A healthy vagina contains secretions and friendly bacteria that
maintain a balanced inner environment that is self-regulating
and self-cleansing. In spite of this, nearly every woman will
experience some form of vaginal infection during her lifetime.
To maintain a healthy vagina:
Know what is normal for you.
Pay attention to changes in menstruation and vaginal secretions.
Know signs of infection, such as itching, unusual odor or change
in vaginal discharge.
Donít assume the doctor will check. Mention your symptoms. A quick,
simple and painless test can identify an infection and the proper
Donít use non-prescription medicine unless you have been diagnosed
recently with a yeast infection and have the exact same symptoms.
Several common and potentially serious infections have similar
symptoms, and require prescription treatment.
Use good hygiene.
Keep the vaginal area clean by washing daily with mild soap. Rinse
and dry well. Always wipe from front to back to avoid spreading
Infectious organisms thrive on moisture, so wear cotton
undergarments, avoid tight clothing in hot weather and remove
wet clothing promptly.
Avoid douching, unless directed by your doctor. A healthy woman
does not need to rinse her vagina. Douching can change the
environment of the vagina and encourage infection. Also, avoid
feminine hygiene sprays.
If taking medication, follow the directions. Take all medication
as prescribed, even if the symptoms go away.
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