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10 Golden Rules for Good Vaginal Health

Created by: infozooms | Last Updated: 07/25/2010

We are constantly bombarded with suggestions on healthy eating, exercising and reducing stress. We read on things that are good for the heart, the brain, the skin, etc. But how about our V-area? Here is a list of proper habits that are critical for having a healthy vagina and maintaining overall good vaginal health.
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1. Exercise smart sex

In order to reduce your chance of contracting a sexually transmitted disease it is best to have just one partner who has a sexual relationship just with you. If you are not 100% sure about your partner’s genital health or suspect that there are certain things that you still don’t know about his genital history, it is best to wear a condom. Keep in mind that a partner can pass genital herpes or warts to you without even knowing that they have it.
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Points: 17

2. Do not douche

Over 30% of women douche as a routine cleansing after menses or sex or to get relieve from an irritating vaginal condition. Recent research indicates that douching is not only unnecessary but it can actually be harmful as it destroys the good bacteria in the vagina predisposing you to different diseases and infections. In addition, douching can worsen your discharge or even increase your risk for pelvic inflammatory disease. For good vaginal health, skip douching altogether.
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Points: 15

3. Bathe right

When you bathe yourself, you should remember that the vagina is a self-cleansing organ and the vulva area does not need any excessive scrubbing or cleaning with soaps or solutions.
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Points: 12

4. Have regular gynecological exams

To ensure good vaginal health, a gynecological exam is recommended once a year. It is usually covered by insurance and includes the recommended pap smear that screens for premalignant and malignant (cancerous) processes in the ectocervix. Significant changes can be treated, thus preventing cervical cancer.
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Points: 10

5. Don’t overprotect

Many women are in the habit of wearing a pad or a panty liner on a daily basis to deal with uncomfortable wetness or vaginal discharge. Unfortunately, the overuse of protective products can irritate even a healthy vagina. It is recommended that you limit the use of such products to just a few days a month. If you have excessive wetness (e.g. incontinence or discharges), it is best that you discuss it with your healthcare provider and find a way to combat the problem.
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Points: 9

6. Wear loose clothing

While you want to look and feel sexy and attractive, it is also important that you are comfortable. Thongs, tight spandex clothing, tights and even panty hose or tight jeans can trap sweat, crack the skin and lead to irritation. It is best to avoid tight layers and let your vaginal area breathe.
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7. Avoid irritating products

There are plenty of feminine products that can be highly irritating and even damaging to the vulvovaginal area. Some of the most obvious examples are: abrasive soaps, hygiene sprays, scented deodorant tampons, etc. In addition, if you develop any vaginal irritation, avoid the use of bleach or fabric softeners as they can leave a potentially harmful residue on your underwear. You will make a really good vaginal choice and even save some money if you eliminate these products from your personal care routine.
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8. Properly clean things that touch the vulva and vagina

Exercise good maintenance and always wash your diaphragms, spermicide applicators and cervical caps with warm water and soap. If you are in the habit of using vibrators and sex toys make sure that you always clean them after use.
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9. Live a healthy life

Taking care of your overall health is the best defense against diseases or infections anywhere in the body, including your genitalia. Make sure that you eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, exercise regularly, get enough sleep and try not to sweat the little things in life.
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10. Don’t self-medicate

If you have a specific vulvovaginal problem that persists, do not try to self-diagnose and medicate yourself. Most vaginal conditions exhibit very similar symptoms (e.g. irritation, itching, discharge, burning, etc.) and cannot be simply treated by applying Monistat or Vagisil. For long-term relief seek the advice of a good vaginal doctor.
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great article
Added by: tiff | On: 09/19/2011
what do you think about tightening herbs? http://tighteningthevagina.com/herbs-for-a-tight-vagina are they generally safe? Would my doctor be ok with them?
Added by: tiff | On: 09/19/2011
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