Smelly vagina is a common condition that sometimes a woman possessed. An estimated 30% of women ever experience it. Many women thought that vaginal odor is due to lack of personal hygiene so that they do excessive washing. They do not realize that it actually worsens the problem. Why? Let discuss it.
Know The Causes
The inside of the vagina has a large number of micro-organisms called the vaginal flora. The typical flora come from the lactobacillus species that role creates an acidic environment that protects the vagina. With this mechanism, the vagina protect themselves against infection and other bacteria attack. In a healthy state, the balance of vaginal flora preserved so that no smell or just a typical faint odor. If the balance of flora was disturbed, Gardnerella and other types of bacteria can multiply, thus creating a condition called bacterial vaginosis. Pregnancy, the use of some type of contraception, the use of antibiotics, and smoking can lead to vaginosis.
Bacterial vaginosis is not an infection but an increase in benign species of bacteria normally present in the vagina. This condition can make them feel uncomfortable because vagina will produce grayish translucent color with bad smell (like rotten fish). Besides the inconvenience, vaginosis does not cause other problems. The natural balance between bacteria usually will recover itself in a few days.
How To Care
Many women who found her vagina smelling bad do intensive cleaning and sometimes they do excessively. This is actually aggravate the condition and increase the risk of infection. Excessive vaginal washing, especially with antiseptic soap, will increase the pH to disrupt the balance of vaginal flora.
If you have a vaginal odor problem, the first thing to do is restore a proper acidity for the balance of vaginal flora. Washing the genital area with warm water and mild soap with neutral pH is sufficient in most cases. If your problem still persists after a few days, consult your doctor. The doctor can check if there are other conditions such as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or infections that cause odor.
How to Prevent Bacterial Vaginosis?
Most vaginosis occurs for no apparent reason and can not be prevented. Some of these tips can reduce the risk by not disturbing the normal balance of vaginal flora:
- Do not push the water into your vagina to clean it (douching).
- Do not add oil, antiseptics, soaps, shampoos, etc., into the bath water.
- Do not use detergents to wash your underwear.
- Do not wash around your vagina too often. Once a day is usually sufficient.
Finally we hope this information will be helpful for you to care or prevent vaginal odor problem.