FAMILYHEALTH ISSUESLifestyle

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR VAGINA

Do
you know that your  vagina is an amazing
organ? It plays an important role in sexual pleasure and is also capable of
bringing forth life. As you age, your vagina will too, but this should not have
a negative impact on you. You need to take good care of your vagina even as you
age. You may feel freer during sex, thanks to the risk of pregnancy being
eliminated. And because with age comes wisdom, you may also feel more comfortable
in your own skin, and vagina.

You
can’t prevent every effect aging has on your vagina, but you can treat it with
tender loving care and keep it as healthy as possible by:

  • getting regular gynecological
    checkups, including a cervical screening
  • practicing responsible sex
  • regularly performing Kegel
    exercises at all ages
  • not using douches, scented vaginal
    deodorants, or vaginal cleansing products

If
you have these conditions, consult your doctor if you have:

  • vaginal burning or pain
  • green or yellow vaginal discharge
  • thick vaginal discharge that
    resembles cottage cheese
  • vaginal discharge that smells bad
  • unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • painful intercourse
  • persistent vaginal itching
  • any concerns about your vaginal
    health

  • pain in the genital area or pelvic region
  • genital redness or swelling
  • blisters or strange spots on your vulva
  • discharge that looks frothy or has a cottage
    cheese–like texture
  • a foul odor

However,
you can prevent these conditions if you are committed to taking good care of
your vagina irrespective of your age.

CAUSES OF VIGINAL ITCHING

Vaginal itchiness is often due to one of these common causes:

1. Yeast infection

If you have a vagina, there’s a 75 percent chance that you’ll get a yeast infections at some point in your life, according to MAYOR CLINIC . Other than itching, yeast infections can cause you to have a thick, white, cottage cheese-like discharge.

Bacterial vaginosis

This happens when a certain kind of bacteria overgrows in the
vagina, most commonly Gardnerella vaginalis. This  is
often accompanied by a fishy odor; discharge that is gray, white, or green; and
burning during urination.

VIGINAL DRYNESS: This is a symptom of many conditions. It can cause your vagina
to feel itchy inside. It can also cause discomfort during sex or masturbation.
Water-based lubricants can help with vaginal dryness. You can visit your doctor
if it seems to be a consistent problem for you.

EXPOSURE TO IRRITANTS: Irritating chemicals in pads, intimate washes, sprays, and more
can irritate the skin and cause an itchy vagina. This is why it’s recommended
that you avoid using anything other than water to wash your vulva. If you
suspect your pad is irritating your skin, try a different brand, or switch to
tampons or a menstrual cup.

Skin conditions

Eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin can often lead to itchiness —
and can affect your pubic area and the skin around your vulva.

SEXUAL TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS.(STIs)

A number of STIs could cause vaginal itching. These include:

  • chlamydia,
  • Genital wart,
  • gonorrhea,
  • genital herpes,
  • trichomoniasis,
  • pubic lice,

As
you age, your body goes through many changes. This includes your vagina. Your
vagina is a soft tissue canal. Your vaginal opening is part of your vulva,
which also includes your clitoris, labia, and pubic mound. Your internal
vaginal canal connects your vulva to your cervix and uterus.

Throughout
your life your vagina may appear and feel different. To keep your vagina
healthy, it’s important to understand what’s going on “down there.”

Your
20s are some of your vagina’s best years, mainly due to a peak of the sex
hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Estrogen is responsible for
keeping your vagina lubricated, elastic, and acidic.

Your
vagina is surrounded by two sets of skin folds known as the inner labia and
outer labia. The outer labia contain a layer of fatty tissue. In your 20s, the
outer layer thins and may appear smaller.

Your
libido may be on overdrive during your 20s. If you’re sexually active,
especially if you have sex frequently, you may experience urinary tract
infections (UTI) as bacteria travel from the vagina to the urethra. To help
minimize your risk of developing a UTI, urinate as soon as possible after sex
to help force bacteria out of your vagina.

Your
vagina is self-cleaning. As it cleans itself, it produces a white or clear
discharge. Hormonal changes during your menstrual cycle affect the amount of
discharge your vagina produces. Unless you’re having symptoms such as pain
during sex, itching, a foul-smelling discharge, or burning, your vagina needs
little maintenance in your 20s — other than a daily washing with mild soap and
water.

During
your 30s, your inner labia may darken due to hormone changes. If you become
pregnant, vaginal discharge may increase and appear milky. It may have a mild
odor, but should not be green, yellow, or smell bad or fishy.

After
giving birth, your vagina may lose some of its elasticity and stretch more than
usual. Over time, most vaginas will return to almost pre-birth size. Healthline.com
suggests kegel exercise can help by strengthening pelvic floor muscles and
restoring vaginal tone.

