Topic: Washing the Vagina, Soap or No Soap?
So, you had a very stressful day, you managed to grab a quick bite. You barely made it to the shower. You ran the shower head, water drizzling all over you. You also shampooed and conditioned your hair. Then you embarked on washing your body.
Then, you suddenly remembered the most important 1% area in your body, the vagina.. And you are wondering, should I or should I not, use soap? You looked down and reluctantly used soap anyways, hoping the scented soap will keep it all fresh and alive. Then you remembered what your doctor told you , no soap, but you friends and colleagues said use soap.
So, you are caught in the dilemma, what are you supposed to do with your vagina? After all, no one ever gave you a tutorial about Vagina Cleaning 101 during your growing 💗💗days .
Of course, you most definitely want to keep your vagina clean and healthy. VERY IMPORTANT . Yet, you understand its very delicate and sensitive, which is the main reason you are in utter confusion about how we should clean this area.
Should you be using those fanciful, glamorous products you see next to the pads and tampons at the drugstore?
Is there a certain substance you should be using? Or substances you should avoid?
Facts You Should Know
1. Luckily, the vagina is a very delicate organ and takes care of itself. It is self-cleaning.
2. Vagina is pretty good at cleaning itself. You do not need to clean the inside of the vagina with soap. The vagina has a specific environment that makes the it hostile/ harsh to bacteria. So, by default, if you put anything foreign inside the vagina, it will change the environment ( Ph) and this can lead to bacteria overgrowth and infection.
3. For some women, they may not be convinced about using soap to clean the vagina, especially when they have vagina discharge. Naturally, the vagina cleans itself and this can be seen as the discharge.
4. In some women, vaginal discharge can get heavier or lighter depending on the stage of the menstrual cycle. This is completely normal.
5. Sometimes, the discharge can give off a faint scent, after you have sex.
6. Also, the sperm deposited inside the vagina after sex can change the environment of the vagina. Don’t worry, the vagina will take care of itself.
7. DO NOT use douches. This can specifically lead to dryness of the vagina and can further make the vagina uncomfortable during sex.
8. Douches can change the environment of the vagina and make prone to infections.
Tips and Suggestions
1. Never put anything up inside your vagina.
2. You can however use a soft/gentle soap for your labia (the external part of the vagina), when you finishing bathing.
3. Use, clean dry towel to dry the external vagina. Be sure there are no excess moisture, as this will lead to breeding ground for yeast infection.
4. Having said that, please note that “All women are different”. Some women may wash with perfumed soap against medical advice and not notice any problems, while others will have vaginal irritation.
5. Only use pure, unperfumed soaps to clean the external part of the vagina.
Finally, have faith in your vagina, fact is, with or without help, it is capable and able of cleaning and maintaining health.
Dr. Chudi Godsons
Reference & Photo Credit http://hellogiggles.com
Chuk Ufondu. MBBS, MPH , CPH