Show It Some Love
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More than ever it seems women are talking about their vaginas, pelvic floor muscles, and vulvas. What once felt deeply embarrassing and taboo is now empowering — and needed! Beyond being a beautiful part of our bodies, vaginas are also important when it comes to our health. Sometimes it gets funky down there, especially during workouts. Or maybe you're one of thousands of women who have a hard time holding it when you have to go (a little leakage during jumping jacks is a real thing!); strengthening the pelvic floor muscles can help. Or heck, maybe you just want to give some extra tender loving care to your lady parts or are looking to up the pleasure of an orgasm. Whatever it is, there's a product here to give your vagina the attention it deserves.
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Dear Kate Yoga Pants With Built-In Pantiliner
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When you're exercising, the last thing you should be worrying about is leakage. These revolutionary Dear Kate Yoga Pants With Built-In Pantiliner ($99-$120) help keep all of the focus on what's important: the workout. The built-in pantiliners hold up to one teaspoon of liquid, keeping you protected from leaks and sweat.
Moon Juice Probiotics
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A daily dose of good-for-you bacteria can do wonders if you suffer from yeast infections. High-quality Moon Juice Probiotics ($35) comes in powder form, which makes it easy to sprinkle on top of yogurt, dissolve in water, or blend in a smoothie. Besides aiding in the fight against yeast infections, probiotics help with digestive issues and inflammation and keep the immune system strong.
SweetSpot Washes and Wipes
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There are times when our vaginas don't feel — or smell — as fresh as we'd like. That's where SweetSpot Washes and Wipes ($4-$10) come in. Whether you're on your period, just finished an exceptionally grueling workout class, or just need a midday pick-me-up, the disposable wipes and gentle washes will do the trick.
The Period Store Monthly Subscription Box
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Lovelife Krush Kegel Exerciser
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Given all the time spent on strengthening our biceps, quads, and butts, it seems only natural to give our pelvic floor muscles a little love, especially since doing so will take your orgasms to the next level. Trust us on this. Forgetting about mind-blowing sex for just a moment, urinary incontinence is a common problem among women. Sometimes all it takes is a sneeze, jump squat, or laugh to result in a little urine escaping from the urethra. The Lovelife Krush Kegel Exerciser ($149) helps to strengthen the pelvic floor, letting you get better control of the muscles there. It works with an app that guides you through exercises and also measures your progress over time.
Thinx Period Panties and Underwear
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There are a lot of reasons to buy Thinx Period Underwear: maybe you're concerned about putting foreign objects made out of who-knows-what up your vagina, you hate the gross feeling of wearing pads, or you're super concerned about all the waste you're creating from all the tampons you throw out. Whatever the reason, Thinx is here for you. Super cute and offered in a variety of cuts (prices start at $24), Thinx can hold up to two tampons' worth of liquid and doesn't feel gross in the process.
Petal Power Joy Ride System
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If you cycle a lot, you know that hours spent sweating on a bike saddle can take their toll. To protect your skin from chafing, Petal Power Chamois Cream and Wipes (prices start at $10) are a must. The chamois cream will help prevent chafing and painful saddle sores, while the wipes and cleanser will keep you fresh before and after your ride. And with a company mantra that reads "empower your flower," you can trust that the products are made using ingredients specifically with your vagina and its needs in mind.
Good Clean Love Bio-Match Restore and Balance Wash
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We use special cleansers for our faces, so why not for our vaginas, too? Bio-Match Restore and Balance Wash ($16) is a moisturizing wash made of ingredients that "accurately matches healthy vaginal acidity and salinity to support the healthy balance of vaginal flora, helping to protect against infection, discomfort, and unpleasant odors." It's also 100-percent vegan and petroleum- and paraben-free.
Lelo Luna Beads
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With the help of Lelo Luna Beads ($44, originally $59), you can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles discreetly. The set comes with a total of four weighted beads that allow you to build strength up gradually.
DivaCup and Lunapads Gift Set
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The benefits of menstrual cups are aplenty: less waste and odor and more time in between changes. You can also have sex with a menstrual cup in place. There's also evidence to suggest that menstrual cups are better for vaginal health; besides blood, tampons can soak up good-for-you bacteria that live in the vagina. Treat yourself to the DivaCup Kit ($64). Besides the popular silicone DivaCup, the gift set also includes reusable Lunapads pantiliners, which can be machine washed.
Summer's Eve On-the-Go Cleansing Cloths
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Keep a stash of Summer's Eve Sensitive Skin Feminine Wipes ($2 for 16 wipes) in your gym bag for those days when there's no time to hop in the shower after a workout. They also come in handy on messy period days and long-haul flights or when you're camping in the middle of nowhere.
Go Primal PoPo Powder
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Free of talc, preservatives, and toxic chemicals, Go Primal PoPo Powder ($13) is deodorant for the vulva or anywhere else you may need protection! Choose from thyme and lemongrass, lavender, unscented, royal and rogue (a "warm and earthy" blend), and jacked-up jasmine.