Women’s reproductive health is very sensitive and needs proper hygiene or thorough care, otherwise infectious microorganisms and bacteria that enter the feminine area causes irritation and certain infections. Such infections can be treated easily through proper medication but some can lead to serious diseases when taken for granted or mistreated.
According to MSD Manual Consumer Version of the Overview of Vaginal Infections, about a million of women who visit doctor each year have cases of vaginal infections in the United States alone. These common vaginal infections that most women suffer are called Bacterial Vaginosis, Yeast infection, Trichomoniasis, Chlamydia, and Vulvodia.
These infections can cause abnormal vaginal discharge, painful period, itching or burning in or around the vagina, painful urination and painful sexual intercourse.
To avoid such infections, you have to:
Strengthen your immune system
Having healthy immune system through regular exercise, taking a balance diet and living a healthy lifestyle can lessen your possibility of getting infections as antibodies can help combat foreign bacteria and microorganisms that enters our body.
Minimize the use of birth control pills
Birth control pills can increase estrogen levels in the vaginal environment that can give room for the fungus to grow and leads high possibility of infection.
Practice safe sex
Some infections such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Trichomoniasis can be acquired through sexual intercourse, so practice safe sex as much as possible. Not having multiple sexual partners and using contraceptive products during intercourse can reduce the risk of getting infection.
Keep your vagina dry
There’s a reason why panty liners made a huge demand in the market because it can prevent vaginal infection by keeping your vagina dry and fresh as bacteria and microorganisms can multiply rapidly in a wet environment.
Use natural-based products
Some discharge and irritation can be an allergic reaction to products like detergents, fabric softeners, perfumes soaps, spermicides, and vaginal sprays. The use of chemical-based feminine products can cause imbalance to vagina’s ph level, making it more prone to irritation and infection.
Wear Loose/well-absorbing underwear
Since moisture and wet environment can multiply bacteria and microorganisms, wearing of loose underwear with well-absorbent fabric is highly recommended for women to reduce their risk of getting infections.
Use special cloth menstrual pads
Disposable pads and other menstrual products can cause irritation and eventually infection so it is better to use cloth pads such as Highoh’s washable period pads. These are made from natural bamboo charcoal fabric that decomposes microorganisms which are found in the pad, thus reducing your risk from vaginal infections.