A question that many women have though few utter the words aloud, is whether or not vaginal odor is typical, as well as, how to manage it effectively. We emphasize “managing” versus treating, seeing as many times vaginal odor is a natural occurrence that doesn’t need to prompt alarm. Unusual vaginal odors happen throughout different cycles of pelvic health and even the most hygiene-conscious women can experience unfamiliar smells. When there is time for concern is when the odors become persistent.
First, let’s discuss what’s normal – so we know what’s abnormal and needs further attention. Vaginas have natural odors and each woman’s odor is unique to her body and lifestyle. A healthy vagina’s typical scent may best be described “fleshy.” Or even as having a musky aroma. When on a monthly cycle, women’s vaginal odors can seem “metallic” because of the iron in the blood being released. Additionally, semen that has been introduced post-intercourse can also change the odor and natural makeup of the vagina.
Fortunately, the vagina is capable of cleansing itself naturally. In fact, your private area is actually capable of maintaining a healthy pH on its own while also fighting off bacteria- which leads to the otherwise uncomfortable and odorous bacterial infection. For these reasons, when you are aware of foul odors, incessant itching and irritation, and unusual discharge – even in color if not odorous – you will certainly want to explore some options for remedies.
Here, we share some of the top remedies for measuring and managing vaginal odor so that you can restore your vaginal health back to balance.
- Keep it clean.
While the world may love the vibrant colors of loofah sponges, they aren’t the most ideal for cleansing the private area. In fact, they could cause slight tearing of the skin. Instead use a clean washcloth each time with a mild soap that can gently wash away debris, excess sweat, etc. Avoid perfumed soap as this will not just hide the actual scent your body is giving off (which could make managing your odor difficult) but also could upset your natural ph balance, causing new odors or issues to arise
- Change your underwear.
Naturally, we should change our panties daily or as each incident of excess discharge or odor occurs, but, beyond that we recommend changing your everyday undies altogether for performance fabric intended to not just be breathable but also to absorb wetness that occurs down below. If you normally wear satin, silk, or polyester panties, making the switch to Apele’s performance nylon will definitely help you not just measure any mishaps leading to odor, but also manage them, as moisture is pulled away from the body to make for a more comfortable experience.
- Talk to doc.
Your primary care or OB can certainly provide options for over-the-counter (OTC) products that may be helpful in restoring your vagina’s natural pH. By monitoring how often the odor has been happening, any colors unique to your discharge ,etc. they can determine which products may assist you with your symptoms.
- Soak in vinegar
There is the rumor that you do not want to bathe while on your period or while experiencing other symptoms of pelvic health that result in excessive discharge. While frequent hot baths and hot showers can upset your natural pH, an occasional bath – especially one made with the intention of hosting helpful ingredients – can be of benefit! Pour a cup or two of apple cider vinegar into a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes. Vinegar may naturally reduce bacteria which could be the main source of the odor you are sensing from your pelvic region.
These are just a few of the ways to consider finding relief for vaginal odors. Remember, not all odors are alarming. If curious about when to see a doctor, consider scheduling when the once ‘fleshy’ odor is accompanied by unusual symptoms coloration, volume or sensations like itching.
Some discharge is normal. If you notice an increase in discharge or if the fluids are no longer white or translucent, you may have an infection. Apele performance panties make it easy to monitor your everyday health and hygiene! Snag a pair or two today with designs that are sure to match your mood!