Things you should do to your private parts…How to take good care of your private part…
LADIES, HERE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VAGINAL HEALTH.
Exposing the vagina to heat, salt, hot water, pouring/sticking things inside destroys the natural environment of the vagina and causes infections.
The best care for the vagina are simple things:
Wash only the vulva (the outer part)
NEVER wash inside the vagina.
NEVER put anything inside the vagina except a clean tampon.
Have your bath twice a day.
Avoid tight/nylon underwear because they cause heat which is bad for the vagina.
Do NOT use alum inside your vagina in the futile bid to “tighten” your vagina. Research has shown that a lot of alum used by women causes injury, scars and possible infections in the vagina.
Also, be careful with what underwear you use. You know your body better than anybody else.
Some women find that G-Strings are very uncomfortable and makes them to itch, if you are in that category, simply stay off it. Better to be comfortable than be in misery because of fashion.
After using the toilet, always wipe from front to back. NEVER EVER do it from back to front.
If you wipe from back to front, you stand the risk of bringing bacteria from the anus into the vagina. This move can trigger repeated vaginal infections that may be difficult to treat.
Do NOT douche please. Douching is the act of cleaning inside the vagina by spraying it with water/soap using a hose or shower. Many believe this will get rid of bad odor, sperm and menstrual blood. This is a bad practice. It will only destabilise the vagina and cause infections.
Your best bet is a PostPill and not douching, drinking lime, drinking dry gin, putting alum or leaves inside the vagina. It’s a waste and very unhelpful.
The vagina does NOT need any help from you to keep it clean. It cleans itself all by itself and stays beautiful. It is how your body is wired, and put together to function.
Maintain good menstrual hygiene. Try to change pads every 8hours pls. Don’t wear one pad for two days.
With the advent of pads that absorb very well, many ladies forget to change pads regularly when on their period. This is risky because that blood can cause serious infection.
Learn about Kegel exercise, these are exercises that help to contract and relax the muscles in the pelvis, and are said to technically make the vagina stronger and flexible. It’s particularly beneficial during pregnancy and after birth.
If you are quite sensitive down there, don’t use scented detergents to wash your underwear.
KEGEL EXERCISE PROCEDURE:
Make sure your bladder is empty, then sit or lie down.
Tighten your pelvic floor muscles. Hold tight and count 3 to 5 seconds.
Relax the muscles and count 3 to 5 seconds.
Repeat 10 times, 3 times a day (morning, afternoon, and night).
Written by Ujunwa Okpala
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