“Good personal hygiene is like grammar.
You can ignore it if you want,
but don’t be surprised
when people draw their conclusions.”
~ Source Unknown
Our hygiene is our own. Some taught. Some borrowed. And some self-initiated. It’s informal and it’s culturally influenced. We have become so habituated to our hygiene practices that, our actions and decisions are no more conscious.
But today, I want to consciously draw attention to intimate hygiene (IH). The maintenance of our private body parts is not an openly discussed topic. But the nation needs to know. After all, products are ‘Made in India‘ for it. So I used my social media handle to reach out to people. Not surprisingly, many of us are unclear about what IH is. Is it hygiene for sex? What more could there be than just cleaning it? What is the right answer? In fact, some say that they practice it just for their partners. And some say, “I am single. I don’t have one!” Despite such misconceptions and fragmented knowledge, we all collectively agreed that it is very important to keep it hygienic. After all, it is a sensitive area!
Cleaning, wiping, washing, shaving, waxing, wearing the right-sized underwear, wearing comfortable non-tight trousers, avoiding thick clothing such as jeans, in humid weather, using appropriate pads and products at proper frequency 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 away odour, maintain pH balance, keep up with the good bacteria, for keeping it dry, staying healthy, et al. This means, intimate hygiene involves the healthy maintenance of the vagina and the penis. It is not just about female hygiene. And IH includes healthy practices for everything involving our private parts, from sex, urination to clothing and just everyday being.
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.
Today, let’s pledge to not only inculcate this essential practice in our day-to-day regime but to also discuss it and spread as much awareness as possible.