So after the last post on how to get rid of dark inner thighs, I got messages from the ladies about washing the vagina. Some asked if it’s advisable to wash with soap or just with water.
There are two theories when it comes to washing down there. The #TeamWaterOnly and #TeamSoap, depending on who you are talking to, either can be a little controversial. As a member of #teamwateronly, I can arguably say water works best for me.
But then again where are we really washing? I think this should be the question because many people tend to get it all wrong thinking they are doing the right thing.
A brief explanation of what a Vagina is.
According to Wikipedia, the vagina is a muscular and tubular part of the female genital tract which, in humans extended from vulva to the cervix. The outer vaginal opening may be partly covered by a membrane called the hymen. At the deep end, the cervix (neck of the uterus) bulges, into the vagina…
Now with a clear picture of what and where the vagina is, have we really been washing appropriately? From what I gathered, on no account do we need dip our fingers inside the vagina opening to wash it (especially not with soap!). However, only the outer lips (Labia Majora) down through the anus, and then to the inner thighs should be washed; either with only water or with soap (all depends on which team you’re on).
Apparently, many women have been doing otherwise thinking it’s appropriate to clean the actual vagina. According to reports, 20% to 40% women between age 12-50 women (higher rates are seen in teens though) douche to feel fresher, build self-esteem and/or to get rid of unpleasant fishy odors down there.
According to WebMd, The word ”douche” is French for ”wash” or ”soak.” It is a method to wash out the vagina, usually with a mixture of water and vinegar. Douches that are sold in drugstores and supermarkets contain antiseptics and fragrances. A douche comes in a bottle or bag and is sprayed through a tube upward into the vagina…
There are side effects linked to douching though such as: pelvic inflammatory diseases, cervical cancer, pregnancy complications, and vaginal infections.
I can’t really vouch for this method (douching) because of its disadvantages but I can categorically say that using water is the TRUTH 100%.
It is important to note that the vagina’s scent and taste is a combination of our body’s natural smell, the food we eat, vaginal secretion and soaps used to wash or douche with (studies proved that vegetarians have better tasting secretions than non-vegetarians).
Other bad habits like wearing wet undies, tight underwear and even using dirty towel to clean the vee-jay-jay after a bath can cause the vagina to smell. However, some vaginal odor is normal but if you notice any strong unpleasant smell, it could be a sign of infection. Perhaps you should ask your bestie or mom to smell you (yup it’s not that deep!) before going for that magical date if you’re worried!
Now that we know what we eat somewhat affects how we smell and taste down there, here are some fruits and veggies to try out. winkwink!
- Green veggies
From my small research (yeah I take this serious lol), about 15% believe that natural herbal soap, mild soaps and water can be used to clean the vagina but I can’t really say for this.
So ladies, which one works best for you?Water or soap?! Drop your comments and other suggestions below. #Babygirlforlife