Let’s take a look at some common factors which can affect the intimate area.
- Age – Most women are more prone to such infections. This is due to the changing hormonal levels that occur at different ages, which can affect the growth of “friendly” bacteria, and ultimately, the acidic balance in the intimate area.
- Clothing – Women who wear tight undergarments or jeans for prolonged periods are more susceptible to infections. This is due to the increase in moisture levels which promote the growth of “unfriendly” bacteria.
- Menstrual cycle – During a women’s monthly cycle, it is especially important to maintain good daily feminine hygiene to prevent irritation and odour.
- Sexual activity – During sexual activity, the natural environment in the intimate area can be affected, and this can predispose women to increased risk of infections.
- Basic hygiene techniques – Using feminine hygiene wipes would be helpful, especially when using public toilets. Also, wiping in a “front-to-back” direction is the most appropriate. When using toilet tissue, use the unscented variety.
- Using inappropriate feminine hygiene products – This is an important aspect of feminine hygiene to take into consideration.
Soap and water which we use to bathe in is not ideal for washing the intimate area. Soaps are alkaline in nature, and this is opposite to the protective acidic environment. This will destroy the “friendly” bacteria in the intimate area and lead to overgrowth of “unfriendly” bacteria.