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No, this is not unhygienic at all, the vagina is self-cleaning so does not need any extra help, it is healthier to leave the vagina to clean itself naturally, other than when it is infected - even then you do have to be careful what you use, if there is an issue of smell then a doctor should be consulted straight away.

Although the vulva is not self-cleaning it can be harmed by soap and other chemicals as it can dry out the natural oils and cause irritation as this area is particularly sensitive. This is particularly true of pre-teen or early teen girls who are more prone to vaginitis.

The general rule is not to use anything 'down there' that you would not put in your eyes, although people will argue that it is safe there is no need at all to use soap or any other cleaning products to clean your vagina or vulvic area, water is all that is needed with a good cleaning with your figures to get rid of any dead skin cells.

If soap or anything else chemical enters into the vagina it can interfere with the natural environment and PH of the vagina and can cause bacterial vaginosis - which is where the ‘bad’ bacteria takes over and in a lot of cases causes excessive discharge and 'fishy' smell, which although is common and not ‘dirty’ it is unhygienic. In a large percentage of BV cases the cause can be linked with chemicals entering into the vagina that are not supposed to be there, like soaps, bubble bath, ‘feminine sprays’ and so on.
It is the change in the natural PH or natural environment of the vagina which causes BV, even semen can cause BV, but chemicals as found in soaps carry a higher risk of interfearing with the vaginas PH.

BV can be very hard to treat, even if you can beat the 'bad' bacteria there is still the problem of re-introducing the good bacteria back into the vagina to get a healthy balance and keeping it that way. There are many women, like myself, whom are just pre-disposed to it, sometimes there can be more serious issues involed such as 'nasties' in your gut causing the problems, so as well as proffessional help to rid yourself of BV, it really is best to do all you can to avoid it.
[QUOTE=LouiseLaws]The general rule is not to use anything 'down there' that you would not put in your eyes, although people will argue that it is safe there is no need at all to use soap or any other cleaning products to clean your vagina or vulvic area, water is all that is needed with a good cleaning with your figures to get rid of any dead skin cells. [/QUOTE]
This is only a general rule for people who are sensitive to soaps, perfumes, etc. The vast majority of women have no problem using soap on the vulva. You even said yourself the vulva isn't self cleaning. Also, the comparison to the eyes is a little much. I don't like water in my eyes, so that would mean I shouldn't even use that? I mean who puts water in their eyes on purpose?

(sorry for getting off topic)





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