INTIMATE HYGIENE

INTIMATE HYGIENE

INTIMATE HYGIENE

FOR WOMEN

How useful is vaginal shower? If the gynecologist does not recommended it, there is no reason you need to do this. Be it only water, it is not necessary to clean the inside of the vagina (especially with the pressure of the shower). You can destroy the vaginal flora, it contains useful bacteria for the organism, which form a kind of internal protective film, designed to protect you from genital infections. If you did not know it, it's good to know it now... the vagina cleans itself by its own natural system.

How to wash correctly your intimate area? It is not advisable to use bathroom sponges when you wash your intimate area, as they, in their texture, maintain an excellent environment for the microorganism growth. It is also advisable to use a special soap destined to genital area. One with a 7 pH (neutral) is ideal. If you choose a gel, try to choose one without fragrances or parabens.

In case of irritation of intimate area, do you need to wash more often? The answer is definitely: NO! Paradoxically, if you wash too often, the risk of infection is much higher. Intimate toilet is up to twice a day. However, if by chance you got irritated in that area, search in pharmacies a gel or a special cream to solve this problem. You can also try applying local warm compresses with calendula tea.

How important is quality underwear for genital health? The lingerie you wear plays an important role in the health and hygiene of your intimate area. Although it seems a bit "challenging", it would be ideal to not wear underwear at all, so the skin can breathe freely (as it was "designed" by mother-nature). But if you cannot give up this intimate fashion accessory (the reasons are indeed many and objective), a light, natural cotton underwear would be the perfect choice. Synthetic materials are to be avoided, as well as thongs or boxers that may irritate by their tight cut, suffocating the skin and maintaining the moisture (bacteria grow best in such conditions: warm and humid).

At least during the time of the night it would be good to give up all the lingerie, and during the day to choose with greater attention your pants and tights. Clothing too tight or synthetic favors perspiration, so again it creates the environment proper for infections. From the point of view of genital health, pants as casual and thin are indicated, downrightly dangerous in this respect being skinny jeans or tights.

For the same reason neither daily pads are indicated. You can use them before and immediately after the period to prevent "accidents", but have no reason to wear them for the rest of the month. A certain amount of vaginal discharges is normal, their role as I said, being to clean and protect the vagina. Changing the panties often is the ideal solution.

What if you discover smelly discharges? In this situation, the wisest and healthiest decision is to quickly make an appointment with your gynecologist. Let the shame aside and go immediately to a consult. Most likely, in the case of these symptoms, it is about a fungal infection that can be cured relatively easily through proper treatment. The advice found on the internet or shared by relatives or friends should be avoided.

During menstruation, is personal hygiene different? Outside the period, normally one toilet per day of the intimate area would be sufficient. During the period, however, the "operation" can be repeated even three times during the 24 hours. It is recommended to change the absorbent frequently and use wet wipes for intimate area.

How recommendable would be the full intimate waxing? Some women believe that total intimate area waxing gets them away from problems, but it is not quite so. Paradoxically, waxing can increase the risk of infection. The hairs in the pubic area have a certain role (protection). After waxing, the skin is not protected anymore from different types of aggression (such as e.g. direct contact with underwear).

If you still do opt for this type of hair removal ("baldy"), here's what you need to know: it is not advisable to wash your intimate area on the day you got waxed. You risk unpleasant irritations. Then, for 3-4 days, use a cream as smooth and gentle to moisturize and protect the skin. Wear only cotton underwear, boxers preferably this time, so the edges of the underwear not to represent a cause of friction in the inguinal area, which became more sensitive in this situation.

And because it's much better to prevent than to treat, here are 10 tips for a proper intimate hygiene:

1.-Do not use common soap or shower gel for the intimate area. You risk a pH imbalance. Shower gel is designed to protect the skin's pH, not the vagina’s, which is completely different. There are many products made strictly for this purpose, quite safe, recommendable being those without flavorings or colorings.

2.-The body towel must always be clean and used only by you! Like the one you use for wiping your face. Change it regularly and let it air dry after use.

3.-Wiping direction: from front to back. Whether it is about toilet paper, wet wipes, towel or even during washing, the correct movement direction in achieving intimate hygiene, is from the vagina to the posterior (bottom) and not the vice versa. Otherwise, you risk "pushing" all bacteria accidentally left around the anus towards the genital area, extremely sensitive to infections.

4.-Wear cotton underwear. In no case of synthetic fibers. These prevent air circulation. If possible, opt for normal models, even if you are tempted to consider them "granny", because they will not aggress to cut or stitches in highly sensitive areas around the vagina. And after all, better a healthy "granny" than an irritated "feline".

5.-Wash yourself both before and after sex. To not kill the mood when you have hot plans, take a bath / shower before. And after... necessarily, the same.

6.-During menstruation, change pads frequently. Every 3-4 hours, even if you think it is not necessarily. Absorbent does not change when it gets "filled", because its surface is designed to keep you from unpleasant accidents, not "to resist" as long as possible.

7.-Do not use excessively the daily pads. Even if they smell good and help you when faced with a richer secretion. Their use in excess prevents air circulation and promotes bacterial growth.

8.-Avoid sex during menstruation. Otherwise, the risk of infection to both parties significantly increases (due to the presence of blood). However, if you are put on great things, including during "that" period, necessarily use a condom.

9.-Be careful with the hygiene of your sex toys. Either you use sex toys alone or together with another person (at which point it would be appropriate to protected them with a condom), necessarily wash them thoroughly both before and after...

10.-Any little "inconvenience" in the intimate area, it must necessarily be presented for examination and diagnosis by a qualified doctor. Intimate hygiene is an extremely serious issue in maintaining the health of the entire body and therefore anything that is related to this subject should not be treated with indifference or delay. The consequences can be very serious!

 

FOR MEN

For men, intimate hygiene, meaning washing the genital area, do not raise so many issues as in women’s case and it is resumed just in rinsing with water (warm) and soap. The difference of "maneuvers" is according to the penis’s condition: circumcised or uncircumcised.

Men with uncircumcised penis must be aware that under the perp (the skin covering the penis) is where the smegma (whitish pasty discharge of prep’s glands) and dead skin cells collects. Smegma should be washed to prevent possible infection if it accumulates for a long time. The penis will be revealed (pull the skin back) and the glans will be washed (the penis head), the corona (the most prominent part of the head of the penis) and the portion of the prep that normally is "hidden".

The scrotum is the next one, meaning the "bag" of skin where the testicles are placed, the perineum and then the anus area. The soap should be neutral in terms of acidity. No laundry soap and perfume sprays.

A good idea is to reaveal your penis when urinating. This way you avoid ending up random drops of urine under the prep. If then you dab the opening of the urethra (where the urine is eliminated) with a disposable tissue or a piece of toilet paper it is downrightly sublime.

Careful! Never force the revealing of the penis. If this gesture will seem difficult or painful, consult a specialist. There is a risk of Paraphimosis, meaning that the skin gathers under the corona (the most prominent zone of the head of the penis) and the impossibility to be held back, "choking" the glans (the head of the penis). Meaning in short, that you risk staying with it "uncovered" and such... it is not exactly convenient to run to the doctor with it like that. It can be even worse, as "choking" the glans, you risk its swelling because of local blood being detained, without the possibility of flowing.

Do not forget:
-wash your hands;
-toilet in a right way;
-take a shower before intercourse;
-take a shower after intercourse;
-do not overdo the use of soaps, gels, perfumes, scented napkins;
-use a towel strictly for your personal intimate hygiene;
-visit your gynecologist at the first abnormal sign.