So, What is Vaginal Odor?
In a nutshell, vaginal odor is a smell which comes from the vagina. There are natural bacterias present down there but when there is an imbalance of bacteria due to any reason, it causes a different kind of odor, which sometimes, bothers a lot. It is normal when it is slight but when it becomes unbearable and abnormal then we should take it seriously. There are different types of vaginal odors, causes, and their solutions. In this article, we will discuss the most common of them.
A FISHY ODOR
This is the most common vaginal odor. This is mainly caused because of an infection which is commonly known as “bacterial vaginosis” which is transmitted through sexual intercourse. A couple of most common symptoms of this odor is grey or white discharge and burning sensation down there while having a sexual intercourse and also while urinating.
A MUSKY ODOR
This is the second most common smell when it comes to vaginal odor. It smells like pineapple, strawberries, onion, and garlic. The most common causes are sexual arousal, wearing synthetic underwear and workouts. Thought kind of odor is not a sign to worry because it’s pretty normal.
A YEASTY ODOR
A small amount of yeast exists in a healthy vagina. When this yeast level grows beyond its normal state, it becomes leads to a yeast infection. Yeast overgrowth in the vaginal area is generally caused by taking antibiotic medicines, high lubrication, increase in sugar in your diet, changes in pH level or sometimes even during pregnancy. The most common symptoms, of this infection, are a high amount of white discharge with a yeasty smell, itching, soreness and burning sensation in your vaginal area.
A BLEACHY ODOR
Your vagina smells like bleach and it usually stays for less than 24 hours. There is no need to worry about this smell because this smell is mostly caused by the use of condoms and lubricants.
A SWEET ODOR
This smell, again, is pretty normal. A sweet odor is mostly caused by eating a high amount of oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple. Onion and garlic are also a common reason for this odor. This is also commonly observed in people with diabetes.
Now, since we have discussed the most common types of odors along with a brief list of most common causes, let us now discuss some pretty easy solutions.
6 Easy Solution:
- Keep Yourself Well Hydrated
Benefits of drinking enough water is not a secret. Along with a hundred other benefits of keeping your self well hydrated, water also helps to lubricate your vagina naturally since vaginal membranes need water to function properly.
- Using Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider is very friendly to your vagina. Its anti-bacterial properties are responsible to maintain the pH level of your vagina. Mix two cups of this vinegar in lukewarm bath water and soak your vagina in it for 30 minutes every day or you can wash your vagina with diluted apple cider vinegar once in a day. Also, you can mix one or two tablespoons of this vinegar and drink it daily. It will sweep out all toxins and bacterias. Apple cider vinegar will help you get rid of your odor problem in 3-4 days.
- Use of Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is very helpful to when it comes to getting rid of a vaginal odor. It has antifungal and antiseptic properties. Mix one teaspoon of olive oil with 5 to 6 drops of tea tree oil, soak a tampon in it and put it in your vagina for half an hour. You can apply this oil mixture down there and rinse with normal water. Do it every day. This remedy with help you get rid of vaginal odor in one week.
- Healthy Eating
Consuming strong smelling foods and beverages like onion, garlic, and coffee can change your vaginal smell. Eat yogurt to maintain the pH level of the vagina. You should eat 7-8 almonds every day to control the overgrowth of bacteria down there. Eat fruits which contain vitamin C, which is very helpful to detox your body, boost the immune system and maintain the pH level. You should also consume a lot of green veggies to prevent vaginal dryness.
Cotton is a best friend of the vagina, it can easily soak extra moisture down there. Wear cotton underwear and change it twice a day. Allow your vagina to breathe, so you should not wear this to bed. Also, wear loose shorts or pajamas while sleeping.
Cleaning is the most important activity for your vagina. It helps in washing away the dead skin, dirt, and sweat. Do not use body wash and perfumed soaps because scents and chemicals will upset pH level of your vagina. You can use V-Wash, which is a medically approved product, thrice a week and during periods days, wash it daily. Change your pad in every four hours because wearing a wet pad for a long time is also a common cause of vaginal odor. After and before intercourse, wash your vagina with normal water. You should be urinating just after sex. Before sleeping wash your vagina with normal water.
Things We Should Not Do:
You should stay away from vaginal steaming. It can burn your sensitive skin down there and harm your bladder. Steaming imbalances in natural bacteria and, It can increase the risk of yeast infection. It also causes hormonal imbalance in your body.
There are high chances of infection because of piercing. If you aren’t being careful about choosing the right piercing shop, there is a big risk of catching STDs, HIV, and tetanus. A vagina is very sensitive part of your body so piercing can also cause a severe pain and nerve damage.
Scented Soaps and Perfumes
These types of products have chemicals and are synthetic in nature, which can lead to infection and irritation. Also, try to avoid using scented and flavored lubricants and condoms.
Hair Removal Cream
Pubic hairs have a purpose to be there. They absorb the extra moisture and helps you to keep your vaginal area away from infections. These creams contain a high amount of chemicals which can lead to various kinds of infections. Trimming is a good alternative.
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