How to Wash the Feminine Genital Area?
Q: I am a 17 year old female. I get pimple on the exterior of my genitals or on the outside of the inner lip, after my menstrual cycle. Also, what should us girls use to clean ourselves down there?
These pimples are likely to be clogged sweat or sebaceous glands. It’s like having acne anywhere else in the body.
You may read here about how to take care of these pimples.
If they itch, hurt or ooze out, you need to see a doctor.
What Should Girls Do to Clean Their Vaginal Area?
Vagina is a self cleaning organ. So, no vigorous cleaning is required in this area. All you need to do is to wash the area twice a day with plain water using bare hands.
Washing the Genitalia
- Take plain water in a bucket. Do not put any extra thing (soap, antiseptic, etc.) in it.
- Clean your hands and trim nails to avoid any injury to the area.
- Now wash the area gently using your finger tips for rubbing where required.
- You do not need any soap, gel or shampoo to clean the area.
- No vigorous cleaning or scrubbing, with any washcloth or scrubber, is recommended.
- Move your finger tips gently in the area to clean from inside out – the opening, the inner lip, the outer lip, and the outer portion including pubic hair.
- Internal cleaning of the vaginal canal is not required.
Why Not Use Any Soap Here?
Girls need to know that the vagina is a self cleaning organ. It produces healthy microbial flora and certain chemicals to keep itself clean and free from diseases. This good flora and chemicals flow from inside out.
So if we clean the vagina from within (douching), these protective chemicals get drained away.
Similarly, using soaps may also wash off this protective layer, thereby making it vulnerable to dryness and infections.
Soaps and other washing gels also irritate the soft skin and mucosa of the area, that may cause an allergic reaction and inflammation of the area.
They also remove the slimy mucous layer rendering the area dry, and prone to allergies and infections.
Though many people may tell you to wash your private parts vigorously, scrub with soap, or douche it; from medical point of view, these practices are not recommended.
What We Need to Wash Off While Cleaning?
All we need to remove while washing the area is smegma.
Smegma is a white looking substance . It is formed by accumulation of dead skin cells, oil produced in the area, some dead bacteria, and various feminine secretions. All these are swept automatically and collected around the clitoris and labial folds.
While cleaning the area, gently wash off this smegma. Cleaning twice a day would be adequate.