We pay a lot of attention to our exterior beauty and our longevity, but with all the hormonal changes women go through, we should take care of our vagina too. Here’s a quick guide to vaginal health in the coming year.

Vaginal Health Hacks For 2021

1. Don’t steam it

As trendy as steaming is, the vagina is a self-cleaning organ. That means it doesn’t need to be steamed to be healthy. In fact, as of this writing, there has been no scientific evidence to suggest benefits to vaginal steaming. Rather, steaming your vagina won’t only increase the risk for second-degree burns, but it can also create the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to an infection.

2. Don’t use jade eggs

Jade eggs are small, egg-shaped pieces of jade that women insert into their vagina to strengthen their pelvic floor, in order to boost their sex life. Not only shouldn’t you insert random objects into the vagina, but jade eggs can increase the risk of toxic-shock syndrome, and, as they’re porous, they may also transfer bacteria into the vagina.

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3. Don’t wear tight jeans

Tight jeans can cause a build-up of moisture around the vaginal area, creating a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. You should also opt for cotton underwear, as the material is breathable and will help to prevent moisture build-up.

4. Avoid processed foods

Foods high in sugar can trigger inflammation, which can then feed any yeast that is present in your body, leading to a vaginal yeast infection. Opt for a more plant-based diet this year.

5. Practice good hygiene

This doesn’t mean you should start using vaginal washes and wipes, because these products contain ingredients that can irritate the vagina, triggering infections. Instead, focus on cleaning the vulva, which is the outside of your vagina, with warm water. Also, always wipe from front to back, to prevent any fecal matter from entering your vagina. And, if possible, choose menstrual products that are organic and free of fragrances.

The bottom line

You really don’t have to do much to keep your vagina healthy and happy. However, if you begin to experience dryness, a new smell, or any changes or discomfort, it’s important to consult your doctor, who will properly examine you and prescribe the appropriate remedy, if necessary.

Pie Mulumba

Pie Mulumba

Pie Mulumba is a beauty and wellness writer, who has a passion for poetry, natural hair, and skin-care. With a journalism degree from Pearson's Institute of Higher Education, and identifiable by either her large afro or colorful locks, Pie aspires to continuously provide the latest information, be it beauty or wellness, on how one can adopt a healthy lifestyle on a day to day basis.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.

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