Vaginal odor is a very common problem that many women encounter after they reach puberty. It’s moreover a very hard subject to discuss. Some women ae really uncomfortable talking about it, even to their doctor, and very often try to cover it up by using deodorant or strong perfume. But hiding it won’t solve the issue. Below we provide some tips that you can use to prevent or treat bad vaginal smell.
First, you should know that if you have bad vaginal smell, you are not alone. Statistics show that at least nine out of ten women have vaginal odor, often as soon as they reach puberty.
Avoid extremely tight clothes and polyester underwear
Choose cotton to avoid the smell of sweat. Just like your body, your private parts must also be able to breathe. Cotton underwear makes breathing easier. There are some pretty models. Avoid wearing synthetic materials (silk or polyester) because they can cause excessive perspiration responsible for bad odors.
A change in diet
Certain foods can cause bad vaginal smell. For example, foods that contain a lot of sugar or yeast are delicious and tasty, but very often they cause vaginal odor. So, you should avoid them to reduce yeast infection and thus reduce vaginal odor.
Use apple cider vinegar to control excess acidity
Apple cider vinegar is potent and surefire solution when it comes to combating vaginal odor. Add one or two cups of apple cider vinegar to your tub and sit in a sitting position for about 20 minutes to remove the contaminants that create vaginal odor. Apple cider vinegar which is acidic in nature has antibacterial properties that will definitely help you eliminate the odor caused by germs. Rinse off as usual.
Garlic… despite its own smell
Questions may be asked about the effectiveness of garlic in treating vaginal odor due to its own very potent odor. Despite this characteristic, garlic is undeniably one of the most well-known home remedies for eliminating vaginal odor. You can take garlic capsules or put a fresh or wrapped clove of garlic into your vaginal area.
Vaginal odor intensifies when the body’s pH level is altered. Baking soda helps to regulate the pH level to normal. Place 2 teaspoons of baking soda in your tub. Sit in for 15 minutes before rinsing and enjoy the benefits of this bath. Don’t stop there. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of lukewarm water and swallow. You will be surprised how quickly baking soda helps you get rid of the smell.
Daily consumption of fenugreek helps control hormone levels in women. It also promotes regular menstruation. Soak some fenugreek seeds overnight and drink their water on an empty stomach in the morning. You can also make herbal teas from these seeds or add them directly to the preparation of your meals.
Be careful with ordinary soap
Excessive use of plain soap to clean your private parts can interfere with the production of natural chemicals. In doing so, an unwanted odor can appear. Instead, invest in a special intimate hygiene product or use a homemade product. For the latter, add a few drops of rose water and glycerin to a cup of water and use it to wash your private parts.
Tea tree oil
Some behaviors can be the reason that interferes with the pH balance of the vagina and generates infection and an unpleasant odor. Like for example, using scented wipes and vaginal deodorants. If you use these things, it’s time to put them in the trash. To get rid of odor, use tea tree oil diluted in water as a vaginal cleanser. This oil is both antibacterial and antifungal. It can therefore perfectly curb infection while fighting against the bad smell.
Yogurt is your best friend
Yogurt might not be your favorite food. But it is a wonderful remedy because it significantly reduces vaginal odor. A strong vaginal odor is a sign of a yeast infection. The germs in yogurt can help fight infection and thus minimize the odor. Consume plain yogurt, preferably with meals to recover the typical pH of the vaginal area. Conversely, if you suffer from a very strong vaginal odor, dip a tampon in the yogurt and gently place it right into your vagina. Leave it on for an hour or two, then wash it off.
Chlorophyll fluid works as a great deodorant and helps reduce strong, unwanted odor and is readily available at many drugstores. Consume a tablespoon of chlorophyll sweetened with 240 ml of water and you will no longer need a doctor’s consultation to eliminate vaginal odor. Chlorophyll can work wonders in reducing vaginal odor.
Finally, it should be kept in mind that if panty liners, tampons or other materials come into direct contact with your private parts, they can cause the production of yeast or bacteria causing the bad vaginal odor. So if you can’t ban them, at least limit their use.
Erica is an experienced nurse working in the central Florida area. She focuses on subjects related to pregnancy and infant health. She is a mother of two with hobbies ranging from dancing to playing the piano.