Personal Hygiene 101
Personal hygiene is important and everyone knows that what we don’t know is the differences in approach when it concerns two genders. Men and women have different hygiene issues and both should be addressed separately.
Welcome back to Zen Habits, today we shall discuss different problems and their solutions regarding hygiene. Since we are approaching summers I thought we could all use some information to remain healthy down there.
Staying clean and healthy is the utmost priority to many people, while some others take it lightly, not because they want to be dirty but out of sheer laziness. When people talk of self-care they focus more on grooming skills because we all prefer looking attractive and this is mostly related to how people see us, and how we appear to them. To the showbiz world, it is to supreme importance that we recognize ourselves as presentable beings, looking all polished and groomed
Considering the physiology of a woman’s body, there is around only 5-8 cm of a gap between her intimate exterior organ to her inner canal, aka Urinal canal. Women tend to get urinary tract infections more often than men because bacteria can reach the bladder more easily in women. The urethra (the opening to your urinary tract) is shorter in women than in men, so bacteria have a shorter distance to travel.
So now that we have the facts, we shall enter into maintaining the hygiene. Let’s start with a blunt question.
How many of you (irrespective of your gender) wash your parts post peeing/ Urinating?
Do you come in that category? NO? Well, maybe you should. Despite maintaining all the regimes for all cases, this one tiny clumsy step can prevent around 80% growth of bacteria in your private parts. The thing is that when we wash our intimate regions with mere water after every time we urinate, the chances of development of bacteria and the foul odour reduces largely. Now I know it isn’t practical for men, because of obvious reasons! But it actually is. Most of the toilets now have paper towels/ toilet papers for usage (not because Indians are shifting towards the toilet paper idea), but for wiping purposes post urinating or other body fluid releases. In Doubt? Go ahead and google “TOILET PAPER USES”.
FUN FACT: The idea of circumcision in males in religions like Islam / Persians evolved to stop the bacteria growth that happens because of Ejaculation fluid settling down under the foreskin. So, the idea is hygiene based and not religion specific.
Here are some things why you should wash or wipe clean your private parts after using any toilet.
Prevents Bacterial growth
Just because you are a man, and you are not likely to have a urinary tract infection, it doesn’t mean you cannot ever. Be it a male or female, it is important that you wash off your Intimates or wipe it clean with wet cloth/tissue to avoid any fungal infection around the area. Males often experience “Chafing” which happens due to frequent friction between the cloth and inner thighs. This worsens when you sweat or because of pee drops that stay because you don’t wash your parts.
To Avoid Chafing
Chafing is a common problem for everyone, which likely happens because of repetitive friction between skin to skin or skin to the cloth. If you are an exercise enthusiast, or if you are overweight, you have probably experienced skin chafing, the annoying and often painful result of skin rubbing against skin or clothing. Chafing can occur anywhere on your body, but the thighs, groin, underarms, and nipples are particularly vulnerable.
Wear cotton innerwear, keep the area dry and wash regularly to avoid sweating and moisture.
To stop the odour
How many of you have held your breath being in a toilet? Yes, now you know not everyone is clean. Well, as gross as it can get, we all know if a person isn’t clean they do smell bad, which is a bummer when you get involved in intimacy/ sit close to someone. Pee drops that are absorbed by your innerwear start to produce a foul odour within 10-15 mins. So wiping the area clean will prevent that, and you can roam around freely without the feeling of slightly wet undies.
Hinders oral sex
Imagine you finally went down on your partner, and they smell bad there, and by bad I mean the “toilet smell bad”. Yes, that’s gross. They would never go down on you again!!!. So, maintain good hygiene down there, just so you can also make it count for pleasure.
Trim don’t shave.
To avoid any kind of itching/ irritation it is often advised to shave your privates, but wiping it desert clean also is not advisable. Pubic hairs help to absorb moisture, studies have shown that people with a clean shave down the alley are more susceptible to infections and fungal growth, rather than people who trim. Also, you can avoid the post-shaving irritation when you trim. So, use a scissor not razor.
Tips to avoid discomfort
- Drink lots of water
- Carry wet wipes/ tissues
- Use sanitizer
- Wear cotton underwear’s
- Wash your hands
- Flush toilets before and after use
- Use intimate washes (female) and Dettol (general)
So, guys, I hope this article made you more attentive than awkward. We are all grown humans and hygiene is something we all should discuss openly. Stay clean and don’t forget to wash your privates after every time you pee because it benefits you every way.