Vaginal Health Tips

Advice from the West County Plastic Surgeons Team in St. Louis, Missouri

While West County Plastic Surgeons of Jefferson County is prepared to provide solutions to women seeking vaginal rejuvenation, the team is also committed to helping with long-term by offering vaginal health tips. The St. Louis-based doctors and staff put together this list with the goal of encouraging every woman to make healthy choices.

First of all, one of the most important vaginal health tips we can offer is to not consider your vagina as something separate from the rest of you. Take care of your own health, and your vaginal health will follow. This means watch what you eat, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly, and allow yourself to get plenty of sleep each night. Keeping that in mind, read on to learn some more focused vaginal health tips.

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West County Plastic Surgeons is committed to helping women get a better quality of life via these vaginal health tips from the St. Louis-based team at West County Plastic Surgeons. Call (314) 996-8800 or send a message online for more information.

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Wear Breathable Fabrics

The vaginal area can easily create moist conditions that are conducive to bacterial growth, so choose cotton—a lightweight, breathable fabric—when it comes to underwear. Cotton is also excellent at absorbing moisture, making it ideal for staying dry down there. Just be sure to change into a fresh pair after strenuous activity, such as going to the gym for a workout.

Consider Wearing Nothing (in Certain Cases)

Individual sleeping situations and habits vary from woman to woman, but avoiding underwear at bedtime is something worth mentioning among these vaginal health tips. Keeping fabric away from your vaginal area throughout the night encourages airflow, which can keep the area dry and discourage yeast growth.

Flex Your Muscles

Kegel exercises are designed to strengthen the pelvic floor, which provides support for the bladder, uterus, and more. Since a weak pelvic floor can lead to incontinence and other problems, regularly squeezing and lifting your pelvic floor muscles can build their strength and improve bladder control—as well as sexual enjoyment.

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Stay Lubricated When Appropriate

While many of these vaginal health tips focus on keeping the vaginal area dry, lubrication is important when it comes to sexual contact. If vaginal sex is uncomfortable or painful, consider using a lubricant to reduce friction, thereby also reducing the risk of infections.

Clear It Out Naturally

Despite what years of hygiene "experts" armed with their own vaginal health tips have told women, regular douching is not recommended or necessary. Natural processes are quite effective when it comes to keeping the vaginal area clean and playing host to proper amount of beneficial bacteria. One of the best ways to maintain vaginal health is frequent urination—which should be happening anyway if you are staying hydrated. Be sure to urinate after vaginal intercourse, as well.

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Eat Well

Speaking of beneficial bacteria, a healthy vagina is one that maintains the proper pH balance to fight off infections and yeast. While eating well in general is an excellent thing to do, consider also choosing menu options with these vaginal health tips specifically in mind. Yogurt, sauerkraut, and other probiotic foods can help. If yeast is a problem, cut back on sugar and alcohol, too.

Talk About Your Vagina

If something doesn't seem right to you, do not hesitate to contact a professional who can give you advice and sound, medically based vaginal health tips. You should never let fear of shame or embarrassment prevent you from getting the help you need to be living life to the fullest.

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Want more vaginal health tips? Contact the St. Louis-based West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University by calling (314) 996-8800 or send a message online.

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