Personal hygiene: Should you use an intimate wash?
An intimate wash is a solution formulated especially for women to cleanse their intimate areas. Intimate wash is used for the treatment of dryness, itching, and irritation of intimate areas.
When it comes to maintaining personal hygiene, women pay a lot of attention to their skin and hair. The hygiene of intimate areas, however, is not as widely talked about. But just like any other part of the body, it is extremely important to take care of one’s intimate areas by keeping them clean to prevent infections and other health hazards.
While many women are unable to decide what is safe to use, some prefer intimate washes to clean their intimate areas. But is it safe?
An intimate wash is a solution formulated especially for women to cleanse their intimate areas. Intimate wash is used for the treatment of dryness, itching, and irritation of intimate areas. They also help in maintaining normal PH of the vagina which is important in preventing bacterial infection.
The expert added that using soap to wash the intimate areas is, however, “not recommended, as it disrupts the natural vaginal flora, which will, in turn, allow the harmful bacteria to grow rapidly.”
An ideal intimate wash product should be “soap-free with no irritants and hypoallergic”.
Some of the key components to look out for while selecting an intimate wash are lactic acid, glycerin, aloe vera extract, tea tree extract, and water.
For menopausal women, it is advised to include intimate washes in their personal cleanliness routine because they “experience hormonal changes which make their vagina extra sensitive and dry”.
Like any other product, these washes should be used with discretion, A small quantity should be taken in hand and used during toilet uses and showering” and should not be “overdone.
Additionally, intimate washes for pregnant women “should not contain strong chemicals and should be paraben-free”.
The above article is for information purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professionals for any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.