As the cold weather approaches, it is important to maintain a healthy environment for your vagina. The good news is that vaginas are generally happier in the cool weather, and this makes it easier to appreciate the shift away from the humid summer. When it is hot outside your whole body tends to sweat more, including the pelvic area. This can lead to increased friction and irritation, as well as create a breeding ground for yeast infections. The vaginal area also tends to be subjected to more frequent hair maintenance in the summer due to wearing swimsuits or short shorts, which can cause further irritation.
Since soon you will not have to worry about these issues, here are some steps you can take during the winter months to ensure your vagina is at its healthiest:
Many women report an increase in itchiness during the colder seasons, and this is often caused by dry skin or irritating products. It is important to avoid using scented soaps, lotions, or panty liners, and to be gentle when shaving. Wearing tight clothing or underwear made of synthetic materials should also be avoided. Your vagina needs to breathe, and these types of materials trap moisture and make it easier to contract a yeast infection.
Using scentless soap and lotion on the outside of the vagina can be a great way to combat the season’s dry skin. However, do not put any of these inside the vagina, as this can disrupt the balance of bacteria that is essential to vaginal health. Inner vaginal dryness is a common result of aging and hormonal changes, and if this is an issue for you, a consultation with a VFemina specialist is a much better option than a DIY remedy! If you frequently experience intense itching that is not relieved by any of the suggestions above, it is important to consult your doctor. You could have a more serious but treatable problem such as a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, or Trichomoniasis.
Speaking of putting products inside the vagina, let’s take a minute to talk about douching. Recent surveys show that one in four women in the United States use these products on a regular basis. However, douching can actually be extremely harmful to the vagina. It has been linked to causing yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis because it disturbs the balance of bacteria within the vagina. Douching can also cause a pre-existing infection to be spread throughout the reproductive system, leading to more serious difficulties.
Though the purpose of douching is to clean the vagina, this is actually entirely unnecessary. The vagina is self-cleaning, and any attempt to help this process along is actually doing much more harm than good. Though the scents advertised by douching products may seem appealing, having a natural vaginal odor is healthy and normal. If you feel that your natural odor continues to be bothersome, you could always consult your doctor for healthy solutions.
Winter brings an exciting season of changes, and believe it or not, it is a happy and healthy time for your vagina. Consider utilizing these tips and enjoy the winter months to the fullest!