According to the pharmacist, the most common consequence of poor intimate feminine hygiene is various inflammations, a feeling of discomfort. Some clients turn to specialists for help when the problem is significantly older, in which case the inflammation is more difficult to treat and can lead to complications. I. Norkienė says that most of these women’s problems can be avoided by following a few basic rules.
Separate detergent closely Woman hygiene – kchoose oki?
A traditional body wash is not suitable for intimate feminine hygiene, as the pH balance is neutral or alkaline, and a woman’s genitals need an acidic environment (pH 3.8-4.5) that inhibits the growth of pathogenic bacteria.
“When choosing a specific hygiene cleanser, look for lactic acid or rattan extract – substances that help regenerate natural microflora and thus protect against infections. Aloe vera, medicinal chamomile and calendula also have a calming effect and antiseptic properties. However, a normal body wash. or if you have to choose between a shower with just running water without any cleansers, use the second alternative. Because it is important to preserve the lactic acid bacteria on which the acidic environment of healthy vaginal microflora is based, ”says the pharmacist.
I. Norkienė points out that such diseases in women such as thrush and bacterial vaginosis can also be caused by chemicals in detergents, therefore it is recommended to choose products that do not contain artificial dyes, fragrances or aggressive substances that promote foaming.
How is it washed?
Only the external genitals need to be washed, and the vagina cleans itself. Vaginal lavage may be required only in the presence of certain complaints and only on the advice of a doctor or pharmacist.
The specialist reminds that proper washing and wiping hygiene is very important, because due to the anatomy of a woman, it is necessary to shift to the back, not the other way around. In this way, unwanted bacteria do not infect the genitals. It is better to wash intimate areas in the shower than in the bath – this makes it easier to drain the dirt.
It is also important to use separate towels for intimate areas, face, body and hands. Choose a soft towel so that the rough fabric does not damage sensitive skin.
How often should it be washed?
Healthy feminine hygiene is sufficient for daily bathing in the morning and evening. A woman should wash more often during menstruation or after childbirth, ideally after every change of sanitary pads or cotton swabs. However, due to various conditions, it is not always possible to do this, so the pharmacist recommends the use of non-alcoholic recommended moist special hygiene wipes. Napkins can be enriched with tea tree or other antiseptic oils, aloe vera leaf extract, D-panthenol, which gently cleanses the skin and does not irritate it.
If inflammation or discomfort occurs, a healthcare professional should be consulted: “The mistake made by women with vaginal mucositis is to wash too often. Doing this only hurts more because it breaks down the good bacteria, ”warns I. Norkienė.
Underwear – this has does it affect intimate health?
Pharmacist BENU says women should wear ribbed panties as rarely as possible because this is one of the most convenient ways to spread infections. It is also better to avoid synthetic fabrics, pads and sanitary pads and choose the most natural, odorless ones.
“When the weather warms, due to increased physical activity and sweating, more genital secretions, underwear can become a suitable environment for bacteria to grow. So choose fabrics that are better ventilated in the summer, evaporate moisture easily and are soft, not wearing too tight pants or shorts, ”says I. Norkienė in a press release.
As swimming season approaches, keep in mind that after prolonged bathing in the sea, lake or pool, a wet swimsuit weakens the skin’s protective properties. This damages the lipid film of the skin in the intimate areas and changes the skin’s pH. This creates perfect conditions for fungi and bacteria. Therefore, it is not recommended to wait for the dress to dry on the body after bathing.