That uncomfortable itch or that foul odor you're trying really hard to cover up isn't going to just go away on its own. Your vagina needs care just like any other part of your body, so if you are experiencing discomfort, you need to take some action and get your vaginal health in order. Some things may be handled at home yourself, while some other issues or concerns may require medical attention that your gynecologist can provide. Read on for what you can do if you are experiencing vaginal discomfort and odors.
Wash With A Vaginal Wash
There are a number of vaginal washes on the market today that you can use based on your needs to clean your vagina and reduce odors, and also alleviate any itchiness you may be experiencing. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to use the vaginal wash. Some are just wipes you can use after using the bathroom or just throughout the day to stay clean, while others may be used while showering, or there are douches available as well. If you feel any discomfort after using any product, cease using them immediately and talk to your gynecologist about any other issues following the use of any of these products.
Wear Breathable Underwear And Clothing
If you are always wearing constricting clothing or undergarments, it is going to restrict the airflow to this part of your body. If you are always closing in the air, your vagina cannot breathe and you are going to end up with stale air and moisture. This can breed bacteria, which is where a yeast infection can eventually come in. This issue may be what is causing you discomfort and odors. Wear cotton underwear and loose-fitting bottoms to help with airflow and to prevent sweating or moisture in your vaginal area.
Shower After Sex And Exercising
Part of your odors or discomfort may be because of sweating from exercising and not showering afterward, which can lead to bacteria and yeast growth, and it can also be caused by having sex and not showering afterward. You should shower after either of these activities to clean your vagina and prevent moisture concerns.
If you aren't taking care of your vagina, you're going to end up with vaginal discomfort and odors. If you are experiencing these things, get to your gynecologist for an exam and for treatment. If you have a yeast infection, it may need medical treatment, not just over-the-counter treatment. Contact a gynecologist for more information.