Are you doing these 5 things that are actually harmful to your intimate area?
For any confident woman, natural beauty is about making healthy lifestyle choices as much as it is about being comfortable in your own body. Feminine care is a big part of that. However, studies show that due to the differing perceptions about reproductive health, feminine hygiene practices differ across the board.
Hence, there is a real need to discuss harmful practices and habits that could negatively affect feminine health and hygiene.
Even small, common triggers can elevate the delicate and complicated vaginal ecosystem’s pH, causing dramatic changes in the vaginal flora and throwing it out of balance.
This causes women to be susceptible to vaginal infection.
It’s imperative to discuss vaginal pH levels when talking about your feminine health. A healthy vaginal pH is anywhere between 3.5 to 4.5, in which “good” bacteria thrive. Your diet, the presence of semen after intercourse, and even your period blood can bring the acidity level out of this optimal range.
Are you doing these 5 things that are actually harmful to your intimate area? If you are, ditch these bad vagina habits!
Using regular body wash to clean your vaginal area
Be wary of what’s lurking in the skincare products you’re using. Soap and liquid body wash commonly contain harsh chemicals and ingredients like parabens, phthalates, colorants, and fragrances that actually irritate the vaginal area and alter the pH of your vagina. Just as you wouldn’t use body wash on your face to prevent the skin from drying out or breaking out, the same goes for your highly sensitive intimate area.
Fragrant soaps — no matter how expensive — may seem like effective quick fixes to relieve odour, excessive discharge or irritation, but they can actually exacerbate the problem. And while clean water is safe for your intimate area, it is not always adequate.
Using feminine washes with natural ingredients, such as Betadine Daily Feminine Wash, is the ideal solution. Not only are such natural products gentle on your skin, they do the job of cleaning your intimate area without altering the balance. Safe, hypoallergenic and pH balanced, Betadine Feminine Wash formula contains natural ingredients that neutralise odours, as well as antioxidants that help you retain moisture and freshness. It also contains prebiotics, ingredients that promote the growth of good bacteria to protect your intimate area’s microenvironment.
Wearing tight panties or pants
Your choice of underwear says a lot about you. You might wear a thong or tight nylon lace underwear when you’re feeling extra frisky, or avoid wearing comfortable cotton panties because they kind of look like grandma undies. Don’t let looks fool you. The best underwear for your intimate area should be loose and made of materials that allow air circulation – such as cotton and linen — as these can wick away sweat and do not cause discomfort.
Synthetic materials like polyester and rayon that might make you look sexy are actually not breathable, leaving moisture trapped inside, which can irritate the skin. It gets especially worse at some points during your menstrual cycle as your body temperature is elevated and you sweat more. A moist environment is the perfect breeding ground for harmful bacteria, which is why you should also always change your underwear after a workout.
Not changing your pads or tampons regularly
It’s a common misconception that women can’t get infections on their period as toxins are being flushed out of the body. On the contrary, you’re more inclined to get infections during your period as blood has a pH level of 7.4. That is why extra feminine care is needed during menstruation.
Besides washing out the fluids at least once a day with feminine wash, change your pads or tampons every few hours. Even if it seems the tampon or pad hasn’t accumulated much blood after some time, your intimate area constantly releases vaginal fluids, and the moist conditions allow bacteria to accumulate. Leaving tampons in is especially dangerous as it can trigger toxic shock syndrome, a life-threatening complication of certain types of bacterial infections. Also, make sure to wash your hands before inserting or removing tampons from your vagina.
Wiping back to front
This applies for ladies using a hose or bidet too. It’s recommended that you supplement the cleansing regime with feminine wash. If you’re out and about, using wet wipes might be your best option, but always remember to wipe front to back and to pack a wipe suited for sensitive skin so it doesn’t upset your intimate area’s pH balance.
Taking medications and birth control
Here’s another habit that might come as a shock to you. Medications can cause a disturbance in the vagina’s biological environment. Birth control also has an impact on your vaginal ecology. Birth control pill users face an increased risk of yeast infections, and the common spermicide decrease the amount of good hydrogen peroxide producing bacteria, leaving the vagina susceptible to harmful bacteria.
Antibiotics eliminate harmful bacteria from the body when you have a sinus infection or strep throat, but it rids the vagina of the bacteria that protects it too. Every type of antibiotic can cause vaginal yeast infection because antibiotics reduce your body’s natural bacterial flora. Consume antibiotics only when you absolutely need to.
The BETADINE™ Daily Feminine Care range is for external use only. This article is for information purposes only and not meant to serve as medical advice or to replace consultation with your physician or other qualified healthcare professional. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a worsening skin condition or other medical condition.