2:22 pm - 09/21/2008

Vulva Hygiene w/o soap?

Hello all!

I have problems with vulva dryness and itchiness (but as far as I know, no previous yeast infections), so I recently followed the advice of the Vulvopedia and started using warm water without soap to keep myself clean.

Unfortunately I'm more than a little neurotic and I never *feel* clean.  I don't have any unusual odor or anything out of the ordinary - it's just in my head.  Are there any products (I have extraordinarily sensitive skin) that are gentle enough to use down there?

Thanks in advance!
svexsal 21st-Sep-2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
I've been using dial antibacterial for the past couple of years and haven't had any issues/YI/UTIs.

I've used the white clean fresh bars or the tropical escape scented ones and still had no issues. They're pretty mild.
asunlitrose 21st-Sep-2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
Wow, really?! Using anything antibacterial on my bits causes instant yeast -- it kills off all of the good bacteria.
svexsal 21st-Sep-2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
Some antibacterial soaps are heavily dependent on glycerin and since that's a sugar it'd make sense that'd it cause some women a fungal nightmare.

I took to using it when I got a staph infection on my labia in 06 (OW). Haven't turned back since!
squisheroo 21st-Sep-2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
laughing_dreams 21st-Sep-2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
Cetaphil for sure!
lil_goldielocks 21st-Sep-2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
I agree.

thats what i use
incarnated_joy 21st-Sep-2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
I use a tea tree body wash, no problems there.
ldy_shadow 21st-Sep-2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Johnson's baby wash.
fireaphid 21st-Sep-2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
I use Aveeno Sensitive Skin Body Wash. I would seriously shy away from anything antibacterial or that didn't say "sensitive skin" and "fragrance-free" on the bottle.
lil_goldielocks 21st-Sep-2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
i agree, i use this too
violet_tigress1 21st-Sep-2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
I used to be paranoid about it, but now I just stick with water... and whatever soap drips down.
acerzen 21st-Sep-2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
I used soap up until last summer (and I am 38). I don't smell or feel any different. Water is really all a vulva needs. I do use soap on perimeter (my mound and outer labia). I used to have to be super careful because most soaps would burn (and no I wouldn't put it inside).

I'm clean, smell like me, and I also feel much less worried about burning.

I read this in the clitoris.com and I was convinced.
noodz 21st-Sep-2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
I mostly just use water but sometimes if I feel like it I use a little Dr. Bronner's peppermint castile soap. It's tingly and burns a little, but not in an unpleasant way (to me, anyway). It's never given me a YI, but so far nothing does. I'm 29 and have never had one yet.
jmnstars 21st-Sep-2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
I used soap up until a couple of months ago when my BF told me he could taste it even though I rinsed like nothing else...ahem...sorry, TMI? Anyways, I have to really think about not letting the pouf get down there because it's so automatic. But, I don't smell or feel any different when not using soap. It's mostly about changing your mind I think and just trying it and seeing that your vulva doesn't really need soap. I do kind of swipe it down there in the front, but never around my vagina.
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