Caring for "Down There": Simple Ways to Support Vaginal Health
As women we often grow up feeling like we cannot speak about our bodies and what really goes on for each of us. Unfortunately, talking about vaginal health, menstruation, ovulation and our natural cycles often feel taboo to talk about, but luckily things are shifting.
More and more women are choosing to understand their bodies so that they can be empowered in their health and healing process. Thank you for choosing to understand your body even better and for helping us change these subjects from taboo to completely normal conversations!
So, let's talk about vaginal health and what simple things can make a big difference for your overall health and wellbeing!
-Make the switch to a reusable menstrual cup
Commercial pads and tampons are wrecking havoc on our bodies and reproductive health. It's time to make the switch to a far safer and healthier option! Read more about the dangers of pads and tampons here and the top 11 reasons to switch to a menstrual cup here.
-Wear organic cotton underwear and go commando occasionally
A lot of underwear is made of synthetic fibers and while these underwear may be cute, they prevent our vagina from breathing and may trap bacteria. Instead, make the switch to organic cotton underwear! We personally love Pact Organics and all of their organic options. You can also go underwear-less occasionally to support the vagina in breathing and detoxifying.
-Be gentle in the shower
The vagina does not need to be scrubbed with anti-bacterial soap to be clean - this may actually contribute to bacterial infections and / or yeast infections. Instead, gently wash the vagina with warm water. If you want to use soap, opt for a natural soap like Dr. Bronner's Castille Soap.
-Consider vaginal steaming
Vaginal steaming is an ancient practice that gently supports circulation flow, detoxification and cleansing in the vagina. Read more about vaginal steaming here or listen to our podcast about it here.
-Drink plenty of water
We've all heard the importance of drinking water, but did you know that staying adequately hydrated also supports vaginal health? Try to drink at least half your weight in ounces each day.
-Drink red raspberry leaf tea
Red Raspberry Leaf is one of the most healing herbs for women. This beautiful herb has been used for hundreds of years by midwives across the world to support reproductive health. Drink one cup daily to support toning of the uterus and vagina, regulate pH and nourish the body with iron.
-Choose to embrace your vagina
Many of us inherited negative beliefs about our vaginas and so this is your opportunity to cultivate a healthy relationship with your reproductive cycle. Choose to see your vagina as your most sacred space and if you do weave these practices into your life, do so with kindness and love.
May this information support you on your journey!
Cassandra Wilder, N.D.