Gynaecological authorities internationally recognise the need for conservative management of vaginal symptoms such as discomfort/mild irritation/slight discharge before proceeding to any medical management (medicine) or even seeking medical attention from a general practitioner or gynaecologist.

The vaginal opening is colonised with good bacteria which is purposed to protect the vagina and bladder from infection. The importance of these bacteria become relevant if we take into consideration that the anus and surrounding bacteria isn’t far away. We have to take care of these ‘good bacteria’ otherwise known as commensal bacteria. They fight to protect against ensuing infection, but often they are disturbed by women’s ‘vagina unfriendly’ habits and symptoms that might seem like infection may be experienced. These symptoms should be seen as commensal warning signs that mean that they need your support!

Habits women have that disturb these commensals are (bad vaginal toilet):

  • Shaving/regular waxing
  • Administering powders/creams/perfumes/regular use of antifungals etc
  • Washing with cloth or sponge
  • Perfumed soaps
  • Wearing of: tights/tight jeans/regular use of pantihose/lycra material/G-strings

Good vaginal toilet habits:

  • Cotton panties
  • Loose fitting garments
  • When in shower or bath, only washing with your hand
  • Diet: Regular intake of yoghurt, keeping hydrated, not too much sweets :(, cranberry juice, drinking some citrosoda every now and then
  • Annual gynaecological check up
Take home message?

Some discomfort? Try a vagina friendly day or two: bloomer and a wide dress, cup of citrosoda and lots of liquids, and some yoghurt. Your symptoms will probably clear. Seek help if there is no result.

Very important, however, symptoms related to recent sexual intercourse with a new partner, or with a partner that has lesions/discharge should always alert one to seek medical attention.