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Monsoon warrants vaginal hygiene

The onset of Monsoon is often prone to vaginal infections. If you are a pluviophile and want to enjoy the rain without worries of vaginal infections here are some useful tips for you.
 
Renowned Obstetrician and Gynecologist Amodita Ahuja says during the monsoon, the humidity will be high, and our private parts already have a high moisture quotient. Thus it is essential to maintain proper vaginal hygiene. So it’s important to keep the vagina and area surrounding it dry by just wiping after urinating or after using the washroom. Dr. Amodita advises using only clean soap and water to clean your vulvas.  
 
She further says to avoid wearing skinny jeans, tight pants, or shorts. As tight clothing increases humidity, reduces airflow, and retains more sweat, increasing the risk of rashes, vaginal infections, and urinary tract infections. Dry cotton clothing improves air circulation and decreases skin irritation, thus decreasing the possibility of rashes.
 
To avoid infection during periods in the rainy season, she recommends that you change your sanitary pads every 4 hours, regardless of how wet they are, tampons every 2 hours, and menstrual cups every 8 hours. Keeping private areas dry and staying away from chemical-laden moist wipes is essential. She advises avoiding using feminine hygiene washes, just resorting to plain soap and water.
 
The gynaecologist further said that there is a lot of humidity during the rainy season, which causes you to lose a lot of salts and fluids from your body. Drinking 4-5 litres of liquids is usually a good idea because it not only keeps you hydrated but also flushes all the toxins out of your system. Hydration also aids in the maintenance of vaginal pH and hence the prevention of vaginal infections.
 
Dear woman, it is normal that many of us may suffer from rashes or itching in intimate areas. It is high time to prioritise your health and instead of opting for vague homemade remedies, if you are suffering from any issues visit a gynaecologist. I hope these simple tips shared above will help you to prevent such infections and enjoy the monsoon.
 
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SC PV Kamat

Preeti V Kamat, a young Postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Karnatak University, Dharwad utilises her considerable learned journalistic knowledge and inherent nose for news that matters to provide the media brands of the Spearhead Media group with a competitive edge. Her focus is on profiles and human-interest stories.

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