Everything you need to know about intimate hygiene
Getting to know your normal
Getting familiar with your ‘normal’ is a good way of feeling more confident about the skin you’re in. It also makes you more aware of any changes.
All women have a unique vulva shape, size and smell, and this is something to celebrate. If you’re familiar with your ‘normal’ you can judge whether everything’s OK, or if a change needs checking out with your doctor.
Your vulva (or external genitals) is made up of the labia majora (your outer lips), labia minora (inner lips), clitoris and vaginal opening. Your inner lips and vagina are meant to be moist: discharge helps maintain the right moisture level and keeps things healthy by supporting your natural pH, protecting the good bacteria and getting rid of anything potentially harmful.
While moisture is healthy and normal, too much can feel uncomfortable, especially when you add sweat, discharge and/or period blood to the mix. A quick wash or shower will stop bacteria from developing an smell. But you might have other questions. Like, which soaps or washes will respect your vulva and vagina’s pH, so you don’t get itchy, dry or sore. Or how can you feel clean and fresh during busy days, when washing is out of the question?