VJJ (va-jay-jay) is a slang word for ‘vagina’. It was first introduced in popular TV series ‘Grey’s Anatomy’. Now, speaking of ‘vagina’ and ‘anatomy’, lets go over the anatomy of vagina; it is a muscular tube that extends from inside of your body (cervix) to the outside of your body. It is normally 6 or 7 inches long and its walls are coated with mucous membrane. The outer parts of vagina are termed as ‘vulva’. Vulva constitutes clitoris, clitoral hood and vaginal lips (inner and outer labia).
Obviously, ‘how to clean your vagina’ does not imply how to clean ‘inside’ of your vagina. Remember, you should never wash the inside of your vagina as it can lead to complicated problems, and also because it is capable of cleaning itself naturally. The good bacteria inside your vagina keep its environment at correct or normal pH level and these bacteria also produce secretions that are good for maintaining its health. The pH of your vagina is a bit acidic which helps in killing the bad bacteria. So the good bacteria fights with bad bacteria for your health. Do not take the risk of washing the inside of your vagina with soaps, gels, sprays or even with water as it can disturb the good bacteria and it can lead to serious issues like bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection, inflammation or irritation. The inside of your vagina does not need your help in cleaning itself, it can do her job perfectly on its own. So you just leave it alone!
So the question, ‘how to clean your vagina?’ actually means ‘how to wash your vulva?’. Let’s focus on its answer, and that is, using the soap is not necessary, but if you are sure that the soap is not going to cause any allergic reaction, you can use it mildly. Washing your vulva with warm water is much appropriate. You can spread your vaginal lips apart and smoothly clean the area with your hands or with a soft and clean washcloth. Furthermore, you should also clean your anus and the region between your vulva and anus on daily basis. The best advice is to wash your vulva first and then your anus as there is a possibility that bacteria inside your anus can travel to your vagina and cause different infections.
As per Mayo Clinic’s opinion, there is no need for you to wash your vulva with soap. But if you really want to use soap, make sure that it is not scented as chances are that it will cause irritation inside and outside your vulva. You can use the soaps which are unscented, colorless and mild. Vaginal soaps can be used for ultimate cleansing.
There is a variety of feminine washes and sprays at supermarkets, and their label claims that their product helps to clean vagina and also lessen the odor of vagina. You do not need these products to clean your vagina and there is no need for you to make it smell like a meadow or a rose garden. These products are only a mean to scam women who are insecure about their body, especially their private parts and how they smell. You are not supposed to use the scented products; either it be soaps, sprays or washes, they are not good. Just keep in mind that such products can cause irritation in your vulva and vagina.
It is completely normal to have a vagina smell. No other person can detect it unless they are very near your vagina and that is no reason to freak out. All the vaginas have odor and that is perfectly normal. The smell of the vagina vary from person to person, it can be sweet or coppery. Your menstrual cycle or your diet can be the cause of change in the smell of your vagina.
If your vagina has a smell that you cannot stand, you need to go to a doctor. The pungent or unpleasant smell of vagina is not normal, that is why it is better to consult someone who provides healthcare.
The discharge from your vagina is very normal. The color of the vaginal discharge can tell you whether there is something to worry about or not. Usually the color of vaginal discharge is white, light yellow, clear and sticky. These are the characteristic signs that your vagina is completely normal and functioning. Such vaginal discharge is a natural lubrication produced by your vagina to keep it moist and healthy. Ovulation can also result in the production of clear and white discharge.
If the color of your vaginal discharge is green, gray or really yellow or if it also causes pain, irritation, spotting, burning sensation or any other disturbing symptoms, immediately visit a doctor.
The reddish-brown discharge from your vagina indicates that you are menstruating. During menstruation, you can use water to wash your vagina. If you think it would still smell, then you can wash it two or three times a day. It is better to not use vagina soaps during your period as it might cause allergic reaction.
