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Spring Cleaning Your Vagina: The Do’s and Don’ts of Vaginal Self-Care [According to Experts]

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With spring just around the corner, and my lady parts cocooned in their winter fur, I think now is the perfect time to dive into the topic of spring cleaning… our vaginas!

Research has shown that hygiene influences the way we perceive ourselves. This means that good personal hygiene can improve our self-esteem and confidence.

So, rather than write about my usual topics, i.e. self-care for the mind and body (and soul), I wanted to dive into the topic of vaginal self-care.

(Is that a thing?)

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Whatever you call it, vaginal care is an important topic. Believe it or not, the vagina is one of the most misunderstood parts of the human body!

So, we will explore some do’s and don’ts of spring cleaning the vagina [according to experts] to ensure you give appropriate love to your intimate parts.

Related post: 5 Myths About Self-Care You Need To Kill Right Now

Before we get into the actual hygiene tips, let’s clarify one thing: the vagina actually refers to the part that is inside your body. Or, as explained here: it is “what babies and menstrual blood leave the body through” (source: Planned Parenthood).

The vulva, on the other hand, encompasses the external genitalia, including (but not limited to) the mons pubis, labia (majora and minora), clitoris, and vaginal opening.

So, although I use the general term ‘vagina’ here, (for ease of use and because it is the accepted terminology for that general area), I will be talking only about the external part.

Btw….never, ever “clean” the inside of your vagina (no water or soap in there!). But we’ll get to that later.

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Now that we covered the basics, here are some good hygiene tips for your vagina to ensure proper care and maintenance. 

Get To Know It

Do, spend some time reading about the vagina and getting to know it.

For example: did you know that the vagina is self-cleansing? It cleans itself with its natural secretions, hosting a diverse ecosystem of bacteria, and keeping the correct pH balance.

That’s why you should avoid harsh soaps in there as they can disrupt that delicate balance.

Remember, it’s hard to take proper care of something you don’t know. So, start with, you know… befriending your vagina.

Give It A Buzz, Not A Shave

Grooming is a matter of personal preference. That being said, I don’t know about you, but after winter, my vagina is in serious need of a trim.

HOWEVER, keep in mind that pubic hair has its purpose! It protects the vagina, keeping the vulva warm and keeping dust and germs away, thus preventing infections (source: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists).

Shaving can also cause itching, inflammation, ingrown hairs, razor burns, etc.

So, while shaving (or waxing completely) may seem like the norm or the “hygienic” thing to do, it’s not, and it’s definitely not necessary.

Consider trimming as an alternative to provide comfort without the potential drawback of shaving or waxing fully.

And if you really must shave or wax, consider shaving or waxing just the sides of your bikini line. This can be especially beneficial if you plan on wearing short shorts or bathing suits during the warmer season, helping you feel more confident without the worry of visible pubic hair.

Upgrade Your Undies

I can’t be the only one with 12-year-old panties in her drawer.

Thank God I decided to change that a few years ago and I now upgrade my underwear regularly.

Did you know that even clean underwear can contain up to 10,000 living bacteria? That is partly due to the fact that there are bacteria in your washing machine water.

Think that sounds scary? It gets better: there is also about 100 milligrams of poop in the average pair of underwear! (source: Healthline).

When choosing new underwear, consider opting for underwear made of natural fabrics like cotton. Cotton is gentle on your skin, and allows breathability and airflow, thus reducing the risk of irritation and infection.

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Increase Your Intake of Essential Nutrients

Support your vagina’s health from within and improve your vaginal microbiome by incorporating probiotics and foods rich in Vitamins A, B, and omega-3 fatty acids into your diet (source: Very Well Health).

Masturbate

Yes, you read that right!

Embrace the benefits of self-pleasure to revive your vagina in the spring, as masturbation can enhance sexual satisfaction, alleviate stress, increase blood flow to the vagina, and promote pelvic floor health (source: Glamour).

Don’t know about you, but after winter, it often feels like my vagina has been hibernating. Especially when I’m single.

(Also, I live in Canada. Hibernation is a national sport).

Why not take that moment, as the world is waking up from winter, to do the same, by connecting with your body and exploring your sexuality?

Have More Sex

Regular sexual activity promotes overall vaginal health and comfort by increasing vaginal lubrication, blood flow, and elasticity (source: WebMD).

It’s also a fun way to maintain intimacy with your partner while keeping your hoo-ha happy.

You know. Two birds; one stone and all that.

Wash Your Hands

Please, wash your hands (and your partner’s) before playing with, or grooming, your vagina. This simple step can help prevent the introduction of harmful bacteria into the vaginal area and reduce the risk of infection.

Switch to Unscented, Hypoallergenic Products

Nothing really is necessary beyond water and some very mild soap to keep your vagina clean. Everything else is unnecessary, if not harmful to your vagina.

Fragrances, essential oils, and harsh chemicals irritate your vulva and can disrupt the natural balance of your vagina.

So, consider using unscented and hypoallergenic products down there.

If you are worried about keeping your vagina smelling “fresh”, check out that post here.

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Now that we’ve covered the essential do’s for spring cleaning your vagina, I just want to point out a few things to NOT do when it comes to caring for your intimate parts.

Do Not Use Soap Inside the Vagina

As we’ve mentioned a few times already, using soap inside the vagina can disrupt its natural balance and cause irritation or infections. If you need more guidance on how to properly clean your vagina, please consult medically reviewed sources such as the ones mentioned throughout this post.

Remember, the vagina is self-cleansing and does not require internal cleaning with soap. But check this post if you are looking for more tips on how to keep your vagina smelling good all day.

Do Not Use Perfume

I know I probably sound like a broken record, but avoid using perfumed products in the vaginal area. That includes scented tampons, soaps, sprays, wipes… These products can disrupt the delicate balance of your vaginal flora, irritate your vagina and vulva, and increase the risk of infections.

Avoid Excessive Shaving

Excessive shaving can cause irritation, ingrown hairs, and increase vulnerability to infections. Consider alternative grooming methods like trimming.

Remember, self-care is an essential aspect of your overall wellness, and good hygiene habits are not limited to brushing your teeth and taking showers.

If you’re thinking of giving your vagina a “spring cleaning”, remember to prioritize your vaginal health above superficial aspects.

Read Next: 8 Must-Known Hacks For Making your Vagina Smell Good Naturally

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