I know what you’re thinking – do I really need to read another article on how to take care of my va-jay-jay? The answer is yes. You can never have enough information on caring for your hoo-ha when black women in particular suffer more from vaginal infections, STD’s and STI’s than other groups of women. While much of our risks can be due to lack of access to preventative care, some of it is ignorance and lack of information. The following tips will keep you in the know and potentially keep you in the clear health wise as well.
1. Use organic or less harmful sanitary items
While menstrual cups may seem scary to some, they’re actual better for you compared to the popular choice; tampons. Tampons can potentially interfere with PH balance and absorb protective vaginal bacteria while menstrual cups do not. All natural sanitary napkins and tampons are another option and are widely available for use instead of the harmful chemical containing products. It’s also best to avoid douching and using anything with fragrance including sprays, wipes and soaps. These increase the chances of developing fungal infections and bacterial vaginosis. Plain old water and unscented soap will do just fine.
2. No condom + commitment = no sex
One of the best ways to keep your lady parts clean is to keep them to yourself. It’s not often that most women fully enjoy sex let alone come across a man worthy of it, so why not be stingy and save it for the perfect guy? If he really wants you, he’ll wait and if he wants it bad enough, he’ll also agree to using protection. Remember ladies, we are the gatekeepers of sex so use your power for what it’s worth.