Let’s talk about a very different kind of self-care: If you have a vagina, you should be wiping front to back.
A friend of mine was getting a bunch of UTIs and she got some great advice from *ahem* a friend:
You wipe front to back right?
When you use the bathroom and you wipe, you wipe front to back?
No, how do you even do that?
I called my mom.
Can you imagine? She didn’t know to wipe front to back.
Yes, I didn’t know either.
What!? But I remember dad reminding me when I was a kid. The only memory I have of being potty trained is him telling me “your plumbing is internal so you wipe front to back.”
Yes. I didn’t know, I got a lot of infections, a doctor told me to wipe front to back. So when I had a kid I told your dad that we were gonna teach you that.
Every time I see a Gyno for a yeast infection we have this conversation:
Do you wipe front to back
YES! WHO DOESNT?!
So there you go. If your plumbing is internal you wipe front to back. You don’t want any fecal matter in those delicate ecosystems.