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Old 05-20-2001, 05:00 PM   #1
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Proper Cleaning of your Vagina ??????

I heard that it is not good to use soap while cleaning your vaginal area. I have recently started getting yeast infections and now I have bactirial vaginosis. Am I just suppossed to use a warm wash cloth? Some people have been suggesting that it is my soap.

Please help, young girl growing into a woman needs advise from elders!

 
Old 05-20-2001, 08:27 PM   #2
 
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Re: Proper Cleaning of your Vagina ??????

Hmmmm, that is a new one to me about not using soap around your vaginal area. As you may know there are many causes for yeast infections so what I might suggest is that you watch and see what causes it for you. What I mean is are you taking any antibiotics, are you wearing nylon underwear and hose all the time etc that is condusive to excessive yeast growth causing you to have infections?

I suppose you might want to try FDS feminine wash. I believe the label says it is supposed to be hypo-allergenic so that maybe something to consider. In my opinion you would want to stay away from douching unless your doctor recommends it. Also, you might want to call your doctor and see what he/she recommends for you to use to clean your vaginal area. Hope this helps.

 
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Old 05-21-2001, 07:08 AM   #3
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Re: Proper Cleaning of your Vagina ??????

Plain soap and water should be fine for the vaginal area but be sure not to get it inside your vagina. As mentioned before do not douche unless your doctor specifically tells you to. Check the tag on your underwear and be sure they are 100% cotton. Bubble baths can also be a problem for women. Make sure your clothes are not too tight in the crotch area and be sure to eat your yogart routinely.

 
Old 05-21-2001, 07:28 AM   #4
 
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Re: Proper Cleaning of your Vagina ??????

Whether or not you choose to use soap is up to you, but I have read so many posts from women who have had problems with smells, thrush and BV, and their problems ended completely after they stopped using soap.
I never had a problem with thrush, but did always feel I had an odd smell down there, so I decided to stop using it too.
I havent used soap on my vaginal area for almost a year now, and my vagina now smells no different to my wrist. The Gyn told me that all soap does is alter the PH of your vagina and causes no end of problems for many women. Even if you choose the mildest available one you can find, it's still unneccessary.
All I do is use plain water from the shower head every morning and I only wish I had learned this years ago.
If you bathe don't put any bubble bath or oils in the water either.
Give it a go, and you may well find this solves your problem.

 
Old 05-21-2001, 12:39 PM   #5
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Re: Proper Cleaning of your Vagina ??????

I had never had a problem using soap in my sensitive areas until I got pregnant with my daughter. I switched to Summer's Eve feminine wash and my problem was solved. Ran out and used soap again, and started having irritation and burning. I can use certain kinds of soap, but not most. I don't know anything about it changing the PH, could be, but I do know that it can cause problems for some women. Try one of the feminine washes and see if that helps!

Take Care!
Sherri.

 
Old 05-23-2001, 10:30 AM   #6
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Re: Proper Cleaning of your Vagina ??????

Try using Dove "soap" - it's not really soap, it's 1/4 moisturizing bar! But it really works because it doesn't change the pH level.

 
Old 05-24-2001, 02:41 PM   #7
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Re: Proper Cleaning of your Vagina ??????

It is new to me that soap could cause yeast infections. However cleaning improperly could create bladder infections. If you don't clean with soap bacteria can travel up your urethra to your bladder and infect it.

One thing that doctors told me when I was getting routine yeast infections was that I had to make sure to dry VERY well down there. The moisture is a great growing environment for the yeasts. Another thing that I was doing wrong had to do with sex (I am not sure if you are sexually active, but here is goes). Make sure you urinate and clean up as quick as possible after sex. The increase in moisture will give the same effect as above. The urinating thing is for the bladder infections. I find that when i get a yeast infection, a bladder infection is not far behind.

For alternative treatment to drugs, try going to a chiropractor. Mine has eliminated the reacurring bladder and yeast infections.

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Old 05-24-2001, 09:53 PM   #8
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Re: Proper Cleaning of your Vagina ??????

I used to clean with Oil of Olay unscented soap for a long time, and I had yeast infections on and off, but I never thought it was related to my soap because I was going through a lot of stress. Then I had bacterial infections when I started to be sexually active. It cleared up for months. I never thought of my soap being a problem, until I moved and had many recurrences of infections. I quit washing with the soap. I don't think it was related to the infections, but stopped because I was still itching even after the infections cleared up. When I moved again, my doctor told me to wash with a feminine hygene wash when I suspected another one when it turned out to be a not so. I washed with summers eve unscented wash. It made me very very itchy. Then I got another infection. I don't know if it was the wash that caused the itching. I was treated for the infection, and I quit using the wash. Now I use plain water again and wash my underclothes in dye free, perfume free laundry detergent and don't use fabbric softeners. I'm no longer itchy. So I think that some people can be sensitive to some agents used in soaps. I've never had a problem just washing myself with plain water. Washing with feminine soaps is something I'd rather not do at the moment until I'm sure everything's okay for while. That's my story so far and I'm sticking to it <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wink.gif">.

 
Old 05-28-2001, 09:37 AM   #9
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Re: Proper Cleaning of your Vagina ??????

Hi! I used scented soap for years down there until one day, I guess I used the wrong brand which caused a dermatitis down there, it took the doctors 1 year to figure out what was going on!! I'm still on my healing days right now but I have learnt a lot about soaps! I only use dove unscented now and never on the vulvar(the outside of the vagina) and never inside the vagina, only on the be-hind and pubic hair. I found out from my Gyn that your vagina is self cleaning! I wish someone would have told me that before I went through this past year of "HELL"!
use only water to wash the vagina/vulvar area, a hand held shower head are good for this!
also I wash all my undies and pants in dove mild baby detergent. I've also even gone as far as to buy toilet paper from a health food store that has no Chlorine Bleaching, Unsented, no Dyes, no Chemicals and says Hypo Allergenic. This brand is Bleached with salt and oxygen. It is great!! and now I am healing!
hope this helps you! take care! Kristina

 
Old 05-28-2001, 05:15 PM   #10
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Re: Proper Cleaning of your Vagina ??????

I had reocurring yeast infections for over a year. I also got a reoccuring bacterial infection. I was painfully itcy and uncomfortable all the time. I then stopped using fabric softner and fabric sheets on my underwear, and stopped using soap of any kind. I'm happy to say that I haven't had a yeast or bacterial infection in 8 months.

 
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