Let’s face it! We have all experienced vaginal infections! Studies show that most women will experience these infections at least once in their lifetime. Women in their 30s and 40s and also ones who are pregnant are more prone to vaginal infections.
You could be very hygienic and still get a vaginal infection. Mainly caused by using dirty toilets and use of scented and chemical-laden products, these infections cause itching, burning sensation, irritation and discharge.
The good news is you could easily avoid this uncomfortable feeling. Make these simple lifestyle changes and you can say goodbye to vaginal infections and the accompanying itch and discomfort.
#1. Do not use soaps
You are doing it all wrong if you are using your regular soap or shampoo to clean the intimate area. These cleansers can disrupt the pH balance of the vagina, which can then lead to irritation, itchiness and infections. A healthy vaginal pH is between 3.5 and 4.5 ( and this is where healthy bacteria live) whereas most of the soaps, feminine sprays and shower gels have pH values of around 9 and 10.
Use an intimate wash
that can maintain the pH balance of that area and rinse with sufficient water. Never douche or use sprays as these can upset the bacterial balance and cause irritation and infections.
#2. Toilet Paper
If your toilet paper comes with a scent, it can upset the pH balance and lead to itching or irritation. The solution to this is to use simple, non fancy, unscented toilet papers.
#3. The perfect underwear
Yes, you heard it right! Your underwear does affect your vaginal health. A tight underwear prevents natural ventilation and can lead to chafing, dryness and irritation due to the fabric being rubbed against the skin.
Also, synthetic fabric is a strict No. Always prefer cotton as it allows air passage and does not let moisture build-up.
#4. Change Gym Clothes
Never keep your gym clothes on after you are done with the workout. It is natural to feel tired and lazy after an active workout. Your vagina, like other body parts, will sweat and when rubbed against clothes will itch. So now you know what you need to do immediately after a workout.
#5. Use milder detergents
The chemicals in the laundry detergent may give you the perfect smell and could also be the cause of the itch. Stick to mild detergents that are dye and scent free, especially if you have sensitive skin.
#6. Sanitize the toilet seat
A toilet seat sanitizer is a spray that disinfects and sanitizes the toilet seat in a matter of few seconds. It kills germs and bacteria present on the seat and is a must for someone who uses a public washroom. If your job involves a lot of travel or if you like to be on the move, you must always carry a toilet sanitizer in your bag for a safe and hygienic experience.