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The skin in your vagina can sometimes act strange and unfortunately something is unfortunately we rarely talk about. It is a taboo to talk about contraception and intimate care. According to a study by RFSL (2013), 8 out of 10 women have ever experienced problems in the vagina, it may be itching, irritation, smelly relics, sweating and dry mucous membranes. Here we review common problems that women can have during life and what you can do to treat for self-care purposes.
Many women feel that their vagina smells too much and try to wash the smell with constant intimidation and washing. Unfortunately, this does not help but rather makes the smell worse as the constant intake and washing disturb the delicate balance of the vagina. If you follow the a few simple rules, you will prevent imbalance in your vagina while keeping you clean. The vagina should smell in its very special way and nothing your sexual partner will find is strange because everyone’s vagina smells more or less. If you still want to feel extra nice and smell ‘good’ down there, there are really good natural solutions that you can use around the vagina.
Why does unwanted odor occur in the vagina?
The smell of the vagina is both normal and natural. Every vagina has its own smell and the fact that your vagina smells is nothing to be ashamed of. However, the smell may change and become embarrassing. It can be a difficult to determine the boundary for what is the normal smell in the vagina and what is a more unnatural smell. Getting to know and learning the smell of your vagina can therefore make it easier for you to feel if the smell changes and becomes bad. Below you will find a number of different disorders and diseases that can cause bad odors in your intimate parts.
The smell that comes from the vagina depends on several factors, such as how the discharge is composed and what bacterial balance there is. The bacterial balance, in turn, depends very much on the pH. Normally, the bacterial flora dominates the lining of lactobacilli. They acidify the secretion, that is, lowering the pH. At low pH, not all other bacteria normally found in the vagina. They do not disappear but remain but in a small number. In the imbalance of the bacteria in the vagina, the lactobacilli disappear, with the pH rising and other bacteria becoming more. Depending on the bacterium that dominates, you may experience different types of symptoms.
Bacteria Gardnerella gives an unpleasant smell, as the fish route says a lot. Common Streptococcus gives a more yellowish green migration but not so much scent. All the different bacteria have their characteristics. This really is not about an infection or inflammation. The mucous membranes of the vagina usually are not affected. It is only a change of balance of the normally occurring abrasion bacteria that produce unwanted symptoms in the form of a discharge or a scent that you do not like.
If you want to change the pH balance, you can either try to supply lactobacilli or treat the unwanted bacteria with antibiotics. There are preparations containing lactobacilli. They can be purchased at a pharmacy. You might have tried one of these by now. Sometimes this works well but sometimes you do not see any effect whatsoever. If it works for a while, its not uncommon for the trouble to return soon again. Some women may treat themselves regularly to achieve lasting effect. This is not wrong or dangerous, as long as caution is taken.
If you are taking antibiotics, its either Dalacin in the form of pills or Flagyl in the form of pills or as tablets. The antibiotic temporarily removes the unwanted bacteria and then hopes that the lactobacilli can recapture, grow and create a lower pH. Even with antibiotics, the effect may be temporary and it is common for the inconvenience to come back again. You can then repeat the treatment. Perhaps its a matter of taking other tetracycline antibiotics. They affect all the bacteria in the body even those who participate in the balance of the vagina.
If none of the treatments you have tried helped you, the question is whether you have been sufficiently persistent or have a doctor who prescribes these medications in repeated doses. For example, you may sometimes need to take Flagyl for up to two weeks before getting an effect, and sometimes you have to repeat the treatment from time to time as soon as you get into trouble to keep the balance in check. Flagyl is a type of antibiotic where you have not seen so many problems with resistance development, so you do not have to be afraid to repeat repeated doses. Call your doctor and ask if you can try this. Then it is important to remember that what you have is not dangerous, it is no disease, just an imbalance of normal bacteria and you do not necessarily have to treat it.
Sweat has no smell in itself, but the reason for sweat odor is when the sweat comes into contact with the all-natural bacteria we have on the skin. The combination of the two causes odors. Different people sweat differently and the odor can vary, as factors such as genetics, diet and level of activity affect.
