The vagina is a sensitive organ and often prone to infection. Vaginal candidiasis affects up to 3 out of women at some point in their lifetimes. Your vulva and vagina can bring incredible pleasure as we already know, but it can also feel significant amounts of pain if it’s not taken care of correctly. That includes avoiding products, toys, and toiletries that pose a hidden threat to the health of your vagina. Avoiding to research, the vagina contains the most delicate and sensitive skin of your entire body, and things that seem harmless can leave you with an infection, irritation, burns, or other damage.
There are many things and behaviors that can cause an infection in the vagina, and it’s important to be in the know of these risk-factors. We have heard of horror stories of women that random objects were put into their vaginas during heated moments and ended up in the hospital with an embarrassing story or even some serious physical damage.
Below are things you should never do to your vagina.
Douching is a method whereby women wash the vagina out with a liquid solution, usually a mixture of water and vinegar or soap. Some women like to use douches to clean the vagina, but in reality, this is totally unnecessary. Douching may decrease vaginal bacteria, but cause a rapid proliferation of potential pathogens, increasing the risk of associated infections.
Douching is a known culprit when it comes to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and bacterial vaginosis. If you are worried about keeping your vagina clean, the best thing you can do is to wash with clean when you take a shower, being careful not to put any soap inside your vagina. Eventually, the vagina is self-cleaning, so it doesn’t need your help to make it cleaner. But if you Smell off something horrible, see your doctor!
Vaginal steaming involves exposing the vagina to steam to cleanse it and enhance its health. This process can disrupt the natural bacteria of the vagina, making it more prone to infection.
3. Tea Tree Oil
High grade quality oil should be used as lubricant not what you use in the kitchen to fry food. The use of some oil as lubricant can cause scary chemical burns. For example, tea tree oil which is incredibly caustic and causes vagina burn, so probably not okay.”
4. Chocolate Syrup
The sugar content in it can change the bacteria and yeast proportions which can cause infections. It may also trigger vaginal irritation.
This is occasionally thought of as an easy form of lubricant, but vaseline or any other type of petroleum product can actually be a source of infection in the vagina.
6. Wearing Too Tight Underwear
Underwear should fit you comfortably and should not be too tight. Underwear that is too tight can cause friction and irritation, and heat and moisture can build up in the vaginal area. Bacteria love this environment and cause infection.
7. Use Scented Soaps Or Perfumes
The vagina can sometimes have a slight odour, but for the most part its natural scent should be neutral. Infections can cause a bad smell, but using scented soaps or perfumes is a bad idea. They contain additives that leave some women with itching, inflammation, and rashes on or around the vagina.
8. Fruits And Vegetables
It is not safe to put fruits and vegetables like banana and cucumber to the “vag”.
Even organic produce that’s been scrubbed clean still carries bacteria, and while it likely wouldn’t be a threat to your digestive tract, it introduces the microbes to your private parts. That can upset the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina, which means there’s potential for a lovely bacterial or yeast infection to develop.
9. Pubic Hair Dye
Experimenting with the color of your pubic hair earns creativity points, sure, but it’s not a smart idea. The skin around your pubes is way more sensitive than your scalp, and if the chemicals in the dye make contact with your labia (not to mention get past your vaginal opening), you could be in for burning sensations that won’t exactly make sex all that enticing.
10. Hair Removal Cream
The chemicals often found in cream or lotion depilatories are harsh, resulting in tiny abrasions that leave your vaginal area open to infection. Another danger of using hair removal cream are allergic reactions, which would leave you with red bumps and killer itching. Even though shaving or waxing tends to leave you with a slight rash or sensitivity for a day or so, both are safer than a chemical depilatory.
Article by Noah Wosu.
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