Doctor insights on:
Clean Inside Vagina
Douching itself: Douching is not necessary to "clean" the vagina as it is like a "self cleaning oven". The more you disrupt the normal vaginal fluids that keep the ph (aciditiy/alkalinity) balance constant the more you set yourself up for serious vaginal infections or worse. So, please stop the practice. ...Read more
Bf came on stomach in shower. Rinsed off. A few secs later, used my fingers to clean inside of vagina. It was slimy. Was this from me or him? On BC.
Sperm contact: If you are taking your contraception appropriately then pregnancy is unlikely. The vaginal discharge you describe is most likely from you, however, if your hands were not adequately cleaned it could also be from him. The question appears to be if there was a chance of pregnancy. There is always that chance and it is dependent upon how you take your contraception. ...Read more
Been to dr few times no yeast just got rid of urine track infection. Got checked for cyst came back clean. Swollen inside vagina. Painful sex.
PH: I would ask the gynecologist to perform a ph test. If your vagina is more alkaline, a raise in ph would do this, then then it's possible your vagina is not populated with the lactobacilli that it needs to be populated with. Given that there's swelling the vagina must be reacting to something. Sometimes the test we perform our falsely negative. Good luck. ...Read more
Don't do it: Yes, you can use these products, but often they just make the problem that you are trying to cure worse. It would be a better idea to identify the underlying problem and just treat it appropriately! Talk with your ob/gyn and get in for an appointment. ...Read more
I have been noticing dat when I clean my vagina inside it has brownish color which is light creamy. I had ui n kidney infection for last weeks.
Probably blood: Usually brown discharge indicated old blood that has been sitting at the back of the vagina. ...Read more
Just the outside: The outside is the vulva and can be be gently washed during baths and showers. The inside is the vagina. Vaginas are not meant to be washed. That means washing vaginas is not natural, and can mess up the inside, balanced conditions of a vagina. It's nice to have good hygiene, but know that vaginas are "self-cleaning". Using condoms prevents semen from sitting in and disintegrating in the vagina. ...Read more
Self-cleaning: Your vagina doesn't need much in the way of cleaning, it's designed to table care of itself. Water, a soft washcloth, & maybe some gentle soap is all you need. Too much scrubbing or harsh chemicals create more problems than they solve, & douching destroys the natural balance & protection. ...Read more
Wet q-tip or cloth: The material that adheres to the outer folds can be teased off with a wet q-tip or cloth. Leave the inside alone & flood the area with water to rinse away an debris. Avoid soaps that will irritate the sensitive tissues. ...Read more
Leave it alone: The vagina will naturally clean itself just fine if you don't interfere. Douches and the like create more problems than they solve. If you are concerned about any particular symptoms then you should be checked and treated for infections, which cleaning won't help. Eat healthy, get plenty of rest, and I think there is some benefit to taking a probiotic of your choice. ...Read more
Vagina self cleans: Your vagina cleans itself through natural secretions. Douching is not recommended, as it washes away 'good' bacteria, protective secretions and changes the ph, thus making it easier to develop irritations and infection. Wash the vulva or outer genitalia with a washcloth and mild cleanser. ...Read more
Mix two cups of apple cider vinegar in warm bath water. Soak in it for about 20 minutes. Follow this remedy several times a week to get quick results.
You can also drink a glass of water mixed with one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily. ...Read more
Rule out: Have you had your first vaginal exam by your doctor yet? May want to make sure there is not an infection before trying a bunch of products to make it better. Sometimes an overgrowth of bacteria can cause acute or chronic poor smells from the vagina that can be easily diagnosed in your doctor's office. If that has been ruled out, would recommend a pH balanced wash like Vagisil to see if that helps. ...Read more
What is the correct way to clean vagina (direction wise)? I think I've been cleaning wrong for years.
My boyfriend was shocked when I told him I don't "clean" my vagina. Am I supposed to? How do I explain it to him?
My vagina has always looked bumpy since the first time I started shaving, what can I do to have a clean smooth vagina surface??
Stop shaving: This doesn't have to be a "hairy" problem, simply stop shaving and the bumps will go away. Vulvar hair doesn't have to be "mowed" on a regular basis and moreover can increase your risk of cuts and infection. ...Read more
How to care for vagina? (Female, 21yrs old) want to know what are some tips to keeping clean& fresh smelling? Best way to keep vagina healthy
Vaginal "freshness"?: The best method of cleansing the vulva is to wash with a mild soap such as Dove, Caress, or Ivory ONLY on the outside. The vagina itself is self-cleaning, unless infected because it has a pH "balancing bacteria" if it is not disturbed. Please leave all the "vaginal freshness" products such as douches and sprays on the shelf of the pharmacy, otherwise you will be seeing your MD more often. ...Read more