Intimate hygiene, as the name rightly suggests, is all about keeping your privates clean and hygienic. Many women don’t know the difference between intimate and regular hygiene, and fail to follow the basic rules to maintain their vaginal health.
Your vagina, in terms of pH, is more acidic than the rest of your body. This helps maintain good bacteria like lactobacilli and prevent the growth of bad.
Here’s what you need to do to keep your vagina healthy and hygienic
1. Use a good quality intimate wash
When it comes to maintaining hygiene, the skin in your intimate area requires special, delicate care. Washing with ordinary soaps/ gels can lead to imbalance in pH levels, which in turn can lead to problems like itching, odour and infections.Use high-quality dermatologically and gynaecologically tested intimate wash that’s also hypoallergenic.
2. Wash only outside of your privates
Wash only the outside of your intimate area - vulva, vagina
3. Wash your Privates at least once a day
4. Don’t spray water directly to the vagina
Spraying water directly on the vagina can lead to entry of bacteria.
5. No sponge or gloves
The skin in your privates is super delicate. Never use anything abrasive, use only hands to wash.
6. Use soft towel
Use a soft and fully dried towel to soak up the water.
7. Wipe right
Always wipe clean your intimate area from front to the back, especially if you are using vaginal wipes/ napkins.
8.Change pads every 2 - 4 hours
Using a sanitary napkin for more than 4 hours can cause harmful bacteria to multiply.
9. Wear cotton panties
Cotton clothes allow skin to breathe unlike synthetic that blocks the circulation of air.