ATTENTION VAGINA OWNERS.
Here are just a few tips on how to take better care of yourself and ‘down under’.
1. Using pads
Using pads can’t be avoided while on you period, however, you have to be aware of how unhealthy they are.
Look at this little sucker. See the blue color? Basically, that’s the color of the chemical it’s coated in. Imagine how little that pad is, how thin it is, and it’s supposed to soak up blood from your body for several hours? Some badass chemicals must be in charge of it. So imagine exposing your intimate area to such chemicals (which could be safe, but, honestly, how safe can they be - long term?) every month for so many years of your life. Use some 100% cotton pads on top of a pad, so that you stop the actual pad from contacting your skin. This way you can also be extra safe that there won’t be any leaks.
Tampons can be used by any woman during her period but avoid using them often. If you use them so you could take a dip in the ocean - don’t stay in the water too long, remove the tampon immediately after exiting the water and make sure it fits comfortably. Also, regarding tampons, CHANGE OFTEN. Don’t wear them for more than a few hours, it’s extremely dangerous because of this (TSS can also be caused by wearing pads but much more rarely, both happen if you leave your pad/tampon for too long). If you use them on a daily basis, remember not to leave them in for too long.
3. Shaving (Razors)
I understand some people are repulsed by pubic hair, but honestly, completely shaving your lady parts isn’t good. Imagine it like this - eyebrows and eyelashes both have a purpose - prevent nasty stuff from getting into your eye. Same works down there. Don’t shave everything unless you reeeaally have to. Trim, keep it clean and neat, but don’t overreact. Also, constant shaving can irritate your skin, not to talk about razors making the hairs very sharp which will irritate your skin additionally and lead to redness and itching. (And if a guy wants you to shave, and you don’t personally need to/want to - don’t do it. Don’t shave just for a guy. He can survive a cute lil bush).
4. Shaving (other products)
Like I already said, excessive shaving isn’t good at all. But using special shaving products not designed for your intimate area is a bad idea. It will wash off your body’s natural layer (because your vagina has a way of protecting herself; just like washing your hands - excessive washing leads to dry hands, redness etc. Same goes for the intimate area) and your lady parts will be more exposed to bacteria and infections. Also, a big no - sugar wax. Your vag doesn’t like sugar.
Before you hide and yell HELL NO, let me tell you that it is extremely important to visit a gynecologist once per year, at least. Visits to a G don’t have to be horrible and embarrassing. It’s never too early to get to know your doctor, maybe have them explain the procedure to you before you get checked. Get comfortable with the doctor before you get an examination. This also goes for virgins (examination is done via rectum but you can skip that for as long as you are a virgin unless you have to get an examination), it’s good to make an ultrasound to check your uterus and ovaries. You don’t have to be 18, you don’t have to have sex to visit a gynecologist. They can prescribe you some really useful stuff (nope, not talking about contraception).
6. Really painful and horrible periods
I suffered from really painful periods and my doctor prescribed me pills (hormonal) that made my period so much less painful ever since. (I needed to postpone my period because of a trip but it came anyway - without pain, though, which was awesome) I won’t name the pills, but you can basically get a lot of information from your doctor. Also, contraception helps with irregular and painful periods (pregnancy control should be the last reason you’re using contraception for).
Never say yes to unprotected sex (unless you’re married or trying for a baby). Make the guy wear protection (if he refuses, don’t go with it). A condom breaks only if put the wrong way (his dick isn’t too big, honey, he just didn’t know how to put it) so learn how to do it yourself! That way you can see whether it’s properly put on or not. Fear of breaking - almost completely gone.
Wear comfy, cotton panties. Ignore all the ‘sexy’ underwear (unless it’s both sexy and comfy) because wearing panties that are too small or in some other material can help you get an infection. If you want to feel sexy, buy a sexy bra. Take extra care about your panties.
9. Vitamin C / Cranberry tea
Avoid drinking plenty of orange juice, anything that has too much vitamin C because it might lead to an urinary infection. If you’re stuck with it, eating dry cranberries or drinking cranberry tea will help.
Hope this was useful!