Healthy tips for the vulva and vagina

Five top tips for a healthy Vulva and Vagina When it comes to cleaning the vulva and vagina, the best advice is to keep things simple! Getting to know your vulva and vagina is important – recognising any changes early…

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Knowing your Vulva

So, what is the vulva? As a Mooncup advisor and practising nurse specialist in Sexual and Reproductive Health, vulval and vaginal health is paramount. Awareness of normal anatomy and recognising changes can be a tricky business as the complexity of…

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Healthy tips for the vulva and vagina

Five top tips for a healthy Vulva and Vagina

When it comes to cleaning the vulva and vagina, the best advice is to keep things simple! Getting to know your vulva and vagina is important – recognising any changes early on could make all the difference. You can learn more about the anatomy of your vulva, as well as top tips for a self-examination over on our blog post Knowing Your Vulva.

As a Mooncup Advisor, here are my five top tips for keeping your vulva and vagina happy 🙂

  1. Do not over clean

    The vulva has many sweat glands, so some odour is to be expected, however over cleaning or washing may actually cause more harm than good.

  2. And definitely don’t douche!

    (Douching – Squirting / flushing with water or other fluids inside the vagina). Douching can upset the good bacteria in the vagina, needed to keep a healthy balance. The vagina is a dynamic organ with it’s own complex cleaning system and it doesn’t need to be cleaned inside.

  3. Vaginal discharge is normal and to be expected

    A healthy vaginal discharge is at a pH of approximately 4.5 (pH is a measure of acidity for those who remember their science school lessons!) The amount of discharge varies from person to person, and can change in appearance and texture throughout the menstrual cycle. However, if you are experiencing unusual discharge, or notice a strong odour or have symptoms of itching or irritation this could be a sign of a common vaginal infection which may need treatment. It’s always good to check these things out! (If you have any concerns seek the advice of your GP or local healthcare provider.)

  4. Don’t use perfumed products!

    Perfumed products such as highly scented soaps, talcum powders, vaginal deodorant sprays and scented toilet wipes may also disturb the natural balance in the vagina, and should be avoided in that area. One of the most common infections that can cause a strong smelling discharge is Bacterial Vaginosis. With this infection there may be a natural tendency to wash more often, but this is unlikely to help, and antibiotics may be necessary.

  5. Keep it simple

    Washing with plain water should be enough, or you may wish to speak to your doctor/gynaecologist about using a soap substitute as an alternative.

If you’re a Mooncup user, remember to always wash your hands before and after insertion and removal.

You may be interested to know that the Mooncup collects menstrual flow rather than absorbing, so it does not interfere with the protective vaginal secretions which help maintain the correct pH of the vagina. Another way to help keep your vagina happy, when on your period!

 

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