For many women, pregnancy is a problem. Alas, the negative impact of the environment on women’s health often leads to infertility, as well as the reproduction of various diseases that have a significant impact on the conception of a baby.
It is worth noting that the intimate organs of any woman have a rather delicate structure, and are also very vulnerable. The uterine cavity is rightfully considered sterile, and any woman knows what its role in conception is.
In the case of penetration of infection and microbes into the uterine cavity, the process of diseases involuntarily begins to develop, which is quite difficult to get rid of. It is necessary to follow the rules of hygiene to prevent the formation of various kinds of diseases.
What is the uniqueness of the intimate zone of a woman?
The intimate zone of every woman is, first of all, a unique ecosystem inhabited by more than 100 species of microorganisms. They form the normal vaginal flora. On top of that, this ecosystem has an exceptional ability to keep clean, maintain a healthy acid-base balance.
Among the bacteria, the presence of lactobacilli is very important, which produce lactic acid and maintain the physiological pH of the vagina. Thanks to them, a hostile environment is created for dangerous microorganisms, preventing their growth and reproduction.
What is vaginal pH?
The level of acid-base balance of the vagina is 3.8 — 4.4. It is this level that provides an optimal environment in the vagina for “beneficial” bacteria and does not lead to pathological changes.
This barrier supports proper women’s health.
If the pH of the vagina increases (shift of the pH index to the alkaline side), then the quality or quantity of lactobacilli may drop. This leads to the multiplication of pathogenic microflora.
The imbalance, in turn, causes such pathological conditions as an infectious non-inflammatory disease of the vagina and thrush with numerous unpleasant sensations in the vaginal area (itching, burning, pathological discharge, dry skin, unpleasant odor).
Miko Lavender Oil
A lot of positive recommendations have earned oil for intimate hygiene “Lavender” from the company MiKo. The manufacturer claims that it does not use harmful substances in the process of creating products. Natural ingredients are selected by experts very carefully.
One of the popular products of this brand is intimate oil. The composition of the product includes hydrophilic oil, lavender oil, olive oil, tamanu and tea tree oil. The action of these components is enhanced by extracts of chamomile, oak bark, sage, calendula and walnut.
The cosmetic product allows you to gently clean the intimate parts of the body, maintain the correct level of acidity and eliminate discomfort in the form of itching and burning. The tool has a bactericidal and anti-inflammatory effect.
So, one of the most common complaints in women with a violation of pH is dryness in the vaginal area. This problem is faced by everyone, regardless of age.
Vaginal dryness may seem like a minor annoyance, but in reality, it can seriously reduce a woman’s quality of life and affect a woman’s personal relationships.
A woman begins to be disturbed by burning, itching, excessive sensitivity and vulnerability, discomfort during intercourse.
There are a number of effective methods of treatment, thanks to which this problem can be solved.
One of the main ones is to choose the right intimate hygiene product.
Properties of creams, ointments
Almost all creams and ointments for intimate hygiene contain lactic acid and antibacterial agents. They are added to maintain normal pH in the intimate area. Creams are not designed to cleanse the genitals, they solve many other problems.
There are creams to relieve irritation, get rid of itching, to moisturize intimate places. Many of them protect against bacteria, so they can be applied before visiting the pool.
Itching in the vagina often spoils the mood for many. Before using the cream, it is necessary to establish the cause of the itching. It could be:
- uncomfortable clothes made of synthetic fabrics;
- allergic rashes;
- venereal diseases;
- dysbacteriosis or other violations of the microflora of the vagina;
- diabetes or other diseases.
If you start using creams for itching on your own, without finding out the reasons for its occurrence, then you can start the disease. That’s why it is advisable to use the funds after consulting a doctor. If there are no alarming signs of the disease, then a properly selected drug will help get rid of itching. Some creams eliminate irritation after intercourse.
Soothing and stimulating gels
After removing unwanted vegetation in the vaginal area, many women face the problem of skin irritation and redness. To stimulate the process of regeneration of the skin, to have an antiseptic effect will help means with a calming effect.
The composition of such cosmetics usually contains sea buckthorn oil, rosemary, aloe vera extract, allantoin. These creams have a delicate structure, are quickly absorbed into the skin, do not leave marks on the linen. You can use these soothing and moisturizing products daily.
Among the products for the intimate sphere, there are creams that raise the sexual tone. They contain substances such as sandalwood, ylang-ylang, rosemary, ginger, patchouli, which increase sensitivity, sexual desire. They also have antibacterial properties and help prevent inflammation.