The following symptoms that accompany vaginal odor should be considered more seriously though. Seek medical help if you have any of the below listed symptoms:
Grayish, smelly discharge
Smelly (often greyish) discharge, whose odor can remind the route of fish, may be due to the vagina being infected by bacteria that cause vaginal catarrh, which is called a bacterial vaginosis in a medical language.
White, mildly smelly fluids with strong itching
Is the discharge a little milder, smelly, white and grumpy (sometimes even clear and thin) and you have strong itching, it is probably a fungal infection in your vagina. The most common symptoms of fungus are pruritus, it is a lot of itchiness and a burning sensation (burning sensation) as well as a white grainy discharge. It is extremely common for women to get fungus in the vagina, one can get it when you change sex partners or after an antibiotic treatment. It is also very common for you to get fungus when you are pregnant. The fungus can disappear by itself, but there are easy means to take for yourself to prevent and self-treat fungi. In addition, there are also prescription drugs at the pharmacy. We naturally recommend self-care in the first place.
Once the infection is a fact, the best remedy is fungicidal drugs from pharmacies, but via the diet you can ensure that the itchy pain is not coming back. Candidiasis that causes the trouble loves sugar. By reducing sugar intake you can also counteract the growth of the fungus. To eat a lot of yogurt with active lactic acid bacteria helps the body to maintain the pH balance, when it is rubbed, it becomes easier for the fungus to attach. Cinnamon, cranberries and garlic also can have fungicidal and anticoagulant properties that are valuable.
Urinary tract infections are another common vaginal disorder, where some women may be affected monthly if they are unlucky. Drinking sour drinks, such as unsweetened cranberry juice, are proven tricks. Eat blueberry, which prevents infections, to accelerate the healing process. Pineapples, which contain an antibacterial enzyme, can also be valuable to put your teeth when you experience the urinary tract disturbances.
Gray-yellowish, smelly discharge
A gray-yellow, often strong, smelly relocation often results in a bacterial imbalance in the vagina. Bacterial imbalance is most often seen most clearly after intercourse.
Green-yellowish, smelly discharge with small air bubbles
Tricomonal infection often causes malignant, cryogenic discharges filled with small air bubbles and in rare cases with a little blood. Tricomonas infection also often causes swelling and swelling of the vagina.
Rich, thick and smelly discharge
Bacterial vaginos – smelly removal from the vagina
There are always bacteria in the vagina. Bacterial vaginos mean that there has been imbalance among the bacteria. The most common symptom is fluctuations that smell bad. Bacterial vaginos are common and treated with antibiotics or antiseptics. The most common symptom of bacterial vaginos is smelly smearing. It often smells stronger just after and after vaginal intercourse without condoms. This makes you feel the symptoms come and go. The discharge of bacterial vaginos can be thin and grayish. However, you do not usually get increased secretion. Many who have bacterial vaginitis get no symptoms at all. Contact a gynecological clinic or healthcare center if you have changes that have changed appearance or smell badly. You can seek care at any health center you want throughout the country.
There are always bacteria in the vagina. Bacterial vaginos are due to the imbalance of the bacteria. By contrast, it is not known which bacterium causes bacterial vaginosis. Because it is not known how to get bacterial vaginos it is difficult to protect yourself from it. The risk of getting bacterial vaginitis increases if you change sex partners often. Therefore, use a condom or femidom when you have sex with a new partner.
There are no prescription drugs that have any effect on the imbalance of the bacteria in the vagina. On the other hand, there are prescription-free herbal remedies and products with lactic acid bacteria that can help against the bad smell. These products have no proven effect, but some think they help. You can buy the medicines at the pharmacy.
The doctor or midwife makes a gynecological examination. Then the appearance, odor and acidity of the discharge are investigated. Sometimes looking at the discharge in a microscope. You will receive an answer immediately after the survey. There may be other causes of smelly relocations. Therefore, it is important that you are examined.
Bacterial vaginos are treated with antibiotics or antiseptics. There are two different ways you can take the drugs: You can use abrasive cream or vagaries, that is, medicines that you enter into the vagina. You can use tablets to swallow. The treatment takes three to seven days depending on which medicine you are using. It is common for the symptoms to come back again after a month. Then you should receive the treatment again.
