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Intimate hygiene: How to take care of it?

Good intimate hygiene helps avoid gynecological problems if the right actions and the right products are used. However, bringing it up is often a taboo subject that we talk about with modesty and reserve, whereas personal hygiene is a commonplace gesture that should not be neglected because our intimacy must be nourished and pampered like everything else in our body.

In the privacy of hygiene and feminine toilet

Intimate zone: a natural balance in the spotlight

A complex and fragile anatomy at the same time

We have all been confronted with feelings of discomfort which can be unpleasant when they touch our private parts. The microbiota or vaginal flora is home to billions of microorganisms and bacteria essential for good intimate health.

To begin, a short anatomy lesson is necessary.

The female genital tract is made up of:

  • ovaries which produce eggs, necessary for reproduction;
  • fallopian tubes to carry the egg to the uterus;
  • the uterus where the baby will develop during pregnancy;
  • the vagina which is the sexual organ;
  • the vulva, the external genitalia.

Naturally moist, this part of our body has its own defenses where an entire dynamic and perfected ecosystem coexists to preserve its balance throughout a woman's life. Indeed, the balance of the vaginal flora changes under the effect of hormones depending on the menstrual cycle, age, contraception, pregnancy or even during menopause.

Before reaching puberty, the vaginal cavity is far from sterile. Indeed, inside the vagina, various bacteria proliferate and come from nearby organs or tissues.

At puberty, the girl's menstrual cycle awakens and she begins to have these periods. The vaginal mucosa is enriched thanks to estrogens, its pH decreases by becoming acidic to create an environment favorable to lactobacilli : this is the Döderlein flora .

During menopause, hormone levels drop, there is an imbalance in the intimate flora and the mucous membranes change: vaginal dryness is then more frequent.

Disorders and intimate well-being

As women, we go through several hormonal upheavals during our lives with the onset of our periods. Remember this physiological transition between childhood and adulthood. The appearance of hair, of this ungrateful period with an outbreak of acne, of an emerging breast and the first period.

Having these periods is the monthly occurrence for all women around the world. During these few days, daily cleansing and the use of appropriate hygienic protection will be essential to feeling fresh and good about yourself. The sanitary napkin, its tampon, the cup or menstrual panties are so many choices available to better experience this delicate period. Above all, you should not keep them on for too long and do not hesitate to change them depending on your flow.

In fact, this helps avoid vaginal or urinary infections such as mycosis, cystitis or even tingling or vulvar irritation . Plus, when we're on our period, we all want to stay fresh. For this, there is an interesting alternative: intimate wipes. Slipping a packet of wipes into your handbag is easy! It is discreet, can be carried anywhere and allows for quick and efficient cleaning! Of course, its use must remain occasional because there is nothing better than a toilet!

Another important moment in a woman's life: pregnancy. When you are pregnant, the concentration of hormones is higher. This causes the vaginal pH to increase through the production of glycogen , a sugar which promotes the development of yeasts responsible for mycoses . Use gentle, hypoallergenic care for optimal comfort and limit vaginal infections.

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The underside of good intimate hygiene

Daily actions and habits

Intimate grooming is a subject that we rarely talk about, perhaps because it is a hidden and very personal beauty. Intimate hygiene helps minimize the appearance of microbes that can harm our health. It brings together a set of actions to adopt to respect the vaginal pH and preserve our genitals according to our needs, the period of our menstrual cycle or even during pregnancy.

Here are some habits to change:

  • clothes that are too tight : due to friction and lack of ventilation, they encourage the proliferation of bacteria but also vulvar depression and vaginal dryness ;
  • wet clothes : humidity encourages the multiplication of germs;
  • frequent personal hygiene : good hygiene does not mean excessive cleaning! The vagina has a self-cleaning ability so washing too frequently can be aggressive. Of course, this applies outside of menstruation as well as after sex.

We have all already used our whole body shower gel. However, do you clean your face with this same cleanser? It is therefore essential to use a product designed for our private parts in order to preserve this fragile area and not disturb the vaginal flora .

Here are tips for good hygiene and avoiding exposure to germs :

  • The basics: change these underwear every day;
  • Use your hands when washing: next the glove or the shower flower, they are nests for microbes;
  • Avoid full hair removal because pubic hair has a protective role since it protects against friction, irritation and the cold;
  • Use a soap, gel or foam cleanser with the appropriate pH;
  • Only clean your private parts externally;
  • Dry yourself gently after washing, from front to back, with a dedicated towel;
  • When using the toilet: always wipe from front to back to avoid the transfer of bacteria;
  • Favor cotton underwear rather than synthetic materials.

Vaginal health beyond cleanliness

Taking care of your privacy is not just a matter of daily beauty routine.

Stop preconceived ideas when you have to take care of your femininity since acting on your intimate balance also means adopting good eating habits to take care of your body. Eh yes ! Although good hygiene is essential, a healthy diet is also important! Indeed, there are foods that help keep your intimate health in tip-top shape and combat common minor ailments.

Healthy vaginal flora needs good bacteria to maintain a good pH.

Here is a list of all these good products:

  • Natural yogurt and all foods rich in probiotics are our friends. The latter make it possible to effectively fight against fungal infections thanks to the lactobacilli present in these fermented products ;
  • Cranberry juice is particularly useful during urinary infections because it eliminates the bacteria causing the infection. On the other hand, be careful of its high sugar content if you are diabetic;
  • The apple provides good lubrication of the vagina . Ladies, it is an ideal ally for a more fulfilling sex life;
  • Ginger: to relieve painful cramps during periods;
  • Nuts: rich in vitamin E, to prevent vaginal dryness ;
  • Foods derived from soy: they are composed of isoflavones which have a property imitating estrogens, hormones which keep tissues elastic;
  • Drink water: staying well hydrated remains an essential beauty gesture to stay in good health.

Obviously, remember to consult your gynecologist because one benign ailment can hide another!

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