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Vaginal hygiene

Is it ok to wash the female intimate area(vulva and vaginal area) with soap?Is soap harmful there?Or just water is enough for cleaning down there?
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Dr. Hitesh Shah Mumbai | Sexologist
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External genitals or the labia should be washed with any bath soap and preferably warm water liberally. Do not use anything including douches for inside vagina.
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Dr. Sujoy Dasgupta Kolkata | Gynecologist/Obstetrician
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No soap or cosmetic materials should be used in vagina, because they can cause irritation and even infection. Cleaning with water is enoug.
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If you feel need of cleaning, do not use ordinary soaps as these will kill the good bacteria living in the vagina. Use medicated (lactic acid containing) soaps.
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Luke warm antiseptic soap water followed by plain water is advised
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