Though vaginal odor is a very common occurrence among women, it can sometimes turn out to be a very embarrassing problem, especially if the odor is foul or fishy which announces the presence of a possible infection of the cervix, uterus or vaginal canal. Most women tend to hide the problem without understanding the repercussions associated with it and lead themselves to complications.
Causes of Fishy Vaginal Odor
This particular vaginal odor can be very disheartening for many women. The fact that most of them do not associate this with diseases as they are pretty ignorant about it, makes matters worse as they do not seek treatment. Fishy odor, also known as feminine odor can result from increased cultivation of bacteria or yeast in the body. It can also be the result of a number of sexually transmitted diseases that sometimes do not show any other symptom other than the fishy odor.
If you are faced with the problem of fishy odor, be it due to infections or other reasons, here are some ways to treat them at the comforts of your home.
Treatments for fishy odor
Keep your pubic hair trimmed at all times. This will not only help you stay away from moisture on the vaginal area which can lead to yeast infections, but also identify easily if the fishy odor is due to genital warts or other inflammations that can be better identified without pubic hair.
Sometimes fishy odor can be triggered due to sweat and reduced hygiene. Women must ensure that they take bath at least once a day and keep the vaginal area clean and dry. Using a cornstarch powder or some other unscented powder will help in keeping the area dry. After physical exertion and sweating, it is important to take a shower and dry the vaginal area with a soft towel to prevent fishy or musty odor.
Tight fitting clothes can cause fishy vaginal odor as there is lack of air circulation in these areas and build up of moisture and resultant bacterial infections and fungal growth. Ensure that you do not use restrictive clothing all the time. Use cotton and light coloured undergarments that can absorb sweat and go for loose fitted pyjamas or skirts in the evenings so that you can allow the vaginal area to remain dry.
It is important to identify the cause of fishy odor if it persists even after basic hygiene and is accompanied by other troubling symptoms. This could mean that you are suffering from some kind of infection or sexually transmitted disease that needs to be treated adequately with antibiotics. The medications have to be taken until the entire course is complete so that the infection is completely removed from your body.
Sometimes fishy odor can be due to the intake of antibiotics for other conditions. The good, friendly bacteria in your vagina is destroyed leading to yeast infections and feminine odor. Intake of vitamins and some birth control pills too can lead to fishy odor and hence care must be taken to combat the ill effects of these medications and pills by cultivating good bacteria in your body through the intake of probiotics.
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