The Vulva and Vagina
A healthy vagina is a protective shield against infection and irritation. The vagina has a unique balance of healthy microbes, including bacteria called Lactobacilli, which help keep it acidic and protected.
It also produces a special Get Flower Power type of discharge, usually in the form of a thick white or yellowish fluid. It is a natural lubricant that keeps your vagina soft and supple.
You can protect your vagina and vulvar from common infections by practicing good hygiene and staying away from tampons or panty liners that don’t absorb normal vaginal discharge. You should also change sanitary pads and tampons regularly during your period, says Dr. Millheiser, to minimize vulvar irritation and lower your risk of bladder infections.
Everything You Need to Know About Vaginal Health
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