How to prevent rashes around your lady bits in summer!

How to prevent rashes around your lady bits in summer!

Any vulva-owner knows that ignoring the health of your lady bits isn't always a hassle-free practice. Now crank up the heat & add pads to the whole process and it could possibly turn out to be a costly affair (quite literally)! 

But some no brainers & some.. Uh, brainers(?), might just make this summer a little easier on you, your menstrual & sexual health!


1. Water > Intimate Washes:

We know what you’ve heard & seen – that your vulva needs to be cleansed with the “special wash” made specifically for it. But the honest-to-god truth is – No, you don’t absolutely need it. (We checked with our favourite gynac, dr_cuterus, too!)

All you need to do is clean your vulva with warm water. If you still feel the need to use a wash, go for a mild, gentle wash, with no fragrances that could possibly irritate your skin!


2. Pick a breathable menstrual care product:

    Pads are 90% plastic. They’re basically made of synthetic materials that tend to trap moisture and heat, creating the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. This causes even more irritation, itchiness, and rashes. As if pads hadn’t caused enough trouble already, summer can crank things up a notch. 

    Switching from a plastic pad to soft, breathable period underwear (we have a few options), can make your periods easier to manage. 

    At Nushu, we use bamboo fibre to keep things light & breezy (know why it worksallowing for ample air circulation. Bamboo also has natural antibacterial properties and is an excellent moisture-wicking fabric, which aids in avoiding excess moisture in your underwear!

    If you absolutely need to use disposable pads – make sure you dispose of each pad, every few hours to avoid buildup of heat and friction, and avoid wearing tight pants!


    3. The Proper Wiping Technique:

      Didn’t think this existed, did you?

      When using the bathroom, always wipe from front to back to prevent the spread of bacteria from the anal region to the vulva. This simple hygiene practice reduces the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and other genital infections. Use soft, unscented toilet paper and avoid dabbing too briskly!


      4. Change out of that swimsuit (or sweaty clothes) ASAP!

        Whether it's sweaty workout clothes or a wet swimsuit, prolonged exposure to moisture can act as a breeding ground for yeast infections, bacterial overgrowth, and skin irritation in the vulvar area. Pack a spare set of underwear and clothing when you go for a swim next time.


        5. Practise safe sex & always pee after:

          Unprotected sex can amplify the risk of UTIs. So do several lubricants available. Your safest bet is to opt for water-based lubes that are the easiest to wash off, ensuring no remnants are left behind to irritate you down there! 

          Friction caused during sex facilitates the spread of bacteria in the urethra, making you more susceptible to UTIs. Peeing after sex ensures that germs from your urethra are flushed out. 


          By following these basic hygiene practices, you can enjoy an infection free summer down there!

          Listen to your body's cues and seek medical attention if you experience persistent discomfort, unusual discharge, or signs of infection. With proactive self-care and awareness, you can nurture your vulvar health and embrace comfort and confidence in your daily life.

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