There are always more or less discharges in the vagina. Usually they are no sign of any disease. The discharges work as part of the defense of vascular infections. In addition to discharge, there are always bacteria in the vagina. The most common species of bacteria are called lactic acid bacteria. The lactic acid bacteria protect the vagina by helping to improve the acidity of the vagina. This means that some other bacteria do not flourish and grow there. Bacterial vaginosis causes the lactic acid bacteria to become less or less effective. Then other bacteria may become more. Nobody knows what this is all about.
Tell your doctor that you have bacterial vaginosis, for example, if you are going through a scratch or having a spiral inserted. Then there is an increased risk of infection in the uterus. The infection can then spread to the fallopian tubes. Therefore, it is good if your doctor knows you have bacterial vaginosis. Sometimes treatment with antibiotics can cause you to have fungal infections.
Tell your midwife or doctor if you are pregnant think you have bacterial vaginosis. It is unusual, but bacterial vaginos can cause the child to be born prematurely or cause miscarriage. However, bacterial vaginosis can not be transmitted to the baby, either during pregnancy or during childbirth.
Instead of fungi taken over the microflora, these are bacteria and may be due to hormonal imbalance, spiral, stress, etc.
The vaginal pH and the smell
Even if your vagina smells, and often smells different depending on where in your menstrual cycle, you should keep an eye on the smell that does not change as it may be because you have an infection in your vagina. Intimate feminine parts can reasonably be called ‘vaginal ecosystems’: it is an environment in which hundreds of microorganisms, such as lactobacilli, diphtheria, staphylococci and streptococci, live in balance. The lactobacilli in the vaginal ecosystem, called Doderlein bacilli, have the task of producing ‘lactic acid’, which is the guarantor of maintaining a just pH level, indispensable to the health of the intimate area. The pH value defines the concentration of hydrogen ions H in a body substance or body tissue: in the vagina this should be between 3 and 5.5, i.e., a ph-tartaric acid, at a fertile age.
The pH may have these variations at different moments of womans life:
- Puberty – few estrogenic products are produced and therefore the pH is neutral, between 6.5 and 7.
- Productive age – estrogens make it a master: the pH should be ACID, between 3.5 and 4.5
- Menstrual cycle – acidity tends to shrink slightly, so the days after the cycle are particularly at risk for infections.
- Pregnancy – vaginal pH, with the rise of estrogen, becomes even more acidic, up to 3.
- Menopause – it returns to the tensely neutral pH, between 6 and 7. It increases the risk of infection, discomfort and dryness.
Vaginal pH, besides physiological variations, may also be altered for other reasons: antibiotics, pill (oral contraceptive), unbalanced supply, stress, extreme sexual relationships, immune system weakening, diabetes, synthetic underwear, internal absorbers, aggressive intimate detergents. Vaginal pH can also be altered for a variety of reasons, including pill use, stress, unbalanced diet, antibiotic therapy, synthetic liner use, aggressive detergent use. Unbalanced pH leads to disorders of varying magnitudes: vaginitis, vaginosis, vulvitis, cervix, etc.
Intimate hygiene that zaps vaginal odor
We all want to feel clean and fresh in the vagina. Improper washing, however, often gives the opposite effect, since the normal, healthy bacterial flora of the vagina is in imbalance. Fortunately, today there are several natural products that make you fresh in your vagina while caring for and not disturb the vagina’s sensitive balance.
Do you have problems with itching, sweating and irritation in your vagina? In combination, it can actually be due to over-driven hygiene. The vagina really has a great ability to keep clean on their own. Fresh tissue ensures that it stays fresh by itself. If you want to wash the lower regions after all, its best to only use plain water. You can be allergic to soap – and the cleaning surfactants can cause sweat and dryness. The risk is that the soap removes the protective fat layer you have in your vagina. If you absolutely want to use some cleaning agent, gynecologists suggests that you choose the softest intimate soap. Lactacyd, on the other hand, is too strong for these sensitive skin parts.
