Tips to Maintain a Healthy Vulva

Taking care of your vulva is essential for overall health and well-being. Here are some compelling reasons why vulva care matters:

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  1. Preventing Infections:

    • A well-cared-for vulva helps prevent infections. Proper hygiene reduces the risk of bacterial or fungal growth, which can lead to discomfort, itching, and inflammation.
  2. Maintaining pH Balance:

    • The vulva has a delicate pH balance. Using harsh soaps or douches disrupts this balance, making you susceptible to infections. Gentle cleansing is essential.
  3. Comfort and Confidence:

    • When your vulva feels clean and fresh, you’ll feel more comfortable and confident. It’s an essential aspect of self-care.
  4. Reducing Irritation and Itching:

    • Irritation can occur due to friction, tight clothing, or improper hygiene. Regular care minimizes discomfort and itching.
  5. Supporting Sexual Health:

    • A healthy vulva contributes to overall sexual well-being. Cleanliness and safe practices reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  6. Monitoring Changes:

    • perform regular self-examinations – it may help to use a hand mirror. Report any symptoms promptly to your GP. Early detection of issues like lumps, bumps, or skin discoloration is crucial.
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Knowing and caring for your vulva has profound implications on your sexual, physical and psychological health. Here are five tips to help you maintain a healthy vulva:

  1. Hygiene and Cleaning:

    • Gentle Cleansing: Use mild soap and warm water to clean your vulva. Avoid harsh soaps or douches, as they can disrupt the natural balance.
    • Pat Dry: After washing, pat your vulva dry with a clean towel. Avoid rubbing, as it can cause irritation.
  2. Clothing and Underwear:

    • Choose Breathable Fabrics: Opt for cotton underwear to allow proper airflow and reduce moisture buildup. Avoid tight clothing, pantyhose, synthetic underwear and G-strings
    • Avoid Tight Clothing: Tight pantyhose or pelvic girdles can increase friction and irritation.
  3. Hair Removal:

    • Be Cautious: Shaving or waxing the vulva can lead to skin irritation. Pubic hair serves as a protective buffer, so consider leaving it intact.
  4. Avoid Irritants:

    • Say No to Feminine Deodorants: Skip scented products, oils, sprays, and bubble baths. These can disrupt the natural pH balance.
    • Choose the Right Sanitary Products: Use unscented pads and tampons during menstruation.
  5. Safe Sex Practices:

    • Condoms: Use condoms with new sexual partners to prevent infections.
    • Regular Checkups: Visit a gynecologist for routine examinations.

Remember, everyone’s body is unique, so pay attention to what works best for you. If you experience any discomfort or unusual symptoms, consult a healthcare professional. 🌟


This article was compiled by our resident expert and scientist, Ami Reid, CEO of The Quiet Achiever. The Quiet Achiever is New Zealand's only women owned and operated sexual wellness store that sells only 100% body-safe toys and tools to women and couples. You can shop their products or learn more here or by following the link below:

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