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Feminine Hygiene

Feminine Hygiene

Feminine Hygiene and Vaginal Health

The vagina is a muscular channel that connects the uterus with exterior of the body. Vaginal health is very important and as any other part of the human body. Vaginal problems are not affecting your sexual desire only, it can affect your general health including your fertility and relationship. Know the signs and symptoms of vaginal problems and what you can do to protect your vaginal health.

What affects your vaginal Health?

  1. Hormonal imbalance: Age, menstruation, lactation and stress are examples of factors that affects your hormonal level (less estrogen) which resulted in thinning the vaginal lining (Atrophy) and leads to painful intercourse (dyspareunia).

  2. Medications and certain health conditions: breast cancer treatments and chemotherapy has a negative effect on the vaginal moisturizing level and leads to vaginal dryness and irritation. Antibiotics treatments also affecting the vaginal flora and increases the normal vaginal pH above 4.5 and results in vaginal infections.

  3. Contraceptives: barrier contraceptives such as condoms, diaphragms and similar contraceptives can cause vaginal irritation and infections.

  4. Sexual intercourse: unsafe sexual intercourse increases the risks of infections and STD’s.

  5. Anxiety and physiological factors can affect woman’s Hormel balance and lead to painful sexual intercourses

6. Douching and hygiene products: douching is not recommended by the healthcare professionals. Douching is washing the vagina with water mixed with chemicals sometimes. It affects the normal flora of the vagina and resulted vaginal infections. Some hygiene products are not well-tolerated and can cause hypersensitivity or affects the vaginal normal flora.

 Signs and Symptoms?​

  •       Vaginal discharge, colour and odour.

  •       Vaginal redness, itching or irritation

  •       Vaginal bleeding between periods, after sex or after menopause

  •       A mass or bulge in your vagina

Always remember Bacterial Vaginosis usually recognized by the fishy smell. Consult a healthcare professional if you notice any of the above signs. The Early diagnosis, The better treatment. 

Important measures:

  1. Vaginal infections occur when bacteria, funguses or other organisms grow uncontrolled. Some of these organisms already live in the vagina and are kept at healthy levels by coexisting with other organisms. Infectious organisms can also be introduced into the vagina by improper hygiene or unsafe sex.

  2. The goal of vulvar care is to keep the vulva dry and free from irritants. In this way, you can prevent the vulva from becoming red, swollen and irritated. Because many infections are introduced into the vagina, these tips also provide a basis for good, vaginal care.​​

  3. Maintain your normal vaginal pH: normal vaginal is pH is (3.8-4.5) if you have abnormal vaginal discharge or unpleasant odour, consult your healthcare professional. Vaginal discharge and strong fishy smell are symptoms of Vaginitis.

  4. Chose healthy diet: many kinds of food provide your body with the essential elements needed for your general health. Yogurt can potentially prevent vaginal infections and aid in their treatment.

  5. Chose the right clothing: cotton can keep you dry during the day. Certain fabrics and tight-fitting clothing increase the heat and moisture, potentially leading to bacterial overgrowth.

  6. Be sexually responsible: use safe sex. Safe sex   protects against sexually transmitted diseases.

  7. Treat infections once arise: consult your healthcare professional once you notice any changes in your vaginal discharge, smell or soreness, burning and itching.

  8. Use medicated lubricants: virginal dryness is a sign for vaginal atrophy, alternative medications to estrogens are a good choice.

Chart showing the pH level of the body fluids. general body soaps have very high pH compared to the vaginal pH.

9.  Use proper hygiene: use a hypoallergenic intimate cleanser that protects your normal flora and kills bad bacteria as            your daily routine wash. Avoid vaginal douching, feminine spray and deodorants, oils, greases, bubble baths, bath oils,          talc, or powder.

10.  Do your regular medical check up. 

Treatment 

Use pH balanced, hypoallergenic and antibacterial cleansers that protects you against infections and provides natural delicate smell.