Slight vaginal odour is normal. But if you feel your vagina has a strong odour, such as a fishy smell or an unpleasant smell, it could be a symptom of another health issue or problem. The odour may be accompanied by other symptoms like itching, burning, irritation, or vaginal discharge. If you have vaginal odor without other symptoms, the odour may not be abnormal.
There are several common infections found in your vagina that could cause an unpleasant odour or smell, and you can try home remedies as well as professional products to get rid of the odour fast.
Below are few ways to get rid of vaginal odour very fast.
Do not douche. Douching is when you force water or a cleaning agent in your vagina. Douching can remove the healthy bacteria in your vagina and can push an infection (if one is present) into your uterus, making your condition worse.You
Avoid feminine sprays, which are another form of douching that can irritate your vagina or lead to an allergic reaction. Remember that your vagina naturally cleans itself. As long as you practice good vaginal hygiene, you should not have to force clean it or interfere with its natural cleaning process.
RINSE YOUR VAGINA DURING SHOWER OR BATH
Rinse your vagina during your shower or bath. Be sure to keep your vaginal area clean by using water and mild, unscented soap, like Cetaphil, to rinse your vagina, including your labia. Avoid using harsh soaps on your vagina, with scents, as they can irritate the delicate skin in this area.
WEAR LOOSE CLOTHING AND COTTON UNDERWEAR
This will increase airflow to your groin, especially when you are working out or sweating and prevent moisture buildup, which can then reduce any odours due to sweating or bacteria.
Always change out of your workout clothing as soon as you are finished your workout. Do not keep wet, sweaty clothes on any longer than necessary, as this can lead to unpleasant odours. Ensure you put on clean underwear every day to prevent bacteria growth and odour.
CHANGE YOUR TAMPON OR PAD EVERY FOUR TO SIX HOURS
Practice good period hygiene by being diligent about changing your tampon or pad every four to six hours. This will prevent a buildup of odour and ensure your vagina does not get irritated during your menstrual cycle.
Changing your tampon frequently will also ensure you do not forget to remove your tampon, which can cause an unpleasant odour and possibly serious health issues.
EAT YOGURT TO PROMOTE THE GROWTH OF YEAST
Yogurt contains naturally formed probiotics that can help balance your bacterial secretions in your vagina and in the rest of your body. If you have recurring yeast infections, eating yogurt every day is good, healthy option for eliminating vaginal odour caused by yeast infections.
Check that the yogurt contains live and active cultures to ensure it will help your body produce more yeast.
AVOID EATING ODOUR CAUSING FOODS
Eating certain foods and drinks can actually change your vaginal smell, as the foods you consume can cause your body to release certain odours. If you are concerned about your vaginal odour, avoid drinking coffee and alcohol. You should also avoid onions, food made with strong spices, red meat, or dairy.
Keep in mind you would need to consume a high amount of these foods to change your vaginal secretions enough to cause a strong odour. You can try to eliminate these foods and drinks from your diet to see if you notice a reduction in the odour.
HOT SALT AND VINEGAR BATH
Take a hot salt and vinegar bath. One natural remedy is adding half a cup of white vinegar and half a cup of salt in a warm bath. You can then soak in the salt and vinegar bath to help eliminate the odour and restore the pH of your vaginal area.
However, this treatment may be best for short term treatment as it may not get rid of the vaginal odour completely.
It is important to seek medical attention if odour persists.