Women’s Intimate Hygiene – Essential Tips and 8 (Amazingly) Useful Products

One of the most hushed topics in a woman’s life is her intimate hygiene. If only women’s hygiene were considered important in India, approximately 60% of women would not have been diagnosed with vaginal and urinary tract infections every year.

Awareness about women’s intimate hygiene and the availability of products is a big problem that plagues our nation. Hesitation around talking about these products and buying it over the counter, too, pose a big cultural barrier. Hence, it was a cause for celebration when two entrepreneurs - Ulka Sadalkar and Rajeev Kher - turned run-down buses into clean, hygienic toilets in Pune!

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These washrooms on wheels called ‘Ti Toilet’ (meaning ‘Her Toilet’ in Marathi) offer clean toilet facilities and nooks for breastfeeding. Besides, you can purchase women’s hygiene products like sanitary napkins!

This is definitely something that will go a long way in helping women in Pune, however till such facilities are easily available across India, illnesses caused due to ignorance about women’s intimate hygiene remains a cause of concern.

Even simple changes in daily living can go a long way in maintaining personal hygiene for women. Here are a few vaginal hygiene tips that every woman should know.

  • Keep undergarments dry
  • It is important to keep undergarments clean and dry. Remember to wipe the vagina after urinating as this can protect you from vaginal infections.

  • Change sanitary pads every 4-6 hours
  • If sanitary pads are not changed for long durations, they can lead to skin rashes and bad odour. Women with normal flow should change the pads every 4-6 hours. This applies even on light-flow days.

  • Avoid using soap to wash intimate areas
  • Soaps and other cosmetic cleansers are laden with harsh chemicals, antiseptics and perfumes. This can harm the pH balance in the vaginal region causing irritation and growth of unhealthy bacteria.

  • Don’t buy scented feminine hygiene products
  • Avoid scented products as they could harm your skin and make the condition worse, leading to infections.

  • Avoid wearing tight clothing
  • Tight clothes usually mean low air circulation, leading to more sweat. Excessive sweating and moisture can lead to the growth of bacteria and yeast, causing vaginal infection. Use undergarments made from breathable fabrics like cotton.

  • Wipe the right way
  • When using intimate wipes, always remember to wipe from front to back and not the other way round! There is a huge risk of dragging harmful bacteria from the anus to the vaginal area if you wipe from back to front.

  • Practice safe sex

Unprotected sex can cause transmission of sexually transmitted diseases and infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, warts, syphilis, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Using condoms is the simplest way to protect yourself against such transmission.

Apart from practicing these tips, we suggest you take a look at these female hygiene products to take better care of yourself during travel and in difficult situations.

To all the women out there - it is important to remember that the vagina is a self-cleaning body part and it does not need a lot of cleaning products. However, you need to protect your intimate areas from infections when using public toilets and other unhygienic places; this is where mild cleaning products come handy.

Spread awareness about intimate hygiene because awareness is the first step towards wellness.