Are Feminine Wipes Safe? Why You Don’t Need to Worry About Your Feminine Hygiene With These 5 Products
Bath water is full of bacteria from the skin, so sitting in the tub will allow these bacteria to reach the genital region, which can increase your chances of getting a urinary tract infection – Mercy Edionwe MD, Madamenoire
1. Always Wear Breathable Cotton Underwear
This is the number one rule to keeping your privates healthy. Choose your underwear (and any other pieces of clothing that are against your skin) very wisely.
Cotton is a very gentle and soft material. It is also very absorbent and will wick away sweat from the body. The breathability of cotton means that any moisture will evaporate through the fabric.
Stay away from synthetic fabrics such as nylon and lycra. These materials can trap moisture and heat, which then can turn into the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. An overgrowth of bacteria can lead to yeast and other serious infections.
If you can’t find panties that are 100% cotton, at least make sure that the lining is cotton.
2. Use a pH Balanced Cleanser in the Shower
The pH scale measures acidity and alkalinity levels. The range goes from 0 (the most acidic) to 14 (the most alkaline). Water is pH 7, considered to be pH neutral.
A healthy vaginal pH value lies somewhere between 3.8 and 4.5. The reason for the relatively acidic level is due to the the good bacteria inside the vagina producing lactic acid.
Because an acidic environment slows down the growth of bad bacteria, it forms a natural barrier against infection.
If the pH levels become unbalanced, bad bacteria will start to grow, resulting in discharge, odors and irritations. More seriously conditions such as bacterial vaginosis can also occur.
Soaps that you use on your body should be pH balanced. Only lather and wash the outside of your intimate areas.
3. Keep Some Feminine Hygiene Wipes in Easy Reach
Feminine hygiene wipes are a really discreet way to freshen up during the day, particularly when you are on your period. Intimate wipes are designed to gently clean and sanitize intimate areas after using the bathroom.
You are probably asking yourself are feminine wipes safe? The answer is, absolutely when used correctly. Just like soap, wipes should only be use to clean the outside of the intimate areas. Any product that is used internally will most likely disturb the delicate balance of bacteria.
4. Take a Good Quality Probiotic
A probiotic supplement contains billions of freeze dried good bacteria. These bacteria are still alive.Once the probiotic has reached your digestive system, the bacteria have warmed up and become fully active.The most common strain of bacteria is Lactobacillus.
Probiotics will assist to maintain good digestive health and boost the immune system.There are also probiotics available that are specifically formulated to help to promote and balance vaginal flora.
If you have healthy vaginal bacteria you should experience decreased odor, irritation, and discharge. In addition, it can protect you against vaginal infections, urinary tract infections (UTI), and even sexually-transmitted diseases.
You can also get probiotics naturally through some food sources. These include yogurt, kefir and kombucha (drinks fermented with bacteria and yeast) and fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, kimchi and natto.
5. Always Maintain a Sufficient Supply of Sanitary Items (and Change Them Regularly)
Don’t be caught out if your period comes unexpectedly. Keep a spare box of tampons or napkins in your bathroom cupboard. Buy a few extras whenever they are on sale at the supermarket or drugstore.
For optimum feminine hygiene, change your tampon every four hours or more frequently on heavier flow days. To reduce the chance of any bacterial growth, never leave a tampon in for more than eight hours at a time.
Regardless of flow, replace your pad or panty liner every three to four hours. This will minimize the risk of any odor that comes from bacteria growing in blood. Of course you can change it more regularly depending on your personal comfort.
If you don’t want to use disposable products, take a look at menstrual cups. These can be worn for up to 12 hours.
There is even period underwear and swimwear available now. These are meant to be worn with no other feminine hygiene product. It’s probably best to use them on your lightest days or if you suffer from light bladder leakage or mild incontinence.