Should You Use Female Hygiene Products in 2022?

The debate on whether to use feminine hygiene products or not has been a subject of interest for many women in their reproductive ages.  Almost every female wants to know if they should be using them if they aren’t already.

These feminine hygiene products include intimate washes, wipes, yoni pearls, yoni eggs, shaving gels, and lubricants. There are also alternative care procedures such as vaginal steaming which a lot of women love according to statistics.

Through social media, I learned about these feminine hygiene products that I never knew existed a couple of years ago. And for sure I have been fascinated by the various products available and what they can do to a vagina.

Being a young woman I have always been fascinated by my vagina.  Always wanting to know how to clean it, what is good for it what is not.

It is a known fact that every vagina is different and knowing what a healthy vulvovaginal environment should look like is practically impossible. Thus making it difficult to outline which products someone should use when it comes to intimate hygiene. What will work for someone might not necessarily work for you.

However, there have been various studies that have been carried out to show which products are safe for a vagina and which ones are not. And in this article, we will delve into that and answer some of the questions you have been asking about these products.

Let’s kick it off with products that are unsafe for your vagina. These products and procedures have been said to be unsafe based on studies carried out looking at the connection between feminine hygiene products and the development of vaginal infections.

Douching is one of the practices that are considered to be unsafe; it is the process involving the “flushing” of the vagina with water or various cleansers, including homemade solutions of water and vinegar. Several studies have found that douching can upset the natural bacterial balance in the vagina, rendering it more vulnerable to infections — including sexually transmitted infections — and increasing a person’s risk of cervical cancer and pelvic inflammatory disease.

Over-washing the vulva with vaginal soaps and washes is also considered unsafe, can irritate it and harm its health, and can even lead to getting UTI.  A person should use these vaginal washes and cleansers for about two days a week and only pat them gently with a soft towel to dry.

Brands with milder ingredients and better formulation have been shown to reduce the number of harmful pathogens, decreasing the risk of infection without affecting the surrounding beneficial bacteria.

It is however considered safe to follow these practices for a healthier vagina;

  • Wash with cool to lukewarm water.
  • Don’t use any harsh or fragranced soaps, lotions or bath products.
  • Wear cotton underwear.
  • If you want to incorporate a feminine wash in your routine, do your research carefully and look at the ingredients first.
  • Only use soft, white toilet paper.
  • Avoid wearing damp clothing, such swimwear or workout gear, for too long after you’ve finished swimming or exercising.

Although many women may be concerned about vaginal odor and buy into products that claim to eliminate it, it is normal for vaginas to have a unique, musky scent. Products such as Yoni pearls and yoni eggs have been advertised to help in fresher smelling vaginas through detoxing the uterus, cleansing the vagina, and quelling vaginal inflammation.  And even help with endometriosis, irregular periods, fibroids, PCOS, blocked tubes, and ovarian cysts. Unfourtunately there arent any statistics to backup these claims, making it impossible to confirm if they do more good than harm.

Statistics show that the feminine hygiene market, on the whole, brought millions of dollars into the economies of dozens of countries in 2021. In 2020 the feminine hygiene market generated 20.9 billion bucks. That just shows how big of an industry the female hygiene market is.

While there are some women who have used these female hygiene products and have attested to having helped them it is important to note that a vagina is a self-cleaning machine. You don’t have to use these products unless prescribed by a gynecologist. If you’re going to use them anyway, please, for the love of your vaginal health, do so for as short as possible. Like, really, really, really short!

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