April is vagina month and here are a few tips from our amazing team of Naturopaths to keeping your vagina healthy.
1. Eat 1 cup of plain yogurt everyday – Make sure the yogurt you are eating contains “live cultures”. These friendly bacteria help maintain the delicate ecosystem in your vaginal canal and can help prevent yeast infections and bacterial infections such as bacterial vaginosis. If you would like to sweeten your yogurt, try adding fruit or a bit of honey.
2. Maintain adequate vitamin D levels in your blood – Low levels of vitamin D are associated with a higher risk of bacterial vaginosis. This condition can be particularly harmful in pregnancy as it can cause pre-term labour. Even in non-pregnant women, it can increase the chances of becoming infected with sexually transmitted diseases, and can be quite unpleasant and difficult to treat. Take a daily vitamin D supplement (especially from October to April) and consider having your vitamin D levels checked occasionally to make sure you are taking the appropriate dose.
3. Use only water when cleaning “down there”- when functioning properly, your vagina is like a self-cleaning oven! While bathing, be sure to only use water when cleaning the vaginal area. Soaps can be irritating to the delicate skin and mucous membranes of the vagina and can throw off the pH of your vagina.
4. If something seems off, seek help – If you notice a strange odour, or something seems off, it is best to seek professional help. Most vaginal infections are not yeast infections but rather bacterial infections. The naturopathic team at PhysioExcellence can assess your concern by checking the vaginal pH and doing a swab for culture to determine exactly what is going on. There are several natural treatment options for a variety of vaginal health concerns but it is important to get the proper diagnosis first.
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