I’m not referring to that rude guy that makes sexist comments to you at work every day (though yes, he does qualify as a douche bag). I’m talking about douching, as in vaginal hygiene.
Don’t be a douche bag, and don’t use one, either. Not to clean shop after your period, or after sex, and never, ever to try to prevent pregnancy. That doesn’t work AT ALL.
I’m not sure how many of you use douching as part of your feminine hygiene, but based on the shelf space that is dedicated to it in my local grocery store and pharmacy — plenty of you are.
Here’s why you shouldn’t douche: Your vagina does a great job of cleaning herself!
Yup, she’s a self-sufficient kinda gal, and her discharge is nature’s way of keeping bad stuff out… like how your nose will run or eyes will tear when something irritates them.
Normal discharge should be clear-to-milky white-ish, and have no odor other than what is normal for you. If you’re ovulating, your discharge will change slightly and become a white stretchy consistency. But – a clumpy yellow-green or white odoriferous discharge, accompanied by itching or burning indicates a problem that should be checked by your doctor or midwife ASAP, okay?
Douching washes away the protective and cleansing fluids that are supposed to be in your vagina. Regular use of douches can irritate the lining of the vagina and lead to yeast infections and pelvic inflammatory disease. Even worse, douching can cause serious complications in pregnancy, and an increased risk of cervical cancer.
Uh – no thank you!
I think many women get hung up on the smell thing, am I right? You never want your man to know you smell like anything other than lavender, orange zest, and daisies.
Well, I hate to break it to you, but the truth is, healthy vaginas have a distinct scent to them, and that’s just the way it is. Power-washing with vinegar, antiseptics and fragrances will not make it go away for more than a few moments, and does far more harm than good.
Here are some take-aways to live by when caring for your lady parts:
- Get to know what is normal for you
- Practice regular, daily hygiene
- Wash with mild, unscented soaps (on the outside parts only, please!)
- Wear breathable panties (cotton is typically best for this)
That’s it. That’s all your girl needs to stay happy and healthy.