Even the most health-conscious women may forget to take their feminine health into account. However, the female reproductive system is an integral part of a woman’s body that is responsible for the production of many hormones. Taking care of your feminine health is just as important as taking care of the rest of your body. Learning this, you may wonder what you can do to ensure your feminine health and wellness. Truthfully, many of the things you can do to ensure your overall health are also good for your feminine health as well.

Some women may think that cleaning the vagina is one way to ensure feminine health. However, many cleansing products designed for women (e.g. douches) may actually disrupt the pH of the vagina, causing more harm than good. Other scented products, like tampons or creams, can also have the same negative effects. The vagina has its own ecosystem, and even minor changes can throw off the balance. If you want to ensure the health of your vagina day to day, avoid those products. Remember, the vagina is a self-cleaning organ, and many products that may seemingly be good for the vagina may not be beneficial at all. Along these same lines, practice good hygiene; wear clean clothes and underwear, wipe and clean properly, bathe regularly, and change sanitary napkins and tampons regularly.

Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine is not only good for your overall health, but for your female health as well. Exercise has shown to improve the symptoms of menstrual cramps and PMS, and a good diet helps to maintain a healthy weight which in turns helps to keep your cycle regular and healthy. Taking probiotics like supplements or even yogurt can also help maintain good vaginal health.

Practicing safe sex is also an important part of keeping up your female health, because safe sexual practices protect you from harmful STDs. If you think you have an infection, seek medical attention. This not only applies to STDs, but any infection that can affect the female reproductive organs. Other infections, like yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis, can also cause feminine health to decline. However, regular checkups with your OB/GYN is also part of a good feminine health routine, even if you do not think you have an infection. Preventative care ensures you are maintaining good health, and your doctor can also give you more advice and answer any questions you may have about feminine health.

By practicing these healthy habits, you can avoid many feminine annoyances and complications, like rashes and infections. Really, most of the advice your doctor would give you about maintaining overall health applies to feminine health as well. Regular checkups ensure that you are doing the right thing for your body and can help to prevent other infections from occurring. While maintaining your feminine health is not an overcomplicated process, feel free to discuss your health and how you can maintain it with your doctor.