The answer is easy… water
In the days of our lolas, there were no brands like Lactacyd, GynePro, pH Care, Carefree, Summer’s Eve or Betadine.
And our mothers and grandmothers did just fine.
Losing the natural ability to cleanse itself
But somewhere down the line, women started to become conscious of the funny smell down there and that’s when the first bottle of feminine wash was sold.
Women began to use all sorts of perfumed washes, vaginal douche and panty liners.
All these contributed to the changes in the woman’s natural ability to cleanse herself and maintain normal vaginal health.
Prone to sweat
The external portion of the vagina is called the vulva.
It is composed of skin with hair follicles.
Naturally, this area is prone to sweat, perspiration and discharges from the vagina.
Care down there
The normal pH of skin is close to neutral (4.5 – 5.5).
The best and cheapest way to keep the vulva clean is by washing with water and MOST importantly, keeping the area dry and cool.
Wearing tight undergarments, panty liners, jeans and stockings will increase the temperature in the area, thus making the woman prone to perspiration and bacterial growth.
Wash it then dry it!
Some patients are proud to say that they always wash with water and soap.
Sure, it is a good habit. But they often forget to dry their vulva.
Some would rather put their underwear on even if the vulva is a bit wet because they fear that “tissue paper is bad for them.”
Moist, hot and dark… three words that describe the vulva…and that is also how bacteria grow best.
The kinds of wash to use
If you have to use a feminine wash, choose one with the least amount of chemicals.
Choose an acidic wash if you are always wet due to prolonged “white menses” or ovulation.
A neutral wash is best for women who are already very dry, like women in their menopausal years.
Neutral and antibacterial variants
And for occasions where there is yellowish or greenish discharge, this means there is already bacterial growth. You need an antiseptic or antibacterial wash.
This is also the same wash you would use for the days that you have your period.
And the best part is…it’s free.