Hey there cyber besties, it's me again — Hameda. Today I'm here to talk about vaginas.
I was recently reminded of how little we talk about vaginal health and how stigmatised the subject of our cooch is.
First and foremost, whatever you call your vagina — vagine, pussy, foof, vag or even vajay-jay — it's super important that you get to know yours intimately. Yes, this means gazing lovingly at it through a mirror, but also touching it (with clean hands), so that you understand the ins-and-outs.
Unfortunately in my high-school experience, sex ed didn't really teach us much about the female anatomy beyond some top-line biological terms, so I've gathered up some tips for our gumbo-pots that I thought were really interesting and important.
1. Vaginas clean themselves — so you shouldn't be douching. Ever.
2. In fact, you should be carefully considering everything that you're allowing into your ~secret garden~. This includes lube and sex toys.
3. Antibiotics can also mess with the pH of your vagina, so get those probiotics in your system to balance things out.
4. Speaking of keeping the balance where your vagine is involved, always pee after you have sex, or stick anything in or around your vagina.
5. Wear breathable underwear — not the shoddy plastic stuff that costs you two bucks a-piece. And sleep naked, if that's an option for you.
6. Wipe from front to back. Let me repeat that. Front to back.
7. I've said it before and I'll say it again — get to know your princess pooch.
8. On that note, discharge is completely normal, so stop being a weirdo about it @ everyone.
9. And finally, go to your damn doctor regularly and make sure you ask a bunch of questions.
Alright folks, those are all my tips and fun facts. If you have any advice based on personal experiences, please share your story in the comments below!
Just make sure you're being kind and considerate to yourself and others when you do.
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