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How Bad Does Your Vagina Smell? Simple Ways To Get Rid Of Vaginal Odour If Not Caused By Infection

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

It’s normal for every girl who has reached puberty to experience vaginal odour. We have the natural odour and then the type caused by common body actions. Take menstruation, normally if the vagina is not kept clean at the time of the monthly cycle stale blood left for a period of time will bring smell. Then we have urine another reason for vaginal odour. Not rinsing or wiping the vagina after using the toilet, any trickles cling to pubic hair, thus soiling and staining panties which will smell.

Sanitary towels and tampons need changing regularly. If you’re worried about how you smell down below, instead of the suggested once a day clean, wash 2 or 3 times if needed. In hot weather change knickers often, as heat can be problematic in and around the genitals. An accumulation of sweat will make the genitals clammy, sticky and smelly. Choose cotton panties or knickers to wear as it’s a breathable fabric. Cotton over nylon and other materials allow the vagina to breathe. Trim, pubic hair as thick hair is a major attraction for urine blood and sweat to stick to.

If you worry about odour especially the smell brought by the monthly bleed and the expense to keep changing sanitary towels, look for a more cost-effective way and use reusable cotton menstrual pads or menstrual cups.

The vagina is not a known organ of the body to bring unpleasantness in this manner because it has a self-cleaning mechanism. However odourless organ or not, the vagina does smell, well the area surrounding it can, and you have 3 reasons above to prove it.

Particular vaginal infections bring odour which is embarrassing. Take bacterial vaginosis typically known for a vaginal discharge smelling like fish. And, then you have the one that causes itch, again an embarrassing thing if close to people. BV occurs because of bacteria and parasites entering the vagina. Although the vagina is a self-cleaning organ, bacteria and parasites still manage to settle inside so you need to take whatever necessary steps to prevent this happening.

Hygiene is important to keep odour to a minimum. The vagina has a natural smell supposedly erotic and a big turn on for the opposite sex, nevertheless too strong the odour can be off-putting.

Genital skin is sensitive so be wary of certain feminine products. Cleaning the vulva needs nothing more than a rinse with water. If you are in the process of treating an infection at home talk to the chemist pharmacist about the safest products to use as a lot sold over the counter contain chemicals. Chemicals strip natural oils and if used on the vulva, the skin may turn dry and irritated. The skin in this state is now more prone to infection. Specific chemicals coming in contact with the vagina can give rise to a urinary tract infection if anywhere near the urethra.

Chemical based soaps bath gels or other are known to upset the natural PH of the vagina causing an overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria, genital mycoplasmas, and Gardnerella vaginalis, with reduced or absent lactobacilli. Products heavily scented, or gels or antiseptics, which may throw off the balance of healthy bacteria avoid.

It is not necessary to scrub the vagina vigorously. Just like you would wash your hands and face is the way.

Washing the folds around the clitoris isn’t difficult but definitely necessary. Using the fingers pull the labia away from the clitoris and gently dab but not rub the skin on both sides of the clitoris. Don’t forget to clean the perineum this is the area between the vagina and anus.

Unless a doctor or pharmacist has prescribed or advised a particular medication to treat an infection that has caused vaginal odour don’t use it. Also, any condition bringing a smelly odour needs to be determined by a doctor and not a friend to make sure you are treating the right problem. It happens all too often among women who have thought they had, a yeast infection only to find out they had a sexually transmitted disease. Treating infections effectively only ever happens if the right infection is diagnosed and the proper cream lotion or tablets are used.

Fishy odour, discharge changes, texture, pain when urinating or vaginal bleeding when not having a period are symptoms that say see a doctor

Bacterial Vaginosis Clearly Explained – Vaginal Infection Symptoms That Identify Thrush Is Not BV

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Bacterial vaginosis is a common vaginal infection, as so is a yeast infection too, however, both have different symptoms due to one being bacterial and the other yeast.

A question often asked by women is which one is the worse. This depends on the patient who with BV might see this as not only embarrassing but unbearable to have to cope with than that of a yeast infection such like thrush. Neither is seriously dangerous that they kill you, but they can cause severe discomfort.

The more understanding on this condition will help you know what to expect if it comes and how to treat it effectively.

Bacterial vaginosis is a vaginal infection caused by an overgrowth of different bacteria. The main symptom often identified by a doctor to clarify it is present is a discharge. If the discharge has an unpleasant smell, to be exact, fishy smell, then it is likely along with other specific signs like its colour being greyish, then it is bacterial vaginosis, even though not known to cause soreness and neither itchiness around the vulva like some infections do. Having said that, there have been some cases that included vaginal itching and redness.

BV happens as result of surplus bad (pathogenic) bacteria. Normally, beneficial bacteria help manage bad bacteria keeping it settled, but, if the beneficial bacteria struggles to maintain control over the bad stuff it can overgrow causing a bacterial infection. Some women might notice a stronger vaginal smell after sexual intercourse as well as after a period also, where discharge can come heavy.

The vagina is full of various types of bacteria as BV doesn’t always develop because of one particular type. Bacterial vaginosis is not something that occurs from lack of hygiene management either so don’t panic thinking you are dirty and start scrubbing the vagina. Excessive cleaning can upset the normal balance of bacteria which can encourage it to develop.

And to set the record straight bacterial vaginosis is not a sexually transmitted infection? As for possible complications, there is none with BV other than pregnant women being more at risk of developing problems during pregnancy. Those problems might include miscarriage, early labour, or infection of the uterus after delivery.

Antibiotics are a typical course of action taken by a doctor to clear the infection. Metronidazole is the preferred antibiotic and available in three forms.

  1. Tablets are taken twice daily for five to seven days
  2. Daily single dose of a larger pill
  3. Gel application to use once a day for five days

If you have just given birth and breastfeeding, metronidazole gel is normally recommended, as pill types can affect breast milk. The full prescribed course of antibiotics is to be taken if they are to work.


The yeast infection thrush is caused by a yeast called Candida. Discharge just like BV is also the main symptom which gives a good indication to the doctor that it is indeed a yeast infection. As opposed to bacterial vaginosis, thrush discharge usually is white and looks like clotted cheese and odourless not greyish or smelly. Other typical symptoms of vaginal thrush include itchiness and soreness around the vagina and vulva as well as burning.

To treat thrush you can use an internal type of medication that contains the active ingredient clotrimazole or fluconazole. Both effective treatments helping women cure thrush worldwide. Normally medication comes in the form of oral pills, soft gel, pessaries, and internal cream. It is best that medication whichever their form comes prescribed by a doctor or at least advised by a pharmacist

The most important thing a woman can do if she suspects a vaginal infection has happened is to have a doctor name the exact infection rather than you treat something you are not sure that it is.