Just as saliva is important for oral health, moderate losses are essential for vaginal health. But beware of infections or other health problems. Here’s how to recognize the signs of poor vaginal health and natural tips to fix it.
The vagina is naturally acidic, it contains a large amount of beneficial bacteria that prevent the development of infections and maintain an ideal pH level.
What are the signs of poor vaginal health?
1. Burns and itching
2. Excessive vaginal discharge
3. An inflamed and painful vaginal mucosa
4. The appearance of lesions
5. Unwanted odors
6. Abnormal bleeding
7. Bleeding after sex
8. A vaginal dryness
Here’s how to preserve your vaginal health:
1. Maintain the balance of the vaginal pH
Some gynecologists recommend douching, but vaginal douching can reduce the acidity of the vagina by disrupting its physiological pH, resulting in the proliferation of bacteria. Recall that the vagina is acidic, with a pH that varies between 3.8 and 4.5.
If the smell is strong, it is recommended to consult your gynecologist instead of vaginal douches that will certainly reduce unwanted odors on the moment, but that will not help treat the problem.
On the other hand, it is best to avoid using some personal hygiene products as they are likely to interfere with the normal pH of your vagina. Ask your gynecologist for advice.
2. Avoid junk food
Fast food (fast food), especially foods high in sugar, can affect your vaginal health. Indeed, sugar promotes the development of microorganisms and fungi. According to Dr. Rebecca Booth, a gynecologist, you need to reduce your carbohydrate intake and focus on fruits and vegetables for good vaginal health.
3. Adopt a healthy diet
A healthy and balanced diet and sufficient water intake are essential for the health of the body, including that of the vagina. In addition, certain foods are particularly beneficial in preventing or relieving problems related to vaginal health. This is the case of yogurt because it contains lactobacilli, gram-positive bacteria that help maintain the level of acidity of the vagina, which prevents the proliferation of microbes and fungi responsible for vaginal infections.
4. Protect yourself during sex
Protecting yourself during sex allows you to avoid many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as the AIDS virus (HIV), genital herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, genital warts and chlamydia.
Note that some STDs, such as HIV and genital herpes, are incurable. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is another STD that can cause genital warts and other serious diseases such as cancer of the uterus.
It is strongly recommended to change the condom during the transition from oral sex to vaginal penetration, so as to prevent the transmission of microbes in the vagina.
5. Stop smoking
Smoking does not only affect the airways, it can also negatively impact your vaginal health. Dr. Rebecca Booth notes that “tar and nicotine can damage the health of the vagina by causing a proliferation of bacteria. These chemicals can clog the pores of the vagina and release unwanted odors. Remember to stop smoking so that your vagina breathes freely … ”
6. Avoid antibiotics
Antibiotics promote the development of fungi, which can cause fungal infections. Dr. Rebecca Booth suggests promoting yoghurt, kefir and fermented foods when antibiotics are needed to prevent vaginal infections.
7. Treat infections as quickly as possible
There are three common vaginal diseases: fungal infections, bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis. Fungal infections are usually caused by fungi, bacterial vaginosis occurs when the vagina is home to many bacteria, and trichomoniasis is an STD.
Note that each of these diseases can be treated orally or topically. The treatment of these diseases is particularly important because without medical monitoring, these diseases can lead to more serious health problems.
8. Buy the right underwear
“The skin of your intimate parts is extremely sensitive,” says Dr. Rebecca Booth. She adds: “Always choose underwear made of natural fabrics, such as cotton or silk.” Indeed, synthetic materials often contain allergens and toxic products that can irritate the skin.
9. Regular gynecological consultations
Regularly checking with your gynecologist is essential for your vaginal health. Every woman should have her first gynecological examination at the age of 21, or at the first sexual intercourse.
Recall that the Pap test, also known as “vaginal cytology” is an examination that can detect changes in vaginal cells, which can lead to cancer of the uterus.
10. Wash with water
Intimate hygiene gels have become very popular and are widely used. These products are not recommended by gynecologists because they can disrupt the natural pH of the vagina. For a good personal hygiene, opt for a washing with water.
11. Choose your soap carefully
If you still prefer to use a product to clean your private parts, the bar of soap is the ideal choice because it does not alter the vaginal pH. But it should not be used daily to avoid drying out the skin. For good vaginal health, doctors recommend the use of soaps based on olive oil, such as Aleppo soap.