Watch the replay of our free live webinar presented by Beth DuPriest, PhD, Chief Science Officer for Vaginal Biome Science.

Dr. DuPriest's Recommendations for Vulvovaginal Hygiene

In this webinar, Beth DuPriest demystifies the controversial topic of vulvovaginal hygiene and offers suggestions for how to talk with patients about what is safe to use. Feel free to share the webinar and resources with your colleagues and patients who may be interested in learning about vulvovaginal hygiene!

World-wide Consensus:

No Vaginal Douching for Routine Hygiene

No Bar Soaps on the Vulva

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Vaginal Hygiene

  • Do not put food products in the vagina (coconut oil, olive oil, yogurt, lemon juice, vinegar, honey, milk, etc.)
  • Vaginal moisturizers can offer relief from dryness and pain– NOT for cleaning

Vulvar Hygiene

  • Sensitive women should use caution, stop use if irritation develops
  • A good vulvar wash is OK with recurrent BV unless new data suggest otherwise
  • The general population can confidently use an intimate (vulvar) wash with appropriate ingredients and characteristics
  • Lactic acid, gentle liquid detergents, pH 4.2-5.6, hypoallergenic; avoid bar soap, harsh detergents, perfumes, parabens, polyquaternium, chlorhexidine, citric acid
  • Rinse thoroughly! Wipes can be used occasionally, but don’t recommend regular use
  • Once per day is enough for most purposes, but a second time is appropriate after exercise, sex, or during menses or hot weather

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