Have you ever considered that in your skincare, beauty and health routines you are neglecting your vagina? It’s such a vital part of your body, yet we so often overlook giving it real care and attention. These are the things you should do to make sure you look after your most delicate area.
1. Pee after Sex
One of the key ways to look after your vagina is to get in to the habit of peeing in the recent aftermath of having sex. I know, I know, it might be nice to stay in the moment and cuddle together for an hour or so, but trust me, going to bathroom and peeing is the best way to ensure that you are doing your very best not to get a UTI down the line. It might seem like it’s going to break the moment, but skipping to the bathroom for two minutes is much better than having a UTI for a week or more.
2. Let It Breathe!
Think about it this way, you wouldn’t like it if there was an annoying blanket over your face for 24 hours of the day, would you? Well, vaginas are exactly the same. They thrive when given a little extra room to breathe, so you certainly should avoid wearing panties in bed at night; that it the prime time that you should be letting it all hang out! The bacteria that are created through wearing your underwear for too long can lead to undesirable ailments like thrush.
3. Be Safe
This might be a mute point if you are happily married, but if you are a single girl playing the field then the kindest thing you can do for your vagina is to make sure that you have safe, protected sex 100% of the time. Honestly, there are so many STIs that can develop pretty much unnoticed that it is just not worth the risk for a few minutes of unprotected fun. And, of course, there is always the risk of pregnancy, which is particularly unkind on your vagina!
Believe it or not, your vagina is just like the rest of your body - it thrives and benefits from regular, moderate exercise. The ideal form of exercise for vaginal health is to get your recommended daily dose of kegels checked off. The best part about this is that you can do it literally anywhere: when you wake up in bed, when you are in the shower, on the train in to work, even sat at your desk!
5. Get Some!
Of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong or detrimental with not having a sexual partner, but certain studies have been conducted which argue that a spot of regular sexual activity can be genuinely good for your vagina, as well as your emotional well being! Goes without saying though, play safe as usual!
For real, it’s 2016, you can rock your pubic hair (if you want any at all) in any style or fashion that you want, but the main thing to keep up is that you give your vagina the attention it needs when you are washing the rest of your body. You can groom to your heart’s content, but if you aren’t washing right, you are still going to be at risk of things like UTIs and yeast infections.
7. Healthy Diet
You know what they say about men and how the taste of their sperm is directly related to their diets? Well, with vaginas, it’s kind of the same thing! Eating as healthily as possible is good for all areas of your body, and drinking lots of water to stay hydrated will also keep your downstairs area nice and happy. It’s not rocket science really, the healthier you are overall, the healthier your lady parts are going to be.
8. LeArn Yourself
Grab a mirror and give your lady bits a good look. Squat over it and really explore. Not only is this important for a number of reasons, most importantly on the list is that once you explore your lady bits you can pinpoint potential problems in the future.
Sure it's great having a partner, but you don't want to run around and sleep with everyone and their brother, so solo sex is great when you're between boyfriends. It's rewarding, it reduces cramps when you pleasure yourself during your period, it can help you relax and fall asleep, and it wards off against STDs.
10. Practice Vaginal Massage
Yes, this is real. Known as a Yoni, vaginal massage is great when you're pelvic muscles are too tight, causing pain or difficulty when doing kegels. You can research and do this yourself or leave it to the pro and find one who specializes in this task.
I hope you will now show your vagina a little more TLC.