vaginal discharge and odor

Get Rid of Vaginal Odor and Discharge Naturally

Abnormal, excessive or foul smelling vaginal discharge can happen to any woman at any time. Everything from foods you eat, medications you take to bacterial infections and STD’s can cause this problem. Many women will choose to treat this with antibiotics which will solve the problem for a time, but in the end simply make things worse. Natural treatments are best for odors and discharge that are not directly related to an infection.

 

How do I know if I have odor and discharge?

  • Constant thick and sticky discharge
  • Irritation and itching
  • Foul smell
  • Fatigue

 

How do I prevent odor and abnormal discharge?

  • Remember, some discharge is normal. Don’t panic unless it is a funny color or smells bad.
  • Avoid risky sexual practices.
  • Don’t douche! It disrupts the natural pH of the area.

 

How can I treat odor and abnormal discharge?

  • Make sure the discharge is abnormal. Normal secretions are clear or milk and should be odor free. Do not mess with normal discharge.
  • Check for foreign objects; it’s not that uncommon to forget a tampon or for a condom to break and leave a piece inside you.
  • If your discharge is an abnormal color and/or smells weird consider these options: gray or yellow discharge that smells fishy is a sign of bacterial vaginosis. Gonorrhea will cause cloudy or yellow discharge. Yeast infections and chlamydia cause discharge that resembles cottage cheese. Brown or bloody discharge may be a sign of irregular periods or cancer. Trichomoniasis causes green or yellow, frothy and bad smelling discharge. Seek treatment for these if your discharge matches any of these symptoms.
  • Gently wipe the vulva with unscented and natural wipes; do not clean the inside of the vagina.
  • Change your underwear frequently; make sure they are all cotton and loose fitting.
  • If you have heavy discharge, consider using a pantyliner or pad.
  • Avoid douching. This messes up the balance and can cause infections by flushing bacteria back up into the vagina.
  • Avoid using sprays and deodorants. They only mask some symptoms while disrupting the pH balance and allowing bacteria to grow.
  • Pour three cups of apple cider vinegar in a bath and soak for twenty minutes each day.
  • Eat yogurt and actually spread the vulva area with yogurt to help supplement good, healthy bacteria to flourish and get the smells under control.
  • Try tea tree oil in your bath as well to clear up bad bacteria and promote good bacterial growth.
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