Once you eliminate the unusual vaginal odor, keep these tips in mind for preventing another problem later:
- Consider probiotics which are good for your bacteria. This can help maintain the pH balance of your vagina. Probiotic-rich foods include Yogurt, Kombucha, and unpasteurized sauerkraut.
- Maintain a healthy diet. Aim to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
A balanced diet makes for a healthy body, and that includes your vagina.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is good for more than just your skin.
It can help your vagina’s overall health, too, by encouraging healthy sweating and fluid release.
- Avoid douches and scrubs. You might think they will help eliminate bad bacteria, but they also eliminate the good bacteria.
Let your body work out the bacteria ratios and skip these unnatural washes.
- Wash your genital area before and after intercourse. Sex introduces bacteria, as well as foreign substances like lubrication and spermicide from condoms.
Wash before and after sex to help maintain natural bacteria levels.
- Cut out tight clothes. Clothes that are too tight don’t let your vagina and groin area breathe.
Getting plenty of oxygen is vital to good vaginal health.
- Wear cotton panties. Cotton panties wick away excess moisture from sweating or discharge.
Synthetic fabrics are not as good at this.
Home treatments usually help reduce unusual vaginal odor in about a week. If the odor isn’t gone, or if it becomes stronger, you should see a doctor.
A strong vaginal odor can be a sign of a larger problem, one that you may be unable to treat on your own.
It’s better to see a doctor early to prevent the problem from getting worse. And that is my verdict.