Friday, April 26, 2019

9 everyday things you didn't realise affected the health of your vagina

9 everyday things you didn't realise affected the health of your vagina
9 everyday things you didn't realise affected the health of your vagina

It is safe to say that you are treating your vagina with the consideration it merits? Things being what they are, most likely not… and you probably won't understand it. 

It's not really that you're abusing your vagina – it's simply that we're not generally instructed how to know when something's up, so it's exceptionally simple to unexpectedly cause hurt. In the event that you've been battling with abnormal release and tingling, or at any point simply thought about whether you have to switch up your day by day normal, here's the manner by which those ordinary propensities could be influencing your vagina:

1.Washing with soap

You'd be astonished what number of individuals routinely use cleanser or shower gel to keep things 'new'. Only a heads up here: your vagina is self-cleaning and putting any synthetic concoctions close it is undeniably bound to do hurt than great.
Dr Anita Mitra, gynecologist and creator of The Gynae Nerd, disclosed to Cosmopolitan UK: "Washing inside your vagina, or especially enthusiastically outwardly with cleansers, washes and wipes can wash away the sound microscopic organisms that shield your vagina from contaminations, and can prompt disturbance and over the top, putrid release.
"In case you're utilizing them since you as of now have disturbance or release I guarantee you they won't improve it."
We likely need to clear this up at an early stage: in case you're worried about diseases, the main thing you can improve is seeing a specialist. And keeping in mind that it's absolutely reasonable that you may feel apprehensive about doing as such, it's basic that you get anything surprising looked at by an expert. Dr Anita says: "It would be ideal if you take a quick trip and see your GP with the goal that they can check for any diseases or skin conditions that could be causing issues, and have them treated viably."

9 everyday things you didn't realise affected the health of your vagina
9 everyday things you didn't realise affected the health of your vagina

2. Wearing tight underwear/clothes

    Spanx and slinky numbers might have their uses, but Dr Anita advises keeping to more comfortable knickers for everyday wear. “Numerous studies suggest tight underwear or clothing increases your risk of thrush because it gives the yeasts a warm, moist environment to thrive,” she says. “But plenty of women wear tight things and don't have a problem, so if recurrent thrush is a problem, you could try and wear looser, cotton items and see if that helps.”

    3. Hair removal

      Sometimes it really is better for your body to let your pubic hair grow – particularly if you’re prone to sensitivities. “Shaving, in particular, can be quite irritating for the delicate skin around the vulva and can cause rashes,” Dr. Anita explains. “Hair removal can also cause ingrown hairs which can be particularly uncomfortable and occasionally become infected.
      Not that we’re suggesting you shouldn’t shave/wax/laser at all if that’s what makes you happy. “Hair removal per se is not dangerous, but there isn't any evidence to suggest it has any health benefits,” says Dr. Anita. “It's up to you what you prefer.”
      If shaving gives you a reaction, but you don't want to grow your hair, why not try waxing? Listen to your body, and don't keep doing something that doesn't work for you.

      4. Smoking

        You might not have thought it, but cigarettes can affect your vaginal health, as well as the more obvious health issues it tends to bring up. “The chemicals in cigarettes have a clever way of making their way to your vagina and can cause changes in the healthy bacteria population, meaning you can end up with thrush, bacterial vaginosis and they also increase your risk of vaginal dryness,” Dr Anita explains.
        Cutting down, or better yet, cutting out, should make a difference if you’ve had symptoms.

        5. Stress

          Look, we know keeping stress under control is easier said than done, but it really does have a massive impact on every part of your body. “Time and time again, my patients tell me they get bouts of thrush or bacterial vaginosis when they're stressed out,” Dr Anita says. “We don't truly understand the exact mechanism yet, but it's probably due to the way stress impacts your immune system.”
          If a chilled weekend is well overdue, get it booked in now and give yourself – and your vagina – a break.

          6. The time of your menstrual cycle
            “So not technically something you do yourself on a daily basis, but your hormones are changing on a day to day basis, and even by the hour,” Dr Anita explains. “Lots of women feel more irritation during and right after their period, when oestrogen levels are naturally low.
            “This can also be a common time to get thrush or BV.”

            7. The Contraceptive Pill

              It might not be your first instinct, but have you considered switching up your contraception to give your vagina a break? “Because hormone levels affect your discharge and the bacteria population, the Pill can also play a role in vaginal health,” Dr Anita says. “Some women say the Pill, for example increases discharge, some say it makes them feel drier, some say it stops them getting vaginal irritation. But it's highly individual because we're all different, so see how your particular contraception affects you.
              “Remember that just because one pill affects you, it doesn't mean all will, and there are loads of different types with different ingredients that you could try.”

              9 everyday things you didn't realise affected the health of your vagina
              9 everyday things you didn't realise affected the health of your vagina

              8. Having sex

                Some of you might be lucky enough to be getting it everyday, but even if sex is a rare occurrence it can hugely affect your vagina – particularly if you’re sleeping with a person with a penis. Dr Anita explains: “If you have sex without a condom and your partner ejaculates inside you, the presence of the semen can be quite irritating for some women, and it's been shown that semen can change the pH of the vagina and also alter the immune system response. It may also be why some people get a bout of thrush or BV after sex.”
                Luckily, there's a simple fix that tends to solve most issues: “Always remember to pee after sex, even if you did use a condom, or there wasn't any semen involved, because sex can help bacteria get up inside your urethra (which is a separate hole from your vagina and this can lead to a urinary tract infection."

                9. Not cleaning sex toys properly

                Whether you use toys regularly or on the odd occasion, they should be cleaned every time: before and after use.
                The majority of sex toys (which are usually made of silicone, glass and stainless steel) can be cleaned sufficiently with good, old-fashioned soap and water. However, be gentle: opt for fragrance-free, mild soaps to avoid any unwanted irritation. You can go antibacterial if you want to, but mild and fragrance-free should do the trick. To avoid any soap absorbing into the toy and causing itchiness later on, be sure to rinse your toy thoroughly with water.
                Store them in bags or boxes to stop them from picking up dust or crumbs.

                9 everyday things you didn't realise affected the health of your vagina
                9 everyday things you didn't realise affected the health of your vagina

                    And some things that won't affect your vaginal health...

                    Some feel that sleeping in underwear might be restrictive to your vagina, but this isn't true. Knickers are fine overnight - but as with in the day, it's important to choose a comfortable, breathable material.
                    Dr Anita also told us: "Washing the vulva with water is fine but you should never wash your vagina with water."
                    If you feel that there’s anything unusual about your vagina, visit your local GP immediately.
                    Otherwise, if you’re sexually active, make sure you have regular sexual health checks(twice a year). Your vagina will thank you for it.