1. When washing the area around the vagina (the vulva) gently use warm water and plain, unperfumed soaps every day.
  2. Douches can be very disruptive to the normal vaginal flora so avoid them.
  3. Avoid perfumed toilet paper and don’t use scented intimate products.
  4. Consider taking a probiotic designed specifically to support vaginal health, especially if you tend to suffer from vaginal infections.
  5. Urinate immediately after sex, use protection and wash the vagina gently with water as soon as possible.
  6. Avoid using sexual lubricants and condoms with chemical additives and spermicides. Choose natural versions that are aligned to the vaginal pH and non-irritant to the delicate vaginal epithelia.
  7. Avoid synthetic fabrics against your skin and consistently wearing tight clothing.
  8. Keep an eye on your sugar intake, as this will feed the wrong type of bacteria. Instead enjoy a varied diet of fresh foods, including fresh fruit and vegetables.
  9. 70% of your immune system is in your gut. So the gut is a good place to start!
  10. Finally, talk about vagina health! Express any worries and concerns, share them, and seek medical advice if necessary. Understand its complexities and remember how amazing vaginas and the people who have them are.

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