Advice from gynaecologists for a healthy vagina
According to experts, minimal care is required to keep your vagina in good health. These 9 tips will get you started:
Stay in good General Health. Health is holistic, meaning that instead of just looking at the symptoms of any disease, including those involving the reproductive system, it’s important to ensure the whole body is functioning properly. You need to optimise your diet, exercise levels, stress and sleep. All these will keep your body in optimal health. On the other hand, general health issues can contribute to or present as Gynaecological issues. For instance, if a woman has diabetes and it is not properly managed, the odds of getting urinary tract infections and yeast infections are higher.
Get tested regularly. Maintain routine sexual health screening by seeing your gynaecologist regularly and practicing safe sex. Bear in mind that for Pap Smears, the period from one screening to another is determined your age and previous smear results. Younger women need to take the HPV vaccine as it is critical in prevention of cervical cancer. Visit a private gynaecology clinic London to get screened regularly.
Make use of protection during sex. You should already know that STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are real and can be very dangerous, so you need practice safe sex. This will also prevent unwanted pregnancies. Whenever you meet a new partner and decide to have sex, always make sure you are using protection before undergoing STD screening or agreeing on the best method of contraception for you.
Simply use water. Self-cleaning is what the vagina does! This natural process can be interfered with when you douche and use processed vaginal products. Should you insist on using a cleaning product on your vagina, a mild soap is suitable for the vulva. Many products claiming to offer a better smell and a cleaner vagina don't have scientific support and may bring about further issues. Where your skin is sensitive, look out for hypoallergenic soaps and shampoos while bathing. You can even get irritated from certain lubricants, laundry detergents and dryer sheets.
Avoid prepping for a gynaecologist appointment. Take a shower and go see your gynaecologist; there's no need for too much preparation.
Treat any case of bleeding after menopause seriously. Should you bleed after the menopause, speak with your healthcare provider in a private gynaecology appointment to have you examined.
Incontinence and prolapse aren't typically harmful. Should these conditions be a concern for you, treatment may be sought. Otherwise, there is no need for treatment simply because there were identified in a gynaecological exam. If you can't remove urine or faeces from your bladder and bowels easily, or you're bleeding or experiencing pain, you need to see a doctor.
Vagina estrogen can help many women. As you grow older, some changes happen to your sexual health, like the vaginal wall getting thinner and losing elasticity which results in sex becoming uncomfortable. There may also be changes in pH since the vagina is low on acidity, which heightens the odds of urinary tract infections (UTIs).
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