You know what they say—happiness starts with your hoo-hah. I'm paraphrasing, but doesn't it ring true? Nothing throws off your holiday plans like a painful UTI, uncomfortable yeast infection, or surprise leakage. The holidays are about spending time with the people you love, tapping into generosity and gratitude. But you can’t pour from an empty cup, and looking out for yourself starts with a little TLC downstairs.
Before you hit the holiday rat race, ask yourself this: what have you done for your vagina lately? Probably not enough. This year, give back to yourself with these vag-friendly products.
Isn’t it pretty weird that we just wipe poop around our butts instead of washing it off? On Tushy’s website, they ask this: “If a bird pooped on you, would you wipe it off? No, you’d wash it off. So why not treat your butt the same?”
Tushy is a bidet that attaches to your toilet with no extra electricity or plumbing. It’s sleek and simple, sort of like the Apple product of bidets. Unlike toilet paper, Tushy won’t leave excess crap hanging around looking to “taint” your vagina.
How do you describe a UTI to someone who has never experienced one? It’s a little bit like chestnuts roasting on an open fire… if the chestnuts were your bladder. UTIs are so painful and frustrating, and high on the list of things that nobody has time for during the holiday season.
Uqora has developed a preventive drink mix to give your body the defense it needs against UTI-causing bacteria. It tastes like pink lemonade and comes in individual stick packs so you can throw it in your purse or keep it in your bathroom cabinet. Mix up a glass of Uqora and drink it to flush out bacteria after sex, exercise, or a long plane ride home to see your folks.
THINX underwear line is designed to support or replace tampons, pads or menstrual cups. According to THINX, women use more than 17,000 tampons throughout their lifetime. Holy cow! They’re here to lighten that load.
THINX are made up of four bits of technology that make their underwear anti-microbial, moisture-wicking, absorbent, and leak-resistant so you can go about your day without the dreaded leakage that we’re all too familiar with. The amount of blood that THINX can hold varies, but theHiphugger andHi-Waist options hold up to two regular tampons worth of liquid.
Not all bacteria is evil. Our bodies rely on a full ecosystem of microbiota to keep our bodies healthy. In our vaginas, lactobacilli are key players that have aton to do with a healthy vagina. Lactobacilli produce lactic acid, which prevents thegrowth of other harmful bacteria. When the amount of this mighty bacteria starts to dip, the acidity of our vaginas increases beyond the natural fluctuation point. An altered pH can lead to yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis (BV). Have you ever noticed a subtle fishy smell? That’s a symptom of bacterial vaginosis. It’s super common—30% of women have BV at any given time. Although it often goes untreated, there can be non-cosmetic consequences to BV. For instance, if you’re trying to get pregnant, it’s especially important to keep your pH in check sincesperm prefers a more alkaline (less acidic) environment.
Bio-K Plus is a fermented dairy probiotic that stays in your refrigerator. It looks like yogurt, but technically is not. But like yogurt it comes in a bunch of good flavors like strawberry and mango and could be a solid addition to your morning routine. Bio-K Plus is chock full of Lactobacilli which, in theory, should boost the number of good bacteria found in your vagina—key to maintaining a healthy pH and keeping pesky infections at bay.
Ellebox delivers 100% organic pads and tampons directly to your door. If you’re buying tampons that are not organic, they could be made from cotton that’s been exposed to chlorine, bleach, pesticides and other chemicals that are linked to hormone disruption. It’s pretty scary to think life before organic tampons. Who wants their vagina marinating in a cocktail of chemicals?
Ellebox eliminates the last minute dash to the store. Plus, they send you tampons you can feel good about. You can also opt for the self-care box, which always includes chocolate, tea, and two other surprise goodies.
So often we take this incredibly intricate, life-producing organism for granted until things go haywire. But you deserve better than that. This holiday, give your vagina the attention it deserves.
What other products do you love to keep everything running smoothly? We’d love to hear them.