How to Keep Your Vagina Healthy (& Tasting Awesome)

by Staff

All women should be concerned about their vaginal health. And there’s no time like summer – that season of wet bathing suits and sandy beaches – to keep on top of our “V-game.” Here are 3 ways to keep your vagina’s naturally acidic pH level, rich quantities of beneficial bacteria, and natural, erm, “secretions” in check, so you’re fending off infections all summer and yes, keeping your suitors happy with the way things taste.

1. Don’t Douche – Just Wash

When it comes to keeping our hair and face healthy, we know what we’re supposed to do, but when it comes to staying healthy “down there”– how many of us are really in the know?

The fact is, your V’s ideal pH is different than the rest of your skin (3.8 as opposed to 5.5) and regular soaps and showers, certain clothing, diet and even sex all affect that balance. So what can we do to achieve balance “down there?” Number one – don’t douche. Instead, use gentle cleansers like Johnson’s Head to Toe Baby Wash, or Sebamed’s Feminine Intimate wash. This infographic should help spell out why. (Note that proper washing doesn’t necessarily enhance “taste” since it doesn’t impact your “juices.” But it definitely promotes cleanliness and freshness – key aspects of controlling the state of things “down there.” )

2. Diet Choices

That’s right. Vaginal health is highly impacted by diet. And while it’s MOST effective to think of what you eat as a way to prevent bacterial imbalances that can lead to infection (cuz what you eat can do that), there is some research out there that says certain foods can alter the flavor of your “juices.” It’s easiest to think about it like this: what makes your breath good? That will make your vagina good, too (the vag’s secretions are similar to saliva, which helps keep your mouth clean). Whatever makes your breath bad is going to make your vag bad (coffee, beer, that amazing chili dog – all of those are good to avoid before sexy time).

So far, what internet research says about the foods that “improve” the taste “down there” are: pineapple, apples, celery, yogurt, red grapes, cranberry juice, water, mint, watermelon, strawberries. You should be aware that none of these things are proven to make a big difference, and should never be relied upon more than a good washing. Still, it is pretty interesting.

3. Wear Breathable Clothing

Anything that stays moist or doesn’t let air flow through is bad, bad, bad. Sitting around in your wet bathingsuit after hitting the pool or keeping your workout gear on for a long time after you work out might be more convenient, but it’s the easiest way to get a yeast infection (which leads to yecky odors!). Make sure when you leave the house in a bathingsuit, you bring a pair of clean cotton underwear to slip on. Your vagina should stay clean and dry — and certain types of fabrics and styles can prevent that. Remember, not to be gross, but your vagina is basically an armpit between your legs, so do what you can to keep air flowing through there to make it smell (and taste) the best it can. Check your collection of hot weather undies and try to make room for more cotton.

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  • lol:

    Hahahaha this is fucking hilarious

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    1. sally:

      how?

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  • Flavia:

    Thanx for the article am actually having these problem.tried all medication but failed .I will now try that hope it works

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  • veronica:

    Bleach baths

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  • Bruzhido:

    Hey somebody told me about this place and a comment on guy’s junk. I shower every day and wash often. Before the love event, I wash my self then rinse my junk with pineapple juice and then water. I never get complaints. I don’t want my woman finding any funky odor when she’s reciprocating the love action.

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    1. Loretta:

      That is refreshing to know that you consider your partner’s feelings. A friend of mine told his girl he used listerine down there and she laughed and thought it dumb. I think love and intimacy should be reciprocated.

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  • Mara:

    I had problems with recurring bacterial vaginosis that would return almost immediately after treatment (I don’t bother with underwear and I don’t use soap on my vag). My bf and I would make sure that I rinsed right away after every time we romped and I took Fem Dophilus pills which seemed to help but my poor vag’s ph always went awry again eventually. After a couple years of this, my bf asked if maybe I was just rinsing TOO thoroughly, considering we have shower wands. Sure enough, I haven’t had any problems in months. Wish it had clicked earlier that the water might be doing more harm than good! Knowledge of all the subtle lady bit nuances should be required in Sex Ed.

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  • Terkaa:

    I really like the tutorial it is educating. keep it up.

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  • Crunkatlanta:

    This is an awesome post.. Should be shared more often

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  • FunTimes:

    If it smells like fish make it a dish, if it smell like cologne leave it alone!

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  • TTOKKYO:

    White chocolate -source: a doctor who had to go to a sex rehab (true story)

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  • Tonya Rufus:

    The key to a healthy vagina free from odor is having a diet that consist of live flora which you can easily find in a Whole Foods Supermarket. I like Reuteri which will give you prebiotic support. Try the 3 billion CFU which have to be kept refrigerated.

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  • jane14:

    the cotton undies is definitely a must here in miami! lol

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  • jane14:

    i use summer’s eve but i guess i can try sebaMed

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  • jane14:

    i wasnt aware about the red grapes, celery, watermelon, or yogurt….good to know!

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  • jane14:

    ive heard about the pineapple and water

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  • jane14:

    good article

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  • Lisette Caesar:

    Young ladies need to read it.

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    1. tokyo:

      noo you needa read it.

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  • Michelle Rivera:

    Great article,very interesting and things to know..

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  • nich:

    Great article. very informative…

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  • Crispy:

    word

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  • kaewill24:

    That was a great article! I love my vagina and take special care of her. However, I did not know that smelly food could affect of the vagina natural juices! Interesting!

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