Many women do not think of intimate hygiene as distinct from their daily hygiene of the body. Proper intimate hygiene, however, involves numerous behaviours and it is necessary because your intimate area is sensitive and may be susceptible to infection. The vagina has an acidic pH, which is more acidic than the rest of the body’s skin, helping to keep good bacteria (such as lactobacilli) and inhibit bad bacteria. The balance of protective flora in intimate areas may be disrupted by washing too little or too much or using unsuitable materials, leading to discomfort and infections. Not just to avoid infections, but to keep yourself clean and fresh, it is important to follow basic rules of intimate hygiene.
With an internal lubricant, the vagina is washed naturally, so it is best to simply wash yourself every day, with warm water and soft, un-perfumed products. Try using women’s hygiene spray if you need to quickly cleanse and refresh during your period or after exercising or swimming and after urination. These sprays are formulated to be easy to use whenever you need to for your sensitive intimate area.
Suggestions on maintaining intimate hygiene:
- Your intimate area should be clean and dry
- Avoid using soap in the intimate area
- Some types of fabrics and tight-fitting clothing produce wet, moist conditions under which yeast infections can thrive. Wear breathable cotton underwear and stop strings.
- To clean your intimate area, use mild pH-balanced intimate spray
- Remove your pubic hair regularly
- When you have periods, change your sanitary pad every 4-5 hours
- If you notice any discolouration in your vaginal discharge, see a gynaecologist