Think it’s safe to ditch your birth control after a certain age or pat on a little talcum powder to feel fresh down there? These and other not-so-harmless habits can have a serious impact on the health of your lady parts.
Your vagina didn’t exactly come with an owner’s manual, but after a couple of decades of getting your period, seeing a gynecologist, having sex, and birthing kids, you pretty much know how to take care of it.
You know the basic rules: no douching, don’t leave tampons in too long, and get regular Pap tests. But as you get older — and especially as you approach perimenopause and menopause — you may have new vaginal symptoms such as vaginal chafing syndrome or hormonal issues you’re not as prepared to deal with. And seemingly harmless habits including using talcum vaginal powder regularly can have a serious impact on everything from your sex life to your risk of cancer.