Every girl goes through her moments where she may not be smelling her finest. Is it a problem? Sure. Is there a way to get rid of vaginal odour? Absolutely.
We all don’t smell like rainbows and sunshine every day of the week. I mean, we’re only human. Things happen. It can be embarrassing and downright smelly, but you can get rid of vaginal odour. You just need the right remedies.
How to get rid of vaginal odour
Put down the phone! Don’t cancel your dinner date tonight with that guy you really like. Instead, look at the following remedies and get rid of that smell as soon as possible.
#1 Find out the cause. It’s important to figure out where your vaginal odour is from. Just because your vagina smells a little… sour doesn’t mean you have something serious. It could be caused by your menstrual cycle, sweat, or hormonal changes.
Nevertheless, there could be more serious reasons for vaginal odour such as yeast infections, gonorrhoea, bacterial vaginosis, STI’s, or overall poor hygiene. If your vaginal odour isn’t going away after a few days, that’s when you should be taking it seriously.
#2 Symptoms of vaginal odour. The human body is a magnificent thing. If you’re not sure if you’re experiencing vaginal odour, look at the symptoms: itchiness around the vagina, redness, and a fishy smell. These are usually accompanied by vaginal odour.
Sometimes the odour can be caused by laundry detergent on your underwear or perfume products you’ve been using. Pay attention to the little things.
#3 Stay hydrated. If your body dehydrates, it’s unable to flush out the toxins in your body. Drink eight to ten glasses of water a day to make sure your body is properly hydrated. Sometimes, vaginal odour can be caused by excess sugar in the body and water helps remove sugar. Basically, it keeps you balanced.
#4 Keep up with hygiene. Maybe your vaginal odour is just because you need a shower. It can really be that simple. If it’s hot outside, I know, you’re too lazy to shower, but think about your vagina. It’s hot too and is a petri dish for bacteria to hang out in. So, the best way to maintain vaginal health is to make sure it’s clean. You don’t need any fancy shower gels or perfumes, just soap and water.
#5 Tea tree oil. Okay, tea tree oil smells incredibly strong. However, this is the gem of all gems. Tea tree oil is an anti-fungal and antibacterial, so if you’re looking for a great remedy, this is one of them.
Pour two teaspoons into a glass of water. Now, soak a tampon in the mixture and place it into your vagina. Keep it in there for a couple minutes. If you’re going to shower, do this an hour before. Repeat this for a week. You’ll be good to go.
#6 Garlic. Combat a smelly vagina with smelly garlic. Not many people know the power of garlic, but let me tell you, it works. Garlic’s a great anti-bacterial. Make fresh garlic paste by crushing a couple cloves. Then apply the paste to your vaginal walls. Keep it on your vaginal walls for about 10 minutes. Have a bath after you’re finished with the garlic paste. If your vaginal odour is caused by a bacteria, this certainly kills it.
#7 Apple cider vinegar. Not only for salads, you can use it for your vagina. Now, you’ll never look at salads the same way. You want to make a bath with half a cup of apple cider vinegar mixed in. Sit for 10-15 minutes. Apple cider vinegar helps balance the vagina’s pH levels, which helps to eliminate the odour.
#8 Fenugreek. Now, you probably haven’t heard of Fenugreek. It’s okay, the important thing is now you know. All you do is take two teaspoons of Fenugreek seeds and put in a glass of water. Leave it to soak overnight.
In the morning, strain the seeds and then drink the water. You want to do this every day for two weeks. It eliminates the vaginal odour and also regulates your hormones. Killing two birds with one stone.
#9 Yogurt. One of the tastier remedies, I must say. If you love yoghurt, then you’ll love this one. Yoghurt helps control the pH levels in the vagina which helps control the odour. You can eat the yoghurt and you can also soak a tampon in yoghurt and then insert it, keeping it in your vagina for five minutes. Then rinse the vagina after, do this for a week.
#10 Citrus fruits. Another favourite, you want to keep up with your citrus food intake. This means, lemons, oranges, grapefruits, pineapples. They’re all high in vitamin C and help strengthen your immune system, helping to fight vaginal odour.
#11 Vagisil. While you’re doing some of these remedies, use vaginal odour products to help reduce the smell in the meantime. Products like Vagisil help absorbs the moisture and reduce the odour. Now, this doesn’t solve the problem, but it’s for temporary relief.
#12 Avoid certain things. If you’re suffering from vaginal odours, then do not go and eat foods that will only make it worse. But, what foods are bad, you ask?
Well, stay away from anything spicy, blue cheese, onion, cabbage, and broccoli. It’s been shown these foods enhance the smell of the vagina. So, while you’re getting rid of your vaginal odour, leave these foods out of your diet. Oh, and stay away from fish and meat. It doesn’t help either.
#13 Lavender oil. Not only will this essential oil calm you, but it helps get rid of your vaginal odour as well. Lavender actually helps with bacterial vaginosis since it’s an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. Take a glass of water, one tablespoon of witch hazel and ten drops of lavender oil. Mix it all together. Use this mixture as a vaginal wash when showering. Use this daily for a couple of weeks, you’ll notice a difference.
#14 Turmeric. Turmeric is an amazing spice for its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Use it in a tablet form, or I recommend taking a teaspoon of it and mixing it into a glass of milk. Drink it before you go to bed, and it’ll do the rest of the work for you.
#15 Avoid having sex. Listen, if you’re having an issue with vaginal odour at the moment and aren’t sure why then don’t have sex. It’s best to give your vagina a break. Honestly, don’t torture the person having sex with you. Wait a week, let your vagina heal and then you get back on the horse.
#16 Know when to see a doctor. If you’ve tried the remedies and nothing seems to be working, you may need antibiotics, depending on what is causing it. Give it a week, and if it gets worse then go to your doctor. They’ll be able to diagnose you and give you something that’s stronger.
Sometimes, we have smelly vaginas. It happens. All you need to do is recognise it and use one of these remedies to get rid of vaginal odour.