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5 Habits That Affect Your Vaginal Health & How To Avoid Them

Not Drinking Enough Water

Don't douche: Douching is not only unnecessary for most women's bodies—it actually does more harm than good! The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women do not use douches because they can irritate the uterus or cause an infection by washing away helpful bacteria. If you want cleanliness down there, just use warm water and a gentle soap (or no soap at all) when showering or bathing.

Ignoring Symptoms: Many women don’t go see their doctor when they experience symptoms like pain during sex or bleeding between periods because they think it will go away on its own – but this is actually dangerous for your body! If you notice any unusual symptoms in your vagina (or elsewhere), make sure to talk to your doctor ASAP so they can get started on treating whatever might be causing these issues before they become more serious. I know as black women we are given very little valuable resources in the traditional medical arena so try and seek a holistic healer or OBGYN that specializes in minority women's concerns.

Using the Wrong Soap in the Shower

Wearing Tight Underwear

Putting perfume down there

Wearing sweaty workout clothes too long

While there's no such thing as a perfect vagina, they can be damaged when women make certain unhealthy choices. Even if you don't have kids yet, it's possible to put yourself at risk for more tears, odors and even yeast infections. To help you avoid these issues in the long run, here are five habits that affect your vaginal health that you definitely should be avoiding!

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