A healthy vagina is a happy one, so take note! Here are seven easy ways you can make sure your lady parts remain fresh.
1. Keep it loose
Avoid wearing too-tight jeans, thongs or wet bathing suits for prolonged periods. These retain heat and moisture, creating ripe conditions for a yeast infection, says Dr Christopher Ng, obstetrician and gynaecologist at Gynae MD Women’s & Rejuvenation Clinic.
2. Wash With Caution
When showering, clean just your vulva with gentle soap – your vagina self-cleanses with discharge. Also, avoid douching, which can reduce the pH levels of your vagina, leading to yeast infections.
3. Pee after sex
This is reportedly one of the best ways to ward off urinary tract infection (UTI) as it helps flush out bacteria in the urethra.
4. See your gynae
Go for a Pap smear once you turn 21 or become sexually active (whichever is earlier). Get one every three years until you’re 65 advises Dr. Christopher.
5. Skip panty liners
They absorb vaginal discharge and trap heat increasing your risk of a yeast infection.
6. Have a v-friendly diet
Fill up on vitamin A-rich soya, tofu and flaxseed to relieve vaginal dryness. Love yoghurt? Good – it contains lactobacillus, which could help stave off a UTI, says Dr Chrisptopher.
7. Always use protection
Get him to change condoms when switching from oral to vaginal sex, so you don’t introduce bacteria into your privates.
Taken from the print edition. Text by Lee Xin Hui.