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Feminine hygiene advice from Dr. Bohbot

The vaginal and vulvar mucosa are extremely sensitive tissues. Poor or excessive hygiene, or the use of inappropriate products can lead to an imbalance in the protective flora of the vulva and vagina and cause irritations or infections.

Whenever you have vaginal problems (itching, yeast infections, etc.), it is important that you adapt your hygiene routine, in addition to any treatments prescribed by your doctor.

  1. Wash yourself no more than twice a day morning and night, as excessive washing can lead to irritations.
  2. Do not douche. Hard water, repetitive and overly aggressive cleansing can alter the protective film of the vaginal walls.
  3. Rinse well after washing. Apply a soothing cream if necessary.
  4. Avoid antiseptic products and use instead mild soap-free cleansers.
  5. Wash with your hands, since wash cloths can contain millions of germs.
  6. Change your undergarments daily and wear cotton panties rather than ones made of synthetic materials or silk.
  7. Do not wear tight trousers which may cause chafing.
  8. Change your menstrual protection regularly during your period.

Doctor Bohbot,

Medical Director, Institut Fournier in Paris