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5 Tips to Manage Intimate Hygiene

Follow these easy tips to keep a humidity check on intimate health during monsoon.

The advent of monsoon increases humidity in the atmosphere and takes a toll on our personal hygiene. This is also the season when organisms, including yeast and bacteria, flourish lavishly leading to infection in the urinary tract in women. It is therefore important to be extra cautious and practise a good habit to maintain optimum hygiene in the intimate area and avoid anything that leads to retention of heat and sweat.

Here we have Vasavdatta Gandhi, Millennium Herbal Care, sharing important tips on managing intimate hygiene.

Stay dry

There will be times where you can get invariably drenched in the rains. It is all the more impinging upon oneself to wear dry clothes, especially the innerwear that tends to get moist due to the added atmospheric moisture due to sweating during this season. Wearing innerwear made of synthetic fabric for longer durations may retain moisture leading to irritation and friction. It important to consciously choose natural and breathable fabrics. Also, if you get drenched in the rain, bathe immediately on reaching home and dry yourself.

Avoid tight clothes

Avoid wearing skinny jeans and tight shorts. These limit movement and cause sweat, restricting the air flow and leading to friction and a hospitable environment for bad bacteria. Wear breathable and comfortable clothes that allow for maximum air flow and minimise the possible irritation.

Maintain cleanliness

Keep your intimate area clean to keep it free from bacterial infection and odour. It is recommended to clean it twice a day, during morning bath and before bedtime. In the case of excessive sweating, it is better to clean and pat dry more often.

Hydrate yourself

Due to excessive sweating and inadequate liquid intake, one tends to lose body fluids and salts that could lead to burning sensation during urination. If not attended to, this could lead to infection. Drink plenty of water and liquids to keep the urinary tract flushed and healthy. Water helps to clear out toxins from the body and maintains the pH balance of the body.

Eat healthy

Avoid eating excessive spicy food, as more acidic food can cause pH imbalance and increase bad pungent odour of the intimate area. Have foods rich in pre and probiotics like plain yoghurt, onion, garlic, strawberry and green leafy vegetables, that help to support the growth of healthy bacteria.