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How and when to talk with your daughter about proper feminine hygiene?

Talk with your daughter about proper feminine hygieneTalking with your daughter about intimate issues, like vaginal itching, odor and wetness, can seem intimidating. You as a mother might feel uncomfortable discussing these issues with your daughter, but as a mother you are probably the person she will look up to.

For a girl today her mother is probably her most important influence. A mother starts worrying when her daughter begins to blossom into a woman. She is aware that her daughter's body is changing.

Giving her the most accurate information possible, from a trusted, reliable source, will put both of you at ease. You want to give her the confidence to recognize what's normal and what's not, and the courage to approach you with any further questions.

That means helping her buy the right brassieres, buying her sanitary protection and advising her on the use of feminine hygiene products. Older teens may feel comfortable to do this on their own. Either way, one needs to respect a teenager's privacy, her need to make her own choices, and be readily available to offer help along the way.

The most important message you can give your daughter is that if she's feeling those symptoms and she feels uncomfortable, she shouldn't keep it to herself. Sometimes just figuring out what's going on can make her feel more comfortable. Or if her symptoms are not due to an infection but they continue to trouble her, there are products, including Intimore™ feminine wash or Intimore™ soothing gel that can help her feel better. Finally, since symptoms are sometimes due to an issue that needs medical attention, you need to be aware of them so you can help your daughter get the right kind of medical attention.

Like most parents, you probably have moments that only you and your daughter share together. Use that time to talk with her. It may help to start talking about you. This will help your daughter to understand that every woman goes through this. Your daughter will feel relieved that she is not alone in what she's experiencing.

Understanding your girl issues:

Girls have special hygiene needs due to the female reproductive anatomy. Every girl may at some time experience odor, vaginal discharge, itching and dryness. Questions on menstruation, breast size, as well as hygiene questions about vaginal discharge, wetness and odor, itching are some very common questions voiced by teens. Sometimes the job of a parent means finding a health care professional she can talk to, someone she can feel comfortable with. That person could be a female family doctor or gynaecologist. Many experts believe that teens armed with good information are less likely to encounter problems both physically and mentally and can maintain ones hygiene.

Teenagers going in for fashion trends often tend to wear tight clothes or Nylon undergarments. This prevents air circulation, which creates an ideal situation for sweat accumulation and dampness leading to irritation and yeast or bacterial growth. Tight clothes often have seams that rub and irritate the genital area. Tight or nylon underwear, tight pants, or pantyhose (most are available with cotton crotches that help increase ventilation) cause greater perspiration, which can allow bacteria to grow. Sitting around in a wet bathing suit can also contribute to bacterial growth. Shared towels or common toilets can also pass along bacteria & related genital and vaginal infections.

The vagina produces a natural antiseptic called lactic acid; this Lactic Acid keeps the vagina healthy by preventing growth of harmful bacteria and maintains the natural pH balance, providing a defense against irritations, itching, soreness and infection. This delicate balance can be broken down by many factors including soaps, deodorants, perfumes, aromatherapies, sex, menstruation, anxiety, and even too much washing. It is thus imperative that a young teen is well aware of and how to maintain feminine hygiene and ways of maintaining the same.