I recently was forwarded the following link. At first I laughed it offâŚ how silly. Everyone knows that no special products are required for vaginal hygiene??? Right? Perhaps not. At least the advertising execs at Summerâs Eve would have us believe that not only are the lady parts âdirtyâ in need of special cleaner much like my complicated granite, but also in need of hourly âtouch-upsâ in case they get to stinkinâ in the middle of a business meeting.
The ad, (which if you havenât followed the link, please do so now) which originally ran in Womenâs Day has now been pulled from circulation. To list feminine hygiene in the list of âkeys to successâ in business is not only offensive, but also feeds into long held myths concerning vaginal health.
So what is normal? Letâs talk a little about vaginal discharge (Bye Dad! Iâm assuming he just clicked off this linkâŚ if you made it this far) Vaginal discharge is produced by glandular secretions from the cervix, which sits at the tops of the vagina. These glands are similar to the glands in your nose that make snot. (Arenât you so glad you subscribe to this blog?) They consistency changes during this cycle from thin watery discharge to a thicker discharge, to more like an egg white. This is the bodyâs way of making a female reproductive tract more accommodating for the sperm. The discharge also helps to flush unwanted bacteria and yeast out of the female reproductive tract. Thatâs right the vagina is in essence a âself cleaning oven.â Simply needs its outside washed off here and there and then to be left alone. No douches, special sprays or complicated washes needed.
Now, there are a lot of bacteria that make their home in this environment. So, yes much like your arm pits after a couple hours at the gym the area may have odor, but remember external cleaning only is needed. Yes, there are yeast infections and bacterial infections that can occur when the bacteria and yeast get out of their normal balance. Whatâs a good way to get the bacteria out of balance? Douching and using excessive vaginal cleansers. Yes, douching actually CAUSES infection not the other way around.
That brings me to my final topic: what actually does stink? When women come in for their pelvic exams they almost always say two things as they âassume the positionâ:
#1 âI really hate thisâ
#2 âI am sorry I didnât âshave my legsâ or âget a shower before comingâ ect. Essentially they make some apology about hygiene that is almost always unwarranted.
Generally, all women (myself included) hate getting a pelvic exam, this is understood. Also, due to the design of the exam table my nose is usually quite a distance from your ânether regionsâ. What my nose is right next to is your stinky feet. I think women get so concerned with their âSummers eveâ products they donât realize is that their odorous toes are right next to my nose.
So next time you are running late for your pap appointment, pass on the feminine wash and head to the foot powder instead.