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How To Keep Vagina Dry
Big topic: In older people, or those without ovaries, it can b from lack of esrogon. If its a sexual issue it could be due to lack of arousal, some drugs such as antidepressants can cause this. An oil based lubricant ( astroglide) can help during intercourse but there may be a better answer out there; some Progesterone only contraceptives may contribute( implanon, depo-provera. Good luck. ...Read more
Vaginal odor: There are several causes of bad smelling vaginal discharge and testing is needed to determine the cause and treatment. The most likely is bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is an overgrowth of normal vaginal bacteria. It causes a watery discharge with a fishy odor. It is not sexually transmitted and your partner does not require treatment. It is treated with antibiotics. ...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 the vagina. It's nice to have good hygiene. However, women with clean vulvas also get UTI's. One cannot say with certainty that washing vulvas prevents UTI's. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Recently had chafing on my vagina due to rough foreplay. Is there any way to make heal faster? How can I keep the area dry?
Abstain sexually: Cotton boxer undergarments, spend 10-15 minutes on foreplay until both you and your partner are wet, changes positions, communicate and OK to use a light application of vaseline to the chaffed area. Give it 1 week. ...Read more
No!: The vulva can be washed with simple gentle soap and water. No harsh soaps. The vagina never ever needs to be cleaned. In fact cleaning it will harm it. As long as woman has good diet, exercise, and sleep then vagina takes care of itself. Sometimes medical conditions like diabetes can make risk for yeast infection in vagina higher. Stds can cause infections in vagina --- and these must be treated. ...Read more
Dry skin: Dryness is usually caused by excessive water exposure or harsh soaps. Best treatment is decreased water exposure, use alot of moisturizers such as cetaphil and use a milder soap. If these don't help, see a derm for prescription creams. ...Read more
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