Just like the rest of your body, your vagina has its own natural balance that keeps it healthy and in check. There are some easy, healthy habits that you can try to keep your vagina in its own healthy balance at every step of the way. Here are our top tips for your vaginal wellbeing:
Eat healthy foods
The food that you eat affects your whole body, including your vagina. Eating an unhealthy diet that’s high in sugar and processed foods can lead to an imbalance in your gut and the other ecosystems around it, such as your vaginal pH. Eating a nourishing diet filled with fresh fruits, vegetables and enough water can benefit your body’s overall wellness, health and the way that you feel.
Using the right products
Your vagina’s natural pH is important for keeping it clean, healthy and regulated. However, your natural balance can fall out of sync if you use harsh products that strip the ‘good’ bacteria from your vagina. Make sure that you use vaginal care products that will help to restore and regulate the pH of your vagina.
The YES Cleanse Intimate wash (Un-fragranced) is a certified organic sensitively formulated hypoallergenic intimate foaming wash which respects the delicate vaginal ecology, washing away odour-causing bacteria without irritation. It’s made with aloe vera and calendula to effectively and gently cleanse your vagina without disrupting its balance.
Keep stress at bay
It’s no secret that stress can affect your body and your mind. It can also affect your hormones, which can in turn affect the health of your vagina. Getting enough sleep, exercising, meditating, practicing self care and steering clear of unnecessary stress can all help your body to regulate everything from your hormones to your energy level. Ever found that you get bladder infections or thrush when you’re stressed out, run down or seriously tired? That could be down to your body’s natural balance being disrupted.
Wear the right underwear
Regularly wearing tight underwear or clothing that’s made from synthetic fabrics can lead to irritation or an imbalance pH. Breathable, natural materials like cotton are the best for keeping your vagina in balance and pressing pause on the overgrowth of ‘bad’ bacteria. Remember to keep an eye on what you’re washing your underwear and intimate clothing in too as some detergents might cause sensitivity or disrupt your natural pH.
Take care with your hair
Although not strictly your vagina as such, how you deal with the hair around your vagina can impact on its health. If your hair removal is causing you itchiness, irritation or ingrown hairs and hyperpigmentation then it might be time to try something different to protect your vaginal health.
While it’s totally up to you what you do (or don’t do) with your pubic hair, it does help to protect your intimate areas from extra bacteria and helps keep friction and sweating at bay.
Don’t be afraid to use lube
Lube reduces friction so can lessen your risk of pain, tearing or injury during sex. It’s normal to experience vaginal dryness from time to time, especially as you get older, so lube can help to support a healthy sex life. Not all lubes are created equally - check the ingredients carefully and look for lubes that are hypoallergenic and less likely to affect the natural pH of your vagina. Try the YES Water Based Organic Personal Lubricant for a lube that’s pH balanced, compatible with latex condoms, intensely hydrating and even supports healing.
Try organic period products
You might be surprised to learn that some period products like tampons or pads can contain bleach, chlorine and dyes as well as plastics. In order to protect the natural pH of your vagina, look for organic period products like the Flo Organic Eco-Applicator Tampons. They’re made with 100% organic, biodegradable cotton and are free from chlorine bleach, irritating synthetic fibres, dyes, fragrances or allergens. They’re also better for the environment.
If you’re using a menstrual cup or disc, look for ones made from super safe, medical grade TPE, like the Hello Cup Menstrual Cup to keep your vagina safe and in balance.