SEX ED : Your Simple Go-To Guide for Vaginal Hygiene
As Dr. Jen Gunter, OBGYN, proclaims, “your vagina is a self-cleaning oven.” She doesn’t want you using any hygiene products to clean yourself internally down there.
Women report cleaning themselves intravaginally in fairly significant numbers (up to 57% in North America) in the form of douching, steaming and wiping. Dr. Gunter urges women to reconsider cleaning as growing evidence indicates that douching and other internal hygiene methods can be harmful to the protective biological mechanisms of the vagina, potentially making it more susceptible to bacterial vaginosis, some STIs, physical irritation and even foul-smelling odors.
Take-away: your vagina does not need to be “freshened.”