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When your gynecologist says to only wash with water

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instantfamily Mon 15-Oct-12 21:37:52

When I've had bacterial infections or thrush more than one gyn has told me to wash my fanjo with water only and not to use any soap "because it upsets the ph/destroys the vaginal flora" etc.

I was too slow stunned to ask: are they talking about the vulva or the vagina?? I would never douche or wash inside with anything, but how can you keep your vulva clean with water only? I mean how can the vulva "self-clean" sperm, blood, discharge?

rubyrubyruby Fri 19-Oct-12 11:37:15

I think fabric softener affect me susie

If you suffer from frequent bouts try ironing your gussets. <<tmi>>

susiedaisy Fri 19-Oct-12 11:45:57

I don't iron, smile I have always just slung undies in with other clothes in the wash but I think I may put them in their own hot wash with no softener and a non bio powder, can only wear cotton ones as it is, the minute my nice silky ones even pass by my knees my fanjo begins to twitch with thrushsad

orangeflutie Fri 19-Oct-12 12:41:37

Have been having problems of late with an ahem dry fanjo blush

Spoke to drs who recommended a cream and that I wash the external area with aqueus cream not soap.

rabbitstew Fri 19-Oct-12 14:26:20

I stand by my assertion that aqueous cream is evil, unhelpful stuff... It used to be the first thing doctors recommended for eczema, too, but it turns out the stuff is positively bad for eczema. I really don't see why it would be any bettter for mucous membranes prone to thrush. It is cheap, though...(need a cynical smiley, now...).

Quadrangle Fri 19-Oct-12 14:37:19

Yes I've read that too here

orangeflutie Fri 19-Oct-12 16:15:06

Oh that's not good sad, just bought some aswell sad

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