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Hello to all the wonderful people who have vaginas.
If you have a vagina then you know first-hand that having a vagina is hard fucking work and that there’s no manual that comes with.
Fortunately for us, we do have science + the internet.
Vaginas are moody and kinda unpredicatable. They can be angry with us, hurt, irritate, etc., BUT if you know how to take care of your vagina then your vagina can also be your best friend who’s the source of personal power and pleasure.
I, for one, have gone through SO much trial and error, that I wanted to share the tips that have come from my gynecologist, other people with vaginas, and my own personal experience so that others don’t have to go through as much bullshit as I have dealing with my bitch vagina. I still love her tho.
Disclaimer: My vagina uses she/her pronouns. I in no way think vaginas are exclusively she/her entities. I will do my best to only refer to my own vagina using gendered language, so if you see anywhere in this post where I have slipped up, pls let me know.
I have a pretty finnicky vagina. She gets fucked up EASILY. The slightest change in my pH balance and boom. Yeast infection. She gets sore easily from penetration, doesn’t like condoms, and doesn’t particularly approve of tampons either. These healthy vag tips are what work for me and my sensitive vagina so they might seem a little ~obscure~ or seem like they won’t really make a difference, but trust me and my easily upset vagina, they DO.
So, without any more rambling from me, here are my favorite, tried and true (for me) hoe tips for keeping a healthy vagina.
For the love of all things vagina, whatever article of clothing that is closest to your vagina needs to be CLEAN and FRESH. CLEAN as in they haven’t been worn before.
Change your undies after you work out or anytime you break a sweat down there.
Going commando? Make sure you pants/skirt/whatever are freshly washed.
Change out your towels OFTEN. Don’t use the same wet washcloth or loofah twice!!
Bacteria and other irritants THRIVE in your dirty laundry, especially when they’re moist. So, think about it, putting anything that isn’t fresh and clean next to a mucous membrane and an open hole that leads straight to your insides is pretty gross to think about. So, don’t do it.
Also, the type of detergents you use to wash your laundry is important too!! If your vagina is on the sensitive side or if you just prefer #cleanliving then definitely look into organic and/or unscented laundry detergent. The less chemicals in your detergent, the better it is for your body.
I personally use and suggest Tide Free and Gentle detergent. My vagina likes it and my clothes still get clean!
The thing about bacteria and chemicals is that they have the potential to royally fuck up the natural pH balance of your vagina. When your pH balance gets fucked up is when you start to get symptoms like irritation, pain, etc. and they often lead to infections (think yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, etc.).
Organic Menstrual Products and/or Free Bleeding
What you put into and close to your vagina matters.
I would definitely look at the ingredients of the menstrual products that you’re using. Check out this Chem Fatale report on the potential health effects of the toxic chemicals in certain menstrual products and compare the ingredients of the brands you use.
Organic menstrual products are available pretty much every where and by using them you pretty much avoid the risk of upsetting your hormones and pH balance due to the lack of chemicals in the products!
If you’re interested in organic menstrual products check out these pads and tampons. The cool thing about this particular brand is that with every month’s supply sold, they will supply a month’s supply of menstrual products to girls in India, Kenya, and the U.S.!!
Another option is free bleeding. Free bleeding is just what it sounds like, while on your period you don’t use any menstrual products and just bleed freely. A lot of people who free bleed use menstrual panties that basically work as underwear with a built in pad.
If you think free bleeding is gross… grow up. Free bleeding is a realistic and sanitary option for all people with vaginas! Do ya research, people!!
I personally use a combo method of organic menstrual products while at school or work and then free bleed when I’m at home!
AVOID THINGS THAT WILL MESS WITH THE BALANCE OF YOUR VAGINA
Stop putting food up your vagina. You’re not sixteen trying to impress your bf with ~freaky~ you are anymore. Love yourself and say NO to the impending yeast infection that comes with putting whipped cream into your pussy.
Sugar is a food source for bacteria AND yeast and can lead to infection (obvi).
Food can also irritate the mucous membranes inside your vagina and chemical vulvovaginitis is an actual thing.
Also, oily things not only degrade latex (condoms!!), but also trap bacteria!!
Moral of the story: STOP PUTTING FOOD UP YOUR VAGINA 🗣
Flavored condoms = chemicals. Chemicals = irritation and infection.
My vagina is sensitive, so certain types of lube will give me a yeast infection like immediately lol.
A natural, water based lube is best for sensitive vaginas.
The ONLY lube that works for me is the Jo Original Water Based Lubricant.
Just like with flavors: scents and fragrances = chemicals.
Feminine sprays and washes
As with some menstrual products, the chemicals in some feminine sprays and washes are just not good for you!
Besides that, your vagina is SELF-CLEANING.
Unless recommended by a trusted gynecologist, your vagina doesn’t need a damn thing to help clean itself or to make is “smell better.”
Stop with the bullshit.
Obviously safe sex is v important to keeping a happy and healthy vagina.
Take precautions with your partner.
Get tested regularly.
Be mindful about the products you use during sex and how you use them.
Post Sex Cleanup
Take care of yourself and your vagina after any type of intercourse.
I personally use baby wipes after every sesh (check the ingredients on those too!!). I have to use all-natural wipes because, again, sensitive vag over here.
For more on post sex cleanup check out these hoe tips.
Disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor. These are just some things I do and that have been suggested by other people with vaginas. Seek legit medical care for any worrisome and/or persistant problems.
Is your vagina NOT happy with you?
No worries, I’m including some of my go-to troubleshooting tips.
Air it out.
Go commando, spread them legs for a lil bit, etc. Vaginas LOVE oxygen.
Give it a good rinse.
Shower/bathe and get nice and clean. I don’t mean douche, I literally just mean rinse your vulva and pat dry with clean (see above to figure out what I mean by CLEAN) towel.
I know they tell us to go straight to the gynecologist, but I personally go straight to the drugstore to pick up some Monistat or whatever my symptoms require.
If it persists or gets worse, then I go to the gynecologist.
But if you’ve got it like that,then head straight to the gynecologist whenever things start feeling funky!
If you feel these things and have had unprotected sex with a partner that you are not 100% sure of their STD/STI status, then head straight to the gynecologist or Planned Parenthood.
When in doubt: go to the doctor or a health clinic.
This is quite clearly NOT an exhaustive list and should not be a substitute for medical advice from a health professional.
Regardless, I hope your vagina continues to be healthy and happy, maybe even more so with the help of this list!