Hello guys, so yesterday the trending topic on my Twitter was about the menstrual cycle. Ladies shared their experiences during their menstrual flow, before and after, embarrassing moments and so on. It wasn’t long before the discussion deviated to different myths about childbirth, pregnancy and even vagina taste. Girls shared many old wife’s remedies on how they manage infections, taste and smell better down there. It was fun and also quite coincidental that I actually have been planning on talking about this topic and now I have the perfect opportunity. Before we go right into it we need to know what we are talking about.
What is Vaginal Odor?
Every vagina has a distinct smell that isn’t heavy, foul or choking. Every woman has a scent however faint which is normal and almost odorless. Rule out any school of thought telling you ur vag has to smell like cherry blossoms and raspberries. God did not create any vagina that smells like that. Vaginal odor comes in when the smell is unpleasant and suddenly changes, this usually has an underlying cause.
What Causes Vaginal Odor?
A lot of reasons could lead to vaginal odor. It could be indicating an infection, hormonal imbalance, physiological changes, STI or disease however the most common cause of vaginal odor is imbalance which leads to infection. The vagina has an acidic environment and certain healthy bacteria and this must be maintained in order to have a normal, problem free vagina. Bad hygiene, tight fitting clothing and underwear, unprotected sex, multiple sexual partners, hormonal changes could cause an imbalance in the environment. Once this balance is disturbed, it could cause the rapid growth of unhealthy bacteria which are harmful. The result is usually a bacterial infection called bacterial vaginosis commonly called BV.
What is BV?
I’m sure most of you must have heard on social media or from friends especially guys say things like “fish pussy” “smelling pussy” “fish smelling vagina”. Most people use this to diss people and banter but this is actually a bacterial infection of the vagina which is called BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS.
BV isn’t yeast infection, urinary tract infection or “toilet infection” neither is it particularly a sexually transmitted disease however it has been proven that it affects mainly sexually active females who indulge in frequent unprotected sex. Prolonged untreated BV could also increase risk of contractin STIs and HIV and affect fertility. Though intercourse hasn’t proven to reduce or increase the severity, it is still adviced to abstain during the occurrence of BV. BV is characterized by itching, burning sensation and foul smelling discharge with a “fishy” smell which is stronger during intercourse. This condition is actually just a couple of bad bacteria in the vagina going out of control because they found a conducive environment to breed.
How to deal with it?
I’m sure most women around have had those periods when they are not so pleased with the smell coming from that area and don’t know what could be going on. I’m not one of those to say its “normal” to have infections but I would say this is something that can happen to anybody so you might want to pay attention. There are many antibiotics that can help fight the bad bacteria so if you exhibit any symptoms of BV, you should see a physician who would prescribe the right drugs for you. However, it’s never that serious sometimes and your coochie is just acting up and simply needs to be brought back to balance. I have researched certain home remedies that actually work and help reduce the embarrassment of that foul odor.
- YOGHURT. Yoghurt is rich in lactobacillius bacteria which helps fight candida which is a common cause of vaginal odor. Drinking lots of yoghurt has been proven to have the same effect as probiotics used to fight bacterial infections. Plain unsweetened yoghurt taken twice a day can go a long way in restoring balance and keeping that area fresh and odor free. You could also soak a tampon into plain yoghurt and insert it into the vagina. The tampon can be removed after a few hours and the area rinsed thouroughly.
- APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. ACV has a lot of antiseptic properties which could also help in fighting bacterial vaginosis. It would help in restoring acidity and get rid of bad odor. Simply mix two cups of ACV in warm water and soak your vaginal area in it for 20 mins. Trying this remedy several times a week guarantees quick result. Drinking diluted ACV in a glass of water daily also helps.
Garlic possesses antifungal properties and has been long used for curing yeast infection. It is great in dealing with vaginal odor as it is a natural antibiotic. Eat raw garlic daily with a glass of warm water and also add it to your food while cooking and you would see results. Inserting a piece of garlic into the vagina for a few hours or overnight also helps though it might burn a little at first. To reduce discomfort, use fresh garlic as old garlic becomes sharper and spicier. To recognize good fresh garlic, the cloves wont have green sprouts on them.
- WHITE VINEGAR: I’m pretty sure most households make use of this for cleaning so it shouldn’t be hard to find. Vinegar has a cleanisng property and ability to neutralize odors. Simply mix one half cup of white vinegar with salt in lukewarm water and soak in it for a few minutes. Doing this several times a week would provide remedy you need.
- BAKING SODA: This can help to balance pH level to eliminate vaginal odor. Add half cup of baking soda into bath water and soak your lower body in it for about 20minutes then dry yourself with a clean towel. This gets rid of odor fast. Try it several times a week.
These have been tried and tested and trust me they work. If you ever notice any funny smell you could try this out but if it persists then you need to take tests. Other precautionary measures should be in place to avoid risk.
- Good hygiene- Always wear clean underwear, shower every day and maintain a clean environment and clean toilets. Change pads or tampons regularly and wash well during periods.
- Abstainence- If you can refrain from sexual activity the risk of having vaginal infections also reduce.
- Stick to one partner- Having multiple sexual partners increases risk. If you must have sex, limit it to one partner at a time.
- Always pee after sex- Passing out urine after intercourse helps reduce risk of bacterial infections and unwanted pregnancy.
- Avoid scented femine wash and soaps- The use of some of these products upset the pH in the vagina and cause outbreak of bad bacteria and yeast infections. Use of water alone to clean the vaginal area is the safest.
- Avoid douching- Douching refers to trying to wash inside the vagina. The vagina cleanses itself and you could be upsetting it by trying to do that yourself. Limit your cleansing to the outer areas not the inside itself.
- Avoid tight fitting clothing or under wear- Allow the skin around that area to breathe. Sweat could clog pores and lead to bacteria breeding. Always shower after working out also.
- Avoid dirty fingers and objects being inserted into the vagina…..including dirty penises (no shade here, just tea.. *winks*).
- Do not bring any sugary items or anything with citric acid close to the vagina. It would upset the balance and bacteria lovesss sugar!
- Stop eating junk: You are what you eat, so is your vagina. Learn to eat fresh organic fruits such as watermelon, pineapples, oranges, nuts which are really good for your vagina to keep it fresh. Overly spicy food and sugar causes bad odor.
I hope this article has helped out a little bit. If you know anyone with a vaginal odor issue, instead of dissing them, share this link with them. Guys stop bitching about girls not smelling clean (but you still have sex with them anyway) and show them this article instead. No one is better than the other. Some are just going through a tough time with bacteria. Have a lovely day guys!
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