Preparations for moisturizing the vagina
One of the causes of vaginal dryness is dishormonal disorders of the genital organs. This is observed with a decrease in the amount of hormones, dysbacteriosis, inflammatory processes, and the use of certain contraceptive drugs. Dry vagina, discomfort during sexual intercourse cause concern not only to the woman, but also to her partner.
There are moisturizers for moderate to severe vaginal dryness.
If dishormonal disorders are the cause, then the doctor should select the cream, supplementing it with hormonal drugs. With normal dryness, not caused by disturbances in the body, the cream can be selected independently. It is best to use a lubricant for these purposes. It helps to restore the thinned walls of the vagina, eliminate microcracks. Lubricants have a balanced composition, which includes vegetable oils and fats.
Many remedies can also be used by a woman’s sex partner. Moisturizing and lubricating with antibacterial drugs will help to avoid unpleasant consequences. You need to know that many creams and gels destroy latex, and this reduces the contraceptive effect.
What can affect the vaginal pH shift?
The pH of the vagina varies between different stages of a woman’s life cycle.
In girls, the pH before puberty is 7.0.
In a woman of reproductive age, each phase also has its own pH: during the menstrual phase, the pH is 6.8 — 7.2, during the proliferative phase — 4.0 — 5.0, during the secretory phase — 3.8 — 4.2.
Intimate hygiene in women
The pH shift can also be caused by common daily events:
- Sexual intercourse: semen has a pH of 7.1 to 8
- Hygiene products: soap may have a pH greater than 8
- Diet and exercise
- Tampons can contribute to the problem, especially if you “forgot” your tampon and left it on for too long.”
- Injury (eg, chafing from tight clothing)
- Endocrinological diseases (diabetes, thyroid disease).
- The use of broad-spectrum antibiotics
- Condoms, hormonal preparations.
- Improper intimate hygiene.
Myth #4: “I’ll take a pill and my intimate discomfort will go away.”
￼￼￼￼￼A huge number of women believe that the violation of the normal balance of microflora (dysbiosis) of the intimate sphere, which is often manifested by discomfort, discharge with a repulsive odor, can be cured without professional help6.
Having no desire or time to visit a doctor, they take drugs on their own in the hope of quickly getting rid of the disease that worries them, however, as a result, such patients still get to the doctor, but with much more severe diagnoses. If you have disturbing symptoms, discharge, itching or burning of the genitals, in no case should you self-medicate. Each such case requires examination and examination by a doctor, and only he can choose the right therapy7.
Bad hygiene is worse than no hygiene
The intimate area has many features. Thanks to these features of the female body, many special personal hygiene products have been developed: from intimate gel for women to creams. And it is important to remember this when choosing products for the care of the intimate area.
Problems of intimate hygiene
Most diseases in a woman develop precisely because of improper care for the intimate area. The wrong choice of intimate hygiene products can upset the balance of the vaginal flora and endanger women’s health, including their reproductive function.
Ensuring the correct acidic pH is a key issue when choosing products for women.
Gynecologist Vitaly Rymarenko about the peculiarities of female intimate hygiene. Source — All will be well
Scented soap or ordinary body gel with a high pH level (5–5.5) with regular use easily disturbs the acid-base balance of the vagina. A high (alkaline) pH level damages the protective barrier on the surface of the skin and causes the death of lactobacilli. Which compromises the healthy vaginal ecosystem.
You need to understand that soap is designed for skin, the pH of which is 5.5.
Cleanliness can cause disease
We are all taught from childhood that cleanliness and careful personal care will help to avoid illness. Therefore, many women find it normal and beneficial to cleanse the genitals daily with soap. But they do not take into account that this detergent can cause serious problems, such as:
- Irritations. A large amount of alkali in soap dries out the mucous membrane of the genital organs.
- Inflammatory diseases. In overdried mucosa, microcracks easily occur. Pathogenic bacteria often penetrate into them, provoking the development of inflammation.
- Edema and itching. The alkali in the composition of the soap not only cleanses the skin, but also kills all the beneficial microflora, changing the level of acidity on the surface of the mucous membranes. This leads to the destruction of the body’s natural defenses and opens access to the body of pathogenic microflora.
You can avoid all these troubles by limiting the use of soap. But how do you cleanse your skin? You can use a special gel that cleanses the skin and mucous membranes of intimate organs gently, without overdrying them without causing irritation.
