All women should need to care about a healthy vagina. A healthy vagina is acidic and holds high a amount of useful bacteria that help in fighting infections and that keep the pH levels normal.
Moderate amount of discharge is a sign of a healthy vagina. Disruption of the normal conditions could lead to infections and diseases.
Warning and symptoms:
- Burning and itching in the vagina and vulva
- Excessive discharge
- Inflamed and painful mucous membrane
- Appearance of lesions
- Bad smell
- Bleeding (especially after intercourse)
- Dry vagina
Here is how you can maintain your vagina healthy:
Protect the pH balance of your vagina without washing
Washing can disrupt the normal pH levels of the vagina, decrease its acidity and place a rostrum for bacteria. The normal pH levels are between 3.8 and 4.5. If your vagina has got a strong smell, visit a doctor, because douching will just mask the smell and won’t resolve the problem.
Stay away from junk food
Fast food can influence the pH balance of the body. Sugar, carbs and fruit drinks can all cause yeast infections. So you need to stay away from unhealthy foods.
Consume a healthy diet
You must eat healthy and nutritious foods like yogurt and cranberry juice can help you with yeast infections, and soy food can help you with a dry vagina.
Practice safe sex
Using condoms protects you from STDs, some of which are incurable. Oral to vaginal or anal to vaginal sex requires a new condom to stop transferring bacteria into the vagina.
Smoking affects the lungs, but also the vagina – the nicotine hinders the bacterial equality and causes strong smell and blocked pores in the vulva.
Avoid taking antibiotics
Try not to take any antibiotics if possible. In case you must take them, consume kefir, yogurt and fermented foods in general to soothe the yeast.
Treat the infections right from the start
Treat them with topical or oral drugs. The treatment of this condition is extremely important.
Choose your underwear carefully
Vaginal skin is sensitive so wear a 100% cotton underwear.
Visit a gynecologist
It is really important that you visit a gynecologist on a regular basis for checkups. The first exam should be on 21 years or in period of three years after your first sex. The gynecologist performs Pap smears which can show any changes in the vaginal cells.
Use only water to wash it
It’s very important to only use water for washing your vagina. You shouldn’t use any hygiene products.
Choose the soap carefully
It is really important that you use a soap that contains olive oil that does not make the skin dry.
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