With February being Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, it really got us thinking about our Va-jay-jays. Feminine hygiene is so simple but do we really know what’s best for our intimate health? We’ve put together a quick guide to help us all take better care down there.
1. Good Groooming – whether you’re a Brazilian lover or a landing strip fan or simply a trim kinda gal, good grooming is an essential part of a healthy vagina. If you’re not going to shave or wax down there then at least be sure to trim the hairs. Long pubic hairs create a warm moist environment in which bacteria can grow.
2. Lubrication – Here at Tickle and delight we stand by the motto ‘Wetter is Always Better’. Using a good quality lubricant during sexual intercourse can help prevent irritation and chafing, reduce friction and of course enhance pleasure for both you and your partner. We recommend a silicone-based lubricant for partners and a water-based lubricant for use with sex toys.
3. Pelvic Floor – one third of women over the age of 35 will suffer some form of incontinence due to a loose pelvic floor. One in four Australian women will suffer from some form of pelvic prolapse – when the muscles become loose and weak causing the bladder, bowel and or uterus to move out of place (prolapse) into the vagina. The key is Kegel exercises.
- Locate and isolate your pelvic floor muscles
- Contract your pelvic floor muscles for 3 seconds (think of it as trying to stop yourself from peeing mid flow)
- Now relax the muscles for 3 seconds
- Repeat 10 – 15 times several times a day
Women today are time poor. We struggle to find the time to take care of ourselves as we focus most of our energies on taking care of our families. Whilst regular Kegel exercises are just fine, imagine going to the gym and doing bicep curls without any weights. You won’t see results any time soon. Add the dumbbells and soon your muscles visibly start to take shape. The same can be said for your pelvic floor. Luna Beads offer a popular alternative to regular Kegel exercising as they enable a more comfortable, effective and convenient way to work these muscles.
4. Wearing light cotton underwear is always recommended to enable the area to breathe during the day. Try to avoid wearing wet or sweaty clothing and underwear and change out of these after swimming or exercise as soon as possible.
5. Safe Sex – this goes without saying but only 1 in 3 single adults are using condoms which in turn is raising the number of sexually transmitted diseases. Practising safe sex not only avoids the risk of infection from common STD’s it also prevents against contracting HIV. If you think you may have contracted an STD it is best to go and get checked at a sexual health clinic in your local area.
6. PAP Smears – Women over 18 who are/have been sexually active are advised to have a Pap smear every two to three years. Pap smears are carried out by your local GP and test for signs of cervical cancer. They won’t show signs of ovarian cancer so if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer and want to be tested for this, contact your GP for a combination pelvic/rectal exam, CA-125 blood test, and transvaginal ultrasound.
7. Remain PH balanced – by regularly washing with a mild soap and water and always ensuring you wash the soap off with water after cleansing will help to maintain the natural ph levels of your vagina.
8. Regularly changing sanitary pads and tampons.
9. Always wiping front to back especially after a bowel movement to avoid spreading bacteria and risking infection.
10. Seeking treatment straight away – should you discover any irritation, unusual smell or discharge, symptoms of thrush or urinary tract infections consult your GP immediately and start appropriate treatment. Infections left alone without treatment can become more severe quite quickly.
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