HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With about two thirds of women ages 18-24 too embarrassed to say words like vagina or orgasm to their doctors, it’s not surprising that they are much less likely to be proactive about their sexual health or vocal about pleasure with their partners. Planning the perfect Valentine’s Day starts with ensuring women are confident about their vaginal health.
“Women are fed lots of conflicting information about their vaginas and their sexual health. Most misconceptions manifest at a young age and can stay with them into adulthood. This can not only affect how we feel about ourselves, but also our intimate relationships,” says Mary Jo Rapini, LPC and Sex Therapist. “If you believe your pleasure doesn’t matter and are too embarrassed to take responsibility for your sexual health, you’ll limit your ability to create and enjoy the sex life you want due to feelings of fear and inadequacy.”
Mary Jo shares her recommendations for a confident and satisfying Valentine’s Day:
- Prepare. Before your evening, make sure your vaginal pH is balanced just in case you are worried about any unpleasant odors ‘down there.’ RepHresh is clinically shown to maintain healthy vaginal pH and eliminate odor. Side note: if you suffer with yeast and bacterial infections or are taking antibiotics, you can maintain vaginal health every day with a vaginal probiotic called RepHresh Pro-B.
- Communicate. “Be vocal about what you want and like sexually,” says Mary Jo. “This way, you can get the pleasure you desire and get closer in and out of the bedroom which will have a lasting impact beyond February 14th.”
- Set the mood. Many couples fall into the same boring routine. Why not try something new on Valentine’s Day? Create your own custom sex ‘toolkit’ to be readily available before, during, and after sex. “Light a candle, grab your favorite or new sexy book or video, try a toy, blindfold, body paint, massage oil, a favorite tickling feather, music playlist-- wine or champagne never hurts. Don’t forget a good silicone lube that will last for hours of fun like Replens Silky Smooth. Remember, a water-based lube is only for toys as it last minutes rather than hours. And, don’t forget water for hydration!”
“Happy Valentine’s Day!” adds Rapini.