How to choose an intimate hygiene gel
The line of intimate hygiene products is specifically designed to maintain a healthy vaginal pH, has protective and anti-inflammatory activity, moisturizes the vaginal mucosa, and accelerates the healing of microcracks in the vaginal mucosa.
Intimate hygiene — products
The golden mean in this case will be a natural product that does not contain soap or harsh detergents, fragrances, alcohol, dyes and preservatives.
The more in harmony with nature the healing of diseases that occur to the human race, the greater success from medical science and the greater benefit from the medicines used can henceforth be expected.
Obstetrician-gynecologist Nestor Ambodik-Maksimovich
1. A good vaginal intimate gel should have a balanced pH index close to the vagina. An alternative choice is the Gynocomfort intimate hygiene gel, whose pH is 4.2.
It not only maintains the acidic environment of the vagina, but also helps to strengthen the pH index. And even in the case when there is a shift towards an alkaline environment (menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, stress, prolonged use of contraceptives).
Due to this level of acidity, intimate gel can be used daily.
2. The composition of the gel for intimate hygiene should include lactic acid, which helps maintain the natural pH of the intimate area.
Acidification of the vaginal environment with lactic acid supports the growth of “good” lactobacilli, which constitute an essential part of the vaginal flora.
Lactic acid also rapidly inhibits the effects of alkaline bodily fluids such as blood (during menstruation) or semen (during sexual intercourse) that have pH levels above 7.
Thus, it can be used as a prophylactic for those who have frequent recurrences of genital infections.
How to choose intimate hygiene products?
3. In addition to lactic acid, the composition may include dermatoprotectors and antiseptics.
Gynocomfort contains panthenol, herbal antiseptic oils, lactic acid and sodium lactate. This successful combination is actively used to maintain and restore the natural pH level in the vagina.
Panthenol soothes irritation and moisturizes the vagina well.
The presence of plant extracts are valued for their anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, promote rapid regeneration of the vaginal mucosa, and help neutralize unpleasant odors.
5. Washing gels for intimate hygiene contain surfactants. They form a gentle foam, contain only “soft” and safe surfactants that gently cleanse the vaginal mucosa.
The line of gels for daily intimate hygiene Gynocomfort is represented by products that have just such properties. In the product line you will find 6 variants of gels, each of which, in addition to its main purpose (delicate cleansing and refreshment of the intimate area), solves additional tasks: for example, it takes care of very sensitive skin.
At the same time, Gynocomfort gels do not dry out, do not cause irritation and do not injure the vaginal mucosa.
All Gynocomfort products were developed by specialists of the pharmaceutical company VERTEX and have the appropriate documents and certificates.
The hypoallergenic and safe composition of this gel allows it to be used even for the most sensitive skin. Including allowed during pregnancy and lactation.
Intimate feminine hygiene
Here are some helpful tips for vaginal hygiene. There are many things you can do to keep him healthy and beautiful.
1. Wipe from front to back. When you use the toilet, don’t wipe it from the back to the front, as this can spread bacteria from your anus to your vagina. This can cause a range of infections. Instead, always wipe from front to back. The same goes for any sexual activity. The front-to-back rule doesn’t just apply to rubbing. Nothing that enters or near your anus should enter the vagina after this unless you clean it first. This is especially important when it comes to sex and masturbation — toys, fingers, tongues, penises, and anything else that might be near your anus should be washed before entering your vagina.
2. Always urinate after sex. Go “small” after intimacy to force any germs out of your urinary tract. During sex, germs can come into contact with your urethra, a small opening just above the entrance to your vagina. Urine after sex helps flush out these germs. If you don’t go to the bathroom, you can get a urinary tract infection (UTI), an easily treatable but painful condition.
3. Choose items and care products wisely. If something is about to enter your vagina, be sure to test the ingredients before using it. Flavored lubricants, condoms, and tampons should be avoided. For example, lube is amazing. This can bring sex to a new level for all participants in the process. However, there are some ingredients that are not very good for your body. Glycerin, for example, is linked to sugar. While it works great to keep lube moist, it can also encourage bacterial growth in the vagina. Petroleum products in vaginal care products are also banned because they can destroy the natural pH level. Other things to avoid include: parabens, scent enhancers, fragrances, unnatural oils, and chemical dyes.
4. Wear cotton underwear. Breathable clothing and fabrics keep vaginas happy. Cotton underwear is both gentle and comfortable on your sensitive pubic area—and it’s breathable, which allows moisture to “exit” rather than build up and make your vagina sweat. Nylon and other synthetic fabrics can irritate the skin of the vulva and anus. Whatever underwear you like, just make sure you change it daily.
