Backyard BBQ’s, pool parties, and lounging at the beach can be fun but not if your personal hygiene isn’t. Don’t freak out or let it go untreated. See if this helps:
- Try not to use scented soaps or perfumes “down there”. Stay away from douching, it actually throws off your natural pH balance. Healthy normal vaginal pH is between 3.8 – 4.5. Although douching may rid the odor temporarily, whatever is causing the smell won’t go away. See a doctor if the problem continues. No insurance? No problem. Clinics such as Planned Parenthood offer little to no cost visits.
- Practice safe sex and don’t miss your annual check ups / Pap smears which check your cells for an indication of cancer.
- If you are infected with an STD or have a vaginal infection be sure to take all of your medication. Tell your partner and make sure they get treated as well.
- More water and cranberry juice. In addition, foods like avocado, yogurt, sweet potatoes, garlic, flaxseed, and guava can keep you functioning right.
- Use lube if necessary, not petroleum jelly because it’s oil base can lead to infection.
- Dry clothing, cotton underwear.
- Apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil can be used as a home remedy to treat vaginal infections. You should always see a doctor to be sure but sometimes bathing with a few drops of the vinegar or the oil may help. Tea tree oil is very strong so use as directed. Some women drink vinegar with water and find that helps. Tea tree oil usually isn’t ingested. Do what works for you.