#17. Women’s Health

Introduction to information about vulvovaginal (genital) health

The following article about the role of female hygiene in vulvovaginal health is created by three employees of Reckitt Benckiser LLC[1], a company that manufactures cleaning products. The Company produces cleaners, disinfectants, and deodorizers for household use. Reckitt Benckiser’s products serve the chemical and household products industries. This means that there are conflicts of interest. Despite that, I publish it to offer an interesting read, to create awareness about all the facets concerning female hygiene. Cretan-Garden soaps are not chemical, but natural, and are safe to be used for also intimate hygiene, if you use the soap in the right way: rinse with much water. If you never used Cretan-Garden soaps before, observe how your skin reacts. In case you suffer from vulvovaginal health[2] problems, I advise not to use any kind of soap or detergent, but to contact first your general practitioner, or an officially registered naturopath.

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Women’s Health

Role of female intimate hygiene in vulvovaginal health: Global hygiene practices and product usage
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1745505717731011
Role of female intimate hygiene in vulvovaginal health: Global hygiene practices and product usage
Review by: Ying Chen, Elizabeth Bruning, Joseph Rubino, Scott E Eder
First Published: September 22, 2017

Abstract

Women use various feminine hygiene products, often as part of their daily cleansing routine; however, there is a paucity of published medical literature related to the external vulva and how personal hygiene practices can affect it. This review article provides background information on the physiological changes that occur during women’s lives and reviews the relevance of transient and resident microbiota as they relate to common vaginal and vulvar disorders. It also discusses the need for female intimate hygiene, common practices of feminine hygiene from a global perspective, and the potential benefits of using suitable external, topical feminine vulvar washes to minimize the risk of vulvovaginal disorders and to improve overall intimate health in women around the world.

Supported by international guidelines, daily gentle cleansing of the vulva is an important aspect of feminine hygiene and overall intimate health.

Women should be encouraged to choose a carefully formulated and clinically tested external wash that provides targeted antimicrobial and other health benefits without negatively impacting on the natural vulvovaginal microbiota. Read on here.

[Additional by the admin. A.J.: daily washing with herbal olive oil soap is safe, when using the soap in the right way, which means: using enough water to rinse.]

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Chapters of the article

  • Introduction
  • Physiology of the vulvovaginal area
    • The vulvovaginal area
    • Microflora
    • pH
    • Vaginal discharge
    • Protection from infections
  • Common vulvovaginal disorders
    • Vulvovaginal infections
    • Vulvovaginal itching and abnormal vaginal discharge
    • Intimate feminine hygiene
    • Guidelines on feminine hygiene
    • Common practices around the world
      • Social, culture, and religious influences
      • Vulvovaginal products summary
      • Scientific support for a properly designed feminine wash
  • Conclusion
  • Future perspective
  • References (76)

Additional information:

  1. Reckitt Benckiser, LLC – Bloomberg
  2. Vulvovaginal Health – Website with explanation
  3. Vulvovaginal Health – A modern blog
  4. Vulvovaginal Candidiasis – Website «100comments«
  5. Everything you need to know about vaginal steaming – Healthline
  6. Sage for perimenopause and beyond / hormones, histamines and vaginal health – Sydney Naturopath
  7. The Health Benefits of Sage – Simply Supplements
  8. Comparing the effectiveness of Salvia officinalis, clotrimazole and their combination on vulvovaginal candidiasis: A randomized, controlled clinical trial – Research Gate

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