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Vaginas are amazingly versatile organs. They are efficient in their duties and self sufficient in its cleaning and disposal methods. The vagina is the internal housing of organs, while the vulva is the outer, visible part.

There are a lot of misconceptions running wild and we set them straight below. Included in the facts are quotes from Linda Nicoll, M.D., and an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University’s Langone Medical Center.

Tight Jeans May Not Be Worth It

If you have sensitive genitals, tight clothing can prove problematic. The vagina needs space to ‘breathe’. Constrictive fabric can trap unwanted moisture and through friction cause microscopic tears. Discomfort, discoloration, and a susceptibility to certain types of infection can follow.

Contraception Can Cause Irritation And That’s OK

just because a contraceptive causes irritation doesn’t mean you should stop using it. You should experiment with the different options. Pay attention to the appearance of the symptoms in relation to different stimuli. It could be the lubrication, condom, tampon, rings or more.

There Is No Need To Wash Your Vagina

You should clean your vulva, but it is unnecessary to clean out the vagina. Many women see vaginal discharge as an indication of dirtiness. This is the exact opposite of the truth.

Vaginal discharge can actually be the evidence of the natural cleaning process. Discharge can be clear, white, or sometimes yellow. It can be thick or thin. But as long as it’s not accompanied by a foul odor, itching, bleeding, or pain, it’s not necessarily a sign of trouble,” says Nicoll.

Be gentle when washing your vulva (as though you need reminding). Use unscented, mild soaps and a clean hand towel/wash rag. Don’t use loofahs, or other cleaning aids that are stored in the shower. Use a fresh towel every time, and a simple wipe down is sufficient.

Take The Time To Experiment With Different Underwear

Underwear affects women’s genitals as much as men’s. To keep your vagina happy and healthy, make sure your underwear breathes well. Porous, natural fabrics like cotton are preferred. If you desire different fabrics and styles, try to get a pair that has a cotton gusset (the part that’s pressed on your vagina).

You want to make sure that moisture can evaporate. Neglecting your thong is also a great idea.“Thong underwear—though fashionable—can create a direct fabric path between moisture and bacteria in ‘the back’ and the area in ‘the front’ where irritation can occur,” says Nicoll. Bikini style bottoms and boy shorts are versatile options.

The Tissue Or Toilet Paper Test

A good rule of thumb in caring for your vulva is if you wouldn’t use it under your eyes, it’s probably too rough for your vulva. The vulva is very sensitive and needs to be gently handled.

Avoid Douches, Human Or Packaged

Douching is a counterproductive, harsh treatment. A healthy vagina has certain bacteria present. The most important bacteria, lactobacilli, keeps the vagina healthy and infection free. Douches chemically remove all bacteria. It leaves a window of opportunity for yeast and ‘bad’ bacteria.

Women are more likely to douche during their periods. There is a misconception that this is a ‘dirty’ time. The menstrual cycle is actually very hygienic chemically and biologically.

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