Yoni Health

Happy Saturday, everyone. I hope you all have had a happy January. Jumping right in today, we are going to be talking about yoni’s health. For those who don’t know what a yoni is, I got you covered. Please note this blog post and blog can be TV-MA so, please use caution adult words are used. 

Yoni: The vulva, especially as a symbol of divine procreative energy conventionally represented by a circular stone.

Origin: Hinduism

Sanskrit: “abode,” “source,” “womb,” or “vagina”)

(Sanskrit is the classical language of Indian and the liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism)

Keeping your yoni (vagina) clean is an easy task because the vagina is designed to keep itself clean with the help of natural secretions (discharge). The vagina is a muscle tube inside a woman’s body that runs from the cervix (the womb opening) to the vaginal opening. 

Now a taboo I don’t see many people talk about is vaginal discharge

Vaginal discharge: Vaginal discharge comes from glands inside your vagina and cervix. These glands produce small amounts of fluid, also known as vaginal secretions. The fluid flows out of the vagina each day, cleansing old cells that have lined the vagina. This is an entirely natural process—it’s your body’s way of keeping your vagina healthy and clean.

Picture credit: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322232

Remember, changes in your discharge can be from hormonal reasons, diet change, and even pregnancy. If you suspect a noticeable difference, try journaling what you eat and drink, make changes as needed, and talk with your doctor. When you ovulate, your discharge will be thicker because the egg is released. ( like raw egg white) A healthy discharge doesn’t have a strong smell or color. You may feel wet, but you shouldn’t have any itching or soreness around your vagina.

Bacteria

The vaginal flora, also known as the vaginal microbiome, is the collective term for the colonies of bacteria that live inside the vagina. A healthy vaginal flora typically contains the following species from the Lactobacillus genera such as Lactobacillus Reuters, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus crispatus, and Lactobacillus gasseri. Please note each body is different. Good bacteria will help keep the vagina’s PH balance even and produce bacteriocins (naturally occurring antibiotics) to reduce or kill other bacteria entering the vagina and produce a substance that stops invading bacteria from sticking to the vagina walls. 

When the bacteria is changed or tampered with because of your diet, that can lead to infection or inflammation. A vagina’s average level is typically less than pH 4.5. If the pH of the vagina increases (it gets less acidic), the quality or amount of lactobacilli can fall, and other bacteria can multiply.

When washing, it’s best to avoid perfume soaps, gels, and antiseptics. Use plain, unperfumed soaps to wash the area around the vagina (the vulva) gently every day. My personal favorite has been from Honey Pot! Remember again that everyone’s body is different; another brand to look into is Smoothie Skincare. 

Vaginal Douches

Douching is washing or cleaning out the inside of the vagina with water or other mixtures of fluids. Most douches are sold in stores as prepackaged water and vinegar mixes, baking soda, or iodine. The mixtures usually come in a bottle or bag. You squirt the douche upward through a tube or nozzle into your vagina. But honestly, all they do is wash out everything in the vagina. There’s no evidence that douching protects against STIs or vaginal infections, and it may even increase the risk. 

Scented Wipes And Deodorants

Perfumed products can disrupt the vagina’s healthy natural balance. Washing with water and plain soap should be all you need to keep your vagina healthy. It’s normal for the vagina to have a scent. Again if you have any concerns, see a doctor or call a helpline; most states have them talk to a nurse or trusted physician; even going to Walmart or a pharmacy and talking to the physician can help. Please never ignore the signs. 

Safe Sex

Always use protection, and please please get tested regularly if you are not in a committed relationship. Even if you are unsure get tested, before and after a relationship starts or ends. You can protect your vagina against these infections by using a condom every time you have sex. Also, please be aware that a man’s sperm can alter your ph and yoni health. If you are sleeping with someone and keep getting UTI and yeast infections, ask them to check out. 

Check back for pt 2 next week to learn about yoni steaming, yoni massages, and more. If you have questions, please ask. 

ref: https://www.optibacprobiotics.com/uk/learning-lab/in-depth/womens-health/vaginal-microbiome

https://www.britannica.com/topic/yoni

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