Chances are your shower is well stocked with soaps and body washes. But while some of those cleansers (the ones without synthetic fragrance) might be perfect for cleansing 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 (should you choose), and also clear up some myths about some of your most precious 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. Babies and menstrual blood leave the body via the vagina. 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.
Do I Need to Cleanse My Vulva & Vagina?
First and foremost, it’s important to note that NO feminine washes or cleansers are a necessity. Unless your doctor instructs otherwise, cleansing with more than warm water is a personal choice! However, if you do choose to cleanse, opt for cleansing the outside of the vagina, or the vulva, only. 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. The vulva, may be cleansed daily with warm water or a gentle cleanser formulated for your most delicate parts.
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” and other harmful chemicals. Fragrance can disrupt the natural pH of the vulva and lead to yeast and bacterial infections. Also remember that anything you use to cleanse the vulva could accidentally get “pushed” into the vagina, so it’s extra important that the ingredients are clean!
V Cleanse, our first gynecologist tested, hypoallergenic cleanser for the vulva is pH balanced to help cleanse the vulva without disrupting important flora or natural pH. It’s formulated with Prebiotics, the stuff that feeds your Probiotics (the good bacteria) to support a healthy microbiome, soothing Seaweeds, Geranium Rose Hydrosol and not much else! Our hydrosol is a floral water that soothes sensitive skin and has also the subtlest floral scent, that won’t alter your natural smell! V Cleanse is so gentle, it can literally be used anywhere on the body. Watch our video for some handy hacks and find out why your vulva cleanser might also double as your favorite new facial wash.