Use the right products
Since your intimate area is sensitive, it is important to choose care products that have ingredients which are tailored to the needs of the female body. Always use products specifically designed for intimate hygiene, such as Lactacyd’s washing lotions®. Due to the fact the pH of your intimate zones is more acidic than the rest of your skin, regular soap, shower gel and shampoo can disturb the acidic environment of your intimate area.
Use your hands
Be careful if you use a washcloth or sponge when washing. Due to their spongy texture, washcloths and sponges can harbour bacteria and funguses. If you do use them, replace them regularly and wash them at a high temperature. It is better to clean your intimate parts simply by gently soaping them with your hands.
Clean in moderation
Your body is constantly keeping itself in balance and it can react to even the smallest changes. Excessive exposure to soap products – including bath foam – can lead to infections, intimate area dryness and discomfort. Vaginal douches or other any other form of internal cleansing are not recommended. It is enough simply to clean the external part of your intimate zone, because the inside can keep itself clean.
Change tampons and pads regularly during your period
Blood has an alkaline pH which can affect the vagina’s natural acidity. This means that during menstruation the balance of your intimate areas is more vulnerable to being disturbed. Replace your tampon or sanitary pad regularly and choose protection with the lowest level of absorption that is still sufficient for your blood flow. Using protection with excessive absorption can cause friction or dryness. For more information, also check out the article about intimate hygiene during menstruation.
Give your body room to breathe
Wearing tight clothing or fabrics that do not breathe – like polyester – can create a warm, humid environment causing friction and irritation around your vulva. To avoid irritation or infections, wear loose, breathable clothing made from natural materials such as cotton. Lace edges, synthetic G-strings and tights can also cause chafing and irritation.
Visit your gynaecologist regularly
Starting from the age of 18, you need to visit the gynecologist regularly to check for infections, abnormalities and cervical cancer. These checks are usually very fast and virtually painless.
Use the bathroom after sex
Urinating before and after sex helps to prevent urinary tract infections. These can happen when germs from the vagina are pushed into the urethra during sexual contact. Also always wash your hands before and after sex to prevent the spread of bacteria. More tips about maintaining good intimate health during sex can be found in the article about sexuality and the importance of good personal hygiene.