The intimate area is more sensitive to infections because of different reasons. These include the skin around this area being more delicate. Constant soiling due to passage of urine and stools. Sexual infections can happen through infected partners. Use of unhygienic toilets can lead to skin infections. Hence this area needs specific care and attention. The basic trick is to keep the intimate area as dry as possible. Below I have 15 tips plus 3 myths on maintaining the lady area. These are not in order, Though my number one would be eating healthy and drinking water!
Tips to maintain intimate hygiene:
1. Clean from front to back (vagina to anus) and not vice-versa as you may drag harmful bacteria from the anus to the vagina and cause infection.
2. Dry yourself completely using toilet paper or a soft cloth after use of toilet.
3. Avoid the use of western style public toilets unless disinfected well. Alternatively one may use disposable toilet seats.
4. Change sanitary pads frequently (every 4 to 6 hours or less if you bleed heavier during the day).
5. Undergo annual gynecological check-ups because some infections do not produce symptoms and you may not even be aware of them.
5. Report abnormal (thick/stains clothes/itchy/smelly/yellow or green or blood stained) vaginal discharge immediately.
6. Eat healthy, exercise, drink lots of water, and beat stress. A good immunity is the key to protection from any infection.
7. Avoid the use of harsh soaps, deodorants and talc.
8. Avoid scrubbing. Clean the private parts gently.
9. Wear comfortable cotton inner wear and change twice daily. Fancy synthetic underclothes may cause irritation of the skin. ( wear panty liners)
10. Use lubrication during sex if needed. (Dry sex can cause friction and abrasions which can lead to infection).
11. Urinate and clean your private parts immediately after intercourse. Then dry yourself.
12. Remove pubic hair at regular intervals or keep it well trimmed so cleansing is easy.
13. Avoid douching as it may cause infection.
14. Avoid sex if your partner has active genital or urinary infection.
15. Maintain a monogamous (single partner) relationship.
Myths about hygiene associated with the vagina
*Talc should be used daily.
*Scrub hard so that you are cleaner.
*Douching keeps you clean.