After washing your vagina it is important to replenish the skin. Hydrate yourself with a perfume-free, softening cream. Whoever has such sensitive mucous membranes that even water does not work can wash with olive oil or baby oil.
Of course, you should avoid wandering around in wet bathing suits. The fabric at the top usually dries quickly, but between the legs it is wet and cold long after the bathing and it makes the skin fragile.
Some experts say shaving could be harmful, while others have no comments on whether women want to fix the bikini line. The only thing to think about is to shave the labia. When you shave down there, you essentially cut off the tops on the hair follicles and then there may be a lot of small wounds.
The vagina feels good with airing. Therefore there may be reason to sleep without panties. It is better to wear cotton fabrics than synthetic underpants. Otherwise, the underwear does not let through moisture, so it can get stuck and smell badly. String thongs can cause sores, as they come into more contact with the delicate skin areas than usual panties. And the stronger the color you have on your briefs, the greater the risk of allergic reactions.
Do you belong to those who suffer from recurrent fungal infections? The first time you suffer, it may be possible to use prescription-free pills, but if problems recur often, seek medical help. It may be, in fact, eczema or any infection, and not fungus. The tip to always have sex with a condom is more current than ever, now that sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea are becoming more common.
So how do you really take care of your vagina? The first and most important is the cleaning process itself, i.e. what you clean and how to do it.
1. Avoid soap
Soaps contain unnecessary dehydrating surfactants that cause the skin to be in imbalance. Even the soaps or washing gels that are marketed as mild. Instead, use plain water and some organic cold pressed oil. You use the oil in the same way as with a soap, with the only difference that it does not dissolve. It cleans the skin in your vagina in a clean manner while keeping you clean and fresh. You can do this easily in the shower or in the toilet, close to a sink.
Most of the problems that can be experienced are linked to just the imbalance of the vagina, or to speak plainly, when you have too few lactic acid bacteria. These produce lactic acid that lowers the pH. You should have an acidic pH in the vagina to ensure that fungi and bacteria do not thrive. You can absolutely wash yourself daily, but do it properly, i.e. without soap.
2. Never wash with soap, only water and oil
After each washing, or as often as possible, lubricate with an oil containing tea tree and myrrh. These two essential oils are superb against fungi and also work synergistically together. Essential oils are available at well-stocked health food stores or online. You take about 1/2 tablespoon of a mild vegetable oil, such as rapeseed or almond and drop in a drop of each essential oil. Alternatively, you buy a cleansing oil tea tree. Such organic cleaner is not as concentrated as you really want but its a quick and easy solution, which will probably reduce your fungus and is also a great way to maintain so that the fungus does not return.
3. Other tips on vaginal hygiene
Genital hygiene should be entrusted to the simple combination of lukewarm water and mild soap, such as Marseille, or physiological physiological formulations (which at the vaginal level are slightly acidic in the fertile age around 4 – 4.5). All cosmetic products, such as sprays, scents, powders, or foams not specifically tested for intimate hygiene are not recommended; The risk of irritation or allergic reactions would be high. It is good practice to proceed the vagina and go down to the anus, not vice versa, since this maneuver would favor the contact of faecal bacteria with the external genitals.
4. Make sure to wash underwear really clean
If it is possible to wash in 95 degrees F, which is preferable. Also wear panties that breathe, no polyester with lace etc without natural materials such as cotton or bamboo.
5. Lubricate daily with an oil
Lubricate daily with an oil with subtle fragrance which at the same time has a beneficial effect against bacterial imbalance. Would you rather have a completely odorless variant – choose cleansing oil senstivie skin. These lubricate your vagina daily to prevent unpleasant smell.
6. Always urinate and wash the vagina after an intercourse
Some use cleansers or wipes, note that these contain preservatives that kill your lactic acid bacteria and can result in bacterial imbalance, so try to avoid these, the same as for lubricants.
