BEAUTY Tak­ing care of your vjay-jay

How to keep your most in­ti­mate body part clean and healthy

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Alexis Tshangana

THE pri­vate part is the most in­ti­mate part of a wo­man’s body. If ne­glected, it can cause se­ri­ous prob­lems which can even­tu­ally lead to the op­er­at­ing ta­ble, so it’s im­por­tant to look after it.

WASH­ING

Us­ing only clean wa­ter to wash your pri­vate part is also suf­fi­cient. Wash with a soft towel or sponge. But there are soaps or prod­ucts that are spe­cially cre­ated to cleanse your pri­vate part.

Do not scrub be­cause the skin in that area is very sen­si­tive and will bruise.

NU­TRI­TION

Plain Greek yo­ghurt has been said to help the body ac­cu­mu­late good bac­te­ria to pre­vent yeast in­fec­tions. Le­mon wa­ter cleanses the whole body, in­clud­ing pre­vent­ing foul odours. For dry­ness, doc­tors rec­om­mend eat­ing soy prod­ucts which help with nat­u­ral lu­bri­ca­tion.

Buy plain Greek yo­ghurt with no flavourants or sugar added.

CLOTH­ING

Cer­tain fab­rics can ir­ri­tate the skin so it's best to avoid them. Cot­ton un­der­wear works best as it is made of breath­able ma­te­rial.

Do not wear un­der­wear that is too tight be­cause it will cause friction, which will lead to bruis­ing.

SAFE SEX

Us­ing con­doms dur­ing sex pre­vents you from con­tract­ing sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases, in­clud­ing HIV.

Al­ways check the con­dom pack­ag­ing for ex­piry dates.

HEALTH CHECKS

Visit your gy­nae­col­o­gist at least twice a year to do a Pap Smear. This will help de­tect any ab­nor­mal changes in­side your pri­vate part.

Ask the gy­nae about any other con­cerns you might have.

HY­GIENE

After us­ing the toi­let, wipe your pri­vate part from front to back to avoid con­tam­i­na­tion. Also wear panty lin­ers to ab­sorb sweat and odour.

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