The Need To Review Your Intimate Hygiene Regime
Your hygiene is your own: A mix of something taught, borrowed and self-initiated. It’s informal and it’s culturally influenced. From the time you start looking after your intimate hygiene to later years of life, you become so habituated to your hygiene practices that you just follow the steps almost mechanically, without any consciousness.
But the topic of intimate hygiene needs to be discussed out in open, for it concerns the wellbeing of half the population of the country and is hardly ever talked about. I used my social media handle to reach out to people to talk over this and not surprisingly, many were not clear about the IH. Is it hygiene for sex? What more could there be than just cleaning it? Some even said that they follow an intimate hygiene regime just for the sake of their partners. Some were even of the opinion that being single, they didn’t need to have a regime! Despite such misconceptions, everyone collectively agreed that it is very important to keep it clean as after all, it is the most sensitive area of the body. Intimate hygiene is not complicated. It is certainly not disgusting. It is absolutely not to be avoided. It needs each of us to follow a regimen. It needs educated choices.
IH includes healthy practices for everything involving our private parts, from sex, urination to clothing and just everyday being. Cleaning, wiping, washing, shaving, waxing; wearing the right-sized underwear, comfortable trousers; avoiding thick clothing such as jeans in humid weather; using appropriate pads and products at discreet intervals during periods; following healthy sexual habits, etc. are the many ways we can maintain intimate hygiene.
Why? Well, for the usual reasons such as to avoid infection, keep odour away, maintain the natural pH balance, keep up with the good bacteria (which are necessary for keeping infections at bay), for keeping it dry, staying healthy, et al. This means, intimate hygiene involves the healthy maintenance of intimate areas, which is applicable on both women and men. It is not just about female hygiene.
Let’s pledge to not only inculcate these essential practices in our day-to-day routine but to also discuss these and spread as much awareness as possible.