February 27, 2019
Although the vagina is a self-cleansing organ, there are many times women can feel less than fresh down there. Even when you’re taking good care of your body and vaginal and vulvar areas, you may experience unfamiliar smells. That’s normal; what’s not normal, however, is persistent or strong odors.
Strong odors, itching and irritation, and unusual discharge are all signs you may have something other than just unusual vaginal odor. Causes can include everything from poor hygiene, excessive sweating, yeast or bacterial infections and even an STI. If you have any of the aforementioned symptoms, I recommend you see your OB/GYN to get to the cause of it.
To nip potential infections and irritations that lead to strong vaginal odors from occurring, I recommend the following practices to help vaginal odor at bay.
Practice good hygiene
This seems like a no brainer, but it’s worth emphasizing. Clean the vulvar area gently with a soft cloth and a special cleanser like My V-Line Health cleansers which are made specifically for vulvar and vagina care (Soap can be too harsh and drying for that delicate area). Practice good toilet hygiene as well - Wipe dry from front to back (vulva to anus). Tap dry instead of rubbing. The skin around the vulva can be sensitive. Rough wiping can cause skin to break, which may result in infections and inflammation.
Wear cotton underwear
Sure, your silk and satin underwear is really cute, but it could be causing vaginal odor. Cotton is breathable and does an excellent job wicking away sweat and fluids from your body. Excess moisture can upset your natural bacteria levels and lead to odors or even worse, an infection. At night, try sleeping commando to air out the region.
Wear loose clothing whenever possible
I too love the fashion styles these days consisting of tight skinny jeans, leggings and yoga pants. However, tight clothing can cause sweating and trap moisture to create a breeding ground for bacteria that can alter your natural vaginal odor. Prolonged wearing can also result in chafing of the delicate skins of the vulva, leading to irritation and itch. The labia folds can also become inflamed due to the constant abrasion, leading to much discomfort and foul-smelling discharge. If you must wear tight clothing, don’t do so for long periods of time.
Shower immediately after exercising
It’s important to shower directly after exercising or heavy sweating whenever possible to wash away sweat, bacterial and foul odor build-up while working out. If you can’t shower or bathe after your workout, use a feminine hygiene cleansing cloth to gently wipe the vulvar and labial areas. Also, be sure to bring a change of underwear from the ones you wore to workout are likely damp and a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
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