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What You Should Never Do With Your Vagina And How To Avoid Vagina Infection

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What You Should Never Do With Your Vagina And How To Avoid Vagina Infection

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vaginal infection (vaginitis) causes symptoms of vaginal odour, discharge, itching, or irritation due to inflammation of the vagina.

It is also known as Vaginal Inflammation.

It is important for you to know that some of our regular toilet soap or worse still, beauty soaps, feminine hygiene products or fancy soaps and liquids are capable of causing Vaginitis.  

Vaginitis is the medical term for vaginal infections which are commonly caused by a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis.

Usually, when we use some of these beautifully scented soaps or antiseptics to wash our vaginal, we kill some of the normal bacteria- this is a common cause of Yeast Infection.

Yeast infection occurs when there is an overgrowth of a type of fungus called candida (Yeast). Normally, a small amount of yeast and other organisms are found in the vaginal area, but when there is an upset in the balance of the yeast and the other organisms and the yeast begins to outnumber the other organism, it causes an infection.

So when you use antiseptics or beauty soaps that can interfere with the growth of some bacteria in your vaginal, you’ll be disappointed with the result.

Here is How to Wash Your Vagina Properly without Infection

You can keep your vagina clean and smelling fresh without killing some of the good bacteria when you do this;

  • Wash your vulva with warm water and mild or unscented soap. Make sure you rinse off all the soap. Your vulva is the external part of your genitals- the part that is like the lips covering of your vaginal.
  •  Allow the warm soapy water to run through your clitoris, that is, between your labia. This will rinse off any kind of secretion remains that is stuck between the skin folds of your outer and inner labia.
  • Rinse your vulva and dry it by patting it with a soft dry and clean towel.
  • If you are on your period, change your pads or tampons regularly and you don’t need to wash with soap and warm water when changing your pads or tampons because your vaginal cleanses itself naturally.

What To Never Do With Your Vaginal

You don’t ever want to do the following with your vagina:

  •  Put soap in your vagina. You can only use mild soap and warm water to clean your vulva, NEVER put soap in your vagina.
  •  Put on new underwear without washing it first. When washing your underwear, always use a small amount of unscented detergent. Rinse properly with plenty of water or use the extra rinse cycle on your washing machine to remove all the detergent.
  • Put on very tight clothes especially around your vagina. Clothes that tightens your vagina may cause heat rash that can irritate your vaginal.
  • Put on thorny underwear. Thorny underwear can irritate your vulva and you don’t want your vulva itching you incessantly. 
  • Douche your vagina. NEVER douche or use feminine deodorant, bubble bath, wipes, bath oils or any other kind of perfume product on your vulva or in your vagina.

What Is Douching?

Douching is a method of washing your vaginal with a liquid mixture, usually with water and vinegar. Douches may contain antiseptics and fragrances. Usually, what douching does is to remove the fluid that keeps your vaginal clean.

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In other words, you will end up disrupting the natural cleanup process of your vaginal by using an artificial product that is not only expensive but can cause irritation, give an allergic reaction and are not only unnecessary but are harmful to your vaginal. 

Do not go over the counter to get drugs by yourself, it may not be what will cure the type of your vaginal infection.

Common Symptoms of Vaginal Infection

There some vaginal infection that will not give you any sign. It is a known fact that well over 50% of women who have Vaginitis caused by Bacteria Vaginosis will never have symptoms.

However, the most common symptoms of Vaginitis are:

  • Itching in the vaginal
  • Abnormal discharge from the vaginal
  • Discolouration of the vaginal discharge
  • Pain or burning sensation while urinating
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Vaginal bleeding or spotting

It is important to note that not all vaginal odours are caused by infection. Poor hygiene can result in an unpleasant smell. Also wearing tight-fitting underwear can get some bacteria trapped and therefore cause an unpleasant odour in the vagina.

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What To Do If You Have an Infection

There are different treatment for different vaginal infection and this is the reason why the first thing to do when you feel any symptom is to have your doctor do an examination to ascertain the type of the infection. After which he then prescribes a medication.

Do not go over the counter to get drugs by yourself, it may not be what will cure the type of your vaginal infection.

The best thing to do in this situation is to see a gynaecologist.

A gynaecologist is a doctor that specializes in the health of the female reproductive systems. We have a lot of them in our hospitals here in Nigeria. 

Some of the hospitals recommended by Spice Network in no particular order are:

  1. Reddington Hospital
  2. Newgate Hospital
  3. Preston Hospital
  4. Olive Branch Fertility Specialist
  5. Watershed Hospital

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