5 Personal Hygiene Mistakes To Avoid

We have all learned from a very young age that personal hygiene is essential. Brushing our teeth, taking a shower, always wearing clean clothes, or washing our hands before eating are some of the things we have been taught from an early age.

Among the many daily commitments, work, school, various deadlines, etc., the most common routine is personal hygiene. We do these so often that personal hygiene takes up most of the day, entering daily life at regular intervals.

However, many women make several mistakes every day without even realizing it when it comes to our hygiene. Below, you will find a list of incorrect gestures and habits to correct immediately for good personal hygiene.

1. Washing Your Privates Too Often

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For perfect hygiene, some women wash their private parts several times a day. When the cleaning routine is too frequent, it becomes aggressive on the mucous membranes, which disrupts the balance of the vaginal flora. Once disturbed, it opens the way for infections. 

Like douching, overly washing weakens the vaginal mucosa, makes it vulnerable to STIs, and promotes bacterial vaginosis. Washing the vagina once a day is more than enough and possibly two during the menstrual period.

2. Wiping From Back To Front

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This is one mistake most women make. After urinating, some women tend to wipe from back to front, which is sure to cause more harm than good. 

After urinating, it is best to wipe from front to back to prevent infection by E. coli. The bacteria tend to migrate to the vulva and cause infections such as cystitis or vaginitis. Plus, there is no need to rub vigorously! Dabbing is enough, especially if you have a fragile vulva.

3. Using Your Body Shower Gel For Your Privates

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This is a terrible idea! The vaginal pH is between 3.5 and 4.5, which means your shower gel is much higher. This disrupts the natural balance of the vaginal flora. It is also best to avoid foaming antiseptics such as scented cosmetics. 

Preferably, use a mild unscented soap and be careful to wash only the outer part of the sexual organs and not the inner part and the vulva, which react badly to soaps.

4. Cleaning The Inside Of Your Vulva

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As already stated above, never wash the inside of the vagina. The secretions of the vagina are capable of defending themselves very well on their own. The secretions create their natural flora that is good enough. 

The best thing to do would be to wash only the outer part of the genitals, that is to say, the outside of the labia majora, without going beyond the vulva. If you must wash beyond the vulva, use only water.

5. Not Going To The Toilet Right After Sex

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Even though the urge to cuddle for hours often outweighs the urge to urinate, this precautionary measure should not be overlooked. When you don’t go to urinate after sex, you increase your risk of UTI. 

During sexual intercourse, germs can travel from the anus to the vulva to go up along the urethra. This connects the bladder to the outside of the body and therefore promotes a urinary tract infection. Going to urinate, therefore, makes it possible to wash the urethra by eliminating these germs.

Written By:
Titi Dokubo

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