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Articles/Genital Care for Women

Genital Care for Women

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Dr Len Kliman Specialist Gynaecologist
5 minutes mins read September 13th 2021

Are There Any Problems With Washing the Genitals?

The skin and moist surfaces of this part of the body are delicate. Washing with harsh chemicals, washing too often, or rubbing too hard when drying, can all irritate the skin. If you have problems in this area washing with plain, luke-warm (not hot) water is best. Using soap, shower gels and some cleansers can make the problem worse. Plain aqueous cream (500ml containers) is a pure form of soap and moisturiser.

What Is The Best Way of Keeping Myself “Clean”?

Gently separate the outer lips and bathe the inner skin with plain water and plain aqueous cream using your hands only. Gently pat-dry the outer skin. Do not use a hair dryer.

What About Clothing?

Wear well-fitted clothing. Avoid thongs, girdles, tight jeans and nylon garments. Wash underwear in a mild detergent. Avoid fabric softeners.

What Is Best To Use During My Period?

Disposable menstrual pads and tampons can be used. The best ones are natural cotton or hypoallergenic products. Make sure that they fit properly and change them regularly.

What Else Should I Know?

The vulva does not need to be washed more than once a day. Do not wash the vagina. Do not use wipes, deodorants, douches or other cosmetic and cleaning products. Women with a problem in this area should only use the treatment prescribed by Dr Kliman.