Over the years, there has been an increase in fads that claim to be the best to cleanse and detoxify the vagina. The vagina is the most sensitive part of a woman’s body, so you definitely want to be extra careful whenever choosing products you use on or in it.
What you may not know is that your hooha is actually pretty good about taking care of itself and surprisingly, you could be doing more harm than good when using other methods to clean it. So, what actually works and what could cause more harm?
Vaginal douching is when you introduce a liquid solution into your vaginal canal with the intentions to clean it. The mixture usually consists of water, soap, and other chemicals, some even containing vinegar, baking soda and iodine. Most women douche to cleanse their vagina, rinse away period blood, get rid of vaginal odors, avoid sexually transmitted infections and prevent pregnancy.
It’s very popular to women everywhere, but is it safe? According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist, douching is NOT safe and doctors everywhere recommend that women avoid doing it!
The vaginal canal maintains a slightly acidic pH balance in order to protect itself from yeast and bacterial vaginal infections. When you splash in some douche down there, you are destroying that natural acidic pH of the vagina, leaving you susceptible to vaginal bacterial growth, yeast and bacterial infections.
Stay Away From Steaming Your Vagina
Ever since Gwyneth Paltrow mentioned about vaginal steaming, every woman who wants the vagina of a superstar have been doing it too. In case you haven’t heard about it yet, vaginal steaming according to the actresses’ blog is when you:
“sit on what is essentially a mini-throne and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al. It is an energetic release—not just a steam douche—that balances female hormone levels.”
The first concern of vaginal steaming is that it can burn your vagina, which is the most sensitive part of your body. Ouch! Worst case scenario when you burn your vagina, urinary meatus and rectum is that it could leave you highly susceptible to vaginal infections that could lead to vaginal loosening and death of your tissues down there.
Another concern in “cooking your hooha” is that as you steam it, you are also disturbing the natural pH level of your vagina. And last, but not the least of concerns, there is absolutely no scientific evidence that steaming will clean you down there and balance hormones of any kind.
Stop Applying Vaginal Creams and Gels
Vaginal tightening creams and gels gained so much popularity as it promises to tighten the vagina is just a few seconds like magic!
The number one rule to keep in mind is to stop applying anythingon or in your vagina. The outermost part of the inside of your vagina is the mucosal layer which is composed of epithelial cells. These cells keep the vagina healthy and protect it from infection and irritation.
When you apply vaginal creams and gels that contain various and potentially harmful chemicals, it will damage your vaginal canal and leave you very susceptible to infections and irritation. They can do more harm than good, so stay away from creams and gels especially the ones that contain the harmful substance called Manjakani.
How to Keep Your Vagina Healthy
Besides staying away from douching, creams and gels, and steaming your vagina, there are also other ways to keep your vagina happy and healthy.
Cleanse your vagina regularly using just water and mild soap. When you wipe after using the ladies room, wipe from front to back using unscented tissue papers and try to stay away from tampons if you can. Tampons, especially when left in for long periods of time, can attract bacteria that could lead to vaginal infection.
There’s no need for any fancy new methods to keep your vagina clean. The safest way to cleanse down there is still the same old fashioned way –using water and mild soap!
Most women do not realize that often times problems they have with their vagina is because their body needs more estrogen.Estrogen is the one that is responsible for the health of the reproductive organs, especially the vagina’s health. It’s the one that’s responsible for keeping the vaginal pH slightly acidic which is vital to fight off bad bacteria.
A woman’s body will no longer produce enough estrogen to maintain the reproductive organs’ health as a woman ages, or after a woman gives birth, as well as if she undergoes surgery involving her reproductive organs. The good news is that you can still take Phytoestrogen to replace the estrogen that was lost.
Phytoestrogen is estrogen that is made from plants. It is all natural and safe to take in its recommended dosage with no side effects.
The best source of Phytoestrogen is Kacip Fatimah which is an herb that is found in Asia and has been used for centuries in helping women who have just given birth recover and heal faster.
You may not even know it, but you could be damaging your vagina with your unique ways of trying to clean it. Simple things such as douching, applying vaginal creams and gels, or steaming your vagina can damage your vagina and do you more harm than good. The best method is to just have good hygiene, use mild soap and water, avoid vaginal cleansing fads, and take phytoestrogen to help keep your vagina happy and healthy!