You may have heard or read that the vaginal canal “cleans itself.” However, you’ve certainly noticed that there are approximately a million products on the market expressly for vaginal cleaning. So, what’s the deal?
First and foremost, a point of order. The vulva is made up of all the parts on the exterior of your body, such as your inner and outer labia, as well as your clitoris. The vagina is the part of the body on the inside where tampons and other items (wink, wink) can be placed if desired.
We chatted with Robin Watkins, a nurse practitioner and registered nurse-midwife, to obtain the final answer to the age-old topic of how to clean your vagina and vulva. Warning: you’re about to find out what happens next.
Here are some pointers:
1. Don’t put anything in there that isn’t for fun or periods of time.
The only exception to this guideline is if your doctor advised you to put medication inside, such as a topical antibiotic, to treat bacterial vaginosis.
The vaginal canal is actually self-cleaning. The vaginal discharge effectively maintains it constantly cleaned out, clean, and moisturized on its own. At different times during your cycle, this discharge might range from clear to milky white, and from slick to sticky.
2. When it comes to the outside, stick to water.
There are many “washes” on the market that are designed to be used on vulvas. Isn’t everything that’s for sale, though, a good idea? Do you recall Olestra? We’ve made our case.
Some doctors will tell you that washing your vulva with light soap is fine. However, even the mildest soap can upset the vaginal balance in many people. “Water is the only thing you need to clean your vulva,” Watkins explains. Separate your labia in the shower and allow the water run between and around them. Gently rub between the folds of skin with your fingers. You can also rinse your clitoris by pulling back the clitoral hood. CLICK HERE TO COMMENT>>>>>>>>
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