Female reproductive organs consist of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, the uterus, vagina, and vulva. When it comes to female intimate hygiene, most people consider the hygiene of the vagina and vulva. Due to the fact that intimate hygiene is not a widely-discussed topic, many people tend to believe in certain misconceptions. However, many of them can be quite harmful to a woman’s health. In this article, we gathered five debunked myths about female intimate hygiene.
1. Your vagina should smell like a flower
Modern advertising makes women think that their vaginas should always smell like roses. The real purpose of this statement is to sell more scented feminine sprays that can eliminate the natural odor. You should understand that your vagina is not a flowerbed and it has odors that are not always pleasant.
However, a strange vaginal odor can be a sign of certain induction or disease. In this case, you should visit a gynecologist instead of using a scented spray. Moreover, such sprays can irritate the vaginal tissues and even contribute to yeast infection.
2. Douching is essential
The situation with this myth is quite similar to the previous paragraph on our list. Douching can’t be considered essential since the vagina has self-cleaning properties. The same can be told about using soap. It contains harsh chemicals that can irritate the vaginal tissues as well.
Moreover, you can change the natural pH balance that may even lead to certain medical conditions. Douching can be performed if you have a certain infection ar disease that can be treated this way. However, you should always consult your gynecologist before such a procedure.
3. Pubic hair should be removed
Some women are afraid to have an unshaved pubic area. It may be justified before sex or pelvic exam but there is no need to do this if you don’t want. If your partner doesn’t want to have sex with you because of the unshaved pubic area, you should ask yourself only one simple question. Is it worth having sex with such a person?
Everything that relates to your genital area should be only your responsibility. Have you ever count how much money did you spend on epilation or razors? If you are not satisfied with hair on your body, it’s up to you to remove it. However, there is no reason to follow someone else’s opinion towards your genitals.
4. A lot of discharge is normal
If you have noticed that the volume of your vaginal discharges increases, it can be a sign of certain diseases. Moreover, if they have changer the color and odor, you should visit your gynecologist as soon as possible. You should understand that many infections (including STIs) can cause abnormal discharge.
For example, yeast infection is considered the most common cause of the voluminous discharge. This condition develops than the fungi called Candida start to overgrow. Yeast infections can also cause itching, burning, pain during sex, and other unpleasant sensations. Fortunately, every gynecologist can easily treat this infection.
5. You should sleep in panties
Despite the fact that the clothes for sleeping should depend on your own preferences, sleeping completely naked is extremely beneficial to your health. The reality is that when you sleep in panties, they can press on your blood vessels that restricts the normal blood flow.
Moreover, sleeping naked (if you are not menstruating) lets more air to your skin and prevents sweating. There is one more benefit in sleeping naked if you have a partner. Keep in mind that there is no barriers between you and you can increase the frequency of sex.