5. Change sweaty or wet clothes as soon as possible. Humid, warm conditions are ideal for harmful bacteria to thrive. To prevent them from multiplying and infecting your vagina, change out of your wet swimsuit or sweaty sweatpants as soon as possible.
6. Sleeping naked can be good for vaginal hygiene. No matter what underwear you wear during the day, taking it off at night can help your vagina breathe. However, the benefits don’t end there. Some research suggests that this colder temperature may be great for your health. Plus, once you’re in the nude, you’ll be surprised how incredibly liberating and inspiring it can be!
7. Don’t forget to get tested. Get tested regularly for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You should be screened after any partners with whom you exchange genital fluids.
8. Practice only safe sex. One of the best and easiest things you can do for vaginal health and hygiene is safe sex.
9. Maintain muscle tone. Satisfaction with sexual relations, and the successful course of childbirth, and the overall condition of the vagina largely depend on the state of the intimate muscles. Taking care of him is not only hygiene procedures, but also training his muscle tone. Kegel exercises, and special gadgets — simulators, and in general an active and healthy lifestyle will help. And in the absence of regular intimacy and orgasms, a special therapeutic and prophylactic gynecological massage of the small pelvis, which can be done in our clinic, is a good means of preventing stagnant processes in the internal genital organs and many women’s problems in general.
If nothing helps, or when to go to the doctor
✔ Contact your gynecologist in the coming days if you experience:
- pain when you urinate, have sex, or masturbate
- a sharp and unpleasant odor emanating from the genitals;
- blisters, sores or warts on an intimate area;
- green, yellow or gray leucorrhea;
- thick discharge, similar to cottage cheese;
- persistent vaginal/anal itching;
- unexplained vaginal bleeding.
Make an appointment with a gynecologist for today at the clinic on Kutuzovsky Prospekt
How to use intimate hygiene gel
All intimate hygiene products are for external use only. In application, it is easy to squeeze a small amount of gel onto the hand, dilute with warm water and gently apply the gel to the intimate area (with your hand, not with a brush and washcloth). Then rinse with warm water.
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Which company is better to choose a tool
This question also cannot be answered unambiguously. The remedy should be chosen based on data on the composition, the state of one’s health, individual preferences and a number of other factors — everyone has their own selection criteria.
In general, all intimate hygiene products have a rather limited functionality — and give either a cleansing or moisturizing effect. You can start from which of these properties is preferable in your situation.
Moisturizing gels and creams are recommended for ladies in such a period of their life as menopause. Young women can also use them, for example, during pregnancy, in case of candidiasis, colpitis or taking contraceptives, which are usually accompanied by severe drying of the mucous membrane.
Cleansing gels contain active ingredients, like other washing and cleaning products, and, in addition, a rich antibacterial complex. It is recommended to use them during menstruation, with active physical activity.
Tell me, please, is it possible to use an intimate regenerating gel with Nova-Ring? Does it reduce the contraceptive effect?
It is possible, does not affect the contraceptive effect and the structure of the ring.
Hello, the gynecologist prescribed a gynocomfort gel to eliminate dryness, but when applied, a burning sensation in the vagina immediately begins, is this normal?
Hello! To eliminate dryness in the genital tract, Gynocomfort gel with mallow extract is suitable. If the burning sensation lasts more than a minute and does not subside on its own, then you should stop using the product.
Is Gynocomfort gel safe during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, the use of Gynocomfort gel with mallow extract is recommended. This remedy is safe, does not affect the fetus and does not cross the placenta.
Can I use Revitalizing Intim Gel during pregnancy (24 weeks)?
During pregnancy, the use of Gynocomfort gel with mallow extract (moisturizing) is better suited, which will not only relieve the inflammatory process gently, but also create additional elasticity of the mucous membranes, which is important in further delivery. The gel is applied in the 1st dose 1 time per day for 7–10 days, and then as needed.
For an accurate diagnosis, contact a specialist
Myth No3: “Beautiful lace tango panties are not harmful to health.”
No gynecologist will ever recommend synthetic underwear3, especially tango or thong designs. The reason is simple — the poor hygroscopicity of synthetic materials promotes the growth of bacteria4, which can lead to the development of a number of gynecological diseases5, and a narrow strip of tissue rubbing the mucous membrane itself irritates and injures it. Wear synthetic lace panties only in exceptional cases, and be sure to pay due attention to intimate hygiene.