The vagina is a sensitive little thing, but there are some easy ways to nurture it – while these tips aren’t guaranteed to ward off problems like yeast infections and UTIs, they’ll certainly help:
1. Always Pee Right After Sex
Especially if you’re prone to urinary tract infections. If you’re especially prone, consider showering after sex, too.
2. Wash Your Vagina at Least Once a Day
Use a mild soap (no scents down there!) and dry off thoroughly afterward — though steer clear of talc, which has been linked to ovarian cancer. Bubble bath is a no-no for sensitive vaginas.
3. Actually, Avoid Any Fragrances Down There
Scented sanitary pads, sprays that are meant to make you smell like a spring meadow — they’re all a bad idea. Your vagina is meant to smell like a vagina, not a field of flowers!
4. Wear Cotton Underpants
Synthetic underpants don’t let you breathe down there, which may lead to infection; all-cotton is much friendlier. Sleeping or walking around the house bottomless is even better (though be warned that your other half may find this behavior “romantic”).
5. Stay Hydrated
Your mom was right: drink lots of water, especially if you drink a lot of coffee, and especially if you’re prone to UTIs and other lady infections.
6. Eat a Healthy Diet
Too much sugar and refined carbs can make things smell a little funky down there, and can even lead to infection.
7. Always Wipe Front to Back
We’d hope this one goes without saying, but you just never know these days. If you wipe back to front, then microscopic fecal bacteria (yum) can spread infection.
8. Use Manmade Lube
9. Go for Regular Checkups
Regular gynecological exams and pap smears are important, because some infections have no symptoms, and only your gynecologist can discover them.
10. Just Say No to Douching
It upsets your natural balance, which may lead to infection. Don’t believe us? Even gynecologists say so.