BEAUTY Taking care of your vjay-jay
How to keep your most intimate body part clean and healthy
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.
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.
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.
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.
Using condoms during sex prevents you from contracting sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
Always check the condom packaging for expiry dates.
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.
After using the toilet, wipe your private part from front to back to avoid contamination. Also wear panty liners to absorb sweat and odour.