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Use or not to use Vaginal Hygiene Products: Expert Advice

Why shouldn’t you mess with your vaginal hygiene?


If we talk about vaginal hygiene, it is a taboo subject in India. Just like menstruation, we do not want to talk about it in India. Many women in India still refrain from having a proper discussion around vaginal hygiene. The vagina is the most sensitive part of a girls’ body, so it should be taken care of the most. it is important to know about vaginal hygiene to keep your genitals clean and your reproductive tract healthy. No matter what age you are, there are few basic vaginal hygiene rules every woman should know about!

Why is vaginal health important for women?

If we ignore the problems related to vaginal health, it will lead to severe problems in the future. Vaginal health can have adverse effects on your sex life, fertility and also reaching your level to an orgasm. Every woman should be aware of the signs and symptoms of vaginal problems and take important measures to ensure a healthy vagina. According to a report, the feminine hygiene market which includes sanitary pads, tampons, panty liners and shields, internal cleansers, sprays, and disposable razors will grow to $42.7 billion by 2022.

Products that are harmful to the vagina

Vagina tightening creams contain a variety of chemicals. In particular, they definitely contain a compound called Manjakani extract, which is harmful. Manjakani extract has long been used to tighten Vagina after birth. With this use, there is a severe burning sensation in the vagina both inside and outside and there is a lot of difficulty in getting up or even urinating.

If you are allergic to any chemical present in the cream, then by using it, you start having severe itching, redness, and rashes in your vagina. Due to such allergies in Vagina, the problems are greatly increased and severe pain also starts. Therefore, if you notice any such symptoms after applying the cream, take antihistamine medicines immediately.

The pH level plays an important role in keeping the vagina healthy while putting any cream or gel inside the vagina that contains many types of chemicals has a bad effect on the vaginal pH level. So avoid these creams.

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You can follow such steps to avoid rashes and burning sensations

If we talk about period days, women who have normal blood flow should change a sanitary napkin every four-six hours. Also women with high flow, you should change your pad every 3-4 hours is a must. Also, clear your vagina every time you urinate because it prevents vaginal infection. You should always clean the vagina after sex with water to prevent infections like urinary tract infections. Please avoid the use of feminine hygiene products such as scented wipes, vaginal deodorants, or scrubs to keep the vagina healthy. Always consult a doctor.

What does the doctor have to say?

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Oneworldnews talked to Doctor Meenakshi Ahuja who is Director of obg, fortis la femme. She is also an Academic Sec of Delhi Gynae Forum and President of the Indian menopause society. She told Oneworldnews that Female hygiene washes and wipes are not really necessary. Washing with water and keeping the area dry is good enough.

But we live in a hot and humid country and sweat itself is a good medium for yeast and bacteria to grow. These washes are soap-free, mild and pH balancing work by maintaining the pH of the area and promoting the growth of good bacteria. Lactobacillus prevents yeast from growing.

She further said that do not use any wash which is over-medicated, perfumed, or irritating. Doctor Meenakshi also said that for a clean vaginal area,  you can trim the hair and keep the area clean. Always dry after washing, and avoid synthetic and tight-fitting undergarments. In the Indian summer and monsoon especially, wear loose-fitting cotton clothes.

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Jagisha Arora

MA in History. Writes on gender, caste, and social issues. Believe in Dr. BR Ambedkar and Democracy
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