Smelly discharge is an issue that could be embarrassing to discuss, and as a result, many women both young and old, suffer this issue in silence.
The smell of a woman’s discharge may be different if she is pregnant or her personal hygiene is not good enough, or if you have bacterial vaginosis – a bacterial infection.
However, vag!nal discharges have treatments and are not incurable; yeast infections are usually treated with antifungal medications, bacterial vaginosis is usually treated with antibiotic pills or creams and trichomoniasis has drugs that will remedy its effect.
A healthy vag!na smell is usually described as “musky”, while a menstrual cycle discharge might have a slightly “metallic” scent for a few days.
However, if you notice an unusual odour, here are some home remedy you can try:
Good hygiene: “Clean the outside of your vagina regularly with a mild soap and clean water, avoid using perfumed soap and body washes or any scented products, as this could upset your body’s natural pH”.
Underwear: “Try to always wear 100% cotton underwear; they are usually comfortable and breathable and they are even more important if you’re in a hot environment; excess moisture can upset your body’s natural bacteria levels and of course, you ought to change your underwear regularly”.
Apple cider vinegar: This has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that can be used to fight vag!nal odour, they can help fight off the toxins that cause vag!nal odour; you can choose to drink a glass of water with one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily and you can also mix it with warm water for a bath; doing this regularly can help remedy the smell in a week”.
Yoghurt: “Yoghurt is rich in lactobacillus which is a known fighter of candida infection – a common cause of vag!nal odour; it will also help restore the vag!na’s normal pH level, and once this is balanced, the odour will be gone in no time”.
Garlic: “Garlic also has powerful antifungal properties that can deal with vag!nal infections and its odour, eating garlic or placing a little piece in the vagina for about an hour daily can help fight yeast infection and help your body get rid of other bad bacteria that causes that pungent smell”.
Fruits and vegetables: “The importance of fruits and vegetables can never be overemphasised; they contain essential vitamins and minerals that not only promote a healthy body system (including your vag!na) but also boosts your immune system against disease-causing bacteria, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to stimulate vag!nal health.