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Do’s and Don’t: How should one wash their vagina?

Do’s and Don’t: How should one wash their vagina?


First things first, misguided information on how to clean your vagina could leave you anywhere between itchy skin and a full-on yeast infection. We all know that when things are uncomfortable down there, things are uncomfortable everywhere so you want get it right.

Here’s how to properly was your vagina and keep it happy, healthy, and feeling fresh!

It’s a good idea to avoid perfumed soaps, gels and antiseptics as these can affect the healthy balance of bacteria and pH levels in the vagina and cause irritation. However, all women are different. Some may wash with perfumed soap and not notice any problems.But if a woman has vulval irritation or symptoms, one of the first things you can do is use non-allergenic, plain soaps to see if that helps. The vagina will clean itself inside your body with natural vaginal secretions (discharge).

During your period, washing more than once a day may be helpful and keeping the perineal area between the vagina and anus clean is important, too. Good perineal hygiene is necessary by washing that area at least once a day using your normal bathing routines.

A douche flushes water up into the vagina, clearing out vaginal secretions. Some women use a douche to “clean” the vagina. However, using a douche can disrupt the normal vaginal bacteria, so it isn’t recommended that you use one.

There’s no evidence that douching protects against STIs or vaginal infections, and it may even increase the risk. The same goes for vaginal steaming, which seems to be all the rage now, but can increase the amount of harmful bacteria in the vagina in the long run.

These perfumed products can disrupt the vagina’s healthy natural balance. If nature had intended the vagina to smell like roses or lavender, it would have made the vagina smell like roses or lavender.

Washing with water and a plain soap should be all you need to keep your vagina healthy. It’s normal for the vagina to have a scent.

The womb: center of trauma, center of creativity.🌸 .

I’m a bodyworker, acupuncturist, and heart-to-heart connector. I’m also a writer. I’ve always been a writer, since day one. I often feel that my best communication comes from the written word over the spoken. Due to childhood/developmental trauma, I’d been taught to fear speaking my truth, operating under the belief that whatever I had to say was “wrong” or “bad.” When I talk I fear that what I have to say will come out sideways, and I have always preferred writing due to the simple fact that my nerves can’t overcome me when I have the time to write in silence. At the ripe-ish age of 34, I have had a lot of time to practice speaking, and when I’m in a heartfelt place I can do it with a bit more grace than I used to. I still prefer to write however, as it comes from a place of comfort, and I maintain a special place in my heart for those who read.😉
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Everyone has a source of creativity and aliveness. Mine was honed in the midst of trauma and confusion about who I was, and for that I’m forever thankful for those traumatic experiences that made me who I am today.
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As a womxn, you can find both your center of creativity and your center of trauma in your womb. How have your experiences, both positive and negative, shaped who you are? What creativity have you developed out of those experiences? What has your womb given birth to? What fears do you still operate with daily? In what ways has your womb taken shape physically, in response to the patterns of your life? 🌸
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Inviting you, dear reader, to think on this today. Share below if you care to. ❤️
Notice your patterns, both physically and emotionally, track their similarities. Love every bit of what your experiences have offered you, and see what changes in your perception.
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Love to you,
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Make sure you’re cleaning your vagina at least once a day. If you clean any less, you might not be getting rid of the buildup of sweat and secretions; if you clean any more than once a day, you could be disrupting the delicate pH balance of your vaginal area.

When it comes to method, using a soft washcloth or your bare hand it is better than using a loofah or something more coarse, which can create small tears and expose you to infection Watch out for itching, dryness, discharge changes, and yeast infections. Over-cleaning can cause these irritating symptoms, too.

  • When showering or bathing, wash your vulva with warm water and mild or unscented soap. Make sure the water isn’t too hot and remember to rinse off all the soap.
  • Separate your labia and let the warm soapy water clean all around the clitoral hood and between your labia. This will rinse off any secretions that get stuck in between skin folds.
  • Rinse completely and pat dry your vulva with a soft dry towel.
  • In between baths or showers, you may wish to use a facecloth or a peri-care small plastic bottle filled with warm (not hot) water that squirtsto clean your vulva. This plastic water bottle is also good to use during your period. You can usually find them at your local pharmacy or dollar store for about $1-$3 dollars.
  • While on your period, change your tampon/pad often.The vagina cleanses itself naturally. The cells in the vagina keep it at a normal pH so you should NEVER douche or use any sprays in your vagina (unless your health care provider prescribes it).
  • Use mild soap and warm water to clean around the opening to your vagina. Do NOT place soap into your vagina.



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