When it’s about your lady parts, hygiene being the foremost factor needs to be taken care of. It is extremely important to have a clean and healthy vagina both for your comfort and physical well-being. You should know how to properly take care of vagina. A bad vaginal odour is due to the infections and bacterial imbalances which need immediate attention and action.
Allow us to highlight the tips to keep vagina healthy!
- Wear breathable underwear
Wearing the same underwear for more than 24 hours causes imbalance of bacteria. You need to wear right underwear because an overly moist environment will create a bacterial build up. Always prefer cotton underwear. Wash them after every use.
- Follow the right diet
Few foods alter your bacteria, chemical compounds and body’s balance of sugar. Therefore, avoid eating sugar as it causes yeast infections. Do eat pineapples. Include yogurt in your diet as it has the bacteria which is said to naturally occur in our body to maintain a clean vagina. Take balanced, healthy diet and a lot of fluids for a good vaginal health.
- Infections – Monitor, Monitor, Monitor!
Watch out for yeast and bacterial infections, STIs, STDs, or herpes. Regularly monitor your body to check for other signs of illness and if you find something abnormal, contact your doctor. Brown, green or chunky white discharges might be the signs of infections. Also some discharge is normal and healthy but it should not smell.
- Fruits are here to rescue
Fruits like cranberries, pineapples, strawberries and other fruits will help to freshen up the smell of the liquids secreted by vagina. That doesn’t mean your vagina smell fruity, but it will help to develop more pleasant scent. Also the high water content in fruits helps you to stay hydrate and flush the body toxins that are causing bad smells.
- Practice safe sex to get protected from STDs
Condoms help preventing from STD (Sexually transmitted diseases) like HPV, Chlamydia, and genital warts. You should also change condoms when switching from anal sex to vaginal sex in order to prevent introducing harmful bacteria into the vagina.
- Avoid hot showers – Hello warm water
Taking bath in hot water destroys much of your body’s natural bacteria which preserve the sensitive balance of the vagina. Therefore, take warm shower to reduce your vaginal odour.
- Change your pads regularly
Vagina will be constantly moist during periods. This high moisture and warmth leads to infection. Therefore, change your pads or tampons for every 5 to 8 hours. When you do not have your periods, try not to wear pads or panty liners to absorb vaginal discharge as this will lock the moisture, which can promote the infection if exposed to harmful bacteria or yeast.
- Get tested
It’s normal for a woman to have some discharge from vagina but few vaginal infections should be given extra care and doctor visit like-
- an unusual vaginal discharge which may be an smelly or of unusual colour
- sore and irritated vulva (the skin around the outside of vagina)
- itchy vagina
- pain while having sex
- pain in your lower abdomen
- redness, swelling, lumps, blisters or ulcers on your vulva or anus
- pain while passing urine
If you have any of these symptoms, you should get your vaginal health check up done, which is recommended by your doctor. For more information or book tests, you can also reach our healthcare experts on 1800-11-2262 (Toll Free).