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7 Steps to Proper Vaginal Hygiene After Sexual Intercourse

One of the areas regarding sexual intercourse that also is not taught is about  vaginal hygiene after sexual intercourse.

Even though sexual intercourse a normal part of life and the body was created to have sexual intercourse, there’s a gap in the knowledge about it.

Children are not taught what is normal and what is not.

They are not taught what is dangerous and what is not.

As we become an adult, we often end up getting our information about sexual intercourse from television, friends, the Internet or even pornographic literature.

When this happens, we end up believing some things that are true and others that are not.

Below are some guidelines about proper vaginal hygiene after intercourse.

1. Always urinate after sexual intercourse. This will prevent any bacteria from breeding that may be close to the urethra.

2. Wash the external part of the vagina, the labia and then the outside of the vagina with a clean washcloth and warm soapy water. Start at the front and when finished with the front area, move the washcloth to the anus area. Do not return the washcloth back to clean the vaginal area after washing the anus.

The best way to perform this feminine hygiene process is under the shower where all the suds can be easily rinsed away. Make sure that you do not re-use the washcloth since bacteria breeds quickly on washcloths that are wet or moist.

3. There is no need to douche after sexual intercourse. The vagina is self-cleansing. However, if you have bacterial vaginosis, you may want to douche with warm distilled water and about a tablespoon of plain yogurt with live cultures.

You can also douche with warm water and then insert a slightly open probiotics capsule containing live Lactobacillus bacteria. This will cut down on negative odors that tend to be prevalent after someone with bacterial vaginosis has intercourse.

The reason why you use warm water and not hot is because the normal flora of the vagina and surrounding tissues has a certain temperature that helps support its growth. If that temperature is increased, you will kill the sensitive Lactobacillus bacteria, which will allow other harmful, pathogenic bacteria to grow.

If the temperature is too cold, the same thing will happen. The water should be about body temperature, 98 degrees Fahrenheit, which is a temperature that feels warm to your touch, not too hot.

4. If you are healthy, there is no need to wash more than once daily, excluding after intercourse.  If you are menstruating, you may want to freshen up twice daily or if there is an excess flow.

5. Perfumes and talcum powders are not necessary for the vaginal area. If you feel that you have to use them, check with your doctor to see if you have an infection. Talcum powder has been found to be carcinogenic and can lead to female reproductive system cancers.

6. After washing, always put on clean underwear.

7. A last hygiene step regards rinsing your mouth with mouthwash or a teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide in a glass of water. This is the hydrogen peroxide that you can find at the drug store. While rinsing your mouth, swoosh the hydrogen peroxide/water combination back and forth. If you get bubbles, it means that you are killing bacteria.

By keeping up good feminine vaginal hygiene, you can stay healthy!

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