Your lady part is one of the toughest parts of your body, yet it’s also very delicate. Although it mostly takes care of itself, problems can sometimes arise that can be uncomfortable or painful. This is especially true in the case of certain activities.
Here are 6 things that make your lady part sad.
1. Sitting on a bike seat without padding.
You love feeling the wind through your hair, but your lady part is less than thrilled. Sitting on a bicycle seat that is too hard or narrow compresses nerves and pinches off blood circulation to the vag!nal area. This can result in numbness, tingling, and over time, a reduction in the sensation that could ᴋɪʟʟ your romantic life. These effects are the worst for women who ride bikes with handlebars that sit lower than the seat.
2. Putting fruits or vegetables inside it.
Does walking through the store’s produce aisle give you ideas? While cucumbers and other suggestively-shaped fruits and veggies seem like a kinky addition to a fun night, it’s not recommended. These things harbor bacteria, even if they’re organic. When that bacteria is introduced into the delicate ecosystem of your honeypot, it could cause an infection called ʙᴀᴄᴛᴇʀɪᴀʟ ᴠᴀɢɪɴᴏsɪs.
3- Dirty Underwear
Dirty produce isn’t the only thing that can give you a nasty infection down below. So can wearing dirty underthings. Fabric traps sweat and honeypot discharge, which makes an ideal breeding ground for germs and fungi. If left in prolonged contact with your ɢᴇɴɪᴛᴀʟ ᴀʀᴇᴀ, you could wind up with a yeast infection. After you work out, always shower and change right away to avoid this.
4. Getting a tattoo on or near it.
Tempted to get inked below the belt? Consider how it might affect your lady parts.
Having a tattoo done anywhere on your anatomy can trigger redness and inflammation, but your ᴠᴀɢɪɴᴀʟ ᴀʀᴇᴀ has the most sensitive skin of your entire body, says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical associate professor of ob-gyn at Yale School of Medicine. So you’re practically asking for a rash and itchy irritation. Even the cheap dye from a temporary tattoo can have the same effect, she says, so get body art on your ankle, arm, or back instead.
5. Lubricating it with baby oil.
So you’re ready for a roll in the hay, and to get things going quick, you rub on some baby oil or another petroleum jelly product. You’re hoo-ha isn’t going to be happy.
Oil-based lubricants are thicker and don’t wash out very easily, so they can get stuck in your ᴠᴀɢɪɴᴀʟ ᴄᴀɴᴀʟ and eventually trap bacteria along with it, resulting in infection, says Minkin. Stick with silicone- or water-based lube instead. Because they wash out easily, they make your ᴠᴀɢɪɴᴀ smile.
6. Lathering up with too much soap.
“Even a soap that calls itself gentle can be irritating to your ʟᴀʙɪᴀ,” says Minkin. “The less you use, the better.”
Her advice: Once a day or after a gym session, work up a small lather from a soap made with no dyes or fragrances, which can itch or burn. And if you were one of the millions of women who received bath salts as a holiday gift, keep them wrapped in the box.
Says Minkin: “I always see a slight increase in patients complaining of ᴠᴀɢɪɴᴀʟ irritation after Christmas because they use those salts during their bath without realizing how harsh the chemicals that give them their scent and color can be.”