7. Take buckthorn capsules
In addition to following the advice for intimate hygiene, we recommend capsules with buckthorn. In these, there are omega-7 fatty acids that restore the function of the mucosa of the body, it works on both the mucous membranes of the vagina as well as the eyes. On health food there are various preparations with this, which also often contain vitamin a which also helps maintain normal mucous membranes.
8. Lubricate the vagina before sex
Dry mucous membranes should definitely not stand in the way of pleasure and sex. Lubricants are available to help when their own liquefaction is insufficient. There are organic variants to buy on well-stocked health charts and online. However, here is a tip for those who want a completely clean lubricant: saliva, both your own and that of your partner. Make sure that oral hygiene is done before that. Oil. Gentle oils are excellent as lubricants, use any odor-free variant, such as our cleansing oil sensitive skin or eye makeup remover. However, oil-based lubricants are not recommended in conjunction with condoms, as this may cause the condom to slip off. Here, water-based lubricants are instead an alternative.
9. Avoid irritation after shaving
Many people experience shaving problems. My best tips to counteract it is to shave in the direction of the hair and perhaps more preferably with a lady shaver who often gives less irritation than ordinary razors. Afterwards, you lubricate with a soothing oil, either with scent – choose the one with lavender or an odourless one. Try to let the skin rest as long as possible between the shavings or choose, for example, waxing, which means that you only remove hair about 1 time per month.
10. Skip soap and enjoy water
It is the basic rule of gynecologist when it comes to keeping your vaginal freshness. Ideally, if you sleep without panties at night, the lower regions are aired.
11. Wet bathing suits can make the skin fragile
Those who have sensitive mucous membranes should be careful about wearing string throats, as they shave against wear and tear.
12. Increase your lactic acid bacteria
You can easily increase your lactic acid bacteria by taking these inserts into capsules. There is a purchase on the health food. There are also lactobacilli in the tub that you put up directly in the vagina. There are theories that fungi and pathogenic bacteria feed on sugar, but this is not confirmed, but if you have recurring problems with imbalance, we strongly recommend that you review your diet, especially your sugar intake and inflammatory elements (e.g. dairy products and gluten ). By excluding this you can get help with imbalances in the body. But its important not only to exclude without having knowledge so that you do not miss out on different vitamins, minerals and trace elements when you exclude different foods (this does not apply to sugar – because we do not really need it).
13. Avoid coffee, alcohol and spicy foods
Dry mucous membranes become common with increasing age – and here, soy products can become a savior in need! Soy contains a form of oestrogens that can help the body restore the moisture balance of the vagina. Try soy milk, tofu, pure soybeans or soy ice cream are some options.
14. Regular but not excessive washing is important
You should not wash your vagina more than twice a day as excessive washing easily damages the protective mucous membranes of the vagina. When washing your vagina, do not use regular soap as it dries out the mucous membranes and has a high pH. Instead use oil or any of the various intimate dishes sold or just plain water. Do not direct the shower directly into the vagina, instead use the hand to rinse it.
15. Change underwear every day
The vagina feels good when given the opportunity to breathe. Please sleep naked and wear skirts without panties when you are home
16. Shaving safety
Most women shave at least partially. Some practice Brazilian waxing, when all hair is removed with wax, while others only shave a little bit at the edge of the hair or crop the length. Its not dangerous to shave the vagina you are just careful about the razor. It is important that you use a good razor that is still sharp. You should also use generously shampoo foam. If you are a beginner, be careful! You really do not want to hurt your shoulder lips, which is easily done with a razor if you are not careful. The razor is among the hottest objects in the world and is extremely sharp. Investing in a proper razor is well worth the slightly higher price. Your vagina is worth the best. Even if you are careful, skin is almost always damaged somewhere, which can give red plitor, but also wounds that are so small that they are not visible. This is not dangerous if you use softening ointment, vaseline or baby oil afterwards so that even microscopic wounds heal well.
Intimate irrigations against vaginal odor
Vaginal irrigations are used to wash or wipe the vagina, utilizing the detergent action of a liquid jet directed towards the inner walls of this muscular membrane channel. For this purpose, simple devices are used, inserting into the vagina a rubber cannula connected to a bag or peritone containing the liquid to be irrigated. This procedure, called shower or irrigation, can be used with proper adaptations to clean other body cavities, such as when practicing an enema. In the latter case, it is best to avoid using the same device to perform vaginal and enema washings, in order to prevent bacteria surviving the cleaning operations cause annoying infections.
