9 things you can’t do in intimate hygiene
Intimate hygiene is a very delicate and delicate matter on which a woman’s health depends. Any errors can lead to serious consequences. Many will be surprised now. What can be difficult in regular and thorough washing? However, some women do not even suspect what gross mistakes in intimate hygiene they make.
Importance of the issue
The genitals of a woman are constantly in contact with the external environment. Such an “interaction” is fraught with infection by various viruses, bacteria. The vaginal microflora is able to withstand the onslaught of pathogenic microorganisms. It almost 90% consists of lactobacilli. Other microorganisms complement it, among which there are opportunistic pathogens. The latter include harmful microorganisms that can be restrained by the correct flora.
A healthy body independently supports the proper microflora. The lactic bacteria that inhabit the female reproductive system create an acidic environment. Under these conditions, viruses and pathogenic bacteria simply cannot survive. But if such an idyll is violated and the number of lactobacilli is rapidly falling, then all the prerequisites for the progression of opportunistic or infiltrated bacteria are created.
Gynecologists say that most often the imbalance of microflora is caused by women’s mistakes in intimate hygiene.
Why the reproductive system suffers: 9 major mistakes
According to statistics, almost 75% of all women at least once in their life have experienced a vaginal infection. A prominent representative of such a pathology is candidiasis. People call him the thrush. At the same time, few representatives of the fair sex know that such a pathology can be obtained even without sexual contact.
So, 9 things in intimate hygiene that you can’t do. And what is the danger of ignoring the ban.
Do not wash organs intensely
Too thorough and active washing of the genitals can lead to great trouble. In the process of enhanced hygiene, the natural microflora is washed away. Pathogenic bacteria can easily enter the vagina. Some women in the pursuit of cleanliness go further. They manage to thoroughly wash out not only the external organs, but also “clean” the vagina.
Enhanced cleanliness can cause thrush
Such active actions lead to a decrease in beneficial bacteria. The number of opportunistic microorganisms sharply increases. The protective function of the vagina is also reduced. Infection easily penetrates the reproductive system and begins to actively progress.
Excessive cleanliness can provoke the development of vulvovaginal candidiasis, vaginosis. In simple words, it is the enhanced washing that underlies recurrent thrush and many other pathologies.
You can not ignore the wash
Gynecologists recommend carrying out hygiene of the intimate zone in the following cases:
in the morning, immediately after waking up;
before sexual intercourse and necessarily after it;
after the toilet;
upon completion of active sports, physical labor.
After washing, use a soft towel.
Outside the house, washing is difficult. Therefore, women are advised to use napkins designed for intimate hygiene.
Do not abuse napkins. Even the best quality products can not replace the usual wash.
The basic rules for washing must not be violated.
In order for the procedure to benefit, and not harm the body, the following rules must be followed:
Warm water. For washing only warm water is used. The optimum temperature is 30 ° C. Women who use cold water run the risk of provoking inflammation. And those who prefer too hot can face burns of the mucous membrane.
The right movement. From childhood, it is necessary to teach girls to wash themselves properly. All movements should begin in front (from the vagina) and go back (to the anus). In no case should you change direction. In the rectum there are many bacteria that, with improper washing, can penetrate the vagina and provoke the development of serious pathologies.
Water direction. Only external organs are subject to washing. Therefore, water must flow from above. It is forbidden to direct a stream into the vagina. This will lead to leaching of the natural microflora.
Soft towel. After washing, it is recommended to blot the organs with a soft towel. Do not use hard cloth. They will cause mucosal damage. Before using the towel, it is recommended to boil or iron with a hot iron.
You can not use ordinary soap for hygiene of the intimate area
Do not use regular soap
Bath hygiene is completely unsuitable for hygiene of the intimate area. Body gel will not save the situation. It is not recommended to use baby soap. All these tools can seriously disrupt the microflora. Thus, they will provoke the rapid spread of infection in the reproductive system.
In the vagina of a healthy woman, the pH is approximately 4-5. Intimate means have exactly the same indicator. The pH of baby soap is about 7, and the usual one reaches 9.