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All women, as well as girls ages three and above, should wash their genitalia at least once a day. If you’re unaware of the proper way to do this, it’s important to learn.
The aim is to reduce bacterial growth within and around the genital folds, including the labia and perineum, by keeping the region clean and dry.
The ideal time to complete this task is while you’re showering or taking a warm bath without soap or bubble bath. If you need to use a soap, make sure it’s unscented and pH neutral. Gently cleanse the sensitive skin around the entrance to the vagina, then rinse the area well. Do not scrub. If you feel any unusual discomfort, contact your doctor. If desired, you can also add a half cup (125 ml) of salt to your bath. If you don’t have access to a bathtub, use a bowl with at least 1L of warm water and a teaspoon (5 ml) of dissolved salt.
After washing, thoroughly dry your genital region by patting the towel gently and not rubbing. If you’re experiencing symptoms and you have the time, allow your genitalia to be exposed to fresh air and natural light for at least ten minutes. Other effective ways of drying include standing in front of a fan or using a blow dryer on the low setting. In each case, a couple of minutes will suffice, then you can get dressed.
More hygiene tips
After urinating, dry your genitalia. Do not allow the region to remain damp.
If you’re susceptible to developing vaginitis within hours after sexual intercourse, try washing your genitalia immediately after sex. See the above section for instructions.
These preventive measures should soon help reduce your symptoms, as well as prevent reoccurrence. However, if you suffer from frequent bouts of vaginitis despite a good hygiene regimen, you should see your doctor.