Oral
contraceptives may cause vaginal changes such as increased vaginal discharge,
vaginal dryness, and breakthrough bleeding. These symptoms often resolve on
their own. If they persist, consult your doctor. You may need to try a few oral
contraceptives to find one that works for you.

At
40, pre- menopause, the timespan just before you stop menstruating, your vagina
goes through significant changes in your 40s. As estrogen levels in your body
decrease, your vaginal walls become thinner and drier. This is known as vaginal
atrophy and may cause:

  • vaginal burning,
  • vaginal redness,
  • painful sex,
  • vaginal discharge,
  • vaginal itching,
  • burning during urination,
  • shortening of the vaginal canal,
  • increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases,

Having
regular sex helps slow the progression of vaginal atrophy by increasing blood
flow to the vagina and keeping it elastic. Over-the-counter vaginal
moisturizers or applying a vaginal estrogen cream may also help combat vaginal
dryness. Vaginal estrogen is available in tablet form or as a replaceable ring
as well. If you prefer the natural route, olive oil and coconut oil can help
keep your vagina moisturized.

Your
pubic hair may thin or turn gray during your fourth decade.

From
age 50 and above, by now, you’ve probably stopped menstruating and your
estrogen levels are quite low or depleted. Your vulva may appear shrunken.
Vaginal atrophy is a common problem for many women in their 50s.

Low
estrogen may change the acidity in your vagina. This may increase your risk of
infection due to bacteria overgrowth. Low estrogen doesn’t only impact your
vagina. It also impacts your urinary tract. Atrophy may occur in your urethra
and lead to urine leakage, overactive bladder, and urinary frequency.

Healthline.com
suggests that Oral or vaginal hormone therapy may help reduce the symptoms of
vaginal and urinary atrophy. Even so, hormone therapy isn’t a good option for
all women. Other remedies include:

  • doing bladder training exercises (biofeedback)
  • using a vaginal dilator to improve vaginal elasticity
  • eating a healthy diet
  • maintaining a healthy weight
  • reducing or eliminating caffeine from your diet
  • stopping smoking
  • doing Kegel exercises and other pelvic floor exercises
  • using vaginal lubricants
  • using vaginal moisturizers

According
to healthline.com, Postmenopausal women
are at risk of vaginal prolapse. Prolonged labor and vaginal childbirth are
also risk factors. Vaginal prolapse occurs when all or part of the vaginal
canal falls into the vaginal opening. Vaginal prolapse often involves other
organs such as the bladder, rectum, and uterus.

Vaginal
prolapse symptoms may include a heavy sensation in the pelvis, vaginal
discomfort, and a low backache that improves when you lie down. Vaginal
prolapse treatments are pelvic floor exercises, insertion of a pessary
(supportive device) to hold the prolapsed area in place, or as a last resort,
surgery.

VAGINA STEAMING

. Give your Honey pie some love,
treat her to a Vagi-Steam!

 A vagi-steam has been used by many traditional
healers to take care of fertility problems and menstrual disorder in women.

Benefits of Vaginal Steam Baths
Vagina Steam baths bring heat to the womb. The use of specific herbs adds
layers of different healing benefits, depending on the fertility-related health
condition being treated. Different herbs have different healing actions.
Typically, more than one herb could be formulated in a blend, specific to the
woman’s unique fertility needs.

Dalene Barton, a certified herbalist,
Birth Doula in Portland enumerates the benefits of vagi-steam thus;

  • The combination of herbs works to nourish, tone, heal,
    bring in fresh oxygenated blood, promote cleansing, and make supple the vaginal
    and uterine tissues.
  • The moist heat opens the pores of the the tissues it comes
    into contact with. The water vapor carries the medicinal benefits of the
    plants, including volatile oils. This is absorbed into the tissues and enters
    the bloodstream, having a direct healing effect on the reproductive system.
    Vaginal tissue is one of the most absorbent of the entire female body.

She says that the purpose of the vagi-steam is to aid as
an internal cleanser of the membranes of the vaginal tissues and the uterus.
This is considered especially important for stagnant fertility conditions,
and/or incomplete emptying of menses each cycle, signs of which are:

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Women who may benefit from a
vagi-steam would be those with the following conditions:

Uterine fibroids,

Painful menstruation,

Uterine weakness,

Uterine prolapse,

Irregular menstrual cycles,

Ovarian cysts,

Endometriosis,

Reproductive adhesion/scar tissue,

Previous vaginal tear or episiotomy,

Lastly,dark purple or brown blood at
the onset or end of menses.

Barton quoting Naprapathic physician,
herbalist, director of The Arvigo Institute and teacher of Maya medicine,
Rosita Arvigo, DN, says, “There may be many reasons for
infertility, but one of those reasons is induration of the uterine wall. When
we combine vaginal steaming with abdominal therapy – the deep external massage
on the uterus – we have a very dynamic approach with great results (if that
happens to be that issue that is causing the infertility, which it may not
be).”

