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How to Prevent Vaginal Odor


Vaginal odor is embarrassing and it is often accompanied by irritation and discomfort in the vagina. The first step in prevention of g vaginal odor is to determine the cause of the odor. This is especially important if you are sexually active, since a vaginal odor is one of the symptoms of most sexually transmitted diseases including chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), syphilis, Trichomoniasis and vaginal yeast infection (Candida). They all cause inflammation of the vagina which is the result of an infection and ultimately leads to vaginal odor.

The most common vaginal infection, Bacterial Vaginosis, is not sexually transmitted but is an overgrowth of normal bacteria in the vagina. Bacterial Vaginosis is popular in pregnant women and can cause premature labor and birth, and infections of the uterus and amniotic fluids. Antibiotics are used to treat Bacterial Vaginosis and because it is not sexually transmitted, there is no need to have a sexual partner tested or treated. The vaginal yeast infection or Candida fungus, is rarely sexually transmitted, but is the overpopulation of Candida fungus. Candida fungus is always present in the human body, but too much can be a result of a PH imbalance, sexual activities and practices, tight clothing and undergarments, diet change, increased sugar levels and the use of antibiotics and other prescribed medications. Cures for the yeast infection include over the counter medications by Monistat 7, Vagistat and Femstat whose active ingredients may include antifungal components used to restore healthy yeast levels.

Once the cause for the vaginal odor is determined by a doctor or licensed professional, you should treat the reason for odor. If the cause for the odor is sexually transmitted, an antibiotic or other prescription medication is often advised. You should take the medication as directed to ensure that the infection is cleared completely and will not return due to improper usage of medication.

Vaginal odor is not always due to a vaginal infection; instead it may result from your daily practices, diet, and activities. In this case, you should monitor your diet. Avoid too much sugar, aged cheeses, alcohol, grains with gluten, and yeast products while trying to prevent vaginal odor. They feed the yeast, causing it to grow to undesirable amounts. Although vaginal sprays and powders are available in most drug stores, they should be avoided along with the popular shower gels. They do not prevent vaginal odor, but simply mask it. In some cases, perfumed soaps, sprays and powders also irritate the vagina more making the odor worse. You should also reevaluate your undergarments and stick to all cotton panties while avoiding synthetic materials like satins, silks and polyesters. These materials are only acceptable if not worn for long periods of time.

The best way to prevent vaginal odor is to practice good oral hygiene. Remember after using the bathroom, always wipe from front to back. This prevents bacteria and other germs from passing into the vaginal area. You may also consider shaving the vaginal hair close to the vagina, with just enough to protect the vagina. Depending on your daily practices, pubic hair will hold the bacteria that causes odor. You can find vaginal wipes which are great for wiping the vagina after urinating or having a bowel movement. Most wipes are hypo-allergenic and will not irritate the vagina when used throughout the day. Wear protection during sexual intercourse to avoid any semen from meeting or entering the vagina. Semen, when interacting with a woman’s PH balances, can also result in a bad vaginal odor. Finally, when you are menstruating, be sure to wash two or more times daily, as needed and be sure to change tampons and maxi pads as required. Prolonged use of tampons and maxi pads will not only ensure that you will be plagued with a bad vaginal odor, but it will also open the door for infections such as Bacterial Vaginosis and Candida Fungus. Wearing a thin panty liner, which you should change throughout the day, will hold any odor causing discharge that may leak from your vagina into your panties.

Vaginal odor is embarrassing and it is uncomfortable to those around you depending on the strength of the odor. Eliminate unnecessary stress in your life, another cause of vaginal odor, by determining the problem for your odor and using a solution that best fits your body’s needs.