A gynaecologist's guide to good vulva and vagina health
Keeping your vagina clean and healthy - NHS
When it comes to feminine hygiene, especially in the sensitive genital area, we need to be extra careful. After all, you do not want to put everything in your genital area. And no matter how full your schedule gets, some things come first, and one of the most important is feminine hygiene. A gentle wash will also ensure you maintain the pH balance of your genital area, and keep everything hygienic.
Washing the vagina can lead to many problems. You might have heard that the vagina is like a self-cleaning oven — a pretty accurate metaphor. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists points out that your vagina cleans itself and keeps itself healthy by maintaining the correct pH balance and cleaning itself with natural secretions. These bacteria maintain the ideal pH balance in your vagina, which is slightly acidic.
That means all those "feminine hygiene" products out there—pH-balancing, douching , feminine cleansing—are basically BS, says Lauren Streicher, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University. But your vulva —a. A few tips? Mild soap is best, and definitely don't grab anything that claims to be exfoliating ouch! Also important: Skip the rough washcloths and loofahs—your hands are the only tools you need to clean your vulva , says Dr.