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6 CAUSES AND CURES FOR EMBARRASSING VAGINAL ODOR

by Jekaterina Gussarova August 01, 2022 4 min read

6 CAUSES AND CURES FOR EMBARRASSING VAGINAL ODOR

6 CAUSES AND CURES FOR EMBARRASSING VAGINAL ODOR

What are vaginal odor, the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention? Herein is a complete guide on all you need to know about the causes and cures of the embarrassing vaginal odor.

Women often feel self-conscious and insecure about their vagina’s general smell. Vaginal odor varies from one woman to another. The discussion of how and why your vagina smells is a natural phenomenon. Moreover, the unpleasant vaginal smell is among the numerous signs of an underlying condition. Normal vaginal odor does not need to be felt by anyone. If the vaginal odor changes or lingers, consult a doctor or gynecologist.

What About Vaginal Odor

Vaginal odor is an unpleasant smell that comes out of the vaginal canal. Generally, it is normal for vaginas to have a different or unique scent. However, a stronger odor might need the doctor's attention, especially if it persists. Also, the smell of the vagina varies during pregnancy, menstrual cycle, and menopause. You are likely to experience a stronger vaginal smell after exercise or sexual intercourse. However, an intense and extreme vaginal odor can alarm an infection that requires immediate treatment. Consider seeking treatment whenever your vaginal smell worsens.

Signs and Symptoms of Vaginal Odor

Vaginal odor tends to differ for various women and situations. Some are permanent and often need medication attention. Temporary vaginal smell is common and goes without much effort. The vaginal smell is often considered normal when there are no other symptoms. However, if the smell persists and you experience itching, discharge, irritation, or a burning sensation, have your doctor or physician examine your vagina. This will also prevent you from contracting other diseases.

Causes and Risk Factors of Vaginal Odor

A slight vaginal smell is normal. However, the problem arises when the smell becomes persistent. If you develop irritation, itching, burning, or changes in the discharge, something must be wrong. Here are some of the causes of vaginal odor:

 Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

Bacterial vaginosis is an infection caused when a bacterium inside the vagina overgrows. Symptoms of this infection may include a thin gray discharge and a strong fishy odor. This infection is common in women between 15 to 44 years of age. 

Trichomoniasis 

This is a Sexually Transmitted Infection that can cause a bad vaginal odor. It is appropriate to visit your doctor for counseling because this infection can lead to other vaginal problems.

A Stuck Tampon

 A forgotten or stuck tampon can also cause a strong vaginal smell. The tampon can be tightened at the top of the vagina. If you find it challenging to remove the tampon, visit your doctor for an examination and removal. 

Douching 

Douching involves cleaning the interior of the vagina using water and other liquids like baking soda, iodine, or vinegar. Unlike external body parts, the interior is sensitive and needs care when washing. Doctors do not recommend douching because it increases the chances of contracting STIs. Also, douching interferes with essential bacteria that keep the vagina balanced, leading to infections. The absence of healthy bacteria in the vagina can cause vaginal odor.

Poor Hygiene 

General body hygiene is essential for any individual. Failure to shower or take a regularly increases the chances of inflammation inside the vagina, resulting in vaginal odor.

Sweating

Another cause of a heavy vaginal odor is extreme vaginal sweating. Consider taking a shower regularly to prevent this. 

Diet 

Generally, what you consume influences your vaginal smell. Foods with a strong odor, like garlic or ginger, can be the main cause of the vaginal odor.

Subsequently, the vaginal smell can also be a result of:

  • Rectovaginal fistula
  • Cervical and vaginal cancer
  • Pregnancy 
  • Your menstrual cycle 

Treatment and Medication Options for Vaginal Odor

If the vaginal odor is too much and persists, visit a doctor for a natural remedy or medication to treat any underlying condition. 

Medication Options 

Take any medication as prescribed, especially when dealing with vaginal odor. If the vaginal odor is caused by infections like trichomoniasis or bacterial vaginosis, the doctor will prescribe antibiotics like; 

  • Clindamycin (Cleocin)
  • Metronidazole (Flagyl)
  • Tinidazole (Tindamax)

Abstain from any sexual activity until you are completely free from the infection.

Alternative and Complementary Therapies 

Probiotics 

Different research sources show that probiotic foods and supplements like yogurt can help vaginal maintenance. They can also speed up recovery from bacterial vaginosis. However, more research is still needed to prove this claim.

Herbal Supplements 

Herbal supplements can be ideal for treating vaginal odor. However, take the recommended prescription before taking the supplements. Also, avoid any medication when taking these supplements. 

Prevention of Vaginal Odor

  • Avoid eating or drinking foods that increase vaginal odor.
  • Wipe your vagina using a dry towel after urinating to prevent the transfer of bacteria from your asshole.
  • Use condoms during penetrative sex to help prevent STIs.
  • Avoid using douches or feminine sprays in your vagina.
  • Take a shower and change clothes after every exercise.

Jekaterina Gussarova
Jekaterina Gussarova


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