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As women we all have one, but do you know what your vagina is trying to tell you? Relying on information from our mothers and friends, we’ve developed regimens that may not be the best for our true bestie. So, what do you really need to do to keep your true best friend in tip-top shape?

Be mindful of your hygiene. Keeping her clean and dry may sound like an easy feat, but if you don’t follow certain rules you may just be making matters worse. Your vagina is dark and moist and that’s a perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. However, we have been blessed with a self-cleaning organ (unlike our male counterparts) and cleaning with just water on the outside should be sufficient. However, if you really must use soap, use a gentle Ph balanced soap or even baby wash. I know our mothers were advocates for douching, (who doesn’t remember that red bottle in the bathroom with the vinegar smell) but unless your doctor tells you to do it, just don’t do it. Douching washes away the good bacteria and allows odor causing bacteria to run amok.

Let your girl breath. Wearing cotton panties will reduce your risk of developing a yeast infection. Sexy panties and lingerie should only be worn for short periods of time and panties, as a rule, should not be worn for more than 24 hours at a time. Wash lingerie by hand with a gentle Ph-balanced soap.

Keep her tight with plenty of Kegel exercises. Kegels are the best way to make sure your friend stays in shape. Contracting the same muscles that you use to control your urine when you use the bathroom, can tighten your pelvic floor muscles. Do this a couple times of day, and you’ll be able to avoid costly vaginal rejuvenation surgery in hopes of that tighter nether region.

Be mindful of what you’re putting inside your vagina. Lubricants, toys, and even sex can introduce harmful bacteria and infection to your vagina. Make sure that toys are cleaned before and after each use and use a lubricant that is water or silicone based. Also using a condom, every time, can dramatically reduce the chances of getting an infection or contracting an STD.

You are what you eat. Your diet can have a profound effect on the scent and taste of your vagina. Yogurt has been known to improve the scent of your vaginal secretions. In addition, consuming kiwi, blueberries, mango, green tea, cucumber, parsley, and especially pineapple reportedly makes you taste better down there.

Sex is great for your health. Yes, having sex is freaking great, but it can also help you look and feel younger. During sex, estrogen is released increasing your hormonal level and making your skin look great. (Hence the “glow” after sex.) Also during sex, serotonin levels rise, which boosts your mood.

Odor, itching, and pain may be signs that your vagina is telling you that something is not quite right and it may be time to take her to see the doctor. So, what is your vagina saying to you?

–marvena davis

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