As women, we oftentimes worry about our vaginal health and wonder how we can keep our genitals healthy. Fortunately, there are simple things we can do to have and maintain a healthy vagina.
Here are eleven ways to have a healthier vagina:
1. Stay well-hydrated – Your vagina needs to be well-hydrated to remain moist, supple, and healthy. Water helps your vagina to flush out toxins, germs, and order-causing bacteria.
2. Eat Pineapple – Pineapple is full of healthy and powerful antioxidants and will not only keep your vagina in tip-top health but will also make it smell and “taste” good. On the other hand, coffee, smoking, and processed foods can give your vagina a bitter taste. Pineapple is also full of water to help your vagina stay well-lubricated.
3. Exercise vaginal muscles – Kegel exercises can improve and tone your pelvic floor muscle and tighten your vaginal walls. They also give you better control over your bladder, bowels and will prevent your uterus from dropping into your vagina as you age. Kegels can also help you to have better orgasms! If you are not familiar with Kegels, learn more about them here.
4. Do cardio – Participating in 30 minutes of moderate exercise three or more times a week is not only good for your cardiovascular system but will keep your vagina functioning properly by pumping it with rich oxygenated blood.
5. Eat a healthy diet – Eating a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables such as: cranberries, apples, avocados, and dark leafy greens will keep your vagina healthy. Research shows that probiotics can help to prevent the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis like discharge and odor. To add probiotics to your diet, eat fermented foods like sauerkraut, kombucha, and Greek yogurt. According to Healthline, sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene and vitamin A which can help keep your mucous membranes healthy. This means they can help prevent bacterial vaginosis (BV), a common vaginal infection. Omega 3 fatty acids can help with blood circulation and sex drive!
6. Practice safe sex – If you are not in a healthy monogamous relationship, use non-latex condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and infections. If you use sex toys, clean them after each use.
7. Keep it clean – Use a mild unscented soap or cleanser daily to keep your vagina healthy (I like Summer’s Eve feminine wash). Also, it is recommended that you wash with your fingers and not a washcloth to reduce your risk of infections and bacteria. Do not wash inside your vagina or use a douche. Your body is naturally designed to cleanse itself with discharge.
8. Limit alcohol and don’t smoke – Alcohol abuse can impair sexual function and nicotine can affect sexual arousal. Substance abuse of any kind can also affect your mental health and therefore affect sexual function.
9. Wear cotton underwear – Cotton underwear are more breathable and reduce the risk of yeast infections, rash, and other vaginal problems. It is also important not to wear tight-fitting underwear and jeans.
10. Wipe from front to back – I had to get use to this one. As a child, I always did the opposite. But apparently, when we wipe from back to front, we risk spreading germs and bacteria from our rectum area to our urethra which can cause a painful urinary tract infection. So, always wipe front to back!
11. Have your annual exams – Making sure you get your annual exams will help you to catch any minor problems before they become big ones. Your primary care physician will perform regular Pap smears to check for any signs of cancer and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Always see your doctor if you suspect something is not right.
Isabella Boston is a multi-talented writer and the founder of Bella’s Attic Studio. She is well-versed in content writing, copywriting, and social media strategies with a focus on health and wellness, fashion and beauty, and natural healing as it pertains to the body, mind, and the soul. She is also a romance writer and the author of Passion of Flames.