Things you must NEVER do to your vagina!

Things you must NEVER do to your vagina!

It is the Holy Grail, so to speak. The beginning of
pleasure, of life, of enormously frustrating cramps that ruin a good few days
every month. The vagina (by that we mean the vulva, the external opening of the
vagina) is not a complex creature, but a body part equally important and
relevant as any other. Women have waxed their private parts, put their vagina’s
under the blade, used chemical products that do more harm than good. Here are a
few other things to never do to your vagina.

1. Wear Tight Underwear All The Time

Ladies, let’s start with the basics. An
uncomfortably-fitting underwear is likely to cause chafing of skin and vaginal
irritation. It also increases the risk of yeast infection as it provides an
environment for heat and moisture to start building, thus making it conducive
for bacterial growth. It is preferable to avoid synthetic fabrics like
polyester and lace and go with a breathable fabric like cotton.

2. Get It Pierced

Genital piercings have become quite popular for sexual
enhancement, but seriously, at what cost? The areas usually considered for
piercings are the clitoris or clitoris hood and the outer or inner labia. But
the vagina is an extremely sensitive area and external procedures like
piercings, apart from the obvious repercussion of infecting the area, can cause
severe pain and even lead to nerve damage. A typical piercing shop needle also
puts you at a higher risk of contracting tetanus, HIV, hepatitis B and C, and
other STDs.

3. Get Rid Of ALL Your Pubic Hair

It is there for a reason. The pubic hair absorbs moisture
around the area and protects it from infections – including herpes and genital
warts. So trimming it is always a better option than regularly getting rid of
it all. Plus, if not handled carefully, it can cause icky razor burns, ingrown
hair and an overall unpleasant sensation around the area.

4. Vaginal Steaming

We know that Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow swears by it,
but that doesn’t make it a good idea. The idea of sitting on comfortable chairs
with herbal-infused steam blowing towards your vagina can seem like a pleasant
experience. And spas promote it saying that it improves female hygiene and
helps in balancing hormones. But the steam can burn the skin in and around your
vagina. If it becomes severe, it can affect your bladder and rectum too.

5. Apply Chemical Products To It

Contrary to popular perception, it is not safe to use
scented soaps or fragrances, body deodorants to prevent a bad-smelling vagina.
The artificial chemicals in these products can cause infection and irritation.
In fact, a thorough cleanse with just lukewarm water is enough to keep your
vagina clean. Even feminine washes are ideally for external use and not for
cleaning the insides of the vagina. If you find your vagina’s odour unpleasant,
it is probably due to an improper pH balance which can be corrected with a
proper diet. And always feel free to consult a doctor!

6. Or Practice Douching

Some people also use douching – a mix of water and vinegar
to wash their vagina. This process can hamper the pH level of the vagina,
leading to infections. Again, trust your vagina’s inherent ability to clean
itself and let it be. And if you’re really concerned – visit your gynae!

7. Use Just Any Liquid As Lube

By that we mean, say no to petroleum jelly as it is very
difficult to clean out after sexual intercourse. It is uncomfortable and can
also cause pain and irritation. If you want any kind of lubrication, consult
your doctor who will be able to recommend you one depending on your health
conditions and the the kind of protection you use.

8. Take Sanitary Hygiene For Granted

Make sure to change your pads and tampons frequently during
your periods. This is because the pH value of vaginal blood is significantly
higher than that of a healthy vagina. And the longer you use a sanitary product
for, the greater are the chances of contracting a vaginal infection. It can
even lead to toxic shock syndrome, a bacterial infection that can become life-threatening.

9. Get A Bit Too Playful

In an effort to make sex more adventurous, don’t resort to
putting sharp objects inside your vagina. Even the slightest cut in the
sensitive area will lead to a lot of bleeding. Also, avoid using anything you
might have used for anal play. In the case of an emergency, don’t be
embarrassed and consult a doctor immediately.

10. Self-Medicate

We all have the assumption that we know everything about our
body but that especially doesn’t hold true when it comes to vaginal health.
Neither can Google answer your most urgent queries. It is best to consult your
gynecologist to be exactly sure of what’s wrong and the best way to fix it.
Sometimes we can end up doing more harm than good when we self-medicate!

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