How to prevent infections 'down there'

Posted at 05/31/2010 4:08 PM | Updated as of 06/01/2010 10:53 AM

MANILA, Philippines - More and more women are having problems with infections in their reproductive tract -- which includes the fallopian tubes, ovary, uterus, vagina, cervix and vulva.

Data from the Society for Women's Health Research showed that clinical consultations on reproductive tract infections amount to 10 million visits each year, making it one of the most common complaints of women in North America.

A similar scenario can be seen here in the Philippines -- a study on prevalence and factors associated with post-partum vaginal infections revealed that 58% of adult females seek help from doctors to get advice on reproductive tract infections.

 

Don't just look fabulous, feel good too by taking care of your reproductive tract. Credit: Karen Flores, abs-cbnNEWS.com

 

Reproductive tract infections in women are usually transmitted by bacteria, through medical procedures or sexual intercourse.

Most of them are easily treatable and cured, but of course, it's always better to stay away from these conditions.

Sanitary Care Products Asia, a local manufacturer of tissue products, gave the following guidelines on proper feminine hygiene. The company hopes that the list can help women, particularly the young ones, in preventing infections "down there:"

1. Make sure the region is dry and clean. When choosing underwear, pick ones that have absorbent material such as cotton.

2. Choose a soft, hygienic tissue product. Don't use toilet papers that are not treated with harmful chemicals such as artificial whiteners.

3. Don't douche, or the process of cleaning the area with water or a blend of fluids through a douche bag. Health experts don't recommend douching as it changes the chemical balance, making the area prone to more infections. In addition, it can spread infections in the reproductive tract.

4. Wipe the region with toilet paper from front to back. This way, no germs or bacteria are spread.

5. Wash your genital area with mild soap, preferably unscented ones.

6. Avoid having multiple sex partners as this could lead to more serious diseases such as the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).