There is no better time than the present to support, care for, and invest in our health. This is especially true of our intimate health and all the ways it influences our mental and physical well-being, as well as our relationships.
Yet, it is still so common for women to feel unsure about maintaining the health of their own vaginas. We hope to overcome this misinformation by sharing our most-read articles on all things vaginal health. Consider this your primer on everything from alleviating pain and dryness to the best foods to eat to support vaginal health – and everything in between.
Our Top 6 Must-Read Articles on Vaginal Health
Life is stressful enough as it is and the last thing you want to worry about is how to stay fresh down there all day. But what exactly does it mean to keep your vagina clean? Learn our best tips for intimate hygiene, as well as possible reasons you might not feel fresh down there. Read more.
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) and vaginal yeast infections are the most common forms of vaginitis affecting women on a regular basis. And the symptoms can be so similar that it’s often hard to tell the difference. But knowing which one you have is important because they each have different causes and treatments. Read more.
Having bacterial vaginosis can really throw a wrench in how you feel about yourself and your sex life, and can just be straight up uncomfortable. If you are getting BV after sex every time, it may be a good idea to look at some of your hygiene habits and make any necessary changes. Read more.
We all know it’s important to eat a healthy diet, but did you know that some foods are better than others in supporting your vaginal health? Find out which ingredients are best and which to avoid – plus, the foods best known for increasing female lubrication. Read more.
After nine months of waiting, your baby is finally here. You’re probably elated but also tired and still in some pain. And if you had a vaginal birth? Well, your vagina may look and feel like a stranger. Postpartum itch and dryness are incredibly common, but can be a nuisance and even get in the way of intimacy. Read more.
Have you ever started a new birth control, and then noticed that things began feeling a little…off? Turns out you aren’t the only one! More women are noticing vaginal dryness as a result of their birth control regimen. Don’t worry, though – there are plenty of things you can do to start feeling better. Read more.
Don't Forget: Ask a Professional When Needed
These are our best tips on intimate hygiene and managing common vaginal health symptoms. However, if you experience any persistent or particularly bothersome vaginal symptoms, you should always consult your primary care doctor or OB/GYN.
Studies show that women in particular tend not to seek help from their doctor for gynecologic issues due to embarrassment or fear that it's a trivial issue. For example, research suggests only one in four women (25%) consult their doctor about vaginal dryness. But many symptoms are completely normal and treatable, while others may be a sign of something more serious that is worth investigation. It is your doctor's job to be there for you and talk about anything that's bothering you.