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When to use vaginal wash and vaginal powders?

Feminine hygiene has an impact on the overall health; feminine hygiene needs to be observed stringently especially during menstruation. There are a lot of products available in the market, made especially for women with regards to their hygiene requirement. These products are used to treat vaginal discharge, infections, odour and itch issues etc. related to the vulva and vagina. While a variety of products are available in the market, it is important to understand the right usage, frequency and application. In addition to sanitary napkins, vaginal wash and vaginal powders are the common feminine hygiene products that are used to keep the vagina clean and healthy. Dr Manjiri Mehta, Consultant Gynecologist, Obstetrician and Laparoscopic Surgeon, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi — A Fortis Network Hospital explains when and how to use these hygiene products. Here’s more on menstrual hygiene tips every girl and woman should know.

Vaginal wash: Another product commonly used by women today is a vaginal wash. The ordinary soap has an alkaline PH, as opposed to an acidic PH of a normal vagina. Therefore the use of these soaps can change the vaginal PH which acts as a natural barrier for infections. The special washes maintain the vaginal PH in the desired range, making it less susceptible to infections. Also read about expert tips for choosing the right vaginal wash.

Vaginal powders: These are usually antifungal powders which fight fungal infections and also help in keeping the area dry by absorbing excess moisture. These are helpful during the summers. Use of any type of powder that contains talc should be avoided as it is known to increase the risk of ovarian cancer. Also read if applying talcum powder to genitals is harmful? 

The vagina is not a dry organ and it is kept moist by normal bodily secretions. These vary in amount and consistency in accordance with the menstrual cycle. These secretions are usually mucoid (sticky) and transparent without a bad smell. During mid-cycle (middle part of a monthly cycle) the secretions will be heavier and stringy. There will be no other associated complaints like a foul smell, itching, pain in the lower tummy etc. Any variation from this should be checked with the doctor. Here are signs that say you should go to your gynaecologist.

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