First of all.. If you're not a female just keep scrolling...
If you are a female though, I am about to share all the tips I have gathered over the years from various doctors on the topic of female health.
If you are an adult female, you have probably had a yeast infection, vaginitis, a UTI, or some equally scary infection. All the tips from various doctors have really helped me to learn to take care. I wish I had known the simplest of tricks so I could have avoided such times so here they are for you..
1. COTTON PANTIES. Yes, lingerie and sexy undergarments are great but cotton underwear are crucial for everyday use. ESPECIALLY if you live in a hot climate. I have moved from Florida to Mexico to Africa so I know his first hand. Cotton helps the vagina to breathe and it needs to. It also absorbs sweat so you can avoid acne on the bum as well this way.
2. On that note if you ever get acne on your bum, it could be from sweat. If you are working out or sweating, you gotta get to a shower and wash soon. If it dries it can lead to bumps. If you get hem just wash regularly with soap and water and then apply lotion. Treat the situation like you take care of your face. Wash and moisturize til it clears.
3. P.S. Don't wear thongs when you work out.
4. After sex, pee! And then rinse. At least with water but a little soap then water is great too. Dry. Crawl back into bed. This can really help prevent yeast infections especially if you are regularly sexually active.
5. If you get an infection ask your doctor if your partner should take medicine as well. Sometimes this is necessary as they can continue to carry the bacteria that caused the infection.
6. When you take antibiotics (for anything), eat yogurt. Once I got a yeast infection after strep because of the antibiotic. Antibiotics kill good and bad bacteria so you need to replace the good bacteria. Vaginal infections come from the imbalance in bacteria. The yogurt should have active cultures so Activia is a great choice. This will help keep the vaginal flora balanced.
7. When you urinate, wipe from front to back. This will keep all bacteria from the bum region away from the vagina. That mixture of bacteria also causes infections. The same goes if you are experimenting in the bedroom. Be aware and hygienic.
8. If you feel the signs of an infection (burning, itching, odor, pain during sex), go to the doctor or a clinic. Do not wait it out and don't try to diagnose yourself.
9. If you get a lot of yeast infections, be safe and get tested for diabetes. This can be a sign. Get a simple check when you are at the doctor.
10. The use of intimate soap and wipes and douches is not necessary. This can differ between people, obviously, but soap and water should be enough. The overuse of intimate wipes can actually upset that flora I spoke of, leading to infection. Just be aware of what ingredients are in the products.
11. If you ever feel slightly uncomfortable in the uterus (like your extremely dehydrated), start by drinking at least a liter of water and allow your bladder to fill up. You can also drink pure cranberry juice but always water. Do that first, see if it helps, and sometimes that feeling goes away. If it persists, then it may something more serious.
12. Sleep without undies and without pants if you're not too cold. Allowing that area to just air out and not be in tight clothing is really great. Wear airy fabrics when you can. These tips are especially important during the time of infection. Again, cotton panties!
13. Don't sit in a wet swimsuit for an extended period. Dry off in the sun or change into something dry while you lounge after swimming.
Hope this was helpful! I know it's not the cutest topic to chat about but it is important so I wanted to share for my ladies.