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How To Keep Your V Healthy

It’s Women’s Health Week (2-6 September) and we’re excited to give you some tips on how to care for our fav body part—the vagina!

A lot goes on down there, more than you probably thought! Our vag creates a specific environment with a careful balance of flora. This is why many people say that its self-cleaning! The discharge you experience is your body’s way of keeping itself clean, by flushing out dead cells and harmful bacteria. [1]


pH levels

Your vagina maintains a natural acidic pH level between 3.5 - 4.5 but many factors can throw this off balance. Blood has a pH level of 7.4 and semen is 7 or 8 [2] so simple things like menstruation and sex can alter your pH levels if not careful.


To wash or not?

Your down there comprises of the vulva (external parts) and the vagina (the inside). Your outer bits should be washed around once a day with warm water and if needed a mild unscented soap, just avoid getting any inside! Since our vaginas are self-cleaning there’s no need to wash the inside as you may disrupt the natural environment. [3]


Be aware of what goes on down there

Maintaining proper vag health also involves paying attention and noticing any changes. Tracking your cycle is a good way to start and there are many apps out there which can help you with this. Check out our blog post for more tracking ideas. This way you can easily see any irregularities in your cycle and record symptoms.

Discharge is another important one, it naturally changes throughout the month, but can also be influenced by bacteria levels and infections. If your discharge is chunky, a strange colour or extra smelly it might be a sign that something’s off! Other things to look out for is bleeding between cycles and any itching or discomfort. [4]


Using only all natural products

Harmful chemicals added to menstrual products is an easy way to tip your vagina out of balance. If you didn’t know, companies in Australia aren’t legally required to disclose the ingredients in their menstrual products. [5] So many of them contain toxins which could promote an unhealthy environment in an area which is already quite sensitive. Here at hannahpad we are passionate about using products that are all natural, our pads are made from certified organic cotton and no nasties. So you vag will thank you!

This also applies to your underwear, using an all natural material such as cotton is important so its breathable. If the area becomes overly sweaty or moist it can be a breeding ground for bacteria!


Period Hygiene

When you’re menstruating you should take extra precautions to keep your vagina at optimum health. Here are some simple rules to follow when on your period:

  • Change your pad/tampon every 3-4 hours
  • Change your cup every 8 hours
  • Avoid using a tampon when sleeping
  • Wash yourself more regularly

 

By following these steps you'll be on your way to having a happy and healthy vag, yay! If you're experiencing something abnormal please see a health professional.

References:

[1] https://www.webmd.com/women/guide/vaginal-discharge-whats-abnormal#1

[2] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322537.php

[3] https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-clean-your-vagina

[4] https://www.healthline.com/health/vaginal-discharge

[5] https://www.tga.gov.au/therapeutic-goods-excluded-goods-order-no-1-2011 

September 02, 2019 — hannahpad Australia & New Zealand