Women being lovely, beautiful and strong creatures have their very sensitive side, Especially when it comes to the external genitalia (vulva). We are prone to a lot of infections, though some are not sexually transmitted. Some just happen to be a disruption in the normal flora. We should not be afraid when we see such signs. Please endeavor to see your doctor. But then, here are some interesting and important tips to take not of.

Tips for vulva care
1. Use only warm water to wash the vulva. Dry thoroughly with a clean towel. (If the vulva is very irritated, you can try drying it with a blow dryer set on cool.)
2. The vagina cleanses itself naturally in the form of normal, vaginal discharge. Avoid using douches unless prescribed by your physician. These products can upset the natural balance of organisms.
3. Wear only white, 100 percent cotton underwear. Avoid wearing nylon, acetate, or other man-made fibers.
4. Avoid wearing thongs.
5. Rinse underclothes carefully after washing. Or, double-rinse.
6. Wash new underclothes before wearing.
7. Use a mild soap (such as Woolite ) for washing underclothes. Do not use detergents (especially Tide) or fabric softeners (including dryer sheets.)
8. Use soft toilet tissue (white only).
9. Use tampons instead of sanitary napkins to control menstrual bleeding. (Do not use deodorant tampons.) Do not leave tampons in for a long period, due to toxic shock syndrome. Do not leave tampons in all night.
10. Don’t scratch.
11. Avoid wearing nylon pantyhose or panty girdles. They trap heat and moisture, providing an ideal breeding environment for organisms. When nylons or leggings are required, wear cotton or nylons with a cotton panty.
12. Avoid these feminine hygiene products, which can irritate the vulva: sanitary pads, feminine spray and deodorants, Vaseline , oils, greases, bubble baths, bath oils, talc, or powder.
I hope with this, we can live a healthy and infection free life.

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Bridget Jamil-Gaiya

I am a Public Health student of Madonna University, Elele, Rivers State. I am from kaduna State. I love singing, playing badminton and basketball. in all I love music and sports. I am a very friendly person and like meeting people.