Feminine intimate hygiene mistakes

When females try to reach perfection in every thing hygienic, they might actually overdo it. Shower flowers, repeated washing, unsuitable soaps… Discover the mistakes you may be making unknowingly to no longer misstep twice.

Cleaning your private parts several times a day

To avoid altering the hydrolipidic film that offer protection to the skin, do not wash your intimate parts more than once or twice a day. Excessive washing is aggressive to the mucous membranes: in this way, you will only promote fragility and increase the risk of irritation and infection.

Wearing tight clothing

The friction created by tight articles of clothing can cause burning sensations; with this going on, your greatest concern should be local macerations, which can become the origin for proliferation of germs. Loose undergarments are highly recommended. Not just any loose pants will do, though; synthetic materials are worse than plain cotton because they are harsher on the skin and not as absorbent.

Using any old soap

Many people have no particular sensitivities and so clean their private parts with conventional soap without any irritation. However, it is advisable to opt for hygiene products designed specifically for personal hygiene, with a pH between 4 and 8 — that it, approaching the vagina’s pH. In cases of fungal infection, a neutral or slightly alkaline pH is recommended to prevent the development of fungal spores that thrive in the acidic medium.

Keeping sanitary means for too long

Remember that sanitary napkins cannot be kept longer than eight hours, while tampons and menstrual cups need to be changed every four hours. Keeping intravaginal protection means for too long can result in toxic shock and disturbance of the vaginal flora.

Washing inside the vagina

Vaginal douches must be banned completely. And for good reason: your vagina is a self-cleaning organ thanks to its microbial flora, which destroys the bad germs. Wash only the outer part of your genitals – that is, the large and small labia, without reaching inside.

Using a washcloth or shower flower

All kinds of shower clothes and sponges tend to become microbial nests in no time at all. It would do you much more good if you decide to apply your personal hygiene products simply by hand that itself is cleanly washed.

Published by Evelyn Green