If you’re like 75 per cent of women, you have had (or will one day have) a yeast infection at one point in your life.
It goes without saying that yeast infections are at best uncomfortable, and at worst highly irritating and disruptive to your life.
Although most women will actively try to avoid them, it can be really difficult to know just how to do this with so much conflicting advice on and offline.
According to many doctors, washing your vagina correctly can help to reduce the likelihood of yeast infections, but there are a lot of myths that surround vaginal wash products that may make you question its effectiveness.
Probably the most common myth is that they should be used to wash the INSIDE of the vagina – but this is incorrect. Intimate washes should only ever be used to wash the vulva.
Here are some more of the most common myths that exist around this product, and the reasons why these misconceptions are oh-so-wrong.
Myth 1: It should only be used if you have a problem.
Fact: You can use it any time. Vaginal washes are often associated with being necessary for women who have a “problem” with their vagina. Many women may steer clear of them because of the perception that they aren’t for everyday use, or that they need to be prescribed.
Although it’s always necessary to discuss issues affecting your vagina with your doctor who may then recommend a vaginal wash, one can be used every day.
This is because they are created to protect the pH balance and natural microflora of your vagina, which if imbalanced may lead to bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection.
Washing correctly can help to keep things healthy. It’s just a body wash, but for your vagina.
Myth 2: You can use any product to clean yourself.
Fact: Soap is bad news for your vagina. A quick poll of friends uncovered many people who still use soap to clean their vagina. After doing a bit of research into this, I have found many doctors who consider soap to be an off-limits product to use when cleaning yourself.
According to Dr Ben Kim on drbenkim.com, “regularly applying soap to (your vaginal opening) can cause the mucosal lining in these areas to become dry and unhealthy. A chronically dry mucosal lining can lead to a number of uncomfortable health conditions, such as anal fissures, lichen sclerosus, chronic inflammation, and a tendency to experience infections.”