7 Easy Ways To Keep Your Vagina Healthy

If you are a person who has a vagina, you will probably already know that, sometimes, the act of having one can feel…complicated. A vagina is a gift, in many ways – seriously, those things are cool and do cool things – but all too often, it doesn’t really feel that way. A vagina, on any given day, could very likely, in no particular order:

  • Bleed
  • Put out some discharge
  • Put out some weird discharge
  • Become a hat
  • Itch
  • Get wet in an non-ideal situation
  • Get dry in a non-ideal situation
  • Get a weird infection
  • Etc.

Will all of these things happen on the same day? Probably not. But they could, technically, and that’s what makes the act of having a vagina often feel like a radical and difficult act. Fortunately, there are a bunch of things – super easy, simple things – that you can do to make it feel a little bit easier. So, check out these easy things you can do to keep your vagina healthy:

Go Commando

Or just, like, wear cotton underwear. (Telling people to go commando has more shock value, though!) This helps the vagina breathe and get rid of any excess moisture that gets exacerbated with non-cotton underwear and can potentially cause infection. Basically, as long as you're getting some air down there--which is best accomplished with cotton underwear or no underwear at all--you'll be good to go.

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Use Condoms

Obviously, you should be using condoms every time you have sex with a guy. But if you need another reason to use them--other than preventing STDs and pregnancy, which should be reason enough, but, like, whatever--you should know that condoms can actually help keep your vagina healthy. This is because condoms actually help maintain you the proper pH of your vagina and help the "good" bacteria in your vagina stay alive (which, subsequently, helps prevent yeast infections).

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Take Probiotics

If you struggle with chronic yeast infections or UTIs, you might want to start taking probiotics, which can help maintain a balance of "good" bacteria over the bad kind. Even if you don't get infections down there a lot, it still might be worth it to implement probiotic supplements, yogurt, and/or cultured foods like kimchi and sauerkraut into your diet, since this can help balance your bacteria down there.

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Don't Go Crazy with Antibiotics 

Antibiotics are good if you have an infection in the body. (Obviously.) But a lot of the time, they're not so great for your vagina--antibiotics can upset the natural balance of bacteria, which can cause an overgrowth of some bad bacteria in the vagina. Obviously, take antibiotics if your doctor prescribes them to you--you can counteract their negative effects if you take probiotics--but try not to take them unless you have to.

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Don't Use Anything But Warm Water To Wash It

Your vagina cleans itself by expelling discharge throughout the day. Therefore, you don't need any fancy vaginal washes or, god forbid, douches (never douche!), since your vaginal discharge is doing the job as well as it can be done. If you feel like you must wash it, just use warm water on the vulva and dry it off with a clean towel afterwards.

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Dry Off Immediately After Showering

You know what's bad for vaginas? Moisture. So make sure that you dry off thoroughly after you shower, especially if you're putting on underwear right afterwards--otherwise, you could end up with an infection (or, at the very least, an uncomfortable, itchy, moist [sorry] vagina).

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Be Careful At Spin Class

Obsessed with SoulCycle? If so, I've got some bad news--according to a study done by the Journal Of Sexual Medicine, experience genital numbness, pain, and tingling. This is because the bike's seat presses into the vagina, which can cause damage after prolonged classes. This doesn't mean that you have to give up spinning altogether, however--just try to wear padded shorts and make sure you aren't sitting down in a way that causes any unnecessary pain.

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Have you tried any of these vagina tricks? Which ones? Let us know in the comments!

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