A mild odor of vagina is expected and normal, whereas strong, unpleasant odor could be a sign of bacterial, fungal or yeast infection, pH imbalance or presence of STD. Vaginal odor can be unpleasant, embarrassing experience for women, who may withdraw from intimate relationships.
Lack of proper hygiene is one of the main causes of bad odor; moreover it is also known to cause cervical cancer. The incidences of deaths due to cervical cancer have come down considerably in several countries, due to awareness of vaginal hygiene among women. Change in lifestyle coupled with proper medication can help get rid of it permanently.
Maintain Proper Hygiene
Vagina can become host to various infections in the absence of proper hygiene. Washing the area with mild soap and bathing regularly goes a long way in prevention of the odor. Avoid scented soaps as they may add foreign substances to the genital region, which can further aggravate bacterial infection. Do not allow overgrowth of pubic hair which would promote growth of fungi and bacteria.
Consumption of curd and yogurt is known to effectively counter vaginal odor by balancing the pH. It has proven successful in curing bacterial vaginosis without medication. Curds are rich in natural helpful bacteria that help in preventing harmful bacteria accumulating in the vagina.
Follow Healthy Diet
Food products like beer, mushroom and bread that contain yeast are known to aggravate the yeast infection in vagina; therefore, it is best to avoid these during treatment. Intake of alcohol and spices can also assist bacterial growth, thus increasing the odor.
Drinking plenty of water, along with consumption of cranberries, fenugreek, garlic, neem, fresh fruits and vegetables help in combating the problem effectively.
Soaking in water to which apple cider vinegar has been added will effectively remove toxins and bacteria. Another proven method is adding natural anti septic, antibacterial and antifungal like tea tree oil, to baths to kill the pungent odor causing bacteria from the vagina. These natural remedies do not have any harmful side effects.
Wear Proper Undergarments
Wearing clean cotton undergarments is safe as it absorbs sweat, and allows free circulation of fresh air through its pores. Prolonged use of synthetic fabrics will form an ideal ground for bacterial, fungal and yeast infection by sustaining moisture and not allowing fresh air to freely flow through the fabric. It is also safe to wash the panties with mild soap. Do not wear undergarments for a longer time and keep the vagina dry and clean as bacteria cannot survive under such condition.
Take Liquid Chlorophyll
Liquid chlorophyll acts as an internal deodorizer, which is a great way to get rid of any type of body odor. Consumption of liquid chlorophyll, which is easily available in medical stores, is known to get rid of pungent vaginal odor within a day but be sure to take medical advice for any possible side effect.
Avoid Unprotected Sex
Having sex with multiple partners can contribute to increase in vaginal bacteria, thus triggering infection and odor. Using condoms will not only help in prevention of the odors, but it will also keep the woman safe from contracting AIDS or other types of sexually transmitted diseases.