V is for Vulva: Everything You Need to Know About Vulva Skincare
Chances are your shower is well stocked with soaps and body washes. But while some of those cleansers might be perfect for your underarms and feet, they may not be quite right for your vulva. Read on as we walk you through the best ways to cleanse your vulva, and also clear up some myths about some of your most delicate parts.
Your Vulva is NOT Your Vagina
First, if you’re confused about the difference between your vagina and the vulva, you’re not alone. The vagina is a closed, soft, stretchy canal that extends from the vulva to the cervix – the neck of the uterus. The vulva, on the other hand, makes up the external parts of the vagina and includes the labia (lips of the vaginal opening), the clitoris, opening of the urethra, vagina and anus.
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Do I Need to Cleanse My Vulva & Vagina?
The vagina is a self-cleaning organ – it takes care of itself with natural vaginal secretions. Cleansing or “douching” inside the vagina can lead to irritation and even infection. That said, the vulva can be cleansed on a daily basis with warm water or a gentle cleanser formulated especially for your nether regions.
Choosing the Right Vulva Cleanser
Walk down any feminine care drugstore aisle and you’ll likely find a plethora of products promising to cleanse, scent or even enhance your vulva. When choosing the right vulva cleanser, it’s important to read the ingredients carefully and avoid anything with “fragrance.” Fragrance can disrupt the natural pH of the vulva and lead to yeast and bacterial infections. The bottom line: before using a vulva cleanser, make sure that the ingredients are clean!