You know which shampoo gives you Victoria’s Secret volume and which mascara makes your lashes look like falsies, but do you know which feminine hygiene products keep you fresh and which ones may actually be hurting your hoo-ha?
In a University of Alabama study, one in eight women reported regularly douching; a quarter of these ladies also freshened up with feminine sprays, and nearly a third with feminine wipes. But according to Michele G. Curtis, M.D., a private-practice gynecologist, these below-the-belt hygiene habits (which the women in the study saw as essential) may actually be overkill. “The vagina is meant to be a self-cleansing organ,” she says. “There’s a reason it produces lubrication—it’s a way of cleaning itself.”
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