“I was raised to always try to be the best version of myself mentally, emotionally, and physically. Now, more than ever, I take care of my body. I eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, sleep at least seven hours a night, drink tons of water, and exercise regularly. I know “perfection” should never be one’s goal because, basically, it doesn’t exist! I try not to overindulge in any one thing, except maybe classical music and the San Francisco 49ers. Since health is a priority, I see my gynecologist, Dr. Sherry, on a regular basis—she reminds me that “strong and healthy” trumps all.”

-Katharine McPhee, Actress, Singer, Songwriter

 

Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy soul…a healthy V is metaphor for all three.Is the vagina really self-cleaning? –Claudia, age 29

Unfortunately, I always think of an oven when I hear the term “self-cleaning,” and the truth is, while heat is an oven-cleaning friend, it is not for the vagina. A healthy vagina needs the same attention to hygiene as any other part of your body.  Regular visits to your gynecologist or healthcare provider should be part of your routine in maintaining a healthy vagina.


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Smegma
Smegma
Smegma
Smegma

If you don’t clean the vagina with a non-fragrant intimate soap you will be prone to dirty bacterial build up

Smegma
Smegma
Smegma
Smegma

If you don’t clean the vagina with a non-fragrant intimate soap you will be prone to dirty bacterial build up

Smegma
Smegma
Smegma
Smegma

Unhealthy Vagina

Blocked gland on outter labia minora
Blocked gland on outter labia minora
Blocked gland on outter labia minora
Blocked gland on outter labia minora

I suggest that your daily routine involve cleaning your vagina and labia as if it were any other part of your body. Nothing more is needed than your hand and a gentle, non-fragrant soap (Dove, Caress, Aveeno, Cedaphil, and Eucerin are a few brands that come to mind) or an intimate wash.
For blocked glands soaking the vagina in warm bath water with extra virgin coconut oil helps resolves the problem. Do NOT squeeze a blocked gland as it could create a skin infection.

Blocked gland on inner labia minora
Blocked gland on inner labia minora
Blocked gland on inner labia minora
Blocked gland on inner labia minora

I suggest that your daily routine involve cleaning your vagina and labia as if it were any other part of your body. Nothing more is needed than your hand and a gentle, non-fragrant soap (Dove, Caress, Aveeno, Cedaphil, and Eucerin are a few brands that come to mind) or an intimate wash.
For blocked glands soaking the vagina in warm bath water with extra virgin coconut oil helps resolves the problem. Do NOT squeeze a blocked gland as it could create a skin infection.

Healthy looking cervix
Healthy looking cervix
Healthy looking cervix
Healthy looking cervix
Ovulation
Ovulation
Ovulation
Ovulation

In between periods, typically around Day Fourteen, you
may notice a clear, slippery, odorless discharge the consistency of egg whites. This is also completely normal, and it Healthy V suggests ovulation

Ovulation
Ovulation
Ovulation
Ovulation
Cervical Polyp
Cervical Polyp
Cervical Polyp
Cervical Polyp

2 cm Cervical Polyp

Cervical Polyp
Cervical Polyp
Cervical Polyp
Cervical Polyp
Cervical Polyp
Cervical Polyp
Cervical Polyp
Cervical Polyp
Pap Smear
Pap Smear
Pap Smear
Pap Smear

Pap smear of cervix using a “broom” to collect the cervical cells

Pap Smear
Pap Smear
Pap Smear
Pap Smear

Pap smear of cervix using a brush to collect the cervical cells

Cervix has been removed also known as a
Cervix has been removed also known as a "vaginal cuff"
Cervix has been removed also known as a
Cervix has been removed also known as a "vaginal cuff"