Hi Doc, just want to ask if I’m using the right feminine wash. I have been using lactacyd for more than 10 years now. My friend told me she uses betadine if she has her period. I have adenomyosis and experience heavy bleeding and sometimes clot during my
menstruation. Since I remembered what my friend told me i now use betadine during my period. I read in the label that betadine should be used only 2x a week. On days i don’t have my period i use lactacyd but during my period i use betadine 2-3 x a day. So i when i read the label i kind of worried if i’m “overusing'” betadine.
I can’t really say if there is a “right” feminine wash.
The real answer should be …water.
It is my personal opinion that these feminine washes were invented by businessmen to create a need, and thus to create consumers.
In the days of our lolas, there was no Lactacyd, Gyne-Pro, pH Care, Carefree, Summer’s Eve or Betadine? Did I miss anyone?…and our mothers and grandmothers did just fine.
But somewhere along the line, women started to become conscious of the fishy smell down there and that’s when the first bottle of Whim was sold. It came in a fuschia pink bottle with nothing but water, perfume and some chemicals that I did not even encounter in my chemistry class.
Women started to use all sorts of perfumed washes, vaginal douche and panty liners. All these contributed to the changes in the woman’s natural ability to cleanse itself and maintain normal vaginal health.
The external portion of the vagina from the mons pubis (the pubic hair area) down to the anus is generally called the vulva. It is composed of skin with hair follicles. Naturally, this area is prone to sweat, perspiration and discharges from the vagina.
The normal pH of skin is close to neutral (4.5 – 5.5). The best and cheapest way to keep the vulva clean is by washing with water and MOST importantly, keeping the area dry and cool.
Wearing tight undergarments, panty liners, jeans, and stockings will increase the temperature in the area thus making the woman prone to perspiration and bacterial growth.
Some patients are proud to say that they always wash with water and soap.
Sure, its a good habit. But they often forget to dry their vulva. Some even deliberately put their underwear on even if their vulva is dripping wet because “tissue paper is bad for them”.
Moisture, heat, and a dark place all describe the vulva…and this is where bacteria grows best.
If you have to use a feminine wash, choose one with the least amount of chemicals.
I would advice an acidic wash for women who are always wet due to prolonged “white menses” or ovulation. (e.g. Lactacyd)
I would advice a neutral wash for women who are already very dry, like women in their perimenopausal years. (e.g. pH Care)
And for occasions where there is yellowish or greenish discharge, this means there is already bacterial growth, then you need an antiseptic wash. (e.g. Gyne-Pro)
Finally, for the days that you have your period, it is best to wash with a strong anti-bacterial wash. (e.g. Betadine)
For all the other days not mentioned above, then water is the best.
I hope I was able to clear this up for you L.O.
See you at the clinic.