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Things About Women Hygiene
With countless products marketed towards women, claiming to work wonders on women’s cleanliness, it’s often tough to determine which actually work and are necessary, and which are just scams plotted by businesses trying to make a quick buck on women’s insecurities.
Confused? So are the majority of women, but don’t worry, here’s the ‘all you need to know’ guide about hoo-hah cleanliness and grooming.
First of all, let’s talk about douching. Who in the world decided that women’s intimate parts are nasty and stinky in the first place? Your lady bits will smell of a combination of sweat and body odour after a long day, but that’s perfectly normal. What isn’t normal is squirting vinegar, baking soda, and even iodine mixtures up your intimate parts to clean it out.
It’s essentially a self-regulating ecosystem downstairs. It’s capable of balancing its own pH levels and cleaning itself, without the help of douches. In fact, douches harm the genetalia rather than help it, as it can increase the risk of infections as it kills the good bacteria and throws off your vaginas natural pH level.
Surprisingly, though douching is already been strongly discouraged by the Office on Women's Health (OWH) under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), douching products are still prevalent in supermarkets today, and there are still women who purchase this out of ignorance.
Your private parts aren’t vacuum cleaners whereby you have to empty out the dust every now and then, all you have to do is just wash the outer parts with lukewarm water every time you shower and you’re good to go!
If your intimate region smells unusual, you should probably seek medical attention as you may already have an infection. It’s better to have it checked out and treat it in its early stages than to douche and worsen the whole situation.
At the end of the day, your lady bits aren’t going to smell like fresh peaches, it will smell like a vagina. Love it or hate it, it is what it is. If you’re still unconfident about it, you can always apply a few drops of perfume oil at your inner thighs (but never at or in your vagina itself!) to give your significant other a pleasant surprise.
Moving further up in the nether regions, you have the ‘bare it all’ insecurity. Be it from porn or from other pre-existing beliefs, many women believe that one has to be bare down there to either appeal to men or for sanitary purposes.
With this, born are waxing strips, shaving creams, and hair removal products. If you wish to remove said hair due to your own preferences, by all means, feel free to do so. However, it should never be to “remain sanitary” or to appeal to men.
Debunking the first myth, pubic hair isn’t unsanitary (assuming you wash it when you shower, and you shower every day). In fact, it reduces friction that may cause skin irritations as well as protects your vagina against harmful bacteria and other pathogens.
However, if you insist on removing it due to personal preferences, by all means, feel free to do so. At the same time, you are suggested to take better care of your lady bits to prevent infections as you are indeed removing your body’s natural barrier of defence against harmful bacteria.
Moving onto the second myth, the idea that pubic hair is unattractive couldn’t be further than the truth. In reality, most men won’t immediately lose their attraction for you upon seeing your pubic hair. If they do, you might need to seriously contemplate your choice in men.
According to Huffington Post, in a survey of 5000 men, 41% prefer women to be completely bare down there, 38% prefers women to be trimmed and well groomed, 15% have no preference, 5% prefer au natural, and 1% fall under the “other” category.
Though through this survey most men prefer women to be bare, only 9% of the same men have stopped dates or intercourse due to women’s grooming choices differing from their own. This shows that though men have their preferences, men do not immediately discard women upon finding a small bush down there.
It’s your body and you have to look it more often than others would have to. Ultimately, you have to be happy with it. Be it bare or a bush, it shouldn’t be so depending on men’s preferences. After all, men come and go, but your body is yours forever.