We’ve all heard the chart-topping hit song called “WAP” by female MCs Megan Thee Stallion and fan-favorite Afro-Latina rapper Cardi B.
This certified banger recently took the charts by storm due to its catchy hook and provocative (not to mention, hilarious) lyrics like “get a bucket and a mop for this wet ass p***y.”
Cardi B has been candid about why she believes this song has resonated so deeply with the public. “I always encourage people to be confident, especially when it comes to your sexuality,” she told i-D. “Some of these men are uncomfortable. They’re not even comfortable being sensual. Everybody gets horny; everybody gets a little tingle down there… Just embrace it. Don’t be scared about it.”
So, in the spirit of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s sex-positive anthem, we’ve compiled a list of ways for you to take care of your vagina so you can enjoy the benefits of a healthy WAP for years to come.
There is Such a Thing As Underwear Hygiene
There are a few different ways to up your underwear game. Number one: switch to cotton panties. Cotton is a natural and breathable fabric that absorbs excess moisture. Also, be sure to change your underwear every day with a clean pair. And when you do do laundry, think about using a non-scented hypoallergenic detergent when cleaning your undergarments. Your vagina will thank you in the long run. And speaking of non-scented…
Your Vagina Does Not Naturally Smell Like a Spring Garden
Contrary to societal messaging, your vagina isn’t meant to smell like a bouquet. The vagina is full of beneficial bacteria called flora that gives it it’s natural, earthy scent. This is completely natural and nothing to be ashamed of. Sprays, creams, gels, scented pads, or scented tampons meant to mask your natural scent can cause irritation like itchiness, rashes, or breakouts. They can also mess with your vagina’s natural PH balance. Many OBGYNs recommend washing your vulva with a mix of mild unscented soap and warm water.
No Need to Douche
Douching is a controversial subject and has long been rejected by gynecologists as unnecessary, at best, and dangerous at worst. Douching can lead to yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, and pelvic inflammatory disease by pushing conditions further up into the fallopian tubes. You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: the vagina is a self-cleaning oven.
Don’t Over-Do It On Antibiotics
Unless your doctor prescribes antibiotics to you for a legitimate medical reason, do not turn to antibiotic prescriptions frequently as a cure-all. This drug’s bacteria-fighting properties can cause an imbalance in your vaginal flora, leaving you with a yeast infection. If you are coming off of antibiotics, ask your doctor to recommend a probiotic so you can get the healthy downstairs bacteria flourishing for you again.
Invest in a High-Quality Lube
Not everyone has a naturally “wet ass pussy,” and there is nothing wrong with that. All women’s bodies are different, and all arousal responses are normal. If you’re having a dryer day, don’t be afraid to use a lubricant to help things slide along easier during sexy times. Experts suggest using quality water or silicone-based lube. Oil and petroleum-based lubricants can erode latex condoms and plastic sex toys.
Don’t Skip Out on Your Gyno Appointments
Reading about vaginal health is great, and all, but nothing can replace a good old fashioned appointment with an OBGYN. If you have any questions about your vagina, make sure you are getting yearly check-ups — nothing beats a doctor’s appointment in terms of personalization and professionalism.