No matter your New Year resolutions, your health should be at the top of your list. Your new year resolution should also include prioritizing your vaginal health. We have a new year checklist for your vagina to kick off 2022 the right way.
- Get your Pap smear. Pap smears look for precancerous cells that may become cancer if not monitored or treated appropriately. A Pap smear should include a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) test too. HPV is the most common STI in women and is responsible for precancerous cells on the vulva, cervix, and anus, genital cancer, and genital warts. I know it’s not the most fun thing to do, but you must do it.
- Test for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI). Many STIs have no symptoms, but they can lead to chronic pain, fertility issues, and an increased risk of cervical cancer if left untreated. Safe sex practices and regular testing are the best ways to prevent getting an STI.
- Don’t forget your birth control. If you are on birth control, make sure you have refills for the pills, patch, or ring and know when your implant or IUD needs to be replaced. Missed birth control can lead to irregular bleeding and unplanned pregnancies.
- Stock up on your supplements. If you have frequent infections or want to maintain a healthy vagina, take a daily probiotic. Probiotics help maintain a healthy vaginal pH and prevent the overgrowth of bacteria and fungus normally found in the vagina.
- Create your feminine hygiene routine. Get your feminine hygiene routine in check and keep it simple. Use a pH-balanced fragrance-free cleanser to clean the vulva. Always clean front to back. Treat the delicate vulva with care. Pat the area to dry and wear clean underwear made with breathable fabrics like cotton or bamboo.
If you need to make an appointment with your doctor, now is the time to do it. Start the new year off with a healthy, happy vagina.