Inflammation of the vagina, the vaginal opening, the labia and the vulva is generally not due to a lack of feminine hygiene in this part of the world. Our problem tends to be a matter of washing too much, too often and of using shower gels and conventional soaps. These habits can damage the sensitive mucosa of the genital area. When it comes to feminine hygiene, less is actually more. The following text explains what that means and what you should keep in mind for your own feminine hygiene routine.
Feminine hygiene – the right way to approach feminine care
The vaginal environment is acidic in nature. This means that the pH balance is between 4.0 and 4.5. The pH balance of our skin is usually at around 5.5. This vaginal environment creates the ideal reproductive conditions for the lactic bacteria that are naturally present in a woman’s genital area. The lactic bacteria and acidic environment are beneficial in preventing other bacteria from growing. Neither sperm nor the menstrual flow can upset the vaginal environment’s important acidic balance. Yet the wrong feminine hygiene practices can do just that.
The vagina essentially cleans itself. Using a vaginal douche or deodorant can literally lead to an attack on this acidic environment. In fact, water can dry out the skin and many feminine care products can actually destroy the acid mantle that acts as protection for the skin. Using feminine care products that contain perfumes or that have different pH values can have unpleasant consequences. They can make the mucosa more susceptible to irritation. Intercourse, outside germs or the use of panty liners can cause additional strain. If this acidic environment is impaired, then even the germs or fungal spores that are naturally present in the vagina can become harmful to the damaged or weakened skin, causing infection.
The right approach to feminine hygiene – Basic rules for protecting intimate areas
- Feminine hygiene should be a part of every woman’s daily personal care routine – using feminine care products that properly protect and care for the vaginal skin.
- Cleansing the vaginal area with water once a day is enough. Cleaning too much in this area can have negative effects.
- In general, women should not use conventional body washes to clean the genital area. Simply using pure water is the best option here. If needed, special intimate care body washes can be used, which combat itching and are lipid replenishing. It is important for women to make sure that the product’s acidity level is correct. The level should be the same as the pH value of the vaginal environment, which is 4.0 to 4.5.
- Moisturise sensitive skin after showering. This allows women to replenish the vaginal area’s natural protective shield that may have been damaged in the cleaning process. It is also important to choose the right product here. Women should make sure that the product they choose contains as few chemicals and added ingredients as possible.
- A personal lubricant can also be used for intimate care when the vaginal area is under stress. Silicone-based personal lubricants such as pjur med PREMIUM glide shield and moisturise the skin with a thin protective film cover. Using a personal lubricant can provide a number of benefits, as many women suffer from vaginal dryness. More on this below.
- Shaving the genital area can take its toll. Women can check out our tips on the topic “Intimate Shaving – Protection Against Razor Burn and Irritation After Shaving“. Our pjur med AFTER SHAVE spray provides the best care for after shave care of the intimate areas. Free of alcohol and perfumes, with aloe vera and provitamin B5, it gently soothes and nurtures the skin.
- When cleaning the vaginal area, it is enough to use clear water and your own hand. If flannels are used, they should be changed every day. Alternatively, disposable cloths can be used.
The risks of incorrect feminine hygiene
Not following these basic rules for intimate hygiene can have negative effects for women. The balance of the vaginal flora can be disrupted. The amount of crucial lactic bacteria is reduced, allowing other bacteria to multiply in the vaginal area. The body’s own protective mechanism provided by the lactic bacteria is no longer available. This can lead to problems in the intimate areas. It can cause women to suffer from vaginal dryness, vaginal yeast infections or bacterial infections.
Women suffering from a yeast infection or bacterial infection should seek the advice of a medical professional. A personal lubricant can reduce the discomfort of vaginal dryness. pjur med offers a range of silicone-based and water-based personal lubricants. Regular use of personal lubricants can provide the mucosa of the genital area with the moisture it lacks. This can reduce the unpleasant dry feeling in the genital area.
Silicone-based personal lubricants remain on the surface of the skin and are free from preservatives. They form a breathable protective film that shields and nurtures the skin. pjur med silicone-based personal lubricants are suitable for sensitive skin and for daily use. In contrast, water-based personal lubricants are absorbed by the top layers of the skin, soothing vaginal dryness and providing the skin with the moisture it needs. Water-based pjur med personal lubricants contain natural and nature-identical ingredients.
For proper feminine hygiene, women should follow a few basic rules. Intimate hygiene is a sensitive issue that requires a special approach.
Intimate hygiene is also an important topic for men. Check out our article “Intimate Male Grooming – Tips for Men How to Get It Right” on how men can best approach personal intimate care.