Our top 5 tips for healthy bits!
posted by: abbey
The genital area, including the surrounding skin is very delicate and can easily be damaged. Here are our top 5 tips for healthy genitals!
- Avoid irritants! Using soap, shower gel and feminine hygiene products can cause dryness, itching and irritation. Wash with plain water or an emollient instead!
- Don’t overwash! Washing once a day is enough! You run the risk of washing away good, healthy bacteria’s by washing too much, and douching is a no-no!
- Do allow your genitals some fresh air! – and this doesn’t have to mean walking around half naked! Sleeping underwear free allows air to circulate to the part of your body that is covered up the most! Wearing breathable cotton (or cotton gusset) undies is advised too, and you should wash these in non-bio!
- Don’t remove your pubic hair! Whilst it might be fashionable to have a brazilian or hollywood, pubic hair serves a purpose. It stops bacteria and dirt from getting into our genitals and causing problems!
- Do get regular sexual health check up’s to make sure you are free from infection. Most STIs don’t come with symptoms, so testing for them is important. We suggest, at the beginning AND end of a relationship, or at least once a year if you are having casual partners
Read more advice about keeping your genitals healthy here
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