Vaginal odor is an unbearably embarrassing problem that can wipe away a woman’s self esteem.
Vaginal odor can result from a variety of causes including bacterial and yeast infections, hormonal changes, poor hygiene and STDs. Whatever the cause :
- maintain proper hygiene
- Proper cleansing of the genital area which helps to discourage bacterial growth.
- Wash the vagina three to four times a day with a clean cloth dabbed with mild antibacterial soap.
- Avoid scrubbing vigorously as this may cause irritation.
- After washing, rinse the area with warm water and dry it with a clean towel.
- Change underwear and tampons regularly as these can harbor odor-inducing bacteria.
Eat plenty of fruits as these are instrumental in improving the immune system to handle vaginal pathogens that bring about odors. In general, a balanced diet helps to keep the immune system in proper working condition, helping to eliminate vaginal bacteria. Avoid alcohol, sugary foods and starch since they promote the growth of yeast in the vagina. You should also drink plenty of water as it aids in elimination of toxins and harmful bacteria.
Avoid tight fitting and airtight clothes
Wearing tight clothing creates the warm, damp conditions that are conducive for bacterial proliferation. Cotton panties instead of synthetic fabric ones as well as breathable fairly lose clothes help to aerate the vaginal area and eliminate bacteria.
Wash up and/or urinate after sex
Some secretions produced during sexual intercourse enhance the growth of microorganisms in the vagina. Therefore you should take a quick shower after sex to get rid of them. Additionally, urinating after sex helps to eliminate extra secretions left inside. The use of protection during sex reduces the risk of STIs and the chances of passing other microorganisms from your partner’s genitalia.
Some natural remedies
There are plenty of natural remedies for vaginal odor. These include garlic, tea tree oil, apple cedar vinegar and baking soda. These are best used by adding to bath water but some of them can also work when ingested. Their main mode of action is through their antiseptic properties which help to kill bacteria and yeast responsible for vaginal smells.
Baking soda is another ingredient that can be used to balance the pH level in your body. When the pH level is in balance, the problem of vaginal odor will dissipate.
- Add one-half cup of baking soda to your bathwater.
- Soak your lower body in it for about 20 minutes.
- Dry yourself thoroughly with a clean towel. This remedy will help fight a yeast infection and can help get rid of odor quickly.
Another good ingredient that can be used to treat vaginal odor is yogurt. Yogurt is rich in lactobacillus bacteria, which help fight candida infection (one of the most common causes of vaginal odor) and restore the normal vaginal pH level. Once the pH level is balanced, the vaginal odor will be gone.
- Eat two cups of unsweetened, plain yogurt daily. You can also take probiotic supplements.
- Another option is to soak a tampon in plain yogurt and insert it into your body. Leave it in for a few hours, and rinse the area thoroughly after removing the tampon.
Visit a doctor
If all the above efforts fail and your vaginal odor takes a turn for the worse or other symptoms manifest themselves, it may be time to seek professional medical advice. If the odor is accompanied by vaginal discharge and itching, it could be the sign of an STD and this may require over the counter medication
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