Sprays, wipes, douches—sometimes it feels like everyone wants us spend money on cleaning our vaginas. But the message we are getting now, loud and clear, is to LEAVE IT ALONE and to back away from the wipes.
But getting rid of bacteria from your vagina can only be a good thing, right? Wrong.
According to obstetrics and gynaecology specialist Dr. Iffath Hoskins, "the bacteria in there are actually good, and there's no reason to try and get rid of them." Dr. Hoskins says your vagina is a "living person."
"New healthy cells lie underneath, coming to the surface and creating a liquid-y sensation, similar to the way your mouth creates saliva. It's a self-cleaning part of your body."
Nice. Who knew vaginas were so smart? Also, not only is cleaning not necessary, it can actually be harmful.
Dr. Hoskins says:
"There's always a concern that you can insert an infection. The pH in the vagina regulates itself, and douching is going to change the equilibrium. My mindset is there's no reason to do it."
In fact, she says that you'd be better off saving your money and "standing in the corner and closing your eyes for a few minutes." Because, cleaning-wise, it's a far better strategy.
We think we can manage that.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.