Your vagina is kind of like The Incredible Hulk—not necessarily in the muscular and green kind of way (I hope?), but in a “you won’t like her when she’s angry” kind of way.
Unfortunately, lots and lots of things can make her angry (she still doesn’t know you refuse the lube, btw). The good thing is, it’s not too hard to stay in her good graces.
Here’s how to keep her from hulking out:
Don’t Forget To Use Condoms With New Partners
This should be a no-brainer, but condoms are the only effective way to protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STIs). One thing you may not have known, however: They can also help keep your vagina’s pH level steady during sex, so all the good bacteria that’s in there can stay healthy, according to a 2013 study in the journal PLoS One.
That’s super important since those little bacteria help prevent yeast infections, UTIs, and bacterial vaginosis. You know, just in case you needed another reason to wrap things up.