7 Ways to Keep on Top of Your Feminine Hygiene
If you wash a load of just underwear, there will be about 100 million E. coli in the wash water, and they can be transmitted to the next load of laundry – Kim Carollo, ABC News
Maintaining good feminine hygiene will not only help you feel clean and fresh every day, but will also keep you healthy. There are some illnesses that can be caused by poor personal hygiene practices.
Here are 7 ways that you can keep on top of your feminine hygiene for optimal wellbeing.
1. Wear Natural Fibers
A silky thong may be sexy but it can also lead to nasty odors. This is because synthetic fibers don’t allow the skin to breathe. Instead they can trap in sweat and odor-producing bacteria.
Leave the lacy lingerie for special occasion and stick to cotton or panties for daily wear. Cotton and other natural fibers, especially in the hotter months, will help you feel cleaner and fresher.
Make sure you wash your underwear after every wear and change your underwear during the day whenever you feel uncomfortable. Alternatively you can use panty liners and change then each time you go to the bathroom.
Swap your skinny jeans for loose-fitting pants now and again and don’t be shy to go commando at night to let your lady parts breathe.
2. Change your Feminine Hygiene Products Regularly
During your period, change your pads or tampons often.
Apart from discomfort and odor, not changing your tampons every 4-8 hours may heighten the risk of developing toxic shock syndrome (TSS). TSS is a very serious medical condition caused by a bacterial infection.
There is a link between TSS and the use of ultra-absorbent tampons. Although the reason is not certain, experts believe it could be because if a tampon is left in place for a long period of time it can attract bacteria.
3. Shower or Bathe at Least Once a Day
Maintaining personal hygiene is important whether you are female or male. Body odor develops when sweat combines with bacteria on your skin so take a warm shower every day, after working out or sweating.
Interestingly, a university assistant professor of dermatology says that if you do shower daily, you don’t need to use soap all over your body as this can dry out your skin. He recommends to just lather your armpits, butt and groin, where your body produces the strongest-smelling secretions.
4. Avoid Harsh Soaps
You do not need to go crazy with scrubbing your intimate areas. It is actually self-cleaning. All you need to do is rinse the outside skin with water and a small amount of gentle soap or body wash.
5. Freshen up with Intimate Wipes
Keep some feminine wipes in your purse so that you can use one each time you go to the bathroom.
These are particularly useful during your period to maintain good feminine hygiene. Using a wipe after changing your pad or tampon will make you feel clean and fresh during the day.
6. Know What is Normal For You
The smell of a your intimate areas will change throughout your monthly cycle. However, it is really important to know what your regular scent is.
If you notice an unpleasant odor or abnormal discharge then book an appointment with your gynecologist immediately.
7. Keep Your Pubic Hair Trimmed
Overgrown pubic hair can cause odor when the hair traps sweat and body secretions.
If you choose to get a bikini wax, make sure you go to a professional so that you can minimize the risk of ingrown hairs or infected hair follicles.
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