5 Personal Hygiene Habits That Are Detrimental To The Feminine Health
Although they may seem quite innocuous, some of our habits, including those having to do with our clothing, can have a negative impact on our feminine health. In addition, some of them may promote the development of intimate problems such as urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, and irritations.
If you do not want to be confronted with these problems, make sure you do not have any of habits we describe below. And, if necessary, do everything possible to eliminate them permanently in order to stay healthy.
1. You prefer lingerie in synthetic fibers.
If you believe that clothes, especially lingerie, made of synthetic fibers are safe, you are wrong. In fact, lingerie made out of synthetic fibers can be harmful to women's health (especially for women susceptible to yeast infections). This is because these materials can cause perspiration, irritation, maceration or local warming, which in turn can cause the occurrence of vaginal mycosis.
Our advice: opt for clothing made from natural materials such as cotton.
2. You use panty liners every day.
Unfortunately, it is a mistake that many women commit. Although these products have been designed to absorb vaginal discharge, they should only be worn at the beginning and the end of the menstrual period. If you use them every day, you may be at risk of suffering from various vaginal infections. In fact, panty liners make the vaginal area warmer and moister, making it a perfect environment for the proliferation of aggressive bacteria responsible for vaginal infections, including yeast infections.
Our advice: To avoid this problem, try to only wear them occasionally, or change them more often (every 4 hours).
3. You have cystitis, but wear thongs and tight clothing anyway.
While wearing thongs is really a personal, cosmetic, and comfort choice, be careful if you have cystitis or are vulnerable to UTIs. Cystitis is caused by a pathogenic germ that comes from the anus and goes back to the bladder, and thongs, tight jeans, and leggings act like a kind of wick bringing these germs from the anus to the vagina!
Our advice: To avoid this disease, wear wider panties and looser clothing.
4. You change your tampon every 8 hours or less often
Although it is written on tampon boxes and instructions that it is necessary to "change your tampon every 4 to 8 hours, including at night," doctors strongly recommend doing it more often (every 4 hours) to eliminate the risk of developing toxic shock syndrome (TSS). This infectious disease is extremely rare, but very serious and manifests itself through a high fever, fainting, diarrhea, a rash, dizziness and even organ failure.
Our advice: Change your tampon every 4 hours and select the level of absorption corresponding to your flow.
5. You stay in a wet swimsuit.
If you wear a wet swimsuit for too long, you contribute to the faster and more efficient proliferation of different kinds of bacteria, which can cause various infections.
Our advice: Remove your wet clothes as soon as possible after swimming in the pool or in the ocean.
Are you familiar with one or more of the bad habits described above? Will you follow our advice to stay in good health? We would love to read your thoughts in the comments below.
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This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.