Every girl has her own good days and bad days when it comes to smelling the finest. The unusual vaginal odor is an embarrassing situation for the ladies. This is something which we can never tell someone. But you don’t have to worry because we are here to help. There are some tested ways that can help you in getting rid of the odor.
How to get rid of vaginal odor?
Don’t fret because it’s really not that difficult to get rid of the odor. You really don’t have to be in the embarrassing situation anymore. All you need is just a little bit of care. Go through these remedies to know more:
Know the cause
The unusual odor happens for a reason. It is really necessary for you to find out the cause of this odor. This odor may be due to your menstrual cycle, hormonal changes or sweat. It may also be caused due to bacterial infection, unhygienic conditions, STDs etc and these are some pretty serious issues which might also need a visit to the doctor.
Symptoms of vaginal odor
Symptoms of vaginal odor are the usual ones like itchiness, irritation, redness, burning sensation etc. Some people also sense a fishy kind of smell which is really unusual. This might be the cause of bacterial infection. Sometimes vaginal odor and itchiness may also be caused due to the material of our innerwear or also the products we use like washing powder or perfume.
We all know how important it is to stay hydrated. Our body requires water to flush out the toxins. Same way even your vagina needs water and less water consumption lead to vaginal odor. So drink at least 5 to 8 glasses of water to stay hydrated.
Keep proper hygiene and good habits
The most common mistake we do is we don’t take proper care and avoid hygiene. Yes, the vagina is a self-cleansing organ but you still need to take care of hygiene. Clean your vagina properly and make sure you avoid high chemical induced fragrance products including shower gels, perfumes, body wash etc.
Also, wash your genital area before and after intercourse to prevent the growth of infectious agents.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial and antiseptic properties and that is why it is used for many purposes, right from using it in food like salads to preventing pimples and vaginal odor of course.
Add a cup or two of apple cider vinegar to the water in the water tub and soak in it for 20-30 minutes.
Mix one or two spoons of apple cider vinegar in water and drink it daily
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil work wonders when it comes to bacteria. It has a really strong smell but its cleansing quality surpasses its smell.
Add a few drops of tea tree oil to water and rinse your genital several times a week.
You can even dip a tampon in olive oil and add a few drops of tea tree oil onto it and insert it. Leave it for an hour and then rinse. You can even repeat it few times a week
You might wonder how could a smelly garlic possibly remove the vaginal odor. Garlic, with the help of its antifungal quality, helps in removing the root cause of vaginal odor viz bacterial infection.
Crush the garlic along either cooked or raw. Apply this paste to your genital walls. Keep it like that for about 10 minutes. Then take a fresh bath. Garlic will work its magic and the bacteria will go MIA.
Use yogurt externally and internally
Who doesn’t love yogurt? Did you know yogurt is the ideal probiotic dairy food that helps in increasing the biological flora of the human body. Although try to avoid artificial flavors and try organic yogurt. So that is about internal consumption. How to use it externally? What you can do is dip a tampon in the yogurt and insert it. Leave it for an hour or so and then wash it off. That’s it!
Fenugreek seeds have a very bitter taste due to which most of us avoid it. You can never take it directly. So you should soak the fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Strain the water and drink it every morning on an empty stomach. If you continue drinking this for two weeks you’ll see the results. It is very good for your genital health and body health in general.
You might probably have seen the old folks in your home drinking turmeric milk whenever they fall ill. That’s because turmeric is very healthy. You can use it for vaginal odor as well. Mix a half spoon of turmeric powder in milk and have it before bed. It will do its work.
Increase the intake of juicy and pulpy citrus fruits. Because it not only helps in boosting the immune system of the body but they also a natural cleanser and are helpful in treating urinal infections. High in vitamin C, these citrus fruits are necessary to eliminate the radicals out of your body.
Lavender oil is an essential oil having very sweet fragrance and has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial qualities. It is not only good for your skin but it’ll also help you in getting rid of the vaginal odor. Take a glass of water, add few drops of lavender oil to it. Use this while having a shower. Do this for few days and notice the difference.
Avoid sexual intercourse
Yes, abstain from having sex until the odor doesn’t go off. Honestly, don’t torture your partner. Give yourself rest. After a few days when everything is normal you can indulge into sexual activities again.
Vagisil is a product used for intimate health. While you are doing these remedies you can use this product to reduce the odor. However, I suggest using it only to reduce the odor and try other remedies as well because these products are not a permanent solution.
Avoid certain foods
When it comes to vaginal odor there are some foods that seem to worsen the situation. Whenever you feel unusual vaginal odor you should avoid eating these foods. Stay away from fish and meat. Other than that you should try avoiding spicy food, onion, blue cheese, cabbage and broccoli because all these food items enhance the smell of vagina. It’s a matter of few days after that you can resume eating them again.
Know when to see a doctor
Not all the times these remedies work. This happens when the odor has been caused due to bacteria. Then you should probably give a visit to the doctor. These remedies normally work if it is just about odor, but if it’s something more then you should consult the doctor.
The bad odor from the vagina can be removed with the help of these simple home remedies. If symptoms persist, you can consult a doctor. But you need patience when you try these remedies only then you can see the results.
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