3 Habits Your OB/GYN Wishes You’d Stop

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“The vagina is like a self-cleaning oven … “

(Carolyn Steber, Bustle) Here are a few common mistakes OB/GYNs say women may be making in the bathroom.

Hovering Over The Toilet Seat To Pee

Toilet seats aren’t always the most welcoming things to sit upon, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to hover over them while you pee.

“[This] can prevent the pelvic floor muscles from relaxing and/or it can over-engage these muscles and the abdominal muscles, which is turn can lead to pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD),” pelvic floor specialist Rachel Gelman, DPT, PT tells Bustle.

“PFD can be urinary incontinence, pain with urination, urinary hesitancy, pelvic pain, and pain with sex.”

That’s why Gelman recommends women sit fully on the toilet in order to urinate.

Over-Cleaning 

According to OB/GYNs, you don’t want to go overboard with the soaps and scrubs down there.

“Many women ‘overclean’ their vulva/vagina, which can irritate the skin and/or mess with the vaginal flora and vaginal pH,” says Gelman. “And that can increase the risk for things like yeast infections.”

What you want to do is leave your vagina alone, and let it do its thing. “The vagina is kind of like a self-cleaning oven,” she says. “It maintains its overall health and doesn’t need excessive cleaning.”

Removing All Your Pubic Hair

“Completely removing your pubic hair is like shaving or waxing off your eyebrows: the important job they do to keep rain, sweat, sun, and debris out of your eyes may go unnoticed or unappreciated, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have an important job to do,” says Meer.

Your pubic hair, like your eyebrows, helps protect your body by keeping bacteria and debris away from your most sensitive spots.

It is completely up to what you’re comfortable with, but pubic hair does serve an important purpose. Read the full list at Bustle. 

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