Many women don’t consider intimate hygiene as separate from their regular hygiene routine. However, proper intimate hygiene requires different habits and it’s important because your intimate area is delicate and can be prone to infection.
Your vagina has an acidic pH, more acidic than the skin of the rest of the body, which helps to keep good bacteria (such as lactobacilli) healthy and bad bacteria in check. If you follow proper intimate hygiene habits you can avoid upsetting this pH balance and therefore help to avoid vaginal infections such as bacterial vaginosis (BV).
Your intimate area is unique. If you use soaps or products that you would normally use on the rest of your body, wash internally (using vaginal douches) or over-wash, you can actually cause or aggravate issues such as odour, dryness or recurrent infections by upsetting the pH balance of your vagina and intimate area.
Your vagina naturally cleans itself with an internal lubricant so it’s best to simply wash yourself daily, with warm water and gentle, un-perfumed products. Some products, such as Canesfresh Gentle Refreshing Mousse are actually developed specifically for your intimate area. They help to maintain your natural pH balance while gently, but effectively cleansing.
If you need to quickly cleanse and freshen up during your period or after exercising, try using specially formulated wipes. Canesfresh Feminine Wipes are designed for your delicate intimate area and are convenient to use whenever you need to.
Always wash and dry yourself properly, especially after exercising. After swimming or working out make sure you change your underwear too, so you stay fresh and clean.
It’s completely normal for you to produce clear or white discharge. The glands in your cervix produce a natural lubricant that keeps your vagina moist. This natural lubricant travels down your vagina, helping to maintain a clean and healthy environment. Simply put, discharge is your vagina’s natural way of cleaning itself and it is a sign you have a healthy vagina.
However, your discharge should not be smelly or make you itchy or sore. Additionally, if it changes colour it could be a sign you have an infection and you may need to see your doctor. Everyone is different so you may produce more or less discharge than other women. You may also produce different amounts of discharge depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle. For example, before your period you may get more discharge than normal and it may be thicker in consistency.
Sex and hygiene
Make sure that you empty your bladder after having sex. Taking this precaution will help to remove any bacteria that might have spread into your urethra (the tube that connects your bladder to just above your vaginal opening) in order to help prevent cystitis. And remember – when you go to the toilet, ensure you wipe from front to back in order to prevent the spread of bacteria.
The skin in your intimate area requires special care, especially when it comes to hygiene. The intimate area has a pH which is different to the skin of the rest of the body. Washing with regular soaps and shower gels can actually lead to a pH imbalance, making you more prone to vaginal infections. And if you’re already suffering from an infection and are experiencing discomfort, washing with regular soaps can make things worse. Canesten have developed a range of products that have been specially designed to take care of your intimate area, leaving you feeling clean and comfortable. All of these products have been dermatologically and gynaecologically tested and are hypoallergenic.