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If you plan to keep rocking your sex goddess status, you have to do more than just learn new moves and techniques. You have to keep your sexual health on the up-and-up. You’re already doing the usuals, like practicing safe sex and getting tested, right? Well, here’s some stuff you probably aren’t doing, but should.

Sexual Health Tip #1. Get to know “you.”
When was the last time you stared yourself down in a mirror? Not your face, down there! Your first step to maintaining good sexual health should be getting acquainted with your genitalia. “Learn about your anatomy and look with a mirror on a regular basis—every two to three months,” advises Dr. Elizabeth Gunther Stewart, an Ob/Gyn and spokesperson for Vagisil Women’s Health Center. Knowing what’s what and determining what’s normal for you—what your vagina looks like and how much discharge you normally have—can help keep you alert to changes that can put a damper on your health and sex life.

Sexual Health Tip #2. Rethink your bath.
No, we’re not telling you to skip it altogether. Just revamp it. Nix the scented soaps, bubble bath and scorching hot water. Instead, simply go with a mild soap and warm water. The fragrance in some scented soaps and bubble baths can lead to vaginal irritation and dryness. Using water that’s too hot can be a moisture-zapper, too. It doesn’t make much sense to have a wonderfully scented vagina that feels like the Sahara desert.

Sexual Health Tip #3. Don’t go too dry.
Speaking of dry, think about how you dry off. It’s fine (and ideal) to pat dry the outer (hair-bearing) labia, but don’t attack your inner labia with a towel or hair-dryer, says Stewart, who authored The V Book: A Doctor's Guide to Complete Vulvovaginal Health. “The inner labia are more like the lining of the mouth. It’s used to being moist so that it doesn’t grate around as you walk and do things,” she explains. Another bonus: The moistness of the inner labia helps keeps sex feeling comfy!