The “Feminine Mystique” isn’t just a book: it’s something that many women deal with themselves. In our years serving Sarasota’s women, we have learned that women don’t know nearly enough about their ladyparts as they should. They go along hoping everything will work the way it is supposed to and are flummoxed when things go wrong.

Your sexual health has a big impact on your relationships and self-esteem, and the fact that women get to go through menopause can make life especially challenging. That is why the team at Sarasota Cosmetic Gynecology works hard to provide simple solutions that allow women to find relief. However, everything tends to go better when women understand how their bodies communicate what they need. In our last blog, we shared some of the messages that the vagina and vulvar regions can send you. Today, we have five more insights to share.

Five More Things Your Vagina is Telling You

Your hair management isn’t cutting it.

Many women do at least a little bit to manage the hair down there, and if they do it incorrectly, it can cause problems. Just the fact that most women keep their razors in humid, warm environments means the razors can build up bacteria. Nick yourself with a bacteria-ridden razor, and you can end up with an infection. The last place you want that to happen is in your private area where the skin is thin and sensitive. We recommend you use shaving lotion without fragrances or chemicals and switch out your blade each time. Shaving with a new blade will ensure that your skin is protected from bacteria. If you’re worried about the cost, turn to disposable razors.

If you have tried to find hair solutions in depilatories or waxing, you probably are all too aware of the perils that come with these options. The chemicals in depilatories have to dissolve hairs, which means they are very hard on sensitive vulvar skin. Waxing, while painful, can be a solution, but it must be done correctly in order to avoid burns. At the end of the day, your safest hair management strategies are trimming with small scissors or investing in laser hair removal.

You’re using the wrong lube.

If you’re experiencing dryness, lube is a great solution in the moment. You have three choices: silicone, water-based, and oil-based formulas. Silicone and oil-based lubes are always slippery, but they can stain your clothing and sheets. Water-based lube washes off easily, but it gets sticky when it dries out. If you’re using either of these three lubes with flavor, fragrance, dyes, or elements guaranteed to provide tingling or warming sensations, it’s likely you’ll experience vaginal irritation. Avoid these types of lube and go for ones made with ingredients you can pronounce, and your vagina will likely be far happier.

You need to discover Vaseline.

Is your vulva irritated? It can make it hard to sit or walk. Instead of hoping it calms down soon, moisturize it. This takes some women by surprise, but their vulvas can actually get dry like other parts of the body, even if they haven’t hit┬ámenopause yet. If you’re experiencing uncomfortable discomfort, don’t use body lotion. It is usually full of irritating fragrances and drying alcohol. Instead, turn to natural moisturizer like petroleum jelly. It is inexpensive and free of all irritating ingredients.

You clean too thoroughly.

One of the biggest misunderstandings women have about their vulvas and vaginas is that they need to be squeaky clean. This part of our bodies protects itself with thick oils because it experiences pretty much constant secretions and friction. If you use body washes or douches containing fragrance or dye, you scrub the oils off and leave the skin vulnerable to irritation. Even worse, the enthusiastic cleaning can eliminate key bacteria, alter the pH of your area, and make you vulnerable to infection and nasty odors. Your best solution is to keep it simple, cleaning yourself up by hand with warm water.

Let Us Help

At Sarasota Cosmetic Gynecology, we offer the Mona Lisa Touch procedure, a revolutionary solution to women experiencing menopause, perimenopause, vaginal laxity, urinary incontinence, vulvar rashes, and chronic yeast infections or urinary tract infections. 97 percent of patients are satisified with their results, so even if you aren’t sure that the Mona Lisa Touch is the right solution for you, give us a call to start a conversation.