Intimate wash myths
1. Your vulva and your vagina need the same kind of cleanse
Despite the fact that vagina is often (wrongly) used as the catch-all term, your intimate area is of course made up of several different ‘areas!’ Your vulva is your external genitalia, including your clitoris, labia, and vaginal opening, while your vagina is the internal muscular canal that connects the cervix of the uterus to your vaginal opening.
Biology lesson over – knowing the difference between your vulva and your vagina (92% of you said you did) is really important to understand the different kinds of care they need to keep things feeling good down there.
In a nutshell, your vulva has a high concentration of sweat glands and is exposed to different bacteria daily, so, maintaining external hygiene through gentle washing with water at the very least, is a good idea.
However, respecting the natural self-cleaning processes of your vagina is important too – more on this below!
2. You need to wash inside your vagina
Your vagina is amazing for so many reasons, but it is also completely self-cleaning.
74% of those who responded to our polls said they didn’t know the pH of the vagina. Equipped with a natural system that maintains its own slightly acidic pH balance, it produces discharge that helps to flush out bacteria and dead cells, and keeps itself clean and healthy.
So, washing inside your vaginal canal just isn’t necessary. In fact, douching or internal cleaning can easily disrupt your pH balance and the good bacteria that live there, leading to an increased risk of infections and irritation.
3. Using an intimate wash will disrupt your vagina’s pH balance
Speaking of balance – 86% of you said that you actually avoid intimate cleanses because you’ve heard that they can disrupt your vagina’s pH.
There is also a wider negative perception of intimate washes, due to the feminine hygiene industry’s use of chemicals in products and their perceived influence on our fears about being clean enough down there.
However, not all intimate washes are created equal. Choosing a gentle wash tailored to your pH to use after sex, during your period, or post-exercise will keep you feeling fresh and comfortable.
By being mindful of your choice and opting for a certified organic, non-perfumed, intimate wash like the YES® CLEANSE – Intimate Wash (That’s the pH matched Feminine Cleansing Wash – AH! YES® CLEANSE in the US) you can prioritize your intimate health and wash away harmful bacteria from your vulva, without upsetting the balance of your vaginal biome.