Monday, August 25, 2014

To Douche or Not to Douche? Feminine Hygiene Tips

We're not sure we ever referred to our nether regions as a "hoo hoo," but the name of the new feminine hygiene product, healthy hoohoo, certainly grabbed our attention. And this is a sensitive topic to begin with, since most women don't want to admit we aren't always so fresh and do clean down there.

To douche or not to douche? That is the question. Photo credit: Dailymail.co.uk

But the fact that old standbys like Summer's Eve and Massengill are still stocked on drugstore shelves shows there's a demand for feminine hygiene products.  The problem is that douches, harsh soaps and cleansers reportedly throw off your vajayjay's natural pH balance, which makes the environment more favorable for bacterial growth that can cause infection.

Even worse, bacterial infection caused by douching can increase your risk for endometriosis, pregnancy complications, cervical cancer, and pelvic inflammatory disease.

So healthy hoohoo offers a healthier and safer alternative. This "natural feminine intimate cleanser" is pH balanced and fragrance, sulfate and paraben free. It comes in wipes for on the go, a foaming cleanser and a gentle wash. The brand was created by Stacy Lyon, who was inspired after she discovered all of the harsh detergents, dyes, parabens and synthetic fragrances contained in most mass-marketed intimate cleansers and body washes. And reducing the amount of chemicals we're exposed to daily is a step towards better overall health.

Soothing ingredients include aloe for moisturizing and skin conditioning; green tea for cleansing and detoxification; cucumber extract for skin conditioning; and pomegranate extract for anti-bacterial and skin conditioning. We especially like healthy hoohoo wipes. The products are light and refreshing, without an overly sweet fragrance and they come in handy at the gym or anytime you need a quick freshen up.

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