Vaginal Odour or Vaginal odour which can also be known as Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina. In most cases, it is due to fungal infection but it can also be caused by bacteria, a partner’s sexually transmitted parasites, or some outside irritant. The symptoms typically include – discharge, itching, burning, and pain. It is frequently linked to irritation or infection of the vulva. Vaginitis is a very common condition. It is especially common in women with diabetes.
Tips on How I Dealt with My Severe Vaginal Odour
But before I continue, I want you to know the following:
Fast facts know about Severe Vaginal Odour
- Vaginas have natural odors.
- Each woman’s vaginal odor is different.
- If the unusual odor worsens, consult your doctor.
Want to know if vaginal odour natural or not?
Unusual vaginal odor happens from time to time. Even when you’re taking good care of your body and your vagina, you may experience unfamiliar smells. What’s not normal is persistent or strong odors.
The first question you should ask yourself if you consider your vaginal odor abnormal is: What’s normal? Vaginas have natural odors, and each woman’s odor is different.
A healthy vagina’s typical scent may best be described as “musky” or “fleshy.” A menstrual cycle might cause a slightly “metallic” scent for a few days. Intercourse may change the smell temporarily.
Your vagina cleanses itself naturally. If you leave your vagina to its own devices, it can naturally maintain a healthy pH and keep unhealthy bacteria at bay.
But if you notice a stark difference in your odor, then you may be experiencing a sign of a potential problem.
Strong odors, itching and irritation, and unusual discharge are all signs you may have something other than just unusual vaginal odor.
What could be the cause of Vaginal Odour because I do make sure I clean my vaginal always?
1. Excessive washing,
2. Infection (Bacterial)
3. tight clothes and certain chemicals (scented body washes, antibacterial soap, etc) can cause vaginal infection or yeast infections.
Ulcers From Infection (Chancroid, Lymphogranuloma Venereum/LGV)
4. douching, In a healthy vagina there are both good and bad bacteria. The balance of good and bad bacteria helps maintain an acidic environment. Any changes can cause an overgrowth of bad bacteria which can lead to a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis when you douche you kill most of these bacterias thereby increasing your chances of getting infections.
5. Poor hygiene, always trim the hair around your pubic area and avoid washing the inside of your vaginal
6. Putting on tight clothes and certain chemicals (scented body washes, antibacterial soap, etc) can cause vaginal infection or yeast infections.
7. Certain contraceptives and foreign bodies in the vagina can provoke vaginal odor and other major health issues.
8. Vaginal and anal intercourse alternation during the same session can cause a vaginal infection resulting in vaginal odor.
9. Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis are vaginal discharge and odor, although 85% of women with the condition experience no symptoms.
7 ways to get rid of Vaginal Odour
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.