With proper prevention and optimal care of your intimate hygiene, you can avoid vaginal infections such as candidiasis or vaginosis, and urinary complaints such as cystitis. These cases increase with the arrival of summer and with an immune system probably weakened by the stress or anxiety caused by the confinement and the COVID-19 crisis. If they arrive, always treat them with products of natural origin of quality brands.
Itching, stinging, burning, continuous urge to urinate or vaginal dryness and pain in sexual relations are some of the symptoms that many women often experience in our intimate area. Annoying signs that may be indicating a vaginal yeast infection, a bacterial vaginosis or a cystitis and that can end up making our life impossible, harming or reducing our sexual life to zero or forcing us to change many of our daily habits.
Far from being taboo, we know that our intimate hygiene plays a crucial role in avoiding these vaginal infections that most of us experience at different times in our lives, especially when we frequent humid environments such as beaches or swimming pools, after having taken antibiotics that have destroyed the pathogenic bacteria but also the healthy bacteria of our vaginal microbiota. Also, it is easy to get an infection in situations like pregnancy, postpartum and lactation.
In addition to all of these, there is another factor that can trigger them that you probably haven’t paid enough attention to: stress .
Crowned as the great evil of our times, stress damages our physical, mental and emotional health at different levels and, among them, the drop in defenses that this can cause us stands out. A weak immune system is the gateway to viruses and infections of all kinds, therefore, and in the face of the crisis caused by COVID-19, in the article Supplements of natural origin to strengthen your immune system we gave you options to prevent coronavirus . Now, at the gates of summer, after the peak of the pandemic and more focused on preventing, treating its multiple consequences and decongesting the health system of essential visits, we want to emphasize the need to maximize our personal hygiene. and, especially, our intimate hygiene, in a time of high stress, changes in habits and diet.
To prevent: healthy products for optimal intimate health
Because prevention is always better than cure, it is very important that we carry out daily intimate care with products specially designed for it . According to Dr. José Fernando Losa Domínguez, obstetrician, gynecologist and maternologist at the Sagrada Familia Clinic (Barcelona), expert in menopause by the Spanish Association for the Study of Menopause (AEEM) and in Gyneco-aesthetics by the University of Barcelona, these products must be “perfectly adapted to the vulvo-genital area, covering all the needs of hydration, hygiene and regeneration, avoiding dryness and irritations, especially in situations that cause itching (itching) and discomfort”.
Following the recommendations of Dr. Losa, we must always focus on the composition of these products and avoid those that contain aggressive components, prioritizing those formulated with ingredients of natural origin by quality and trusted brands, with clinical evidence and gynecologically tested. “Those with good tolerability should be used, and can be used both in the vulvo-genital area (more external) and in the vaginal introitus (opening of the vagina) and without staining the tissues,” says Dr. Losa, who recommends the use of Palomacare® sensitive foam, a product of the laboratory specialized in women’s health Procare Health.
Apart from the specific soaps for your intimate hygiene that you should use every day, it is also important that you avoid wearing tight clothing in the genital area, exposing yourself to moisture (spending, for example, many hours in a wet bathing suit panties) and, If you use compresses or tampons, opt for 100% organic cotton . Do not forget to ensure a healthy and varied diet, with a large amount of fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables, with the presence of probiotics such as sauerkraut, miso, tamari, kefir or yogurt, which ensure good bacterial diversity in the intestine and in the vagina, and with very little presence of ultra processed products and added sugars (main food for vaginal yeast and fungi).
In addition, you should know that there are products that combine specific probiotics and other natural ingredients, such as cranberry, which help restore the balance of the vaginal microbiota and form a protective barrier to avoid common repeat infectious episodes such as cystitis. , bacterial candidiasis or vaginosis.