Ill-health of body or of mind, is defeat. Health alone is victory. Let all men, if they can manage it, contrive to be healthy!” Thomas Carlyle
Hello everyone!!!!! Welcome to my blog, and I really hope you enjoy my first “official” post…
Well, as a lady, my first post will centre around the ‘female-dom’. So here goes. No one likes to be disgraced by seen in the public, itching your ‘veejayjay’ away with so much gusto. We Nigerian girls love to outdo ourselves and others in so many aspects. We want to use the most expensive creams, hair products, clothes, facial cosmetic, perfumes, and a host of other things we bother ourselves about. Some go ahead to order the most expensive douches and make it a point of duty to douche at least three times a day. And what great heartbreak develops when they notice their privates continually itch in-spite of the expensive ‘cleaning’ that had been carried out. Ironically, the itching takes a cue to begin just as you are in that banging party. While I approve of using the best,it is pertinent to know that the most expensive things don’t guarantee their quality or their suitability for you.
Don’t be fooled…some scratching is going down…
Now, arriving at my point, How do you prevent itching of your vagina? How do you ensure that you can go on without the fear of scratching your jock in public while pretending to dance ‘Etighi’? Here are a few points.
- Please note that a clean vagina is not only vital for a good reproductive health, it also improves your self-esteem and your feeling of well-being. You really don’t want to be ‘that girl with the smelly down-below’.
- NOT ALL VAGINAL DISCHARGES ARE BAD. A healthy vagina is naturally acidic and contains rich quantities of beneficial bacteria that help fend off infections and maintain a normal pH level. A healthy vagina will also secrete small amounts of discharge to keep itself clean, much as saliva is produced to help cleanse your mouth. Any interference with these normal conditions, and you may face vaginal irritation or infection. You get now?
- Constant use of antibiotics do not help. Some ladies take antibiotics each time they make use of a foreign toilet. Not like they even complete the doses. When this happens, you promote resistance of otherwise susceptible organisms, and if someday you actually have an infection, none of these antibiotics may work for you. You wouldn’t want to send scientists into the laboratory and have them name a disease condition after you.
- Douching can interfere with the vagina’s pH levels, reducing its acidity and setting the stage for bacterial infections. If your vagina has a strong or unpleasant odor, see your doctor; a douche will only cover up the smell without curing the problem that’s causing it. Also avoid using harsh soaps (no Dettol soap down there please) or cleansers on the vulva or inside the vagina, as these also can affect a healthy pH balance.
Avoid medicated soaps!
- You love yoghurt? Nice! Cranberry juice? Wonderful! Soya milk? Formidable! These foods have been known to promote vaginal health. Soya contains a weak form of estrogen which can aid in lubrication.
- Practice safe sex. You all know this can never ever be over-emphasized. Don’t forget to lubricate if natural lubrication isn’t enough. This can prevent drying and chaffing of the vaginal muscles. If unmarried, abstinence still remains the best. Never undermine your health and that of your unborn generation because of, say, about 15minutes of mindless pleasure. In the throes of passion, forget them not.
Better still, you can use this option!
- Its not common practice among Nigerian Ladies, but it is important to visit the gynecologist regularly, at least to do the popular ‘pap smear’ test which detects changes in vaginal cells’ composition.
- Three types of vaginal infections are pretty common: yeast infection, especially candidiasis, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis. You are not a doctor so please refrain from self-medication as these infections have overlapping signs and symptoms. Ensure you are properly treated and complete your medications.
- Your vagina should stay clean and dry — and what you wear can affect that. Some girls can wear ‘tights’ for Africa. With our humid weather, all you will achieve with that is a conducive environment for micro-organisms to thrive in. Your favourite panties are not well dried and you want to pay a visit to the boyfriend? Sister, wear another one…He’ll love you just the same. Show me the history books where choice of panties have actually stopped the deed from happening. Wear cotton underwear during the day, and change out of wet swimsuits and sweaty workout clothes as quickly as possible.
- Common sense can go a long way in protecting the health of your vagina. After a bowel movement, wipe from front to back to avoid bacterial contamination of the vagina and to lower the risk of bladder infection. Avoid using coloured or perfumed toilet paper. Change sanitary pads and tampons regularly during your period. When you’re not having your period, do not use pads or panty liners to absorb normal vaginal discharge; they will keep moisture and warmth near your vagina, which can result in infection.
Phewwww…..There, you have my two cents. Guys, don’t think we don’t see you scratching. In due time, I’ll get back to y’all.
Until my next post, its goodbye and make that vagina happy!