Aug 01, 2008
If you are sexually active and have had more than one partner it is important for you to get to know your body and to know how to take care of it.
Don't use perfumed soaps, lotions, or body products on your genitals.
Make sure you are using tampons and other feminine products safely.
Don't douch with anything other than vinigar and water, only once or twice a month.
Know your sexual partner and thier history.
When you do have irritated skin, try to pinpoint the cause.
Is it because you used a soap or other product that may have irritated your skin?
Is it because you may have douched too often?
Is your underware rubbing you in a not so nice way?
Did you use a personal lubricant or brand of condom that you may be allergic to?
Or could it be something else?
Do you notice any unusual odor, or discharge?
Do you have any sores that you've never had before?
For something simple like chafing from clothing or not using enough lubricant during sex, diaper cream with zinc oxide will sooth the skin and heal it pretty quickly.
If you notice an odor, or discharge you should see the doctor. It could be a yeast infection, which you can usually tell by holding a mirror and parting the vaginal lips with your fingers. If you notice anything resembling cottage cheese, it's most likely yeast. Or it could be bacterial vaginitis. With this type of infection, you may notice an odor and a clear discharge that is runny, and may resemble snot when you wipe after going potty.
For other irritation, there are many many different over the counter feminine products sold at Walgreens, RiteAid, and at your local grocery store in the "girlie isle".
If your slight itching turns into an itch that makes you want to rip your clothes off and attack it with a bristly hairbrush (in otherwords, if you can't easily ignore it) please go see the doctor.
If you don't have a regular doctor, you can always go to Planned Parenthood. They are very good at helping young women keep themselves healthy.