Us gals have got a lot of work to do when it comes to being educated on, talking about and looking after our vaginas. Considering we all have one* it’s not a topic that tends to come up over coffee or a glass of wine – unlike guys who would talk about their testicles until they fell off. Periods are still a huge taboo, pubic hair is seen as a rarity (because so many young people base their knowledge of the human body on porn,) and smear tests are still on the decline despite huge efforts from charities to get us attending. Generally speaking, we’re a little bit rubbish. How are we supposed to know how to look after our bits if we don’t speak about them, and how are we supposed to feel confident in ourselves if a pretty important part of us is still censored and labeled as ‘ugly’ by the mainstream media? It’s time we changed the conversation, so if you want to know how to look after your vagina, find out more about WooWoo (the newest vag-loving brand) and ensure your lady bits are giving you all the body positive vibes, read on…
Our vulvas/vaginas/uteri are really clever things, not only capable of growing small people but actually at self-cleaning and maintaining a healthy balance; although they perform perfectly well without any interference, there’s an increasing movement towards intimate care and attention that’s lead to a growing demand for intimate products that deliver the results we want. There’s absolutely no shame in leaving your foof au naturel, but equally it shouldn’t be frowned upon to want to wax it / buff it / bleach it within an inch of its life if that’s your bag too.
I’m all for freedom of choice and for products that allow that choice – just like with any other area of the beauty industry. Just because there’s botox doesn’t mean that everyone should feel embarrassed about wrinkles, and just because there’s redness reducing foundation it doesn’t mean that everyone should fight to cover up their pimples or rosacea. Not everyone is the same, not everyone wants the same things, and not everyone is at the same life stage; for one, I’m blooming glad I’m no longer a 23 year old on the dating scene worrying about what my bits look like.
In my opinion products like FemFresh, Vagisil and Sass have provided ways of looking after ourselves and getting to know our bodies (because we’ve all used Original Source Mint in the shower and left our noonahs stinging for the next four hours!) without judgement; because so many things can upset the balance of our bits, and there’s nothing more irritating than an irritating vag. It’s about informed choices and normalising those choices, whatever they are. After all, we have nail care routines, skin care routines, hair care routines, arm pit routines… Why not a vagina routine?!
The newest brand to land on the scene in an attempt to disrupt that conversation and provide the tools we’re demanding to maintain a healthy vulva and vagina (and even cosmetically enhance it) is WooWoo. Unlike the brands that are already out there, WooWoo is loud and proud without blasting from the rooftops that it’s designed for your lady flaps; it actually looks more subtle in your bathroom than a bottle of FemFresh because it’s not at all medical (it could easily be mistaken for a shower gel or face wash) and the wipes wouldn’t look at of place if they fell out of your handbag while rummaging for your purse.
All of the products are formulated with ingredients that are ‘natural’, vegan friendly and non-irritating, while even the wipes are biodegradable and paraben free. I’ve tried the wipes, micellar wash and shave balm (which also doubles up as a cracking hand cream!) and found them pleasant, refreshing and actually somewhat enjoyable to use; I’d happily keep a bottle of the wash in my shower and gym bag, while the wipes make the handiest addition to my handbag for freshening up / loo roll emergencies / those period moments when you generally feel a bit ick.
It’s the rather ‘controversial’ products to come that I’ve got a feeling may kick up a storm though: particularity the ‘Lift & Tighten Gel’ and the ‘Fast Acting Lightening Cream.’ There’s been a huge surge in demand for tightening treatments, particularly from women wishing to turn back the clock or restore their pre-baby glory, with even Danielle Lloyd popping onto the This Morning sofa to share her positive story. Huda Beauty recently came under fire for discussing the best way to lighten your vagina, something that happens increasingly as women look to achieve a certain aesthetic, proving the huge level of interest in something deemed ‘niche’.
Although it’s not my personal preference, I do respect the fact that a lot of women out there do want to lighten or tighten their bits. With it being absolutely the individual’s choice (I don’t get judged for having hair extensions or my eyebrows microbladed, so why should we judge women who want to lighten or tighten their foof?) I’d far rather there be safer and more attainable treatments available than them resorting to laser surgery or homemade concoctions which are likely to cause all manner of issues.
In my opinion, WooWoo is absolutely filling that gap without preaching to anyone about how their vagina should look or feel (unlike those panty liner brands who keep trying to convince us we need it to smell like candy floss and roses.) That’s not a bad thing, is it?
So if I’ve given you the incentive to take control of your body (preening and pampering it however you choose) and you want to know how to look after your vagina in the best possible way, a few simple tips are all you need to keep it healthy inside and out…
A healthy lifestyle will help keep your vagina in tip top condition, while regular exercise will ensure your pelvic floor is strong and healthy. Like every other area of our bodies, our intimate bits rely on vitamins and minerals to perform at their optimum too – so eating a balanced diet is always the first step. Being healthy also minimises the need for antibiotics, which can play havoc with our vagina’s pH and bacterial balance, so it’s a double positive!
It’s not rocket science, but you need to be washing your bits properly every day – more so if you’re a gym goer (or spend copious amounts of time sweating on the London Underground.) Avoiding heavily perfumed soaps and washes will minimise the pH balance upset that causes irritation too.
TREAT IT WELL
It’s vital that you get to know your own lady garden and familar with what’s ‘normal’ for you; every vagina is different, but you should get to know your own body and pay attention to any discharge. It’s absolutley normal to have some white or clear discharge that changes in thickness when you’re ovulating, but if any changes in colour / texture / smell occur it’s best to get checked out. And on that note, you should also be attending your regular smear tests – more info on that here!
We only get one vagina, so lets treat it with the same care we would any other area of our bodies. If you love your vag, it’ll definitely love you back 😉
What do you think of intimate care products and the new WooWoo brand?
The three current products are available from Superdrug, priced from £3.75
(but the wipes are currently 50% off.)
*I don’t want to offend any LGBT peeps here, so lemme know what I should be saying as to not to!