Every woman has characteristic vaginal odor which is normal. Every vagina smells differently and the smell depends on various factors, including personal hygiene, diet, and the clothes you wear. However, in case of bacterial or fungal infection, the smell becomes stronger. This usually occurs due to poor hygiene or sexually transmitted diseases. This smell is frequently accompanied by other symptoms, including redness, irritation and itching.
A healthy vagina is normally acidic due to the bacteria that normally live in that area. These bacteria keep the normal pH levels and protect the vagina from infections.
It is highly recommended that you avoid using harsh soaps or cleansers when washing your vulva or the inside part of your vagina. These cleaning agents can negatively affect the normal pH balance and cause the bacteria to spread.
Also, you should try to eat healthy and balanced diet and consume a lot of fluids if you want to have healthy reproductive system. Your body needs to be properly hydrated, otherwise will not be able to eliminate the toxins and bacteria which can cause a number of health issues, including unpleasant vaginal odor.
Furthermore, it is of vital importance that you have protected sex all the time. Using condoms will protect you from a number of sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, Chlamydia, or HIV. Also, you should do the gynecological tests regularly.
Choose your clothes carefully since certain types of fabric can increase the heat and moisture, creating the perfect environment for bacterial growth. Your vagina should stay clean and dry.
In addition, you should regularly change the sanitary pads and tampons during your period. If you are not in your period, avoid using pads or panty liners because they also keep the warmth and moisture near your vagina, which can also lead to infections. Also, they absorb the normal vaginal secret.
How to get rid of Vaginal Odor Easily
- Lemon Leaves Vaginal Wash
Lemon leaves are great for washing your intimate parts. They contain limonene which has powerful antibiotic and antimicrobial properties, and prevents allergies. Also, it is very effective against candidiasis, vaginitis and leucorrhea. Therefore, it is definitely the right choice to get rid of the bad odor and itching. Finally, it regulates the pH levels.
To clean the vagina with lemon leaves you should do the following:
- Take 10 lemon leaves and wash them well. Crush the leaves and place them in a glass of water. Mix them and then boil the mixture. As soon as the water becomes greenish, remove it from the heat. Allow it to cool and strain the liquid. Use the water to wash your vagina. If you feel uncomfortable after washing with this water, rinse it with tap water. Do not use soap.
Make sure the water is not too hot before using it. It should be warm, and you should be certain that you are not allergic to the mixture. Repeat the procedure several times a week and soon the unpleasant smell and itching will be gone.
- Apple Cider Vinegar Wash
Apple Cider Vinegar is very effective in treating vaginal infections. It has natural anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties and has therapeutic effect. ACV has the ability to eliminate the vaginal odor and to balance the pH levels.
You will need 3 cups apple cider vinegar and warm water. Fill your bathtub with warm water and add the ACV. Stay in the tub for 20 to 30 minutes. Repeat the procedure 3-5 times if your odor is too strong.
There are other ways to use apple cider vinegar to wash your vagina. Prepare solution of apple cider vinegar and water. Dip a tampon in the solution and insert it into your vagina. Keep it for 30-60 minutes. Finally, you can prepare a drink by combining 1 ounce of apple cider vinegar with 8 ounce of water. Consume the mixture on regular basis to normalize the pH values.
Yogurt is also very effective natural cleaning agent for your vagina. Put ¼ to ½ cup of yogurt in a dish. Dip a cotton pad in the yogurt until it soaks well. Apply the yogurt in your vagina by gently rubbing with the cotton pad. Allow it to act for a couple of minutes and then rinse it off with water. Dry the area with a towel. Repeat the procedure 3-4 times a day.
Alternatively, you can dip a tampon in the yogurt and insert it into your vagina. Allow it to act for a while and then wash the area with water. Make sure you are not allergic to dairy products before using the yogurt.
If none of these remedies help you eliminate the unpleasant odor or irritation, you should consult your gynecologist.