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19 Ways To Take Better Care Of Your Vagina

Let’s talk about what your vagina wants and needs.

All of the bizarre and intriguing vagina trends from 2017 might have you feeling a bit overwhelmed. So what can you actually do to take better care of your vagina?

It seemed like every other week there was a new product or procedure that promised to “improve” the vagina. There were lasers, weed suppositories, crystal eggs, Bluetooth menstrual cups, and "vajacials" (yes, that means a facial for your vagina), just to name a few. But keeping your vagina healthy really isn't as complicated as these new trends would make you think.

So what are the best things you can do to take care of your vagina and vulva? We reached out to two experts to find out: Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine; and Dr. Alyssa Dweck, board-certified OB-GYN, author of The Complete A to Z for Your V.

1. Do less.

2. Say goodbye to douching for good.

3. Clean your vulva, properly.

4. Opt for gentle soaps without fragrances.

5. Lather up down there once a day at most.

6. Stop rubbing your vulva to death with a towel when drying off.

7. Ease off the bath bombs and scented soaks.

8. Stay away from deodorized pads and tampons.

9. Make sure your other hygiene products aren’t causing any issues.

10. Get rid of your uncomfortable, impossibly tight underwear.

11. Embrace your vagina’s ~natural scent~.

12. Prevent ingrown hairs down there instead of picking at them.

13. Start checking your vulva for new moles or marks.

14. Pick the right vibrator or sex toy for your vagina.

15. Find a lube that you love, and use a lot of it during foreplay and sex.

16. If sex is always painful, don't ignore it — go to the doctor.

17. Find an OB-GYN you genuinely like, and talk to them about everything.

18. And go see your OB-GYN instead of self-treating those "recurrent yeast infections."

19. Love your labia.

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