While there is no obvious connection between feminine hygiene and BV, research often connects douching with BV. So, it’s best to avoid doing it in the first place. Since the secret to avoiding BV is maintaining a healthy pH level in the vagina, you can attempt to achieve that by avoiding doing anything that disrupts the healthy makeup. For instance, certain soaps might upset this balance. Always opt for mild or unscented, natural soaps. It might take a few days to get used to using natural products, which aren’t buried in non-essential ingredients, but it’s worth finding the product that suits you. Let your skin breathe. Your entire body will thank you.
Did you know that nearly 1 in 5 girls in the U.S. have either left school early or missed school entirely because of a lack of access to period products? I know what it’s like being a young girl dealing with her period for the first time and worrying about getting up from my seat leaving a heavy red stain behind me.
While the degree varies from one woman to another, and there are the few lucky ones who would breeze through the whole period, there are others who experience anything from cramps, sore breasts, headaches and bloating to fatigue, backache and not to forget the terrible mood swings. The list goes on.