Let’s face it ladies, vaginas are high maintenance. Am I right?! It’s like you get one vaginal issue under control, but then the treatment for that issue creates new issues! Like when you take antibiotics for a UTI and it kills all the ‘good bacteria’, giving you a yeast infection. Yea the struggle is real. We have tried and tested ways to keep your yoni in perfect harmony all throughout your moon cycle.
In the example above, if you suffer from frequent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) we recommend taking The Harmony D-Mannose daily supplement (vegetarian, gluten-free). D Mannose, found in berries, helps to flush out impurities from your urinary tract. Research suggests the supplement stops certain bacteria from sticking to the bladder walls. Scientists think that the bacteria stick to the Mannose sugar instead.
Bacteria likes sugar so try to cut down on sugar in your diet as well. Bacteria also likes to grow in an acidic environment, so maybe take a break from wine and coffee until you get your balance back. (I know ‘Green Juice All Day’ doesn’t have the same ring to it) Caffeine can also causes inflammation in the bladder which creates cystitis symptoms– giving you the sensation of a bladder infection, when bacteria is not actually present. You know that thing when you go to the doctor for an infection and they say you don’t have one? Guess what? Your doctor is not gaslighting you, it’s just your cold brew bringing you down.
If you’re on antibiotics or you’re prone to yeast infections, definitely quit sugar and try the Candida Diet, but of course your best defense is a strong probiotic. The best quality we’ve found is the Garden of Life Probiotic supplement (dairy free, gluten free, soy free, and vegetarian) which has 50 billion (!!) probiotics formulated with vaginal health in mind.
The other suspect low-key throwing off your vaginal health game is your soap. Some body washes have a lot of fragrances, chemicals, and preservatives that can change your pH balance and kill your healthy vagina flora. Invest in a quality intimate wash like the Honey Pot Herbal Infused Feminine Hygiene Natural Wash for Sensitive skin, it is pH balanced, plant-based, free from parabens, and sulfates. Honey Pot founder, Bea Dixon, has been celebrated as a black female entrepreneur, and we love her story of what inspired Honey Pot,
“I was suffering from bacterial vaginosis for months and couldn’t get relief. One night, an ancestor visited me in a dream and gifted me with a vision to heal myself.”
In Cleo’s words, “This book is a compilation of notes I have written in my apartment in New York City. It also consists of poems about loving, being, and healing that have been my life rafts when I did not know how to swim in the waters of the world.” Cleo also created the
Heart Talk Journal, a great workbook to put self-love into practice throughout the year.
Another way team QooA cuts down on stress is by taking our ‘chill pills’. Moon Juice Super You Supplement is designed for daily stress management. Formulated with potent adaptogenic herbs that help regulate cortisol. I usually take it in the early afternoon when I start to panic about how few of my to-do list items have been accomplished so far.
There’s times in your cycle where the balance is off and that’s just part of the process. You gotta keep track of your cycle to separate the feels from the hormones. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cried over something that I thought was real only to see in the Flo App that it was just a classic PMS symptom. Besides CBD there’s some natural ways you can take the hormonal edge off. For PMS symptoms we like #Mood supplements to keep calm and carry on.
Sometimes my cramps are so bad I can’t even go to work. Even when work is my laptop on the sofa. I once used a liquid heat pack from an emergency survival kit for relief and then discovered Rael heat patches for soothing menstrual cramp pain. They adhere to your underwear and soothe for up to 6hrs. I like the idea of low-key flexing these heat patches ‘on the go’. Like maybe next month I won’t have to cancel a date! I’ll be out to dinner totes feeling hot, but not in the way he thinks… haha.
We all know by now organic cotton tampons and pads are better for us. Why would I pay money for tampax with chemical additives such as harmful deodorants, chlorine, pesticides, and fragrances when I’ve been working so hard to live my best vaginal life?! There are a few great organic feminine care brands we use, but Cora has the best mission:
“We also believe every girl deserves an education, yet millions of girls around the world miss school during their periods because they can’t afford pads.
That’s why with every Cora purchase, we provide pads and health education to a girl in need. We use the power of business to fight for gender equality and provide products, education, and jobs to girls and women in need in developing nations and right here at home.” Yaaas Kweens.
Cramps are the worst, but getting your period can be the divine answer to some vaginal infections tho! That’s why they say ‘let it flow’. Menstrual blood raises the vaginal pH, causing the number of yeast cells to decrease because they can’t grow in the pH present during menstruation. A good reason to use pads but that also makes you feel like you need 10 showers a day, right? That’s why we like Cora Body Cloths to stay fresh on heavy flow days. They’re also good to refresh after sex.
It’s kinda cool that my boobs get bigger when I have my period but it’s annoying that they feel sore and tender. You can massage your breasts with Living Libations Breast Massage Oil to absolve accumulation, get the fluids flowing, and enhance the skin. Created with a long list of botanicals including calendula, Saint John’s Wort blossom, and chamomile this magic formula is designed to keep your boobies feeling fancy and free.
Oil potions are moon mama magic. We love the Yoni Oil trend because Brazilian Bikini Waxes rip off layers of skin and leave your lips a bit parched. Moon Juice Holy Yoni Oil made of botanicals such as Bulgarian Rose Essential Oil has an arousing scent and soothes the skin.
The most important part of keeping your lady parts happy is sexual health. The key to a healthy vagina is of course orgasms! Orgasms can relieve menstrual cramps, stress/ tension and gets your natural lubrication flowing. One time my friend told me she was feeling so frisky at work she masturbated in the office bathroom! If only the Crave Vesper Necklace was available then, she would’ve had a blast on her cheeky ‘coffee break’. Real Housewives star, Carole Radziwill designed a limited-edition version engraved with “Don’t Kill My Vibe”. Featured in shops like Goop, YSL and Violet Grey, this tiny vibe on a necklace is such a statement piece– “Climax, but make it fashion.”