Women use a wide variety of products for vulvar hygiene. These include products for cleanliness and odor control, such as soaps and body washes, premoistened wipes and towelettes, douches, deodorant sprays, body splashes, and other fragrances. However, it is impossible to discuss vulvar hygiene without including menstrual products, such as tampons, pads, and panty liners. Cleanliness and odor control during the menstrual period is often of primary concern to a woman and the products used for menstrual protection are an integral part of this process. Moisturizers, lubricants, and hair-removal products are also important to a woman's overall hygiene regimen. In addition, some subgroups of women may have special needs for products to control incontinence or for over-the-counter (OTC) medications. This chapter discusses the products women use for vulvar hygiene, perceived or real benefits, and potential health effects of these products.
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