How 5 Real Women Give Their Vagina The “Self-Care” Treatment

Self-care is now the status quo for just about everything from our workouts to our beauty habits, in part because the message is so simple: Take care of yourself, whatever that means to you. The same is true for vulvas and vaginas (quick anatomy lesson: “vagina” is sometimes used as a catch-all term for a woman’s pelvic area, but it's technically only the muscular canal — the outer parts make up the vulva.) 

While there are vital ways you should be taking care of your vaginal health, including routine gynecologist appointments, practicing safe sex, and monitoring any unusual bleeding or pain, vaginal self-care can mean anything from laser hair removal to a daily wash to simply wearing a comfortable pair of underwear. It’s whatever makes you feel truly good. And no, we’re not talking about jade eggs (please don’t use those).

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To explore the different ways in which women practice self-care for their vaginas, we teamed up with Vagisil to bring you the real routines of five women, all of whom have their own personal motivations for and pride in their habits. Consider this a starting point, because your go-to form of vaginal care should be whatever works best for you. 

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Alex G., 32
“I did laser hair removal on most of my pubic hair but left a little bit on top that I’ll trim. I did it so I don’t need to worry about shaving, razor burn, or hairs still showing when I wear a bathing suit or something more revealing. It is awesome not having to shave!”
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Sarah D., 23
"I spent years wearing lacy underwear that looked cute but ultimately aggravated my skin. Now, I make sure to buy comfortable, cotton underwear that feels good no matter what I'm doing — whether I’m working out or sitting at my desk all day. And it goes without saying, but no second-day wear!”
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Alex M., 33
“I try to treat my vagina like the queen that she is. It’s important to me because an uncomfortable vagina never feels great — and it’s also where I get the most physical pleasure. Plus, it helped my beautiful little baby enter the world, so I have to pay it homage. I use nontoxic products across the board, like Vagisil Scentsitive Scents Peach Blossom Intimate Wash [for external/vulva cleansing] and organic tampons.”
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Megan W., 28
“I've been doing my research and invested in a good vibrator! It helps me take ownership of my own body. And when I invest my time, money, and energy into myself, I feel better and can do more for others. Being a mom, it's important for me to set aside time for myself and make sure that I am also a priority in my life.”
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Jenny E., 27
“All I really do is shave the bikini line and trim the rest. But I always carry wet wipes with me to freshen up — especially when I'm on my period.”
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