(Everyday Health) Follow these rules to keep things healthy down there …
Protect Vaginal PH Balance Without Douching
If your vagina has an unpleasant odor, see your doctor; a douche will only cover up the smell.
Maintain a Healthy Diet for Vaginal Health
A balanced, nutritious diet and plenty of fluids are key to vaginal health. In fact, certain foods may be effective in treating vaginal health problems.
Yogurt – especially plain Greek yogurt – may help prevent yeast infections and aid in their treatment.
Practice Safe Sex to Keep Harmful Germs Away
Practice safe sex to protect against STDs. Some have no cure. Others are known to cause cancer.
See Your Doctor for Preventive Care
Regular gynecological exams are crucial to vaginal health. Physicians are trained to diagnose diseases that can harm you.
Treat Infections When They Arise
Leading vaginal infections include yeast, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis. If you’re prone to yeast infections and you recognize the symptoms, it’s okay to self-treat with an over-the-counter medication. But if symptoms don’t go away, be seen as soon as possible.
Use Enough Lubricant, but Not Petroleum Jelly
Without lubrication, the labia and vagina can become irritated during intercourse. While lubrication usually occurs naturally, some women do not produce enough natural lubricant. In this case, use an artificial lubricant.
Choose Clothing Carefully to Stay Dry
Your vagina should stay clean and dry. Certain fabrics and tight-fitting clothing create warm, moist conditions in which yeast thrive. Wear breathable cotton underwear and avoid thongs. If you’re prone to yeast infections, change out of wet swimsuits and sweaty workout clothes asap.
Follow Good Hygiene
Common sense can go a long way. After a bowel movement, wipe from front to back to avoid contamination. Change sanitary pads, panty liners, and tampons regularly. See the full post at Everyday Health. Also of interest: No One Can Explain This ONE Habit of Active Older Women