|This one might surprise you!|
|Advertising will try to make you feel like your vagina is "gross" if you don't use one of these. Don't listen to them.|
2. Douches. I've always thought "douche bag" was an appropriate insult, because douches are unhealthy, irritating, and should not be let anywhere near a vagina (you know, just like some people). A "douche" is a small bottle or bag filled with a perfumed liquid that comes with a tube and that tube is used to squirt said liquid into the vagina. Like soap, douching can upset the delicate pH balance of a vagina, making you more susceptible to the aforementioned unpleasant infections. Since it squirts things into the vagina, it can also push bacteria upwards and introduce infections that way. Research has found that people who douche have a 73% higher risk of getting Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, which is an infection of the uterus, Fallopian tubes, and/or ovaries. Yikes! Advertising for douching products like to play into our insecurities about our vaginas, making us feel like we can only be "fresh" if we buy their stuff. They make us feel like our private bits will be "gross" if we don't give them our money. But let me put this as delicately as I can: it ain't supposed to smell like a flower. It is entirely normal for a vulva to have a bit of a musky scent. The scent of your vagina is actually a very valuable indicator of its health; if it's suddenly a lot stronger than usual, or otherwise different than it normally is, it can mean something is going on. This is another reason douching can be particularly dangerous: if you're pumping your private bits full of flowery perfumes and sweet scents, you're not going to notice when your natural scent changes!
|Good to eat, but not good for your fun-bits.|
3. Sugar. Okay, yes, you'd think this one would be obvious -- but whipped cream counts as sugar and you'd be amazed at how many people slather it all over their junk during sexual foreplay without a second thought. Yet again, this is a thing that can upset your vagina's pH balance and cause infections -- those things sure are picky, aren't they? If you want to incorporate sweet things into your sexy times without making your vagina angry, try spreading it on other parts of your body instead. Just keep it above your waist, eh?
|Good for oral sex, bad for vaginal intercourse|