Half of the population has one, but we’re not all as clued up as we should be about how to care for them. Being kind of your vagina is not just about your health, it’s also about pleasure, satisfaction and sexual happiness. In this blog, we’re going to look at some of the self-care tips you should be following to keep your vagina happy. We’ll also look at some common myths about what you certainly shouldn’t be doing to your vagina.
How To Be Kinder To Your Vagina
The vagina. The vajayjay. The foof. Whatever you call it, your vagina’s needs are very simple. Be careful what you put in it, and don’t go overboard trying to keep it clean. The vagina has its own self-cleaning mechanism, which means you don’t have to go to extraordinary measures to keep yourself clean. Vaginal douches can be counter-productive, and using harsh soap or strong scents could lead to a bacterial infection.
If you’re ready to start being kinder to your vagina, read on to discover the Pleasure Delights top tips...
Find out what makes you tick
Don’t go chasing a G spot orgasm if that just doesn’t work for you. Getting to know your own body and what makes you tick is one of the best ways to be kinder to your vagina. If you’ve never really explored solo masturbation beyond a rabbit vibrator, it’s time to get to grips with what makes you tick. Light a candle, put on some sensual tunes and figure out what makes your body tick. We recently shared our tips for the best vibes for solo ladies. Unleash your wild side and see what makes your toes curl.
Learn what’s normal for you
Discharge from your vagina is completely normal, but there are times when this could be abnormal. You’ll never know what is abnormal if you aren't paying attention to normal. You might think it’s the grossest topic under the sun, but start paying attention to what happens to your body throughout the month. A period tracker app will allow you to track things like the consistency and colour of your discharge so you know when something is amiss.
Pay attention to the material in your toys
Plenty of people are allergic to latex and don’t know it. Pay close attention to the materials in your sex toys and make sure you’re putting your vaginal health first. You should also make sure you are diligent in your cleaning routine to make sure you aren't introducing any nasty bacteria into your most delicate regions. If you’re using shared penetration toys, always use condoms on them and change them during use.
Save your fancy underwear for special occasions
You should always wear 100% cotton underwear to allow your undercarriage to breathe. We know that you’ll sometimes want to liven things up with your sexiest G string, but save this for special occasions. Your fanciest underwear is likely made from polyester, which won’t allow your skin to breathe. And when your skin can’t breathe, you’re more likely to suffer a yeast infection. Stick to cotton underwear for everyday use and try going commando at night to give your skin a break.
Vaginal dryness is not a sign that you aren’t sexually adventurous. It’s completely normal and affects most women at some point in their life. Don’t fight it, just ride it out with a drop of skin-safe lubricant. A water-based lubricant will help to increase your sexual pleasure while also reducing friction which can lead to abrasions – ouch! Once you realise just how versatile lubricant can be, you’ll be exploring cooling, tingling and warming lubricants in no time.
Don’t ignore your health
Once you hit 25, you should be going for a cervical screening every three years. You’ll get a letter in the mail when this is due. Don’t ignore these letters, and don’t let anything stop you from going. This type of screening is over very quickly and isn’t as bad as you’ll be imagining it. The nurse carrying out the treatment will not care if you’ve waxed, what you look like down there, or your overall body shape. And if you’re sexually active with multiple partners, make sure you book regular STD screenings.