It’s important to understand your body. Especially your privates. A woman’s private area can seem complex, because in some respects it is. But if you have the knowledge to treat your vagina right, it will have great benefits to your overall health. There is so much misinformation out there, that we decide to set the record straight. For instance, often times in the media we see women orgasming within seconds of sexual intercourse, but the fact is, not all woman can even get off from penetration. Really, one source says 75% of women need stimulation of the clitoris to achieve climax. And that’s not the only thing, There are many many more that you should know of. Here are 11.
#1. Avoid the sweets. Some woman say that taking some sugar and rubbing it down there will make it taste better for your partner. Don’t do it! Because vagina’s are self-cleaning, rubbing sugar on it will upset the pH balance which could cause yeast infections.
#2. Keep it dry. During your showers, try not to get too much hot water in your privates. It may cause drying and irritation. No need to use cold, though. Warm is perfectly fine. When you get out, be sure to pat the outer areas dry.
#3. Decorations: Vajazzling become a popular trend amongst women a few years ago. Basically, you add sparkly gems outside the area after a wax. While that’s cool, avoid putting anything inside and keep it closer to the stomach area if you can.
#4. Tight clothes: Every woman has at least one pair of skinny jeans in her closet, but did you know they could be hurting your vagina? “Everything is only good in moderation,” says gynecologist Dr. Ava Shamban. “If tight clothing is worn too regularly, it can sometimes bring unwanted side effects such as yeast infections or pressure acne.” No need to get rid of your skinny’s all together, but avoid everyday wear.
#5. Sanitize: Lots of woman use toys as another way to achieve orgasm, but ALWAYS make sure to sanitize before putting anything inside. That includes your fingers too!
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#6. DIY Lubes: Sometimes a little is needed to make things pleasurable for the woman. But not just anything will do. Do you research and make sure you find one that is right for you. Avoid anything with flavors or that give a warming sensations as they can cause irritation.
#7. No more scented soap: Lots of women have concerns about the smell of their vagina, but adding scented soaps to the mix is not the solution. Washing with these can lead to infection and irritation because of the chemicals and other synthetic ingredients. Smell has a lot more to do with the pH balance in your body, so if you want to affect that it’s more about diet.
#8. No Perfume!: You may also be tempted to spray yourself with perfume, but that’s another big time no no as it can really upset the area.
#9. Douching isn’t all it’s cracked up to be: You don’t need to douche. Your vagina is self-cleaning and douching can dry and irritate. All you need is a proper wash with some warm water to get it clean.
#10. No scratching!: Yep, sometimes it itches, but try not to scratch. It can cause serious irritation. If you experience persistent irritation, go your doctor. There are a number of things like bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections or contact dermatitis that could be causing it.
#11. Ditch Google for diagnosis: These days everyone wants to diagnosis themselves by using Google. Don’t! If you’re experiencing strange symptoms. Go to the doctor and get professional advice.