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Feminine Hygiene Basic Knowledge

What are simple ways to take care of my skin? 

Our skin helps to protect us from germs. Although we need to clean our bodies of dirt and germs, the skin needs its natural oils to work well. Gentle washing with mild soaps and warm, not too hot, water is all that is needed. Buffing or other rough treatment should be used only on tough skin like our feet. Daily moisturizing with a cream containing a sunscreen will help protect our skin from the sun’s harmful effects, like skin cancers and wrinkles. Apply sunscreen daily to all body areas not covered by clothes.

What is the best way to keep the genital area clean? 


The skin of a woman’s genital area also works to protect her from germs. There are natural oils and discharge that keep this area healthy. The skin and the lining of the vagina are very sensitive. Any chemical or perfume can break down the natural protection of this area and even start infections. Gentle daily cleaning on the outside skin with mild soap and water is all that is needed.

What about vaginal discharge and odor? 
The body produces a milky discharge that naturally cleanses the vagina. When women douche or use tampons or pads, they are removing the natural protection of the body against infections and odor. Regular use of such things as minipads can even make the body form more discharge in an attempt to protect itself. Limit using these pads to the times when you may spot with your period. Do not douche unless it is recommended by your healthcare provider.

Everyone’s private area has a normal odor that cannot be removed or covered no matter how much we try. Deodorants and perfumes added to pads and tampons may cause allergy problems with this sensitive skin. If the odor is strong or the discharge yellow, this may indicate that something is wrong. An exam by your provider may be needed to find the cause.

How can I help vaginal dryness caused by menopause? 
Women in menopause may notice that the natural moisture of the vagina decreases. Sexual activities can become uncomfortable because of this dryness. The skin cannot protect itself and may need more wetness. There are several ways to take care of this. Hormones that are taken regularly can help with this problem. Nonprescription gels and inserts have also been made to help women with this type of dryness. Be sure to use unscented products.

What else can I do? 

Other important feminine hygiene tips include:

  • changing underwear daily
  • wearing underwear with a cotton crotch to help pull moisture away from the body
  • wiping from front to back after going to the bathroom
  • changing tampons and pads every 4 to 6 hours when on your period, and
  • sleeping without underwear or in loose-fitting pajama bottoms.

July 11, 2011 at 1:25 pm Leave a comment

How can I help prevent vaginitis?

How can I help prevent vaginitis?

Practice good feminine hygiene:

  • Bathe daily with mild soap and warm water.
  • Wear all-cotton underwear or underwear with cotton crotches.
  • Change underwear and pantyhose every day.
  • Avoid wearing pantyhose or tights for too many hours, especially in hot, humid weather.
  • Use deodorant-free white toilet paper to avoid perfume and dye that might irritate.
  • Avoid using feminine hygiene products (such as sprays and powders) and bath additives (such as bubble baths and oils).
  • Avoid douching more than once a month. Douching is not necessary.
  • Use deodorant-free sanitary pads or tampons.
  • Avoid spermicidal foams, gels, and creams.
  • If you tend to get yeast infections when you take antibiotics, use an antiyeast cream while you are taking antibiotic medicine.
  • Have just 1 sexual partner who is not sexually active with anyone else, and practice safe sex.

July 11, 2011 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Symptoms Of Vaginitis

What are the symptoms? 

The main symptom of vaginitis is a lot of whitish, gray, or yellowish discharge from the vagina. Some milky vaginal discharge is normal for females of all ages, but infections cause an abnormal amount of discharge. The discharge may have a bad odor.

You may also have:

  • an unpleasant odor from the vagina
  • itching
  • a swollen, red vulva, which may be painful or itchy
  • painful intercourse
  • bleeding in the vaginal area.
  • symptoms of a urinary tract infection, such as pain when you urinate.

If you have pain in your lower abdomen or irregular bleeding with these symptoms, see your health care provider right away. If you are at risk for a sexually transmitted disease and have the above symptoms, you should also see your provider right away.

July 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

Vaginitis

What is vaginitis? 

Vaginitis is the medical name for swelling, burning, itching, or an infection of the vagina. When the vulva is also affected, it is called vulvovaginitis. (The vulva is the fold of skin around the opening of the vagina.) Vaginitis is a very common problem that can occur in females of any age.

How does it occur? 

Vaginitis can be caused by organisms that infect the vagina, such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa, or yeast. It can also be caused by irritants such as soap, powders, or lubricants.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that cause vaginal infections are:

  • trichomoniasis
  • chlamydial infections
  • gonorrhea
  • syphilis
  • genital herpes
  • human papillomavirus.

Yeast infections of the vagina are caused by overgrowth of a fungus called Candida. Vaginitis can also be caused by an overgrowth of bacteria normally found in the vagina. This is a condition called bacterial vaginosis or nonspecific vaginitis.

