Think it's safe to ditch your birth control after a certain age or pat on a little talc powder to feel fresh down there? These and other not-so-harmless habits can have a serious impact on the health of your lady parts.
By Tamekia Reece
Your vagina didn’t exactly come with an owner’s manual, but after a couple of decades of getting your period, seeing a gynecologist, having sex, and birthing kids, you pretty much know how to take care of it. You know the rules: no douching, don't leave tampons in too long, and get regular Pap tests. But as you get older — and especially as you approach perimenopause and menopause — you may have new vaginal symptoms or issues you’re not so prepared to deal with. And seemingly harmless habits can have a big impact on everything from your sex life to your cancer risk. Here, top ob-gyns share the most common vaginal mistakes they see among patients in their forties and older — and let you know how to take better care of your lady parts.