Atlanta OBGYN, Dr. Jacqueline Walters & from the reality TV show Married to medicine says that you do not have to wash your Hot Pocket with soap… Ever!
How do you keep your vagina as healthy?
DR. JACKIE: First and foremost, quit putting soap down there and don’t douche. The vagina is a self-cleaning oven. The vagina has it’s own pH level, so it’s supposed to be acidic [and the level should be] no less than 4.5. When we start adding all of the antibacterial soap what happens is you kill off the bacteria that is supposed to be there that creates the eco-system for the vagina and controls the acidity. When you destroy the normal pH of the vagina then you now have vaginal dryness and you’ve allowed yeast and bacterial vaginosis to overgrow, which of course creates discomfort and in a lot of cases odor.
DR. JACKIE: Well, not hot; lets make it warm. Just really clean the exterior of the vagina and in the crevices and folds. What I recommend is to make [your vagina] the first thing you clean when you get in the shower. Before you get the soap or the sponges out, just self clean the vagina with your hand and water only. The vagina was never designed to smell like a flower or fruit. We’re really big on putting smell-goods in the vagina. It’s supposed to have a particular odor, but not an offensive odor, and as women we really want it to smell like perfume. Don’t try to change the odor of the vagina; it is a God-given odor. Throughout the day yes we sweat and you notice it more, but please don’t use perfumes and especially powder. Powder creates an increased risk of ovarian cancer. So keep the powders out of the vagina too.
Not all odors are good…
DR. JACKIE: If [your vagina] has an offensive or very noticeable odor, has a discharge that’s not white or clear or if it’s itchy or irritated, there’s something wrong with it and water won’t do the trick. But crazy enough, soap won’t help either.
Your diet affect your vagina?
DR. JACKIE: Oils come out through the pores of the vagina, so when you eat things like sunflower oil or pineapples it gives the vagina a pleasant taste. If you cannot break down the oil found in seafood (and there are probably about 10% of women who just cannot break that oil down) you’ll get that seafood smell or seafood taste. Asparagus is another one of those foods that if you eat it it’s going to have a bitter taste. So, yes, there are foods that can make or break the vagina.