Genital health and hygiene cannot be neglected

by Ana Lopez

Special -Purvi Desai

How much care do we take for a healthy body? From brushing when we wake up in the morning to going to bed at night, body care is woven into our daily lives. To keep the body healthy, the first thing is to keep the body clean. And when it comes to keeping the body clean, the most silence has been maintained about women’s private parts. We still feel shy while talking about the most important parts of the female body i.e. the genitals. According to a research report of the year 2014, about 93 percent of married women aged 25 to 35 in Mumbai alone are unaware and careless about their genital hygiene. Out of this 93 percent, about 40 percent women suffer from various genital problems.
Women still feel shy talking about the hygiene and health of their genitals i.e. vagina and other related organs. Many times it also happens that due to lack of hygiene, infection occurs in the vagina and women cannot tell at home due to shyness, due to which the problem worsens and the condition worsens. Dr Nalini, a practicing gynecologist in Valsad district, says that while most of the women in the country live in villages, it is almost impossible to talk to them about their private parts, but the condition in which women come to us for treatment with infections is truly alarming. . There is an urgent need to talk openly about this issue in cities too.
Dr. Felish Gersh has also written a book about women’s hormonal health, in which he called “Vaginal Hygiene” for this cleanliness. The word has been used. Dr. Gersh says that every parent should not hesitate to give a clear understanding of how to keep their genitals clean only when they are used to bathing their daughters. Doctor Gersh divides the vagina into two parts for hygiene purposes. One is vajaina i.e. vagina and the other part is vulva i.e. vagina. They say that nature has designed the vagina in such a way that the body cleans itself. That is, the vagina secretes some chemicals that keep it clean automatically, but the vulva is the same skin as any other part of the body. So, just as the skin of other parts of our body needs to be washed, aired and nourished, so is the vaginal skin.
You can use the soap you normally use to clean it. Most importantly, whenever you urinate or defecate, wipe the area thoroughly. Whenever cleaning the vagina, the cloth should be rolled backwards starting from the front. They even say that both the vagina and the anus should never be cleaned with the same cloth. It is imperative to use tissue paper or cloth separately for both these areas.
Another important point Dr. Gersh makes is that peeing immediately after sex is the easiest way to keep the vagina bacteria-free. It is good if it can be cleaned with water. In addition, they add that the inside of the vagina should never be cleaned with soap or anything else. Yes you can clean the inside using just water and finger but there is no need to scrub or use any other liquid or soap.
When talking about the genitals, it becomes necessary to talk about the pubic hair i.e. the hair on the private parts. Now the opinion of doctors is different in this matter. Some doctors say that it is completely unnecessary hair growth and some say that it protects the vagina. However, its cleanliness is equally important. While bathing, this hair should be cleaned evenly with soap. Even if you don’t keep the hair, take special care that the tools to remove it are absolutely clean.
According to Dr. Ellis, you can check your vaginal health at the initial stage. Which can happen in three stages: appearance, smell and touch. The best option is to check your vagina regularly in these three ways and if anything seems abnormal, don’t hesitate and see a doctor. They add that playing during menstruation requires special care. If you are using household clothes at first, stop immediately. Second, sanitary pads should also be changed every three hours. Now women in cities also use menstrual cups, then they should also be boiled a few times in hot water and cleaned properly and then used.
Dryness occurs in the vagina after menopause. Due to this, problems like itching and rashes arise. Supplements like vitamin E, vitamin C also have to be taken at the time of arrival. Dr. Ellis says that instead of taking remedies after the problem, why can’t we take steps to prevent the problem?
Talking to a Gynecologist in Mumbai, he pointed out some very important points. As most of the time this part of women’s body is not affected by air, because that part is not exposed. Now it is obvious that if any part of the body does not get air there is bound to be trouble. So, first of all, after taking a bath, before wearing underwear, wipe the vagina with a clean cloth and sit or lie down for some time to feel the air. Second, underwear should also be changed every night. That is, the inner clothes should also be changed twice in the morning after bathing and at night before sleeping. Thirdly wearing both bra and panty continuously is also very harmful. It is advisable to get new ones every year for all the underwear that you use on a daily basis. That is, underwear should not be used for more than one year. The most important thing is that if there is any confusion related to vajaina, one should talk to the doctor without hesitation and get checked. The vagina is the most important part of a woman and its hygiene is as important as any other part of the body, children should be taught from an early age.

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