Rubbing the skin during the shower is a completely normal process – at least until the moment when it comes to the most sensitive and intimate area of \u200b\u200bthe female body. What product should be used to clean it and how much?
This information is important because improper treatment of the female genital organs can disrupt not only comfort but also lead to problems such as itching or fungal infection.
Unlike the vulva, the vagina can successfully take care of itself. It has a mechanism that keeps it clean. It also has its own little “ecosystem,” metaphorically explains University of Illinois Chicago gynecologist Dr. Jessica Scheppert.
Normal vaginal pH is between 3.5 and 4.5 (measured on a scale of 0 to 14). The use of hygiene products, such as those intended for the body, which have a pH level of around 8, can upset the balance in the vagina. This can cause itching, irritation, and bad breath.
It is better to choose products for washing the intimate area that does not contain fragrances, as they can irritate the skin. If you have to choose between soap and shower gel, the expert advises opting for soap. The reason is that shower gel contains more alcohol and fragrances. But soap contains strong detergents that dry out the skin excessively and harm the mucous membranes. In addition, soap affects the natural pH of the vagina, leading to a predisposition to developing infections. The most suitable means for intimate hygiene in women are specialized gels. The choice should go to them, but with the proviso that not all are good enough.
With intimate hygiene, you should monitor symptoms such as constant itching, dryness, and the presence of discharge – these are the symptoms that may signal the need to use a more delicate remedy.
It is recommended to clean the intimate area once a day. If less often, there is a risk that the accumulated secretions will not be removed. If more than once a day, there is a danger of disturbing the delicate balance of the vagina.