This is an exclusive blog post by medical doctor, Dami Daniel. "...If only you can adhere to the commandments and let its principles not depart from your sight..."
(Only if you have a va gina)
A clean and healthy Vj (as some of you might call it) has become the Holy Grail for most young ladies, but achieving this feat is as easy as riding a bicycle. If only you can adhere to the commandments and let its principles not depart from your sight.
1. THOU SHALL NOT DOUCHE
This is the first and most important commandment of a healthy va gina. The vag ina is self-cleansing; I repeat the Vag ina is self-cleansing!! You putting in stuff to wash it or make it smell better will damage its ability to self-clean. You can however wash the outside of your Vj with baby soap and water while having a regular bath, but please endeavor to leave the inner parts of your vagina alone.
2. THOU SHALL WEAR COTTON PANTIES OVER ANY OTHER MATERIALS
Whether its Victoria's secret or handmade, the importance of cotton panties cannot be overemphasized. It dries quickly so it helps avoid dampening environment where bacteria can grow. Also it allows passage of air unlike the nylon panties that prevent air passage and encourages yeast infection. So when next you visit the store stay away from fancy silk, lacy or synthetic materials( save them for special occasions maybe).
3. THOU SHALL REGULARLY TRIM YOUR PUBIC HAIR
Haba…are we growing a forest down there lady? Hair is good, too much” No, No! Many women take trimming the pubic hair for granted. Fortunately like trimming the under arm hair, trimming va ginal hair helps keep the va gina healthy and clear of ODOUR. Excessive pubic hair can cause increased moisture which can encourage bacteria growth and also hair infections such as folliculitis etc. Hence, trim next weekend.
4. THOU SHALL STAY AWAY FROM VAGI NAL SPRAYS, SOAPS AND BUBBLE BATH
Young women commonly use vagina products which are never necessary since we reiterated that the vag ina is self-cleaning. The FDA U.S studies show that vaginal products cause more harm than good. The sprays do not clear odors instead they alter the vagina PH and predispose the vagina to irritation and invasion by bacteria colony. Stay away from such and keep your privates natural.
5. THOU SHALL CLEAN FROM FRONT TO BACK
Many ladies visit the gynecology clinic scared, saying they have toilet infection, recounting how they visited their friend’s house and used their toilet just to come down with an infection. Truth is many women introduce these infections themselves by cleaning their down below from the back to the front, in so doing they transport bacteria in the anal region into the vagina. Clean instead from front to back with clean wipes.
6. THOU SHALL REGULARLY WEAR LOOSE FITTING CLOTHES
It’s good to look sexy, however regular tight clothing like skinny pants or tight bum shorts can have effects on the vagina like that of nylon pants (ref. 2nd commandment). Tight clothing trap moisture and fluid which can cause yeast, bacterial infection and commonly rash, unlike loose clothing. So when next you visit the tailor leave some width to breathe.
7. THOU SHALL DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! These days women focus on wine, juice, soda to quench their thirst. They often forget that water has many therapeutic effects on the whole body and helps purify the vagina. It also helps through urination, to clean the urethra from pelvic infections.
8. THOU SHALL MONITOR STRANGE VAGINAL BEHAVIOR
Do not take laws into your hands, this is why doctors exist. If you notice any changes down there like itch, odor, discharge or pain, do not go ahead and take a cocktail of over the counter drugs or vaginal creams and adjuncts products. Instead consult your nearest physician quickly.
9. THOU SHALL DO REGULAR PAP SMEAR
The rate of cervical and vaginal cancers in the world is very high and Nigerians are not excluded either. Pap smear helps detect cancer causing viruses and pre-cancerous cells in the vagina so once you are sexually active meet your doctor for a pap smear. Prevention is always better than cure.
10. THOU SHALL NOT HAVE MULTIPLE SEXUAL PARTNERS
This is the final commandment…if you are juxtaposing partners; it’s a good move to stay faithful to one and while you're at it please be safe, use a condom. The dangers of multiple sexual partners or a single partner with multiple sexual partners cannot be over emphasized. The risk of sexually transmitted infections(STIs) and cancer is high in these persons. So don’t dillydally about choosing a single partner, act now for the safety of your vagina and health.
Dr Dami Daniel cares.
Dami Daniel is a Medical Doctor who considers herself a health missionary-educating people on health issues far and wide. Spunky & witty, there's always something up her sleeves including dodo, if she can help it.