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archer
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Hi this is another one...I just recovered from a fungal infection in my vaginal area...I really do not know how these come...I am still a virgin so there is no question of STI'D or STD'S even now my doc told me after these medicines it;s onlyy hygiene that'll prevent all this? What does she mean by that? I wash myself clean in the area....and all that? Is it advisble to use douches?

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KittenGoddess
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Absolutely no on the douches! Those will actually nurture infections rather than preventing them.

So your best bet is just to use common sense about keeping your genitals clean. Your vulva should only need a gentle washing with water. If you'd like to use a gentle soap (preferably unscented and undyed) on your external vulva, that's fine. Wearing underpants that are cotton or silk (both natural fibers) will help the area breathe. Thongs also can often transport bacteria, so avoiding those would be good as well. You may also want to consider going without underpants during the night so that you can get more air. If you're using any type of fragrances or perfumes in that area, then stop that. Also, anytime you get sweaty from lots of activity or exercise or if your panties become wet (or if you're swimming), give your genitals a gentle wash with water and change into some clean, dry panties.

And if you're doing all of those things, then don't worry. Sometimes we'll just pick up infections for reasons unknown to us. So unless you start having infections chronically, there's likely not much to worry about. Just use good common sense, and you'll be fine.

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