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Beyond Safe Intercourse: 3 More Ways to Avoid Cervicitis

by Regina Perry

When discussing how to avoid contracting or worsening cervicitis, many people will advise you to practice monogamy and safe sex to avoid sexually transmitted infections. However, it's important to note that cervicitis isn't always caused by this type of infection. There are many other precautions you should take to keep your cervix healthy. Here are 3 more ways you can keep yourself cervicitis-free.

Avoid Irritants

As cervicitis is inflammation and irritation of the cervix, it should come as no surprised that it can be brought on or worsened by vaginal irritants. One of the most common causes of irritation is chemicals. Chemicals can be found in a wide range of surprising forms, including deodorised tampons and vaginal odour sprays. These chemicals can then be absorbed into the body, causing the cervix to have an adverse reaction. Try to avoid using any irritants in or around your vaginal area. If you already have cervicitis and you want to stop it from getting worse, refrain from using any tampons or inserting anything into your vaginal canal until the inflammation subsides.

Be Mindful of Allergies

Many allergic reactions happen when you ingest or breathe in something your body can't tolerate, but you can also suffer an allergic reaction if an allergen comes into contact with your cervical region. You may be surprised to find that it's possible to be allergic to condoms (often due to latex), spermicides found in various birth control methods, various soaps and hygiene products, laundry detergent used on your underwear, and scented or coloured toilet tissue. It's a good idea to try to learn what your body can and can't tolerate. If you notice any irritation after using one of the aforementioned products, refrain from using it to avoid cervicitis. And remember, if you get an allergic reaction or irritation from touching the item with your hands, it's not safe to use down below. Condom brands can be switched, soap can be forgone in exchange for fresh water, birth control can be switched, and so on.

See a Gynaecologist Regularly

Whether you already have cervicitis and you're trying to cure it or you just want to ensure it never happens to you, it's crucial that you see your gynaecologist regularly. A gynaecologist can spot infection and inflammation early and help you treat it, and they can provide advice on how to take care of your vagina and cervix. Remember that cervicitis can be caused by infection as well as the possibilities above, and infections can spread through your reproductive system, threatening your health, fertility and even your life if left undiagnosed or untreated.

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