One of the reasons I love what I do is because I get to spread valuable information throughout the Sweet Talk community.
In a recent email, a friend asked my advice on some personal discomfort she was experiencing.
After turning 40, she noticed that she seemed to be plagued by vaginal itching and irritation whenever she and her husband were intimate — which, after the birth of their daughter, wasn’t all that frequent. Sometimes it would resolve itself, but other times she found herself going to her doctor for treatment. Being someone with an aversion to taking a lot of medications, she asked me if I knew of anything else she could try.
Not being a doctor, I decided to reference one. So, I opened my copy of Ask Dr. Marie, written by ABC News Medical Contributor Marie Savard, M.D. If you’re a woman and don’t own this book, I highly recommend it. It gives you comprehensive medical information on all aspects of anatomy and sexuality, so that you can carry on specific conversations with your own doctor to result in your best possible care.
Chapter seven of this book covers some of the most common and unusual causes and cures of itchy business in the sweet spot. It was in this chapter that I encountered bacterial vaginosis (BV). According to Dr. Marie, this is responsible for more than 50% of all vaginal irritation.
The main cause of BV seems to be a disruption in the pH balance of the vaginal area. One cause is a woman’s sensitivity to a man’s seminal fluid, which is alkaline as opposed to the acidity of the vagina. Another is douching, which also upsets the natural pH balance of your sweet spot.
Equipped with this information, I’ll share the advice I gave to my friend (in addition to a copy of Ask Dr. Marie). The issue she’s experiencing with her husband is one that may be remedied quite simply by increasing her frequency of intimacy with him — even if it’s only a quickie. The reason seems to be that the vagina is not only self-cleaning, it’s self-adjusting too.
The other suggestion is for her to abandon douching for the more appropriate SweetSpot Labs bidet-in-a-bottle and some on-the-go-wipettes instead. Even the Journal of the American Medical Association concurs that, since so much happens in such a compact area (i.e. sexual activity and going to the bathroom), using wipes to clean the vaginal area encourages better overall health and wellness of your sweet spot.
With all that being said, I’d say this itchy business has been thoroughly scratched!