How can I stay healthy down there? Common vaginal concerns.

How can I stay healthy down there? Common vaginal concerns.

Let's start with the basics.

Vulva is the correct term that refers to all of the external organs, including the mons pubis (pubic mound), the labia majora and minora (vaginal lips), the clitoris (so important), the external openings of the urethra (where urine comes out), and the vagina.

The vagina is a single internal organ, whereas the vulva is the all-encompassing term that includes the external organs and the vagina.

Our vaginas are also home to billions of bacteria, known as our vaginal flora, which are dominated by lactobacillus bacteria. These lactobacilli help to keep the vagina healthy by producing lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and other substances that inhibit the growth of yeast and other unwanted organisms. The mildly acidic environment and substances produced by the vaginal flora help fight against urogenital infections and are part of healthy vaginal ecosystem.

There is a delicate balance between beneficial and harmful bacteria and an imbalance can occur if the vaginal pH is not acidic enough. The vagina pH should be somewhere between 3.8 and 4.5 for a healthy level of vaginal acidity. If the vagina is not acidic enough due to a shortage of lactobacilli, then fungi and “bad” bacteria are able to reproduce more than they usually would. Using products that are not intended for use on the vulva, incorrect cleansing practices, excessive cleaning or douching, and more can create an imbalance and increase the risk of infection.

What are some common issues women have with their vaginas?

An infection or change in the normal balance of vaginal yeast and bacteria can cause inflammation of the vagina (vaginitis). Symptoms include vaginal discharge, odor, itching and pain. Common types of vaginitis include bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections and trichomoniasis.

Common Vaginal problems:

  • Bacterial vaginosis often causes a watery, ‘fishy’-smelling vaginal discharge. Treatment is available so it's a good idea to get it checked by your do...
  • Bartholin’s cysts can develop if the ducts of the Bartholin's glands, found inside the vagina, become blocked. Learn about the causes and treatment.
  • Painful sex for women. Experiencing pain or discomfort during sex is fairly common, but in some cases there is an underlying cause.
  • Retained tampon or other object. Sometimes a tampon or other object can become stuck in the vagina. If this happens to you, it is important to know what to do.
  • Vaginal bleeding isn't always related to menstruation. It can also be caused by infection or injury.
  • Every woman has some vaginal discharge. It's usually healthy and serves a purpose. Here's how to know what's normal, and what's a sign of infection.
  • Vaginal dryness. Although it can affect any woman, vaginal dryness is most common in women who have experienced menopause.

Yoni care is important for several reasons:

  1. Hygiene: Proper yoni care is essential for maintaining good hygiene in the genital area. It helps prevent the buildup of sweat, bacteria, and odor, which can lead to discomfort and potential infections.

  2. Prevention of Infections: The female genital area is sensitive and can be prone to infections, such as yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis. Regular yoni care can help prevent these infections by keeping the area clean and balanced.

  3. Odor Control: Maintaining yoni hygiene can help control unwanted odors. Sweat, bacteria, and menstrual blood can contribute to odor, and proper care can help minimize this issue.

  4. Comfort During Menstruation: During menstruation, practicing good yoni care, including using appropriate menstrual products and changing them regularly, can help ensure comfort and reduce the risk of irritation and infection.

  5. Enhanced Self-Confidence: Feeling clean and comfortable in the genital area can boost self-confidence and overall well-being. It can also contribute to a positive body image.

  6. Prevention of Skin Irritation: Proper yoni care can help prevent skin irritation and chafing, which can be particularly important for women who are physically active or wear tight-fitting clothing.

  7. Preparation for Sexual Activity: Yoni care is also important for sexual health. Keeping the genital area clean and maintaining proper pH balance can reduce the risk of discomfort or infections during sexual activity.

  8. Education and Awareness: Engaging in yoni care practices can promote awareness and understanding of one's own body. This can lead to better reproductive health and the ability to identify and address any unusual changes or symptoms.

  9. Overall Health: The health of the genital area can be indicative of overall health. Any changes, discomfort, or unusual symptoms in this area may be a signal of underlying health issues that should be addressed promptly.

So how can you prevent common issues and stay healthy down there?

1. Shower immediately after sex, working out, or excessive sweating. Use mild vaginal cleansers ONLY! Do not use soap because the pH is too high for the acidity of the vaginal region.

2. Lubricate daily. Lotion is too harsh. Using a Yoni Oil with natural ingredients can keep the delicate vulva skin soft and moisturized.

3. Use a vaginal anti-itch spray for moments of the day when a shower is not practical.  It can help you get bad bacteria flighting ingredients to your skin immediately, preventing and supporting good vaginal ecology.

4. Wear cotton underwear and only use natural feminine tampons and sanitary napkins. If they do not declare that they are "organic" or "natural" they are likely coated with chemicals! OUCH!

It's important to note that yoni care should be approached with care and caution. Using gentle, fragrance-free products and avoiding harsh chemicals or douching is typically recommended. Additionally, what works for one person may not work for another, so it's important for individuals to pay attention to their own bodies and consult with healthcare professionals if they have specific concerns or questions about your individual vaginal health.

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