In this continuation of last weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s article, we look at some of the steps to maintaining a clean and healthy vagina. This email circulated on the Internet recently and we thought it wise to share this very information with fellow ladies, since this is a very sensitive topic that some might not feel comfortable enough to bring up with their gynaecologists or friends.
1.Take out your old tampons: Leaving a tampon in your vagina too long, more than six hours, is a very bad idea. It can cause a toxic syndrome (TSS), as well as some very disgusting build up. Use smaller size and change sooner. Changing out pads often is also a good ideaÃ¢â‚¬â€ leaving a pad on too long can cause serious irritation to the skin on and around the vagina like diaper rash! So keep the diaper rash at bay, and change your pad throughout the day.
2.Ã‚Â Avoid sprays and scented soaps: Actually, try and avoid soaps Ã¢â‚¬Å“down thereÃ¢â‚¬Â as much as possible. They can get caught in the crevices of the vagina and fester. And you have an infection of the vagina in no time at all. Sprays and scented soaps, though, are more damaging, as they are designed to leave a bit behindÃ¢â‚¬â€ the scent, and you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want anything left on the skin of your vagina at all. Soaps and bubble baths can also worsen vaginal dryness.
3. Visit your gynaecologist regularly: Only your doctor can accurately diagnose any problems you may be having. If you do suspect anything at all, call and make an appointment as soon as you can.
4. Rinse well: While showering or taking a bath, rinse your vagina with lots of water, especially if you use soap.