Okay boys, this post isn't for you... you can stop reading right now so you don't get the heebeejeebees on me. Ladies: You deserve to know the truth about your hoo-hoo, otherwise known as your "lady-parts" and how to keep the temple as healthy and happy as possible.
Please please please share with your girlfriends, sister, mom and daughter.
1. Avoid plastic tampons and pads (sanitary napkins).
How on earth did we ever think that sticking plastisized substances that are chlorine bleached, contain nearly all synthetic materials, latex and petrochemicals inside our body was a good idea? If you use the most common brands of tampons on the market, then you are definitely being exposed to these substances. Care about the environment? Every year, billions of plastic pads and tampon applicators are disposed of. Most of these pads are made from over 90% crude oil plastic which goes on to pollute global environments forever. But you can choose NOT to use them and instead use this brand of natural tampons and pads: http://www.natracare.com/p20/en-GB/Natracare-Products.aspx or there's the Diva Cup.
2. Please do not over-wash the lady-parts with scented soaps or douches or squirt (get your mind out of the gutter) weird solutions to cleanse the insides.
You have a very delicate balance of good bacteria and the pH level doesn't like being messed around with by chemicals! Further, over-zealous washing can irritate the skin. When the tissue becomes agitated or raw, bad bacteria is more likely to stick there.
Here's the deal: If you stink, all the douching and washing in the world is not going to help (assuming you regularly wash down there) and it upsets the natural delicate balance of bacteria and pH level. You need to get the stink out by following a good diet rich in wholesome foods, avoid refined sugar, processed carbs, bad fats, drink lemon and water and of course, avoid your food allergies/sensitivities. I write about beauty from the inside out a lot on my blog and the same rule applies here. Create a healthy hoo-hoo from the inside out. For more on this, you may actually need a complete nutrition-makeover.
3. Avoid wearing synthetic underwear.
Have you ever wondered what your underwear are made of? How can your hoo-hoo breathe and detoxify if it's being suffocated by nylon, rayon and acrylic. 100% cotton is breathable and kind to your lady parts. Want to take it one step further? Then invest in organic cotton undies or even hemp. Oh dear, now I'm sounding really granola here. Look I don't suggest you wear hay-or grass-like undies. But at the bare minimum, if you suffer from recurrent yeast or UTI's then definitely read what materials your undies are made from and choose wisely next time you are at the lingerie store. Save those rayon undies for a special occasion.
4. Spermicides and commercial lube.
Oh dear... spermicides are absolutely horrendous for your lady-parts. You may have noticed this first-hand already and chosen to avoid condoms with these chemicals. Complaints from the most common chemical in spermicides (Nonoxynol-9) has been reported to include irritation, itching, or the sensation of burning of the sex organs (either partner), UTI's, yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis. As for lube, if you must use it, then use organic coconut oil. No joke here! It's natural, chemical free and smells lovely. However, please note if you are hormonally balanced, attracted your partner and not taking any medications (including the Birth Control Pill = BCP) the need for lube should be next to never.
5. Don't put perfume near your hoo-hoo and avoid scented/printed toilet paper.
Again, this is a delicate tissue and there's an even more delicate balance of healthy bacteria that doesn't like being invaded by chemicals in fragrance or ink. These chemicals set the stage of a skin reaction, so they are best avoided.
6. Do your kegels!
Weak pelvic muscles can cause incontinence and decrease your sexual pleasure. How do you remember to do them? Easy - do them while you are driving, everytime you hit a stop light, do your kegels or each time you urinate, stop mid-flow, hold for a second and then release.
7. Condoms - so many choices, so little time!
If you are not on the BCP, then condoms are the most common form of birth control. If you've ever purchased domes for your guy, you know there are more choices than thongs at a lingerie store. Let's break it down:
Latex: The most common material condoms are made from. Many ladies find they develop allergies to latex. When that happens, the second most common material is polyurethane.
Polyurethane: Polyurethane is made of plastic, stronger than latex and therefore can be made much thinner and still be just as reliable. Condoms made of polyurethane also transmit body heat more effectively than latex condoms however, women can still develop allergies to this material too.
Vegan: I interviewed my vegan girlfriend about her favourite brand of condoms and she said her and her guy like this one: http://www.glyde-condoms.com/en/vegan.php It has no casein (dairy protein). I couldn't seem to find out in my research what it was actually made of, so I'm assuming plastic, just no animal products whatsoever.
I suggest you pick which condoms you feel most comfortable with and avoid the common irritants such as warming lubes and scents. Obviously, spermicides can be extremely irritating but they decrease the risk of pregnancy, so it's up to you!
If you suffer from yeast, UTIs, bladder infections every month, try the above suggestions first and notice if there's a difference. I've had clients completely eliminate UTI's just by switching to a natural brand of tampons. If not, book a free 15-minute session with me and I can share some ideas with you.
Do you have any tips you would add to this list?