WHEN YOU SHOULD NOT DO
VAGI-STEAM.

In some cases, a woman should
not do vagi-steam, these are: 

  1. extremely heavy menstrual cycles (do not do during your period) or if you have a vaginal infection,
  2. open wounds, sores, or blisters
  3. do not do if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
  4. If you have genital piercings, take them out, the heat will cause the piercing to burn you.

5. Do not use essential oils in your vagi-steam bath, this is because they may burn the delicate tissues of the genitals.

TRADITIONAL HERBS USED FOR VAGI-STEAM

  1. Rosemary: Increases circulation to the reproductive organs,
    aids in clearing out of old fluids, is also antiseptic and purifying.

  •  Lavender: One of the
    most relaxing herbs, calms the mind and body. Nourishing to the nervous system.
    Lavender is antiseptic to the vaginal tissues. It is also an antispasmodic,
    aiding in healthy uterine function

  • .Oregano: Used to bring on menses.
    Increases scanty flow. This herb is used for its antiseptic, stimulating, and
    strengthening qualities. Oregano is a wonderful herb for aiding in prevention
    of infection.

  • Marigold: Tagetes erecta is used to induce perspiration and
    cleansing of the vaginal tissues. It is also healing to wounds. Calendula
    officinalis aids in the healing of tight scarred tissues of the labia and
    perineum due to episiotomy or vaginal tear. Note: Do not steam an open wound,
    this could cause pain and swelling.

    • Basil: May reduce painful menstruation. Helps to bring on
      menstruation.
    • Rose petals: Rose petals are gentle and astringent to tissues of
      the genitals. Rose is a relaxing and uplifting herb.
    • Other herbs used in combination with above herbs: Burdock leaf,
      Motherwort, St. John’s Wort, Yarrow, Red Clover, Damiana, Chamomile, Dandelion,
      Yellow Dock, and Squaw Vine. Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs often used are
      Mugwort and Wormwood.

. You can do this by using household
items. The only thing you may need to pick up would be herbs.

HOW TO MAKE A VAGINA STEAM
BATH. BY BARTON

  • A slatted chair or modified stool/chair to let steam
    through. Preferably made of natural materials such as wood, canvas, or bamboo.
  • 2 large natural fiber blankets. Wool or cotton are
    preferred.
  • A large stainless-steel stock pot, large enough to boil a
    gallon of water. You may also want a large ceramic or Pyrex bowl to pour the
    hot water and herbs into. Do not use a cracked bowl, the hot water may split
    the bowl more.
  • Herbs of choice. A cup of dried herb, or a quart mason jar
    loosely filled with fresh herbs.


1. Place your chair, blanket, and whatever else you may want in a location that
will be comfortable. Place a cutting board under the chair, or place chair on a
tile floor. Have a glass of water, music and/or reading material set up in
advance. Be sure you are wearing a long skirt, no underwear, and a warm natural
fiber top.

2. Boil 1 gallon of water with 1 cup herb mixture for 10 minutes. Continue to steep off of the stove for an additional 5 minutes. If transferring to a ceramic bowl, do so now. Place pot or bowl under the chair/stool. https://julietscorner.com/2020/06/04/how-to-take-care-of-your-vagina/(opens in a new tab)

3. Test how hot the steam is. Put the inside of your
forearm over the steam to test. Remember your genitals are very sensitive to
heat, you do not want to burn them! Do not sit down until the steam is
comfortable for you.

4. Sit down. Be sure you are not wearing underwear and
none of your clothing is hanging in the pot.

5. Cover your entire lower half, all the way to the ground
with the first blanket. Make a tent all around the chair, to keep the steam in.

6. Wrap the second blanket around the upper half of your
body. Keep it wrapped around you, stay warm.

7. Steam for 20-30 minutes.

8. Keep warm, go to bed for 1 hour.

Vagi-steam is best done every two
weeks when used for treating a fertility issue. For general fertile vitality
(preventative maintenance), Vagi-steam baths are best done twice a year, and
can be timed to be done bi-annually in conjunction with a fettility
cleansing.

You can equally prepare a vagi-steam bath using some traditional herbs peculiar to your people.

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Juliet Nnadozie is a peace advocate, a character moulder, and a home builder. She is also a script writer, a movie director, producer, editor and an actress. She is the CEO Passions Global Media; an outfit that is into talent hunt and childrens drama productions.
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Juliet Nnadozie is a peace advocate, a character moulder, and a home builder. She is also a script writer, a movie director, producer, editor and an actress. She is the CEO Passions Global Media; an outfit that is into talent hunt and childrens drama productions.

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