Before we embark on a conversation about caring for the wellbeing of our vagina, let’s first identify the different parts:
The vagina herself is the elastic muscular canal extending from the surface inside up to the cervix.
She receives the penis during intercourse. During childbirth, the baby passes through the vagina, otherwise known as the birth canal.
The labia majora are the outer lips, which protect the labia minora.
As most of you know well the urine passes through the urethra.
The clitoris has 8,000 nerve endings all dedicated to our pleasure. The penis, in comparison, has 4,000 nerve endings.
The clitoral hood covers the clitoris for protection, as it is so sensitive.
All of this together is called the vulva. The correct term when we refer to all of the above parts is the vulva.
Now, how did you feel about reading the above?
Did you feel the same as if you were reading about your ankle?
Well, so many women just don’t have any relationship with this part of their body.
Centuries of shameful conditioning have most women just not familiarize themselves with the body part that makes us WOMEN.
This shame has been passed down from generation to generation.
The thinking is that if we just ignore our vulva and don’t encourage getting to know her, then perhaps "girls" would avoid untimely pregnancies.
"So best not to talk about it."
And yet, we don’t even refer to her with the correct name, let alone discuss women deriving pleasure from her.
We are quite different from men actually, who talk about their parts quite openly and with such pride and bravado.
And what about the countless times your vagina feels dry and "not in the mood" to have sex, but you give in to what your partner wants and then feel so much pain afterwards?
The reality is that this part of our body has a wisdom of her own.
This is the most sacred part of our body. She creates life. Our womb houses and grows our baby for approximately 40 weeks.
She is the creation of all of life (and yet we ignore her).
So how can we take care of her overall health and what do we do if we get a vaginal infection, candida, or UTI?
- Give her attention and love. Acknowledge her existence.
- Don’t use commercial soap products which include harmful chemicals on the outside or inside of your Vulva. Use natural, organic soaps or just water.
- Keep her PH balance neutral by eating clean, whole foods and avoiding sugar and flour.
- Don’t wee in public pools, seas, or rivers as some bacteria might travel up inside you as you have opened the urethra.
- Use organic coconut oil as a lubricant (unless you use a latex condom).
- Change out of wet swimsuits as soon as possible.
- Drink a lot of water.
- Take cranberry tablets for UTI's.
- Stay away from sugar and flour as this encourages increased candida growth.
- Use a probiotic suppository to ease vaginal discomfort and itching related to candida.
- Use a vaginal douche from the pharmacy with bicarbonate of soda.
- For UTI, use a single boric acid suppository once when your period finishes and you should be good for at least 30 days.
- Practice safe sex with condoms. It is mutually beneficial for both you and your partner to protect against the spread of viral or bacterial infections, or STD’s.
Do you feel more comfortable with this part of your body? I hope so.