Maintain Vaginal Health With These Three Tips

Maintain Vaginal Health With These Three Tips

Vaginal Appreciation Day (April 23rd) is on the horizon but it’s always a good time to check in with your own vaginal health.

There are some easy ways you can upkeep “down there” to ensure a healthy, optimal environment.

  1. Eat the right foods. There are many benefits to eating a healthy diet  but choosing specific foods can be a great way to keep your vagina healthy.  Start by drinking plenty of water, eat lots of fruits and veggies, choose lean proteins and whole grains. Be sure to include prebiotics and probiotics.  Apples, bananas, asparagus, garlic, onions and oatmeal are some of the best prebiotic choices.  Probiotic rich foods include yogurt and kombucha.  There are great supplements out there as well.  My favorite is Fem-Dophilus® Advanced. Not only does it support vaginal and urinary tract but also digestive and immune health in just one veggie capsule per day. The 10-billion CFU formulation features six science-backed strains, including strains native to a woman’s body, helping to empower women to prioritize vaginal health.
  2. Practice Clean Sex.  Make sure lubricants are free from fragrance, added colors, glycerin, paragons, petroleum and any other ingredients that can throw off your pH balance. (The same is true for any tampons or pads, keep it clear of scents.)   Stick with water based lubricants or for a natural choice, use coconut oil.  Check condom ingredients as well.  Avoid any brands that are made with spermicides which can kill your vagina’s good bacteria.  After sex you should flush the area by urinating and shower or clean the area with warm water. If you have a new partner, ask about their sexual health and stay on top of yours with routine testing.
  3. Dress the part. Stick with natural fabrics like cotton underwear over satin, silk, nylon or spandex.  Change out of wet or damp clothes quickly after working out or swimming. It’s healthy to have some natural discharge but if it’s excessive, change underwear twice a day.   Be mindful of what you wash with and sure that your detergent is free of harmful chemicals that may cause irritation or allergies. The jury is out on thongs but some believe fecal matter can travel to the vagina.  All agree though that going “command” avoids moisture being  trapped so try foregoing underwear altogether as much as possible.






Jenn Bodnar

Jenn Bodnar is the owner of  Yoga Digest and has a genuine belief that yoga can benefit everyone. She is 500ERYT having attended multiple teacher trainings, facilitating yoga teacher trainings and studying and practicing yoga since 1999. Jenn is an avid fitness professional, who has taught and managed group fitness for many years. As a former competitive triathlete, gymnast and dancer Jenn loves the balance of strength, flexibility, perseverance and freedom that yoga provides. She is mom to three awesome young men and loves being active and outdoors with her family and friends. Jenn oversees LifePower Yoga studio in North Dallas, is a self proclaimed health food chef and hopes to leave a positive footprint by inspiring others to choose happiness. “Watching people grow through yoga is one of the most amazing miracles to witness.”