When Your Vagina Needs Therapy
Vaginas vaginas vaginas. We love them, we hate them, we don't often like to talk about them. But taking proper care of our feminine areas has become a full-blown movement, and one of the main ways you to do so is to use a feminine wash.
While some could be led to believe that feminine wash deals with unpleasant odors alone, there are actually many uses for such a product besides the scent issue. Feminine washes can also be used to prevent infections, irritation, and to provide deep cleansing of your nether regions without doing anything too invasive in the process.
Let's be clear - Vaginas are not meant to smell powdery fresh, nor are they meant to smell like roses or tropical fruit. They’re meant to smell like vagina, which will vary based on who you are, where you are in your cycle, and sometimes your physical activity that day. For example, if you had a heavy workout, you may experience crotch sweat which leaves an odor. And it is totally normal!
Do I really need a special wash for my vag?
Yes and no. This is why:
The vagina smells and behaves the way it does because it is self-cleaning, which is why some of the vaginal washes and towelettes that claim to clean the vagina and balance the vagina’s pH can actually be quite irritating. Especially if the product is scented. Regular body washes and soaps can severely throw off your pH level, which is where feminine washes like Vagina Therapy come into play.
So what should my pH level be exactly?
The vagina naturally maintains a pH level of 3.5 to 4.5. The healthy bacteria in the vagina helps maintain that pH level, which, if thrown off balance, could result in infection. Again, the vagina does this all by itself; and if it needs help doing so, a doctor can prescribe medication to help balance things out again.
Now onto my review! So I have been using Nene Fem Health's Vagina Therapy Wash for years now, and it is by far one of my favorite washes so far. And I have tried a lot of washes, trust me. It is made by Nerissa Nefeteri who has an entire product line dedicated to feminine hygiene - some of which you can find right here on this website :-)
The first time I tried this wash was actually after I had my son. It was gifted to me by a friend, and I really didn't think it would be much different than using regular soap. I was so wrong.
I immediately noticed that there was less stinging (I had a small tear) and I also noticed that my skin in that area was felt feeling soft and not dried out. I just felt better down there. After only a few washes, I was hooked.
Vagina Therapy is a winner for many reasons, but what stood out to me the most is that it is unscented but still smells amazing because of a particular natural ingredient - rose water. Gynecologists recommend that you wash the vulva with unscented soap and water daily, and let vaginal discharge take care of what’s going on inside the actual vagina. So this wash is the perfect way to play it safe with your lady parts but still get that fresh scent we all want. Just saying.
I also love that it comes is foam form as opposed to a soap or gel. Foams are my top choice for vaginal washes because they are light, easy to apply and easy to wash off.
I use this wash in my shower almost every day. Sometimes, I will use it to wash my face and my son's hair. I also use it to wash my menstrual cup, kegel exerciser and ahem other lady items. It is so natural and light, you can use it for anything!
It's very good for women who are a little more sensitive down there, so if you have skin issues or your vulva reacts to average soaps, this product will likely work well for you. It's even gentle enough to use after giving birth.
3 things I like best about this wash:
- It's a foam
- It's unscented but still smells amazing
- It doesn't irritate the skin down there
What's inside of Nene Fem Health Vagina Therapy:
Here is a quick break down of the ingredients found in this wash:
Rose Water - Has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis, and eczema. Rose water’s naturally low pH of 5.5 helps keep a natural balance. And from a sexual standpoint, the scent of rose calms nerves and anxiety, which helps inhibition and enhances your overall mood. Your partner will thank you.
Coconut Oil - Coconut oil is used in many natural beauty products, and for good reason: It's naturally antibacterial and antifungal, coconut oil for skin is an excellent moisturizer, it can penetrate hair better than other oils, and, well, it smells like cookies. Yummy.
Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera has a calming effect on the skin (including skin surrounding the vagina) and have been shown to help reduce itchiness, dryness, and inflammation. You can actually treat a vaginal infection naturally with Aloe Vera and it has been proven to help clear up candidiasis and to prevent recurrences due to its anti-fungal properties. And the best part? Aloe Vera rarely causes an irritation. Winning!
Apple Cider Vinegar - Raw apple cider vinegar (ACV) has a variety of important health benefits. It's often touted as a natural cure-all by many! As a mild acid, ACV may also help restore the natural pH balance of your skin. This helps your skin keep moisture in and irritants out.
Calendula Flower - Calendula is a natural flower from the same family as marigold (Calendula officinalis). It's often used as a complementary or alternative treatment. The oil of Calendula is an effective remedy for dry skin. Calendula's antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that might make it useful healing wounds, soothing eczema, and relieving rashes - particularly diaper rash.
Vegetable Glycerin - Vegetable glycerin is a natural humectant and attracts moisture onto your skin. Glycerin is an emollient, making skin not only moist but soft and supple to the touch. When used with other natural oils and ingredients, it can seal in moisture on the top layer of our skin while the other oils work their way deep into our cells to provide long-lasting moisture.
Just remember, your vagina knows what it's doing.
There’s no need to mess with what nature intended. Feminine washes are a great option if you do want to feel and smell fresher down there. If for some reason you think your vagina is looking a little off or smelling more than usual, it’s best to go to the doctor if you are able to and avoid any scented products near the area.
I hope this review helps! All in all, Vagina Therapy is a pretty amazing wash. If you have any questions, please DM me on Instagram @thankyounicky And be sure to catch the video review on my IGTV channel :-)
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