How OG Doctor thinks about Feminine Care
Dr. Zhang- OG Doctor from Taiwan
Getting tones of intimate questions is very common for Dr. Zhang- an experienced Obstetrician and Gynecologist. The questions are mostly the same: how to deal with excessive discharge, itchiness on the lady part, and of course, does an OG Doctor have a feminine care routine and how? That’s the reason we invited Dr. Zhang to share with us her feminine care routine!
For our new friends in the United States, here is a brief introduction of Dr. Zhang:
- Physician in Cathay General Hospital’s obstetrics and gynecology
- Women and Obstetrics and Gynecology related issue columnist
- Physician in National Taiwan University Hospital’s obstetrics and gynecology
- Member of Taiwan Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Let’s understand the 3 most common feminine problems before Dr. Zhang shares her feminine care routine!
3 Common Feminine Problems
Here few of the possible reasons for causing itchiness of the vagina and the surrounding area:
Anything that contacts directly to your skin might cause allergies or irritation according to the personal constitution. Is like having food allergies, you might get allergy from what you use, like condoms, lubricant, underpants that are not clean enough (residue of detergent/ bacteria), or even your urine! If you have a high blood sugar level, your urine might also be the cause of itchiness.
When you are having hormone imbalance, your skin will get dry and leads to itchiness. You will find it often happens in women having menopause or pregnant women. The estrogen level will drop when you are going through or done having menopause, the reduction of estrogen level will thinner vaginal epithelial cells, decrease the good bacteria, and imbalance your vagina’s pH level! They weaken the protection to your vagina and dryness that makes your feel itchy down there.
Besides that, pregnant women might experience excess secretion of hormone flux that will also bring itchiness to your lady part!
Vaginal infection (yeast infection/immune system/ sexually transmit)
Many women might have experienced vaginal infections several times. The infections might cause itchiness, redness, or burning! Infections can be caused by poor feminine hygiene care, low immune system, or sexually transmitted.
b) Bad Odor
Sometimes bad odor might lower your self-esteem when it comes to social life. But there are differences between normal odor and odd odor. That might a health alert sign of your body. Here is how you differentiate the good and bad odor!
|How it smells||What it might be|
|Fish Scent||Is normal to smell slightly fishy, but if it has a serious fishy smell, you might be caught an infection|
|Yeasty Scent||If it smells like bread-like, it might be yeast Infection|
|Musky Scent||A little too sweaty for your lady part|
c) Excess Discharge
It’s normal to have discharge most of the time. In fact, it helps a lot in keeping our vagina clean and prevent getting an infection. But if you are having too much or abnormal texture and color, you might need to be aware of it!
Normal discharge should be clear and white when it dries. But if you are having a cheesy, yellow, or even grey discharge, you should probably go and meet an OG doctor!
Why and How an OG Doctor do her feminine care
As an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Dr. Zhang is always being asked about her feminine care routine from her patients. Here is the sharing from Dr. Zhang’s perspective:
Habit of using feminine care products
I have been using feminine hygiene products since I’m still a college student! And I’m very lucky that I didn’t have a serious intimate problem even I have a busy life when I’m in medical school with those sleepless nights and abnormal lifestyle That makes me never tried about trying spray or moisturizing products for my vagina besides basic cleansing.
Fact, the daily care for intimate part are:
- Moderate Cleansing
- Not Sitting For Long Time
- Change Your Pad Frequently
- Wear Breathable Pants & Panties
Unfortunately, Taiwan has very humid and hot weather, so we have to watch out for vagina infections! Itchiness, bad odor, or infection will come back to you anytime if you have an abnormal lifestyle, sleepless nights, low immune system, or even after your period without any reason!
Some people might claim using only clean water is best for our delicate intimate skin And some will encourage using mild-acidity, non-stimulating cleansing, or care products Both of them do stands with a basic scientific basis (Some will even over-clean their vagina because they are afraid to get infection relapse! But that will also lead to itchiness.)
Although the vulva is vulnerable skin, the skin secretes sweat and sebum. In the meantime, pubic hairs protect our vulva with thicker hair. Besides everyone has a different body odor that is mixed with hair, sweat, and sebum. Ladies tend to have normal secretion down there. This is why girls are easier to get an infection or bad odor down there than exposed skin area, especially in hot and humid weather! So, I recommend ladies use specialized feminine wash for the vagina.
I received a trial package of “HH Feminine Hygiene Series” recently and THEY ARE BOMB!
They are just perfect for humid summer with their signature cooling sensation formula in specific scent! They have basic feminine care products from Antibacterial feminine wash, vaginal deodorant spray, and firming serum.
Feminine wash has 3 scents and vaginal deodorant spray has 5 scents for you to choose from. You will be satisfied by their variety of choices!
The best part of HH is they collide “Herb” and “Health” as their intention of products! The ingredients of the products are various natural plant extracts and essential oil. And they refuse to use alcohol, Paraben, soap, artificial colors, and other irritating substances! That allows the customer to shop with comfort.
Dr Zhang's review for HH
👉 HH Vaginal Deodorant Spray
I tried the Citrus Cool scent for this product and it fascinates me the most! I was worried about having irritation or allergy if I spray it directly to my vulva (I have super sensitive skin). So, I spray it on my sanitary pad, then, it just amazed me with the excellent deodorant for blood smell! I can still feel the gentle cooling sensation even I spray on the pad.
It’s very easy to use, just 1-2 sprays on your lady part after toilet, a long sitting, exercise even after intimacy! If you are a little worried, you can spray on your sanitary pad or panties on your first try, as I did!
👉 HH Firming Serum
The HH Firming Serum has a refreshing but not sticky texture. I have been using it few days straight, and it doesn’t cause me any pimples or acne! You can apply it on the elbow, knee or any body part you want to remove the pigmentation besides the vulva and butt! The ingredients are very safe to use without any concern!
👉 HH Antibacterial Feminine Wash
Last but not least! The intimate specialized cleansing (Feminine Wash). It has excellent cleansing but is not too strong that makes the hair and skin feel dry. The cooling sensation feels just right, it’s very refreshing but not with an uncomfortable coolness! I tried Citrus Cool for the feminine wash, it has a natural citrusy herbal scent. They also added government-proved antibacterial formula (Quarternium-73), which is very safe to use for the intimate area!
【It’s a GREAT experience!】
And the spray is really in my current pouch, I do bring it with me all the time.
🙋♀️Rate of brand recommendation? ★★★☆
Great attitude but there is still room for improvement
🙋♀️Rate of product recommendation? ★★★★
From a doctor’s and woman’s perspective, it did a great job of solving women’s problems!
🙋♀️Will of continue using it? ★★★★★
Definitely! #OdorSprayIsMy1st #FeelingSecureWithIt
Use it when you go to school, work, date, or menstruation!