Vaginal hygiene

Vaginal hygiene is important. You want your vagina to be healthy and smell naturally

A healthy vagina will not cause you problems. Not when sitting, not when moving and not during sex. Vaginal discharge is normal: every woman has it, some more than others. If you notice that something about your vagina has changed – an unusual discharge or smell for example, go to the doctor.

What are vaginal problems?

  • Unusual discharge or smell
  • Itching – internally or on the labia
  • Redness and irritation
  • Pain, burning sensation when urinating
  • Pain during and after sex
  • Bleeding after sex
  • Small wounds, sores, gashes and lumps

Care of the vagina

Vaginal hygiene is important. You want your vagina to be healthy and smell naturally. Many women believe that frequent washing, internal rinsing and using a lot of soap and other products will achieve this. But it is often these things that cause problems. Excessive use of personal hygiene products, or vaginal douches can make problems worse.
 

Tips:

  • Wash the vagina with lukewarm water only
  • Do not rinse the inside of the vagina
  • Do not use soap or products containing soap
  • Avoid using soap substitutes or only use them occasionally
  • Do not dry yourself roughly, dabbing is best
  • Change tampons (and sanitary napkins) regularly – do not keep them in longer than four hours
  • Do not use panty shields or tampons if you are not having your period
  • Wear cotton underwear – synthetic fabrics do not breath
  • Do not wear strings or tight-fitting trousers
  • If you have sex, use a condom to help prevent STIs

Causes of vaginal problems

The most common cause of vaginal problems is a yeast infection, candida infection or bacterial vaginosis. Sometimes the cause is a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

In themselves, candida infection or bacterial vaginosis are not immediately worrying or dangerous. But they can be very troublesome. It is also easier to get an STI if you have these infections. If you have them, go to the doctor and get treatment.
 

Lumps

Small lumps can occasionally be present around the vagina. Sometimes they are painless, they can also be red and painful. These lumps can be ingrown hairs caused by shaving. Sometimes they are swollen sebaceous glands or warts. Lumps like these are usually nothing to worry about. If you are unsure, go to your doctor.

Shaving pubic hair

Shaving the pubic hair is common. A drawback is that it often causes small ugly red lumps and ingrown hair and that you have to keep doing it.

 

Tips:

  • Use a new razorblade each time
  • Use a mild shaving foam or soap
  • Pull the skin tight with one hand
  • Be careful of the labia
  • Do not shave against the direction of the hair. In this way you can prevent red lumps and ingrown hairs
     

Alternatives to shaving

  • Cut the pubic hair very short
  • Waxing – this prevents stubble but it is painful
  • Laser treatment – this removes the pubic hair forever

Sex during menstruation

You can have sex normally when you have your period. If you want to at least. Use a condom to help prevent STIs.

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