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7 things women need to know about sexual health

7 things women need to know about sexual health
A healthy vagina is one that is symptom-free and odourless. (Photo: Representative image)

There are many problems that women suffer from, but they are too embarrassed to talk about it. Burning, itching and discharge ‘down below’ can leave one in pain- but most of the time they are ashamed to seek help.

A healthy vagina is one that is symptom-free and odourless. Women should go for regular medical check ups to ensure that their lower-bottom region is in good condition whether you are sexually active or not, reports Daily Mail.

Here are few steps women should follow to protect themselves from infection and to make sure that their under carriages are well ventilated.

  • Use your towel in public places:

When ever using public toilets, spas, Jacuzzis, saunas and swimming baths always use your own toilet. This helps to avoid picking up thrush or bacterial vaginosis which is easily transmitted.

  • Wash your vagina:

When out for long hours always remember to wash your vagina with normal water. Give it time to dry and ventilation.

It’s not always important to use harsh antibacterial soaps because at times it also washes away important good bacteria as well as bad. At times, it can also make unpleasant smells worse.

  • Avoid synthetic underwear:

It is always recommended to wear cotton underwear as it keeps the area dry, gives good ventilated and you are less exposed to infection and allergy.

  • Clean sex toys:

Always remember to clean your sex toys while sex and wash your hands properly while masturbation. Wash it with warm water and soap to wash away the germs.

  • Avoid tight clothes:

When working for long hours avoid wearing tight pants as it reduces ventilation.

  • Regular medical advice:

No matter whether you are sexually active or not, one should always go for medical checkups. Even if you are a celibate visit your gynaecological and know if your vagina is healthy or not.

If sexual active and have developed discharge seek advice to see if you are not carrying an STD. If you find that you are infected, then take treatment immediately.

  • Be cautious with anal sex:

Always make sure that anal sex is never followed by vaginal sex. If you do so, it leads to extreme and serious medical problems. For example infections including E-coli are transmitted through one’s back passage and at times it can be transmitted to the vagina and urethra.

This can lead to pelvic infection, chronic pelvic pain, severe cystitis, pelvic adhesion and also leads to fertility problems.