Anupriya Kapur, Co-founder, Branding and PR Head, Imbue
As a woman, we often face problems like itching, irritation, dryness, and more. Sometimes, we also feel pelvic pain and inflammation. But we hesitate to talk about these with anyone. It’s usually quite awkward for us. But, these could be signs of an infection for which we need to go to a gynaecologist for treatment. Hence, intimate hygiene is a critical subject to discuss, in order to stay infection-free.
So, let’s take a look at a few tips on intimate hygiene, including menstrual hygiene tips.
The first thing to know is that your vagina is a self-cleaning organ. You don’t have to clean it. It’s the external genital area called vulva whose hygiene you need to take care of.
1. Change your pads/tampons every 4-6 hours.
It is very important to change your pads/tampons at a frequency of 4-6 hours. If your flow is more, change more frequently.It’s not advisable to use two hygiene products together. Using two pads together or a pad with a tampon is a strict no-no.Use water to keep your pubic area clean during menstruation to avoid foul odour.
2. Avoid tight clothing
Try to stay away from tight clothes as much as possible. You don’t have to give up on skinny jeans, of course, but it has to be for some limited hours only.
3. Wear cotton panties.
Try to stick to cotton panties and avoid synthetic ones as much as possible, especially during the summertime. So, breathable fabric like cotton is better.
4. Change out of sweaty panties.
If you go to the gym regularly or sweat a lot in the kitchen, then get out of that sweaty panty as soon as possible. The longer you wear it, the higher will be your chances of infections.
5. Wipe yourself front to back
Another important tip is that if you wipe yourself clean with toilet paper, make sure that you wipe from the front to the back. If you do the other way round, the chances of bacteria coming from the rectal area to the vaginal area increases, and that can cause infections.
6. Don’t douche.
Douching is a way of using water spray to clean the vagina. This is not at all needed. The vagina is self-cleaning. In fact, if you practise douching, it increases the chances of infection.
7. Drink lots of water.
Water is not just great for your skin, hair, and overall health. It’s also very important for your vaginal health. So drink lots of water.
8. Don’t use chemical-based washes.
If you use any harsh soap or chemical in your vaginal area, you should stop immediately. If you won’t apply chemicals on your face, then how can you use it in your sensitive area?
9. Visit a Gynaecologist.
You must visit a gynaecologist if you notice –
-Foul smell from your vagina
-Greenish, yellowing, or brownish discharge
-Pain or inflammation in the pelvic area
-Burning sensation during urination
-A regular white discharge is absolutely normal.
10. Use Imbue Intimate Hygiene Wash and Foam.
Instead of harsh products, you can use Imbue Intimate Hygiene Wash and Foam.
A-Both the products are all-natural, plant-based, and are made with an Ayurvedic formulation.
B-Their ingredients include Aloe Vera, Tea Tree, Neem, Banyan, etc., all of which are great for your vaginal health.
C-They can relieve itchiness, irritation, dryness, and foul odour.
We hope you have found some helpful tips for a healthy vagina!