The modern world has a rather strange structure: we move on to higher mathematics without having time to master arithmetic. In gynecology, the same thing: many women are aware of how and with what to stimulate ovulation or cancel menstruation, but they are not sure about the safety of intimate hair removal. So let’s start with the basics.
Clean water is enough for intimate hygiene. Soap is bad. Because normally the vagina has an acidic environment (in which pathogenic microbes die), and any soap has an alkaline one. Alkali neutralizes acid, thereby destroying the protective barrier. Using special gels for intimate hygiene is also overkill if nothing bothers you.
Life hack: the level of acidity of the vagina (pH of the vagina) can be checked independently using special test strips. They are about the same as pregnancy tests or blood sugar tests. Insert the strip into the vagina for a couple of seconds, and then watch how it changes color. If the acidity is lowered or (which happens much less often) is increased, urgently make an appointment with a gynecologist.
Hairstyle in the genital area is a matter of aesthetic preferences, it has nothing to do with health. Hair does not create any additional protection.
In general, like a beard in men: if you like it – wear it, if you don’t like it – shave it off.
Shaving or waxing? Another troubling question. From the point of view of gynecology – absolutely indifferent!
Life hack: if you prefer shaving to all types of depilation, then instead of shaving foam (usually it contains soap, and therefore creates an alkaline environment), you can use intimate hygiene products.
Tampons or pads are a matter of personal preference. Just remember that the “replace every 4 hours” rule applies to pads too.
Panty liners – do you need them or not? You don’t need it for your health. But they are not harmful either (unless, of course, you take some super-aromatized and therefore allergenic options). They protect not the genitals, but underwear. If the daily discharge is so abundant and so corrosive that the underwear suffers, this is a reason to at least do a vaginal pH test.
Vaginal balls, unlike tampons, are made from non-absorbent materials. Yes, and they are not used on the most critical days – therefore, the time parameters are much wider than for hygiene products.
Well, since we are talking about balls (and other toys for ingestion, then disinfection issues cannot but disturb. The scheme seems to be obvious: I took it out, washed it, put it away. And what happens if I took it out and didn’t wash it right away? And is it necessary to wash again after taking it out of the box after a week (at least) storage?
And finally, seasonal: IT IS POSSIBLE TO BATH IN A WET SWIMSUIT.
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