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How should you clean your vagina?

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Your vagina is self-cleaning. If anything, you just need a mild soap or shampoo on your pubic hair and the outer vulva. Avoid rubbing the area with a washcloth. Don't douche or use other special cleaning products. These can ruin the normal balance of bacteria and cause problems.

SOURCES:

Jennifer Ashton, MD, ob-gyn and author of Avery Trade, 2009. The Body Scoop for Girls,

Lissa Rankin, MD, ob-gyn and author of St. Martin's Griffin, 2010. What's Up Down There? Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend,

KidsHealth.org.

Planned Parenthood.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 16, 2019

SOURCES:

Jennifer Ashton, MD, ob-gyn and author of Avery Trade, 2009. The Body Scoop for Girls,

Lissa Rankin, MD, ob-gyn and author of St. Martin's Griffin, 2010. What's Up Down There? Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend,

KidsHealth.org.

Planned Parenthood.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 16, 2019

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