Are You Suffering From Smelly Vagina
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Every woman has a unique and different vaginal scent. Healthy and normal vaginal scents are generally slightly acidic like vinegar, but not overpowering. But if it smells fishy or rotten and lasts for a long time, there may be a problem with your vagina.
There are a whole host of variables that may affect your scent, from simple dietary changes to medical conditions.
𝗦𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁
1) bacterial vaginosis is a common infection that results from an imbalance in your bacteria levels down there.
It produces a strong “fishy” odor as a result, which may become more pronounced after having sex
2) Most women have to deal with the annoyance of a yeast infection at some point in their lives.
A 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐯𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐬𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐥 (but not a fishy one) is sometimes a part of yeast infections, as noted in Everyday Health. You may also experience 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐬𝐲𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐬, 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐬 𝐢𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐫 𝐛𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞
3) trichomoniasis (trich) may result in discharge that smells unpleasant
Other causes include sweat, diet and hormonal changes
Tips to reduce vaginal odors
You can’t eliminate all smells, but you can reduce the intensity of an odor by practicing certain hygiene protocols. If you’re experiencing a change in your vaginal scent, try a few of these recommendations to see if you can take care of it on your own. But know that if you have recurrent issues with odor and/or infections, it’s best to see your GP for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Change your clothes immediately after exercising
The best thing you can do is keep your groin area as dry as possible, and one of the best ways to do that is to change out of your sweaty clothes as soon as possible.
All healthy vaginas contain bacteria and yeast. The normal acidity of your vagina keeps bacteria and yeast in check, essentially cleaning itself. If you douche (flushing water up into the vagina), you can upset this delicate balance.
Morton says water is the best cleaning fluid with a simple non-scented shower gel or soap when it comes to cleaning the area outside your vagina (your vulva). She sees a lot of eczema of the vulval skin which is much more fragile than the skin on your hands. Her words of advice: “Be gentle with it.”
Avoid bubble baths or frequent use of panty liners
Since the vagina is self-cleaning, Prince says either of these activities can also upset the delicate balance of good bacteria, potentially resulting in odor or infection.
7 ways to get rid of vaginal odor
Occasionally, you may need a little help getting rid of an odor. The following techniques may help you naturally eliminate unusual vaginal odors:
1. Practice good hygiene
Bathe the area between your legs. A gentle washcloth will help wash away dead skin, sweat, and dirt. You can use a gentle soap on the outside.
Inside the labia, the area is much more sensitive, and soap often burns and irritates. Letting the water run over the area is often enough to keep the labia around the vagina clean. The vagina itself doesn’t need to be cleaned.
Avoid loofahs because they may cause small tears, exposing the area to possible infection.
Don’t use perfumed soaps or body washes. The scents and chemicals may upset your vagina’s natural pH. Bar soaps may be gentler than body wash, but warm water is enough.
2. Use only exterior deodorizing products
If you want to use any sprays or perfumes, only use them on the outside of the labia, not near the vagina. Don’t insert them. They can upset your natural chemistry and lead to bigger problems.
3. Change your underwear
If you normally wear satin, silk, or polyester panties, make the switch to 100 percent cotton.
Cotton is breathable and does an excellent job wicking away sweat and fluids from your body. Excess moisture can upset your natural bacteria levels and lead to infections.
4. Consider a pH product
Over-the-counter (OTC) products may be helpful for restoring your vagina’s natural pH.
If you try one and the odor remains or grows worse, make an appointment with your doctor. You may need to use a different product, or you might need to see your doctor for a treatable infection.
5. Essential oils
Essential oil treatment has very little medical research to support it. Some essential oils have antimicrobial and antifungal properties that may help reduce and eliminate bacteria.
But never apply essential oils directly to the skin without diluting them first in a carrier oil. Even diluted, essential oils can still be irritating to the vaginal area.
You may find OTC creams that have essential oils in them, but only use them if there’s a recommendation for use in the genital area.
6. Soak in vinegar
Frequent hot baths and hot showers can upset your natural pH, but one type of bath may be useful. Pour a cup or two of apple cider vinegar into a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes. Vinegar may naturally reduce bacteria.
7. Prescription treatments
Prescription treatments can help eliminate underlying causes that are contributing to the odor. If your home or OTC treatments aren’t successful, it may be time to talk to your doctor about treatment options.