The vagina plays a vital role in the body of the feminine and the world at large. The vagina opens the way for streams of sperm cells to sail through its walls to the room of the oviduct. There, one out of the million cells is expected to bond with an ovule, patiently waiting and quietly seated on the sloppy walls of the fallopian tube (oviduct). Thereafter, fertilisation starts and brings forth its product in the ninth month–a child is born, a blessing to the world. The vagina is the only natural gateway to fertilisation and delivery.
That is why the vagina demands meticulous care to protect it from bacterial infestation. Due to its closeness to the anus, the vagina is susceptible to bacteria attack as well as other pathogenic organisms. Urinary tract infection (UTI), viral vaginitis, gonorrhoea, irritations and dryness are the most prevalent forms of vaginal infections among women and girls.
- Avoid washing the vagina with soap, be it bar or detergent. According to gynaecologists, the chemical substances in soaps and detergents nullifies the normal Ph of the vaginal wall, creating a safe breeding place for bacteria and other pathogens. This eventually leads to dryness, irritation, odour, itching and for the most extreme form–infections.
- The most suitable underwear is cotton. Dr Olufisayo Balogun, Gynecologist, Readington Multi-specialist Hospital, Ikeja, explained that wearing nylon under-wears increases the humidity around the vagina giving way for germs and other disease-causing organisms. “When a woman wears nylon underwear all the time, the humidity increases and allows the proliferation of the pathogenic organism,” she said (Vanguard).
- If possible, wash the vaginal and every surrounding region everything you visit the toilet. Remember the toilet seat alone is enough to inhabit tiny microbe and bacteria.
- Avoid wearing one pad the entire day.The maximum time for pad usage, during the menstrual period, is 8 hours. Assuming, you wore a pad at 7:00 am, it is expected to last latest, 3:00 pm. But 8 hours is not always advisable, especially if you are experiencing a heavy flow–you might have to consider 5 hours interval or less. In general, a maximum of 6-7 hours sanitary changes keeps the bacteria away, maintaining a healthy vagina.
- The vagina, as well as other parts of the body, should be properly washed before and after intercourse. You should, as well, ensure that your partner to take a thorough bath before the mating process. If you just allow him in, just like that, you stand a chance of risking your vaginal health.
- If you experience any form of discomfort or pains around the vaginal walls, do not hesitate to see a gynaecologist.
- The vagina and everywhere around the pubic region are highly essential as well as sensitive to infections; keep them clean and protected.