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My youngest daughter is finishing up her final year of junior high school this week. Before I know it, summer vacation will be over, and she will be entering the world of high school, filled with more homework, friends, and after school activities than ever before. Although a small part of me wishes she could stay fourteen forever, I know that she is growing up – and with that comes less dependence on me and more independence to take care of herself. Being that this is my second go at raising a teenage daughter, I know that the most important thing when it comes to caring for yourself and being at your best in every situation is self-confidence.
I just celebrated my 41st birthday a few weeks ago. As I took time to reflect on my journey as a woman, I thought about how much my body has changed since the days when I was a teenager. Over time, I’ve gone from only minimal care and concern of my body needed, to putting more fight and focus into making it a priority. The processes of aging and birthing four children certainly took a toll — especially on ‘certain areas’ of my body.
I struggle with bladder leakage and increased perspiration. I also suffer from irregular menstrual cycles due to elevated stress. Because of all of this, I have to focus more on the maintenance of my vaginal health. My sensitive skin forces me to be extremely mindful of my hygiene routine and the products that I use – it took a lot a trial and error to find the best product to keep my vaginal balance in order.
I don’t want my daughter to go through the same things that I did to discover what works best. Since I know that my daughter has sensitive skin too, I knew that it was time to share information with her that would benefit her as she enters high school.
I already have natural conversations with her about hygiene measures to take during her menstrual cycle, and as much as I dread to see her grow up, the time has come to discuss more things that she should look out for regarding her vaginal health.
Now that she’s embarking on the next chapter in her journey to womanhood, I decided to take our conversation about the proper care and upkeep of her body to the next level by taking time to chat with her about the hygiene products and processes that I use for my body, and encourage her to ask any questions she may have about her body. I assured her that no question was too big or too small, and that when it comes to your body and your health – especially maintaining the health of the most sensitive area of your body – you can never have too much information.
During our special ‘girl talk’ my daughter asked questions about her personal health that I noticed were a bit uncomfortable at first. She inquired about vaginal cleanliness and odor – especially during physical fitness class and after-school team sports practices, and how to minimize her risks for vaginal health issues, such as a yeast infection.
I told her that I totally understood how she was feeling. Staying on top of my personal health while keeping up with day-to-day activities still remains a priority for me today as a woman in my forties. I shared with her that I know firsthand how a period, working out, stress and even pregnancy can cause an increase of vaginal irritation, disrupt vaginal balance and increase the risk for vaginal health problems. While it can be a challenge to balance it all, I advised her of the good news that there are steps to take and products to use to make everything easier, like Vagisil’s pH Balance Wash.
Vagisil’s pH balance wash is specifically designed to help cleanse, protect, and maintain the health of the vaginal area. In fact, Vagisil is the only wash with Lactoprebiotics that is clinically proven to help maintain a healthy pH for all day confidence, and is gentle and safe enough to use every day for personal health.
Having our talk reminded me that the years of changing from a teen to full womanhood can be difficult to navigate as it is. I want to have the peace of mind in knowing that my daughter has (at least) a few less things to worry about when it comes to her personal health. Sharing with her the products that I use, giving her the ‘dos and don’t’s of hygiene, plus assuring her that she can turn to me for any questions or concerns about her daily intimate health upkeep puts my mind at ease that she will feel healthy, assured about herself, and completely confident during her journey into womanhood.
Vagisil’s pH Balance Wash helps bring balance to your life in the area of personal health. To learn more, visit the Vagisil website. You can also connect with Vagisil on /facebook and Twitter.