You might think you’re doing the right thing, but you’re doing more harm than good. It’s been said that the vagina has its own self-cleaning system but what do I know about vagina, my knowledge about this is very limited.
More aptly put, it’s a self-cleaning oven, which is very correct. The vagina maintains a balanced environment thanks to a bacteria present inside it called lactobacillus, when you squirt, a douching mixture up there, it changes the normal acidic environment to a neutralized one.
1. Don’t insert just any foreign object into your vagina
There is a list of things that can go into the vagina, fingers, sex toys, penis obviously and few other stuffs. Avoid even fruits such as cucumbers, bananas or anything that looks like a dick, even when you sanitize them, they can cause serious irritation. “Essentially, it comes down to common sense and personal habits. Sex toys, diaphragms, menstrual cups should all be cleaned and washed in-between uses,” says Young
2. Do not steam your pussy.
Sounds like a good idea right? Not very much, one celebrity pushing this agenda is Gwyneth Paltrow, she has been pushing this bad idea. The vagina isn’t a carpet, no need to steam clean it.
Raquel Dardik, MD, clinical associate professor at NYU Langone Medical Center’s department of obstetrics and gynecology, has a slightly different opinion. “Steaming would be a definite no because you would burn your vagina,” she says.
3. Seek professional, don’t self-medicate
This has been one constant advice that relates to our physical health as much as sexual health. This ones aren’t about those ones you buy over the counter, rather its those homemade remedies. “You should never try to self-medicate with homemade remedies like garlic or tea tree oil,” says Dardik. “You should never try to self-medicate with homemade remedies like garlic or tea tree oil,” says Dardik.
We all love when it smells like fresh roses down there, its beautiful, isn’t it? But the truth is that it isn’t supposed to smell like that. “These products do exactly the wrong thing to the vaginal microbiome, making it more susceptible to infection,” says Constance Young, MD, assistant professor at Columbia University Medical Center’s department of obstetrics and gynecology.