Vaginal irrigations or vaginal showers are readily available and normally do not require medical prescription, which instead becomes necessary for the purchase of specific washers for therapeutic use or in preparation of some diagnostic tests. Women use vaginal lavage for a variety of reasons, such as removing menstrual residues, eliminating bad smells, or psychological reasons (obsessive intimate hygiene, desire to ‘erase’ sexual intercourse just concluded, etc.).
Even today, some women naively use vaginal irrigations after sexual intercourse for contraceptive purposes or to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases; In fact, both practices are useless and potentially dangerous. Dissolved substances in the liquid with which the vaginal environment is irrigated can in fact upset the local microflora, which is very important for preventing infections.
The impoverishment of beneficial bacteria can therefore favor the onset of the pathogens and their rise in the uterus and the tubes, exposing the internal genitals to the risk of severe infections (consequences can be very serious, such as the most feared pelvic inflammatory disease). For the same reason, it is wrong to use the vaginal showers to eliminate bad odors in the presence of other symptoms (see the information on discharge above in this article), which should be directed to the doctor or gynecologist (they are common in the presence of bacterial vaginosis and infection by Gardnerella). During intimate showering there is also the risk of introducing into the vagina any harmful bacteria on the surface of the sprinkler. The contraceptive efficacy of vaginal lavage is very modest, estimated at 15-30% versus 97-98% of the condom used correctly. Even spermicidal vaginal showers can not be considered a valuable contraceptive tool.
As has been said, vaginal irrigation is a practice not recommended by many gynecologists, which reserve the use for treating certain conditions, such as chronic bacterial or fungal infections. In this case, medicated liquids are used, prescribed by the physician and used under its strict control. Not all gynecologists agree on the use of lavender, but may be prescribing as local therapies for vaginal inflammation. Vaginal irrigations are used to wash or wipe the vagina using a device called ‘sprinkler’ that penetrates into the vagina an antibacterial or soothing fluid depending on the need. Ready-made vaginal irrigations can be purchased, but can also be home-made.
1. Tea tree oil (melaleuca)
Tea tree has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Tea tree oil is dissolved in sterilized water (boiled for 10 minutes and allowed to cool down) Tea tree oil can also be used diluted in water for external scrubbing (about 5 drops per liter of water).
2. Essential oils – lavender to salvia, camomile, angelica or cypress
Against candida and infections of bacterial or mycotic origin, it is possible to make a lavender with 200 ml of pure sterilized water by boiling and 2-3 drops of pure essential oil of chamomile, angelica, cypress or sage.
3. Bicarbonate and lavender
Bicarbonate has cleansing and disinfecting properties that can re-balance the pH of the intimate parts and provide relief in the event of burns and itching. Better use it, 2 teaspoons of coffee in 2 liters of water, for the lavender externally, twice a day. It is also possible to use it for internal lavender, in this case boil well water and let it cool, add the bicarbonate and stir well. Allow the bicarbonate to deposit on the bottom for one night and use surface water.
4. Thermal water
Thermal water at 70-73 degrees F is effective against vaginitis, persistent leakage and is effective against itching, burning and dryness.
5. Colloidal Silver
Silver acts as a broad-spectrum antibiotic against viruses, bacteria and fungi, it is also anti-inflammatory, accelerates cicatrization and stabilizes the immune system. Known as a potent antibiotic and antiviral agent, colloidal silver acts on a wide spectrum of disturbances. Find out more about silver properties.
If anything goes not in the way it should, the gynecologist must be warned as soon as possible; it is a dangerous practice to hope that the disease regresses spontaneously or resolves with a simple vaginal shower. Although at the initial stages the symptoms are particularly modest, in the long run, some venereal diseases can produce devastating consequences such as infertility, increased risk of ectopic pregnancies and pain, even with intense intensity, lower vagina and pelvis.