Our vaginal health is probably not something we discuss every day, and for that reason, it's likely that at one point or another, we are going to get something wrong. Because many women are in the dark about proper care, there are some mistakes you're making down there that would make your gynecologist cringe. They might not be something you think about constantly, but paying attention to your health down there can save you a lot of trouble down the line when it comes to things like infections and hygiene.
Many women are misinformed on sexual and genital health because myths and disinformation are so widely spread. "Most younger girls get information from their peers, which can often be misinterpreted or outright wrong," says Nicole E. Williams, M.D., FACOG over email. "Also, many women do not feel comfortable enough to mention their concerns to their physician during their yearly exam, so the proper information is never disseminated. The key is to find a practitioner in whom you trust and get all your questions and concerns addressed."
If you're in the dark about how to take care of your vaginal health, you're not alone. Here are seven mistakes you're making down there that your gynecologist would not be happy about.