, vitamin D, and pumpkin, so you can add a supplement to your rotation that benefits your vaginal health, as well.^
Taking Care of The Queen Bee
The vagina is like the understated queen bee of the land. In this case, the queen of our bodies. If one thing doesn’t feel right with our vagina, it can actually turn our mood around for the worse. As a result, your vaginal health is super important to maintain, and it can be the littlest habits that benefit the vagina the most.
So whether it’s our diet, how we dress, how we wash our vagina (mainly with water or a Lily Bird cleansing cloth if you’re in the mood for a refresher), the vagina needs some love, too! Hopefully, the tips above can shed some light on some lifestyle changes you may need to adapt for better vaginal health. After all, a happier vagina means a happier you!
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By Jessica Thomas, MPH
^ This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.