I feel like I write thing every single day, but it’s still worth repeating: your vagina is a super sensitive area of your body that needs to be taken care of. Unfortunately, many girls don’t know how to properly do that. This results in attempts to take care of their vagina that are actually probably making things worse down there – and that’s the last thing you want.
Keeping your vay-jay-jay happy and healthy is so important. Sometimes you need to pay a little bit more attention to that part of your body, while other times you need to relax and let it do it’s thing. You already know to shower regularly, go to the gynecologist for annual check-ups, and to wipe front to back, but there are other tips you should be aware of as well. Want to know the secrets to having the happiest vagina around? Here are 10 surprising ways to keep your vagina healthy:
Go Commando SometimesGoing out without underwear on might seem kind of crazy, but it's actually really great for your vagina. Your vag needs to breathe! If you're constantly suffocating it with underwear and pants and other tight clothing, it's bound to get some sort of infection. I'm not saying you need to go out in a short dress with no underwear on, just go commando once in a while. If you're uncomfortable going sans undies in public, try just sleeping commando. Your vag will thank you. Source: iStock
Eat YogurtCertain foods are supposedly better for your down there area, and yogurt is one of those foods. It sounds weird, but it's true: yogurt is full of healthy bacteria that you need down there. Yogurt helps with your pH balance in a natural way, so eating a cup of yogurt a day may benefit your vagina. It's also been known to help prevent yeast infections (although if you get a yeast infection, yogurt alone will not get rid of it). Your best bet is to go for plain, unsweetened yogurt. Source: iStock
Try ProbioticsIf you can't stomach yogurt, try some sort of probiotic. Many doctors and gynecologists have talked to me about the benefits of Acidophilus, a kind of probiotic that helps the buildup of healthy bacteria down there and in your gut, sort of acting the same way yogurt was. Talk to your doctor before you start taking it, but acidophilus is generally a good thing for women to take every day (it's good for your stomach and your vag area).
Have Sex RegularlyYes, it's true - sex is an important part of keeping your vay-jay-jay healthy as well as happy. Having sex keeps the vaginal walls healthy and strong. If you go too long with no activity down there, the walls become more weak. Source: iStock
Always Use LubeSome people have a weird misconception that you should only use lube if you're old and "dried up." Uh, not true. Lube is great for everyone, especially if you don't get that wet down there during sex. In fact, if you have trouble getting wet down there, lube is especially important. Having sex while it's dry down there hurts your vagina. It leaves the skin irritated and chafed, which can lead to an infection. Always use lube! Source: iStock
Masturbate OftenYou know how I said you shouldn't go that long without having sex because it keeps your vagina healthy? Well, if you're single or a virgin, don't worry - masturbation counts too. You should be masturbating regularly to keep your vag happy and healthy, for the same reasons as you should be having sex. Masturbating also helps you learn what you like and don't like down there, leading to a generally better sex life. Source: iStock
Use CondomsYou already know that condoms are super important if you want to avoid STDs or an unplanned pregnancy. But condoms are also really important for the health of your vagina - and it's even just about avoiding diseases. When you have sex with someone, their bacteria is mixing with your bacteria. Your vag is so sensitive that this can easily and quickly cause an issue such as a bacterial infection, urinary tract infection, or yeast infection. Some girls have irritation down there every time they have sex, even with the same partner. Condoms help keep a lot of that bacteria out of there. Source: iStock
Do KegelsYou may have never thought about working out your vagina, but you should really start thinking about it. Kegels, or pelvic exercises, keep your vagina in tip top shape - and they're much easier than they sound. You can do them literally anywhere! To do a kegel, you have to clench your muscles down there as if you're trying to stop yourself from peeing. Hold for 30 seconds, let go, hold again. Do this for a few minutes every day. Kegels strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, and that's good for your vag, rectum, bladder, and small intestine. Source: iStock
Get Rid Of Anything ScentedI have no idea why scented products for your vag still exist. I'm shocked every time I see scented pads or tampons, powders made just for your vagina, or soaps made for your vagina. Scented items in that area are BAD. They will give you an infection. They will mess with your pH balance and they will leave you very uncomfortable. Get rid of them! Source: iStock
Wear Cotton UnderwearRemember how I said to go commando sometimes? This is the best thing you can do for your vagina, but if you can't imagine doing that, then at least stick to cotton underwear. Sure, silk and lace look pretty and sexy, but they also lead to irritation and can end up leading to infections (yes, it's still possible even if the insert is cotton). Save your silky, lacy underwear for special occasions, and wear the cotton ones everyday. Source: iStock