Irritants that can cause vaginitis include:

  • birth control products such as condoms, diaphragms, and spermicides
  • feminine hygiene products such as perfumed sprays, powders, or douches
  • perfumed soaps, detergents, or fabric softeners
  • nonabsorbent, heat-retaining clothing such as nylon pantyhose and tights
  • antibiotics
  • tampons
  • sexual devices
  • injury.

Vaginitis can also be caused by psychological stress, poor hygiene, or a decrease in estrogen hormone.

Sometimes the cause of vaginitis is not known.

July 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

Feminine Hygiene Issues

We are told daily by TV and magazines that women need soaps, sprays, pads, and perfumes. So what is the truth? The human body has its own protection. The goal of our daily care is to keep our bodies functioning as they should.

Our skin protects us from the world. Although we need to clean our bodies of dirt and germs, the skin needs its natural oils to work well. Gentle washing with mild soaps and warm, not too hot, water is all that is needed. Buffing or other rough treatment should be used only on tough skin like our feet. Daily moisturizing with a cream containing a sunscreen will protect our skin from the sun’s harmful effects, like skin cancers and wrinkles. Apply this to all areas not covered by clothes.

The skin of a woman’s private area also works to protect her from germs. There are natural oils and discharge that keep this area healthy. The skin and the lining of the vagina is very sensitive. Any chemical or perfume can break down the natural protection of this area and even help start infections. Gentle daily cleaning on the outside skin is all that is needed.

The vagina produces a natural cleaning liquid, that works its way out of the vagina daily. When women remove or absorb this with douches, tampons, or pads, they are removing the best protection against infections and odor. Regular use of such things as minipads can even make our body form more discharge trying to protect itself. Limit these pads to the times when you may spot with your period.

Everyone’s private area has a normal odor that cannot be removed or covered no matter how much we try. Deodorants and perfumes added to pads and tampons may cause allergy problems on this sensitive skin. If the odor is strong or the discharge yellow, this may indicate that something is wrong. An exam by your healthcare provider may be needed to find the cause.

Women in menopause may notice that the natural moisture of the vagina is gone. Sex, and even walking, can become uncomfortable because of this dryness. The skin cannot protect itself and may need more wetness. There are several ways to take care of this. Hormones, taken regularly, can help with this problem. Over-the-counter gels and inserts have also been made to help women with this type of dryness. Be sure to use only those that are unscented.

If these agents do not improve the problem, see your healthcare provider.

More information about Feminine Hygiene.

July 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Feminine Hygiene

Proper hygiene contributes to overall good health. Daily genital cleansing is part of feminine hygiene and is very important. Mature women have natural hormones that cause oil and sweat glands to increase discharge. Vaginal discharge may vary due to the menstrual cycle, amount of sexual activity and exercise and types of birth control used. Accumulation of this normal bodily discharge can promote rashes, irritations and odours. Feminine hygiene may include showers or baths depending on preference. Most women are able to use the same soaps or cleansers they use on the rest of their body. Some women are sensitive to certain products and need to use neutral cleansers.

 DO

  • Open lips and clean between folds.
  • Change underwear daily.
  • Wear underwear with a cotton crotch because cotton wicks moisture away from the body.
  • Wipe from front to back to prevent spread of bacteria.
  • Urinate after intercourse to prevent urinary tract infections.
  • Change tampons and pads every 4-6 hours while awake.
  • Use a blow dryer or air dry before dressing.
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing when possible.
  • Sleep without underwear or in loose cotton boxer shorts to promote natural drying of the genital area.

 DON’T

  • Neglect the hidden areas.
  • Wear jeans without underwear.
  • Wear mini-pads on a regular basis: they hold in moisture and can promote vaginal infections like yeast.
  • Douche: douching washes away “good” bacteria and can promote vaginal infections.
  • Postpone going to the bathroom when the urge is felt or after sex.
  • Leave tampons and pads in place for prolonged periods: moisture promotes bacterial growth.
  • Stay in wet clothes or bathing suits; moisture promotes bacterial and fungal growth.
  • Wear tight jeans or spandex clothing for prolonged periods because they promote moisture.
  • Use powder in the genital area or under breasts; powders hold in moisture and promote fungal infections.

July 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Feminine Hygiene Product

All following  is the common feminine hygiene products for a women. Feminine hygiene products including sanitary towels/pads/napkins, pantyliner/pantiliner, tampons, mentrual cups, wipes, soap free wash and vaginal moisturiser. Please refer to above picture for the said feminine hygiene products.

Vaginal Moisturiser
Soap Free Wash
Cleansing Wipe
Tampon

Disposable Menstrual Cups

Menstrual Cup
Pantyliner
Sanitary Napkin / Sanitary Pad

July 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm

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