Ladies, let us begin by stating facts don’t expect to smell like pineapples or perfume down there. We all get stressed on how to smell a certain way to please our partners, well truth is the vagina should smell like a vagina, there are no shortcuts about it. It is our natural body mechanism for us to smell the way it should.
Now the sensitive organ comes with different smells. There is the common fishy smell that the other gender likes complaining about, there is the battery like smell, copper odor and so many different smells that all have their meanings attached to it.
Apart from the smell there are different discharges and taste down there, some are natural while others are a reason to seek medical attention. Now for us to understand how to properly clean ourselves down there it is important to understand how our body works. You cannot solve the problem of a car without understanding how the vehicle works right? Well same case here.
First things first, is it true that one can go without washing the inside part of a vagina? Let me not take all the credit, according to mayo clinic the answer as gathered by experts is simply yes. You have probably heard the same old phrase that says the vagina is a self-cleaning organ, well it is actually true. We are gifted with an organ that does the work for us, how cool right, however there are some sensitive parts of a vagina that makes it impossible to just skip that clean up session.
The vulva which is the outside part and clitoral hood are a must wash. As much as our cookie jar is self-cleaning, it only sorts us from the inside so that we can prevent ourselves from the hustle of inserting things just to get it clean. On the outer parts however, we got our hands so why not just take proper care of it? When cleaning the vulva one can choose to use soap or not. If you choose to go with the option of using soap it is advisable to make sure the soap is unscented. Perfumed soaps and other products as much as they do make us smell amazing down there, do more harm than good. It is wise to keep natural things as natural as possible and it is the same case for such a sensitive organ.
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Let us get into some facts first to understand why opting for that perfumed product is not such a great idea. A cookie jar is naturally slightly acidic and the importance of that is so as to keep the bad bacteria away from infecting the vulva and vagina as a whole. So this simply means using the scented products usually tamper with the normal PH of the vagina which affects its functionality. Another thing, most of these perfumed products do irritate our cookie jar so treat it with the care it deserves by going natural. Making water a friend of the cookie jar is the best way for it to remain fresh.
Another thing, if you notice discharges don’t worry that is the vagina’s way of passing some sort of communication to you that it got your back when it comes to the cleaning part. However, there are different color discharges. Clear and slightly white color is no cause for alarm, if you notice cheesy white, green and yellow discharges then hurry up girl you need to get checked by a professional. The red or pinkish discharge is usually associated with menstruation and I must admit I thank my gynecologist friend for breaking this down for me.
Same thing for the smell down there, a fishy smell is a reason to worry. In fact let us put it this way, any unpleasant or pungent smell of the cookie is a reason to worry. But don’t get this wrong, a vagina is not supposed to be odorless nope! It should have an odor but not unpleasant odor, we were not created to smell unpleasant, we are women hello!!! Another key tip that you have probably heard ever since you were in primary school and I’ll just repeat it is cleaning from the vagina to the anus to avoid infections. Let me not let down our African traditions in which girls were advised to use their fingers to get in there and get rid of any discharges. Well, that sounds amazing but according to medics these discharges are everything, they lubricate the vagina, clean it from the inside, in short discharges speaks volumes on whether the cookie jar is healthy or not. Be observant!