Vulvar Health Hints

by | Jun 12, 2014

Here are some general hints for vulvar health. If you suffer from vulvodynia, this information will likely not provide a cure for, or significant relief from, your pain – but it may help prevent further irritation. Please note that you do not have to follow all of the vulvar health hints at the same time; rather, choose the ones that best suit your lifestyle and try them for a period of time. Find what works best for you.

Laundry Care

Use dermatologically-approved detergent (e.g., Purex®, Clear®) on underwear or any other type of clothing/material that comes into contact with the vulva (e.g., pajama bottoms, exercise clothing, towels); Use 1/3 to 1/2 the suggested amount per load. Other clothing...

Clothing Choices

Wear white, 100% cotton underwear to allow air in and moisture out. Go without underwear when possible (e.g., when sleeping). Avoid thong (g-string) underwear. Avoid wearing full-length pantyhose; try thigh-high or knee-high stockings 
instead. Avoid tight fitting...

Hygiene Hints

Use soft, white, non-recycled, unscented toilet paper and 100% cotton pads or tampons. Avoid using scented products such as bubble bath, feminine hygiene products (pads or tampons), creams, or soaps that come into contact with the vulvar region. Avoid using feminine...


Physical Activities

Avoid exercises that put direct pressure on the vulva such as bicycle riding and horseback riding. Use padded shorts/bicycle seats if you do engage in such activities. Limit intense exercises that create a lot of friction in the vulvar area. Use a frozen gel pack...

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