11 Ways to a Happy and Healthy Hoo-ha
Yes, condoms are great at protecting you against STDs and pregnancy, but one study found that using condoms helps keep your vagina’s pH level good so the “good” bacteria, like lactobacilli, can thrive. The lactobacilli help prevent yeast infections, UTIs, and bacterial vaginosis.
Wear cotton underwear or let your flower free
Cotton is the ideal fabric for your lady parts. It breathes and absorbs moisture, making it your Vagina’s preference. Even better, go sans undies. Letting things air out is great for your V, just don’t go to the gym without undies. You want an extra layer between you and the germy gym equipment.
Kegels are a girls best friend
Doing kegels is crucial for strengthening your pelvic floor muscles, which are key in producing stronger, mind-blowing orgasms—not to mention bladder control. Note to self: Include kegels in every workout. (There are even geniuses creating a nifty app to make it easier to remember.)
Eat Greek Yogurt
Snacking on greet yogurt helps boost the good bacteria in your hoo-ha, which is great when it comes to preventing yeast infections. Just be careful that you’re not indulging on the super-sugary kind, because that can increase your chance of infection.
Although new guidelines advise against annual pelvic exams if you are symptom-free and not pregnant, a visit to your doctor isn’t just about the uncomfortable poke around your V. An annual exam is a chance to talk condoms, fertility, and any sex problems/questions you may have.
When you’re about to have some fun between the sheets, and your hoo-ha just doesn’t get the memo, a little lube can go a long way. Vaginal dryness is totally normal, and can impact you if you take certain medications like antihistamines, antidepressants, or hormonal birth control. It can also pop up after pregnancy or shortly after menopause.
Say No to Douching
You don’t need assistance in keeping things clean down there. The vagina actually cleans itself. Plus studies have shown that using intravaginal hygiene products can put you at increased risk of infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, and STDs.
Cycle with Caution
If you frequent the cycling studio often you could be at risk for genital numbness, pain, and tingling (not the good kind) while cycling. In a recent study female cyclists in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that a majority experienced these symptoms. If you love to hit the bike, try wearing padded shorts and follow these form modifications from Women’s Health Magazine.
Use Antibiotics with Caution
Antibiotics can kill off Lactobacilli that help keep your hoo-ha healthy and happy. Obviously, if you are taking an antibiotic to fight an infection, don’t pass on it, just load up on probiotic Greek yogurt to reduce the damage.
When having fun between the sheets keep it clean. Don’t go from the back door to the front door without changing the condom or properly cleaning off first. You don’t want to be at risk for infections.
Be Careful with soap
That delicious smelling soap you just picked up might smell amazing, but it shouldn’t be anywhere near your genitals. Soap can be really drying to the sensitive skin around your vulva, and your really only need to rinse with warm water to keep things clean down there. But if you don’t feel right about going soap-free, stick with a plain, gentle, unscented soap (Women’s Health)