5 Vagina-Friendly Cleansing Products That Gynecologists Donít Hate
Posted by careana on June 23rd, 2020
As Dr. Kimberly Langdon, OB-GYN, medical advisor at Medzino, a digital health company based in California says, “It seems we’re in the midst of a massive wave of products for vaginas and vulvas.”
Your vagina doesn’t need special products, but your vulva might benefit
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Washing inside or douching the vagina can disrupt this natural balance, which can result in irritation, bacterial vaginosis, or a yeast infection. Further, Langdon says, “Douching actually increases the risk of pushing STIs upwards toward the fallopian tubes and can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) that can cause infertility.”
So, does the vulva need to be washed? Yes.
Warm water is all you need to adequately clean your vulva. However, there are products you can use if you really want to cleanse, moisturize, or freshen up between showers down there.
Anything you use on the vulva can easily enter the super-sensitive vagina, so what’s in the product matters. “It is important to minimize ingredients like scents which can cause dryness and alter the pH of the vagina, leading to irritation or infection,” says New York-based obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Kameelah Phillips. Besides, you don’t need to cover up the natural smell of your vagina with perfumes.
If you do invest in soap, wipes, or other products for your nether bits, go for something that’s as mild as possible. Ideally, it should be dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic, and fragrance-free.
Here are 3 gynecologist-approved products you can try out:
1. Dove Sensitive Skin Bath Bars
“I encourage my patients to use unscented soap like Dove bar soap, and to use the least amount of soap possible,” she says. It’s fragrance-free.
Langdon recommends other fragrance-free, gentle soaps, too:
The wipes are also free from dyes and parabens, and gynecologist-tested.
When should you use these? According to Ross, when changing pads or tampons.
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“Wearing sanitary pads each day can bring unwanted bacteria to this very sensitive and delicate area. These wipes can be used to clean the blood from the vulva whether you are home or out on the go.” You might also use them after a workout to wipe away groin sweat.
Cost: .60/package, available on Amazon
Note: Summer’s Eve also has scented versions of this product, but the fragrance may be irritating to the delicate skin of the vulva. “There is nothing wrong with the natural scent of a healthy vagina or vulva,” says Dr. Jessica Shepherd, MD. “If you’re experiencing a strong or unpleasant odor, you don’t want to cover that up. You want to actually address the issue.”
She suggests a visit to the gynecologist or your healthcare provider of choice.
3. Vagisil Sensitive Plus Moisturizing Wash
It’s pH-balanced, hypoallergenic, as well as dermatologist- and gynecologist-tested. Keep in mind that this product does include a fragrance, which may be irritating to folks who are especially sensitive or prone to yeast infections.
Cost: .00/bottle, available on AmazonAlso See: Ob Gyn, Fragrance Free, Summers Eve, She Suggests, Vulva, Vagina, Says
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