Unpleasant vaginal odour can be embarrassing and mostly of great concern to women. You can have an unpleasant vaginal odour as a result of different factors that are normal bodily functions such as vaginal secretion, sweats, pH imbalances, menstruation, sexual intercourse, poor hygiene, cancer, infections with bacteria and viruses and certain foods. It is still on record that most males and females have been scared with a very offensive odour when they take off their clothes as the whole environment is polluted with the odour of the vagina.
The pride of a woman is in the vagina and womb. When these parts are not well taken care of, the pride is lost. You may want to ask “if its normal to have vaginal odour”, the answer is “Every woman has a unique scent that changes through her menstrual cycle depending on hormonal levels but certain vaginal smell can also signal that something is wrong.
Here is what to do to prevent vagina odour:
YOUR UNDIES: A woman should cultivate the habit of changing her pants often. Change your pants when you sweat profusely, after exercise and after bathing. When sweat and vaginal fluid are retained in the pant, it starts to smell. Wear Cotton pants and loose clothing to prevent moisture build up.
TREAT YOUR SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS (STDs): like gonorrhea, herpes, genital wart, trichomoniasis can bring about foul smelling odour in the vagina. Visit the laboratory/ your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
TRIM YOUR PUBIC HAIR LOW: When the pubic hairs on the surface of the vagina are kept bushy, they retain sweat which later causes odour. Long hairs can trap discharges from the vagina which causes unpleasant odour as well.
REGULAR WASHING: A woman who does not take her bath regularly will make way for an offensive odour in the vagina. Take your bath at least twice a day and more during menses.
CHANGE YOUR PADS REGULARLY: It is the commonest way to make the vagina produce offensive odour. Change your pads regularly when you are menstruating. Wash the vagina clean with water afterwards.
AVOID DOUCHING: Douching is a method of washing that removes healthy bacteria from the vagina and then raise your risk of infection. Wash from front to back after defecating or urinating to prevent spread of bacteria from your anus to vagina that can predispose you to having vaginal infections.