Intimate hygiene is as important as everyday skincare or cleaning your whole body. While watching TV, listening to the radio or even while being at a gynaecologist, we can encounter many intimate hygiene wash advertisements. However, we often hear that using them is not as good as you may think, and a lot of specialists advise against their use. What is the truth?
Is your body fending for itself?
The female external intimate parts are made up of: the pubis, major labia, minor labia, clitoris, external urethral orifice and the vestibule of the vagina. Amongst those elements, we can distinguish the vestibule of the vagina, which forms a direct link with the female’s insides and therefore, its contamination with Pathogenic micro-organisms can lead to an Internal infection.
Fortunately, nature equipped women with a range of defence mechanisms which reduce the chance of Pathogenic micro-organisms penetrating and existing inside of the body. Amongst them, the presence of symbiotic Lactobacillus bacteria (lectic acid bacteria), which reside in the vaginal membrane, defending it against the invasions of Pathogenic micro-organisms.
Well now, intimate hygiene wash – is it or not really needed?
The basics of female intimate hygiene
Everyday intimate hygiene is as important as washing your hair, body or face. In order for it to be done correctly, we need to consider the most important advice from gynaecologists, regarding intimate hygiene. The first and most important rule – we wash our crotch front to back in order to prevent the bacteria around the anus area from being carried forward. We should only wash the outside, so the crotch, labia and anus. We should avoid getting any liquids or washing gels into the vagina. The vagina will Clean itself and we should not interfere with that.
What to wash with?
If the question was asked tens of years ago, our grandmothers and great grandmothers would not know what we mean. That is because for years, women used to wash their intimate regions using just water or water with some soap. This method is still recommended today, with the addition that we need to remember to use delicate soap with natural ingredients and in small amounts. Soaps have alkaline pH, while our intimate areas have Acid pH. That is also the reason why it is advised against using the same products for both intimate areas and the body in general.
Is intimate hygiene wash essential?
It may seem that using gels, soaps and professional intimate hygiene washes often protects our bodies against Pathogenic micro-organisms. Unfortunately, those practices are only interim and end when we exit the shower. During the rest of time, women need to depend on their natural protective barriers. Unfortunately, through the use of inappropriate products, they can be damaged very easily. The greatest sin committed during practising everyday hygiene is using soaps or other products that contain alkaline pH, therefore neutralising the acidic environment of the vagina, “helping” pathogens survive in our genitals.
Aside from the correct intimate hygiene, it is worth noting what underwear we wear. Underwear has direct contact with our skin; therefore it is worth selecting those made out of delicate, natural fabric. A good choice is underwear made out of cotton, and the best – made out of organic cotton.