What we commonly understand as “feminine hygiene” is, in reality, something that is not exclusive to females. Feminine hygiene basically entails hygiene that is related to your vulva.
If you really dig deep, you will understand that feminine hygiene is nothing but a marketing gimmick to sell products to vagina owners by making them feel insecure about their nether regions and making them believe that if their vagina is not smelling like exotic coconuts and strawberries dipped in chocolate, what’s the point?
All of this does not mean that you shouldn’t take care of your vaginal health. In fact, we have done the digging for you and come up with tips and tricks to make your vagina smell its best. (Which, FYI, does not mean like ‘flowers’, ‘vanilla’, or ‘all the wonderful things they write of in romance novels’.
It is good to teach kids early how to take care of their vulvar health. Just as you would take care of your physical, dental, or oral health, you should be taking care of your vulvar health, too. This will also help in familiarizing kids with their genitals and prevent any shame or embarrassment in the future.
Feminine Hygiene Checklist
A proper feminine hygiene routine includes a lot of things. Your feminine hygiene checklist should have the things we have mentioned below:
How to have good feminine hygiene? Start out simple. It’s true what they say; what goes inside reflects on the outside. Maintain a healthy eating and drinking routine. Additionally, include foods in your diet that are rich in:
Omega- 3 fatty acids
Omega- 6 fatty acids
News flash: THE VAGINA CLEANS ITSELF. You can save yourself some really good money by not buying “intimate hygiene products” or “feminine hygiene products.” The vagina can manage its own pH, thank you, next! The discharge you see in your underwear is proof of the fact that your vagina is cleaning itself and functioning as it should.
The vagina is something that is inside you; the vulva, on the other hand, is skin but just a little more sensitive than the one on your back or thighs. So, it needs help cleaning itself. Some mild, fragrance-free soap with water should do.
POOPING and PEEING
Wipe front to back. Better yet, wipe your anus and your vagina separately and not in a single go. This will help you in keeping away UTIs by preventing the spread of bacteria from your anus to the urinary sphincter.
After sexual intercourse, it is recommended to urinate. This ensures that any bacteria that has reached the urethra during the act is flushed out immediately before it causes any trouble. You should also cleanse the vulvar area with water gently using your fingers.
Maintain your usual vulvar hygiene routine even while you are menstruating, meaning all the steps we have mentioned thus far. Along with that, make sure you are perfectly comfortable on your periods by wearing sanitary pads that are made for your needs. A RIO Pad, for example, is fit for you because it:
Soaks all the blood and the clots like a pro
Fits you snugly to prevent leaks
Is enriched with the goodness of aloe and jojoba extracts
Has an antibacterial top sheet to prevent bacterial infections
Has world-class SAP to turn the liquid into a gel form
Choose RIO; choose a better period!
TRENDS – You will see all kinds of fad trends on the internet today. From dousing your vagina in vinegar-water solution to steaming it up like it’s a damn momo to be had with red chutney. Please, for the love of all that you love, steer clear of them! Not only are these trends completely bogus, but they can be potentially harmful.
We hope you now understand what is good for feminine hygiene and what isn’t. You are also well informed on how to maintain feminine hygiene. A well-informed person is a powerful person who can wade through a sea of misinformation easily to make better decisions for themselves!