Let’s talk about taking care of the “down there.”
The vulva is the external genital area consisting of the labia majora and the labia minor. This area can be cleaned by just splashing warm water on the area during a bath or shower. Soap isn’t required, but a mild, fragrance-free soap can be used. Try to avoid harsh scrubbing of the area and prevent soap from getting into the vagina.
The vaginal opening is found in the center within the labia minora. Some women use douching to keep the vagina clean, but douching is not recommended. The vagina protects itself by creating an acidic environment with vaginal flora, the protective bacteria that live in the vagina. The bacteria and acidity are protective against disease-causing organisms. Thus, the vagina shouldn’t be disrupted with soaps, water, or other products.
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-Written by Paavana Varanasi