Vaginal douching is a process in which water along with another substance or a mixture of substances is added to your vagina with the purpose of cleaning the vagina. Sometimes water is mixed with vinegar, or baking soda or iodine. The mixture is then squirted or sprayed into the vagina. Douching can appear as one of the answers to ‘how to clean your vagina’. But remember that douching does not really work rather it causes health risks. It is very unsafe to try douching.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists does not recommend douching for women. They believe that vagina is naturally designed to protect itself from all sorts of infections and diseases. The good bacteria inside vagina maintain the suitable pH for vagina and make it immune to different infections and vaginal diseases. Douching can really disturb the performance of these bacteria which can ultimately lead to different serious problems.
One study which was conducted in 2008, showed that the women who frequently practiced douching before pregnancy, were more prone to giving birth to premature babies. Another study conducted in 2016, revealed that the practioners of douching are more likely to get infected by human papilloma virus (HPV). In a nutshell, douching is a weapon for destroying your reproduction system. It can lead to different reproductive- system-related complications:
- Pregnancy problems
- Cervical Cancer
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
In 2015, vaginal streaming became very popular after the American actress, Gwyneth Paltrow spoke in favor of this method. Vaginal streaming is a process in which certain herbs are soaked in hot water, then you sit over that water so that the steam can enter your vagina. It is believed that vaginal streaming cleanse the vagina and also helps in getting rid of menstrual cramps and bloating. This method was used in ancient times for medicinal purpose, it has resurfaced in the last few years in spas. The purpose is to maintain the hygiene of the reproductive system.
However there is no scientific evidence that proves that vaginal streaming is good or useful. So it would be a bad idea to try vaginal method just because someone recommended it to you or you came across this on internet while looking for ‘how to clean your vagina’.
The sensitive tissues making up you vagina can easily get hurt by hot steaming. The herbs used in the hot water can also cause miscarriage. Moreover, it can upset the pH or general environment of the vagina which can ultimately become the root cause of infections and other complications. Let the good bacteria do their work. They are good at it only if you do not disturb them.
“How to clean your vagina or keep it healthy all by your own help?”, you ask. It is not very hard job to do. To keep your vagina and vulva healthy, there are certain things you can do.
After using the toilet, always wash the front first, then the rare. If you do the otherwise, the bacteria in your anus can enter your vagina and cause different vaginal complications. Same is the case for performing sexual activity. Whatever goes into your anus should not be entered into your vagina. During masturbation or sex, try to not put toys, fingers, penises and tongue into your vagina if they already have been in your anus. If you have already put these things inside your anus, wash them properly before putting them inside your vagina.
A very good precaution to steer clear of germs is to pee after sex. Peeing removes all the germs that might have entered inside or near your urinary tract while having sex. If you forget to pee after having sex, there are chances that you might contract urinary tract infection (UTI). It can be treated but this infection will put you in so much pain.
Always check the ingredients of the products that you use for your vagina. You can use tampons, lube and condoms but make sure that they are not scented.
Always wear cotton underwear as it does not cause rash or damage your skin. Breathable cotton underwear helps in reducing the moisture. It is preferable to change into a new pair after a day or two. Immediately remove the damp underwear or it may cause rash. Avoid wearing tights or pants for a longer time as it traps heat and moisture inside and in result produce irritation around your vulva. It is best to sleep without underwear; cotton boxers are better to wear at night.
Immediately remove the damp clothes, be it your swimming suit, rain-soaked dress or your gym suit, get out of them as soon as possible. The bad bacteria favor the damp environment, so it is better to not provide them one inside or outside of your body.
There are certain reasons for which you should definitely pay a visit to a doctor;
If you experience pain while masturbating, having sex or urinating
If your vagina has a foul or pungent smell
If there is soreness, spotting or blisters around your genitalia
If the color of your vaginal discharge is grey, green or dark yellow
If there is a persistent itching around your vagina
If you are bleeding from your vagina without any apparent reason
It is wise to see the doctor if you are experiencing anything unusual around or inside your vagina.
Vagina soaps are sometimes recommended for the hygiene of the vagina. The vagina soaps, which we refer to Purity Soap, containing the ingredients which are less likely to cause irritation or any allergic reaction, is prescribed by the doctors. The ingredients of these vagina soaps are usually sulphate-free.
The ingredients used in vagina soaps are healthy for vagina and vulva and do not affect the skin in any way. The Vagina Purity Soap is one of such vagina soaps that ensures the health and hygiene of your vagina. Its price is only $39.95.