A woman's body changes as she ages, including skin wrinkles, hair that is beginning to gray, and eyesight and hearing problems and taking care of those. What the majority of women ignore is down there. Yes, vagina also undergoes major changes as you get older. Women hardly have the time or the thought to care for their intimate parts due to their busy lifestyles and commitments to their families, children, and careers. But keeping your vulva and vagina healthy is simpler than you would think. Knowing what works for you and understanding your own body are the first steps.
Vaginal changes throughout your reproductive life cycle
Changes during the 20’s
A woman’s hormones are high during her 20s, this mainly due to the sex hormones– estrogen, progesterone, testosterone are high. The elasticity of the vagina is retained by estrogen. Women involved more in sexual activity in this period there is a rise in bacterial infections, urinary tract infections and also sexually transmitted diseases.
Changes during the 30’s
The labia begin to darken as a result of hormonal changes. During pregnancy, the vaginal discharge may turn slightly milky and may emit unpleasant odors. After pregnancy, some of the vagina's elasticity is lost and returns back to almost their original size. Routine exercises help in regaining lost muscle tone and strength. At this period of age women must pay more attention to adopting a healthy diet and exercise along with regular health checkups.
This to eat
- Eat yogurt and avoid antibiotics
- Drink 1 teaspoon each of apple cider vinegar and honey in 1/4 cup warm water once a day to maintain a healthy body pH, or the acid/alkaline balance.
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Changes during the 40’s
Due to a sharp fall in estrogen levels, women start experiencing symptoms of menopause during the 40s like hot flushes, irregular periods, vaginal dryness, etc. In addition to increasing the risk of acquiring STIs, vaginal dryness can cause painful sexual intercourse, vaginal burning, and irritation.
Changes during the 50’s and beyond
By this age, almost every woman reaches menopause. Vaginal atrophy is a common problem in this phase. The changes in vaginal pH may lead to an increase in bacterial growth, which could cause vaginal infections.
here is nothing much to be serious because there are no special products or requirements for proper vulva and vaginal care. In fact, your vagina was actually designed to be self-cleaning and your most important job is to monitor and maintain a healthy, clean surrounding environment. So let's see what are the best possible way for that:
By maintaining hygiene
- Wash daily with warm water or with intimate wash
- Do not wash inside your vagina, it is self cleaning part
- Avoid using special scrubs and scented soaps
Good and clean sex
- Avoid lubricants that has:
- Non-natural oils
- Check condom ingredients. Some are made of those materials that will upset your pH balance.
- After sex, urinate to flush out bacteria and avoid contracting a urinary tract infection.
Cloth for smooth
Choose clothing that will ensure your vaginal area can breathe easily and stay dry.
- Wear cotton clothes
- Avoid tight fitting clothes
- Change your underwear after workouts
- During moisture times or white discharge, change your underwear twice
- At nights, avoid underwear or else wear loose one
To shave or not
Generally hair protects from bacteria. Some used to shave in different ways, some left it. It is completely on one’s choice. But one has to be extra cautious those who choose to remove hair because, Razor burn, redness, itching as hair grows back, and infection from ingrown hairs are all side effects of shaving. Unwanted microorganisms can also be introduced through cuts and nicks. Use of hair removal cream, which burns hair and can be particularly harsh on the vulva's delicate skin, is not advised.