Don’t be a clean freak
Most of us know by now that douching is not a good idea. But recently, a practice called vaginal steaming—which involves sitting over a pot of steaming water filled with medicinal herbs—has been getting attention. Fans of the treatment say it does several things, including “cleansing” the uterus and rebalancing hormone levels. Ignore the buzz. “Douching or steaming can get rid of good bacteria,” Dr. Millheiser says. If you’re worried about odor, it’s fine to occasionally use wipes after exercise or during the day, but stick to unscented ones and don’t overuse—a swipe is plenty. Dr. Millheiser also says to stop immediately if you experience burning or irritation.