Overall health and balance are two of the keys to balance as well as longevity. As a part of total wellness, "tending to the treasure box" is daily and on-going. In the world of fast replacement, upgrades, and do overs, one only gets a single vagina, so take care of it.
The first step to vaginal health is cleanliness. There are many interpretations to the "vagina is self-cleaning" but lets not mistake that to mean it doesn't need soap and water because it does. The vagina is such a sensitive area, therefore it does not welcome harsh soaps, sprays, and perfumes. For most people, showers/baths are daily and the vagina should be washed with a mild soap and water then dried thoroughly. Extra moisture may cause problems for your vagina. Additionally, those who choose to groom the vagina must do so with care. A new, clean razor should be used and never reused. As an extra precaution, spray or dab the outside of the vagina with hydrogen peroxide then pat dry. This will help to prevent the spread of staph infection. If waxing is the preferred choice, a notable professional is suggested.
Vaginal care is both internal and external. Once a girl reaches puberty and her menstrual cycle begins, annual trips to the gynecologist is suggested. A comprehensive annual exam helps to identify the overall health of the vagina and any potential problems. If a girl/woman is sexually active, my suggestion is to request a full sex panel of testing with your exams. Many times women do not know they are harboring an infection or STD some are present without odor or discharge. A full sex panel is a good preventive measure in addition to the other tests such as a PAP Exam.
Most importantly, vaginal health is directly aligned to overall health. Stress, malnutrition, and a diet filled with sugar/starches upset the pH of the vagina. An imbalanced vaginal pH is an environment ready to host harmful bacteria and yeast. If these are reoccurring issues, start with an examination of your diet and a GYN visit for certainty.
If you are in or near the Atlanta area, an excellent GYN formally OB/GYN is Dr. Felicia Dawson. She's an excellent physician with a comprehensive approach to vaginal and overall health.
The suggestions and opinions above are uniquely those of Dr. Reginia and not affiliated with Dr. Felicia Dawson.
With light and love,
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 Corde + Co. 3 comments