Updated: Nov 11, 2019
If you asked me two years ago if I would be talking about vaginal health, I would have told you to get lost. Yet, here I am getting ready to dive into this important topic head first. See what I did there. Let's get into it.
Did you know your vagina is use-it-or-lose-it organ? What?!?!? Sex is good for your vagina, ladies. Yes, I just said that across social media and my blog. Totally airing all my laundry here. Yes, mama. Stimulation brings oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to the vagina and vulva, which helps to keep the tissue supple, elastic, and lubricated. If you're not having regular sex with a partner, it's essential to keep your vagina happy and healthy with masturbation. Self-pleasure should be part of your self care practice anyway. So, when they say, practice makes perfect, they weren't far off.
Sex is good for us for many reasons. Among them, better sleep, stronger immune system, burning calories and boosting your mood. Plus, have you ever noticed that it's harder to climax if you aren't having sex regularly? I have! And that's just one of the many things that happens if you aren't having sex or masturbating regularly. Look it up!
If you’re a new mom like me, you may not be ready to have sex yet. You may just be curious to know how it’s going to feel and if it’s going to hurt after you gave birth. Self-pleasure is a good way to find out before committing to sex. If you're looking for an "adult toy" that will get the job done and be discreet when shipping, Vush is the way to go and is my go-to. I love the fact that they “get it” by promoting female empowerment and self-love. They want to inspire women by joining their movement of breaking stigmas behind these products - there is no shame in self-care/love and I couldn’t agree more.
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All of this being said, it is important to practice safe sex with one partner. by no means am I encouraging you to have random sex with anyone. Sex is always better with someone you love. So, have fun, enjoy and get your buzz on (wink wink). Chances are, your partner will welcome the new addition to your bedroom play.
Now, vaginal health doesn't end here. There are other ways you can maintain your lady part's health. Here are some other ways:
Kegels - Identify the right muscles. The easiest way to do this is to stop urination midstream. These are your pelvic floor muscles.To perform Kegels, contract these muscles and hold for 5 seconds. Release for 5 seconds.Repeat this 10 times, 3 times a day.
Pelvic floor exercises - To strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, sit comfortably and squeeze the muscles 10-15 times in a row. Don't hold your breath or tighten your stomach, buttock or thigh muscles at the same time. When you get used to doing pelvic floor exercises, you can try holding each squeeze for a few seconds.
Squats - Stand in an upright position, feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and toes slightly pointed out. If using a barbell, it should be rested behind your neck on your trapezius muscles. Bend your knees and push your hips and butt back as if you’re going to sit in a chair. Keep your chin tucked and neck neutral. Drop down until your thighs are parallel to the ground, keeping your weight in your heels and knees bowed slightly outward. Straighten your legs and return to an upright position. Complete 15 reps.
Bridge - Lie on the floor. Your spine should be against the ground, with knees bent at a 90-degree angle, feet flat, and arms straight at your sides with palms facing down. Inhale and push through your heels, raising your hips off the ground by squeezing your glutes, hamstrings, and pelvic floor. Your body — resting on your upper back and shoulders — should form a straight line down from the knees. Pause 1–2 seconds at the top and return to the starting position. Complete 10–15 reps and 2–3 sets, resting 30–60 seconds between sets.
Split Table Top - Your abs should be braced and your inner thighs should be activated, legs touching.In a controlled movement, begin to slowly split your legs so each knee falls outward, reaching a comfortable position.Slowly raise back to the start.Complete 10–15 reps and 3 sets.
Bird Dog - Start on all fours with wrists under shoulders and knees under hips. Your back should be straight and your neck should be neutral.Brace your core and draw your shoulder blades down your back toward your hips.To start the move, simultaneously straighten and raise your left leg and right arm, keeping your pelvis and shoulders in a neutral position. Don’t raise or lower your head. Hold for 2 seconds.Bend and lower your leg and arm down back to the starting position while maintaining stability. Then switch, raising your right leg and left arm. This is 1 rep.Complete 10 total reps and 3 sets.
Now, just like weight training keeps your muscles fit and cardio keeps your lungs strong, sex keeps your vagina in pristine shape. Don't believe me? Ask you gyno!