Intimate area flora contains numerous bacteria and has a specific pH. The maintenance of these two components provides a balance of this sensitive area. Any harsh external factors (stress, antibiotic treatment, hormonal changes, unsuitable intimate hygiene, etc.) can alter the flora or natural pH of this area and cause discomfort or vaginal infections. Precautions must therefore be taken during your daily intimate hygiene routine, especially during pregnancy. Discover the advice from our partner gynaecologist, Dr. Nguyen below.
What actions should I take daily?
The balance of intimate area flora is fragile and must be respected. Here are 10 tips to take to maintain good intimate hygiene every day.
- One to two wash routines a day are enough to ensure good hygiene of the intimate area.
- Dry this area thoroughly after bathing or showering.
- Limit intimate area hygiene to the vulva area and do not use vaginal douches.
- Use a specifically adapted, soap-free, washing gel with a pH between 4.5 and 9.
- Check that the intimate gel used is for everyday use.
- Never use a wash mitt. They are veritable nests of bacteria.
- Avoid wearing tight clothing and prefer cotton underwear.
- After sexual intercourse, it is advisable to urinate to prevent germs from rising to the urethra and causing a urinary tract infection.
- Avoid full waxing that can promote certain imbalances of the intimate area, pubic hair having a protective role.
I’m pregnant, what precautions should I take?
Pregnancy is a period of hormonal changes that can cause discomfort. To minimise this, it is important to eat a balanced diet and take care of your intimate area.
Constipation is common, favouring urinary tract infections, vulvo-vaginal mycoses and exacerbating haemorrhoids. Adequate hydration, 1.5 litres a day and a high fibre diet favouring vegetables improve transit. It is also important to respect the pH of the intimate area with a suitable cleansing product, used morning and evening, to avoid adding a factor favouring infections.
During pregnancy, vaginal discharge is naturally more abundant, without infection, and can be annoying. If you use panty liners, make sure to change them several times a day to prevent a maceration effect.
After pregnancy during the postpartum period, there is often an episiotomy or itchy sutures (stitches that should resorb) and blood loss with wearing sanitary towels (you cannot use tampons). This requires washing the intimate area more than ever with a specific product, morning and evening and gentle but thorough drying by dabbing or using a hair dryer on cold. In some cases of infection of the episiotomy, the doctor will prescribe an antiseptic washing product.