Have you ever experienced a foul-smelling discharge oozing from your privates? If yes, it may mean that there is an overgrowth of yeast or bacteria there which in turn gives birth to the odour down under.
Medically known as Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) and Vaginal Yeast Infections (VYI), smelling privates can be so embarrassing. Feminine odour changes throughout the normal monthly menstrual cycle of a woman. Just as your feet or breath have smells, so also does the crotch when there is presence of bacteria.
However, this may get unusual and you may get metallic or musty smell or even a fishy smell from the privates which can be due to foods you eat or certain hormonal causes along with the overgrowth of bacteria as well as sexually transmitted diseases for which you should get treatment. Accompanied by yellow or white discharge, itching, burning and irritation, odour may indicate an infection.
The main causes of feminine odour are:
Infections: The most common explanation for an unpleasant odour in the privates is an infection called bacterial vaginosis. No one knows what causes it; indeed the infectious agent or agents have yet to be identified. Signs that you might have it include a fishy odour, as well as a thin white or gray discharge and a burning sensation while urinating or having intercourse. The infection is likely transmitted s exually.
Sweats: As you’ve probably noticed, a sweaty groin is a smelly one. That’s because your external genitals have a special kind of gland called apocrine sweat glands (also found in the armpits, ear canals, eyelids, and wings of your nostrils). These glands secrete an oily fluid that’s metabolized by bacteria on the skin, letting off a noticeable smell. Wearing tight clothing or being overweight can exacerbate the problem by trapping sweat and bacteria on the skin or, in the case of excess weight, in skin folds.
Forgotten tampon: The build-up of menstrual blood and bacteria can lead to irritation, itching, and a strong, unpleasant-smelling discharge.
Bad diets: What you eat may affect genital odour, just as it affects other parts of your body such as your armpits, scalp, mouth, and feet. Research shows that foods with strong scents like chilies, pepper, garlic, onion, blue cheese, cabbage, fish, and broccoli tend to have the most impact. If you suspect a food might be the culprit, you could try eliminating it and see if the odour improves.
Poor hygiene: Of course, not washing the genitals properly could also leave a stench and allow the growth of bacteria.
Remedies for genital odour
Yogurt: With all its health benefits, yogurt can also help you get rid of genital odour. Yogurt is naturally rich in lactobacillus, the healthy bacteria which not only keeps your stomach free of any infection but also reduce the yeast infection of your privates. Lactobacillus also helps in restoring normal genital pH level which kills the odour. Eat two cups of unsweetened, plain yogurt daily or soak a tampon in plain yogurt and insert it in your body leave it for few hours and rinse the area thoroughly after removing the tampon.
Tea tree oil: This contains strong anti-fungal as well as antiseptic properties and thus it can be used to get rid of unpleasant genital odour. It will help get rid of bacteria that are contributing to the problem, add three drops of tea tree oil to a cup of water then rinse the affected area daily or dip a tampon in olive oil then put a little tea tree oil on it. Insert the tampon and leave it in for at least one hour, do this several times a week.
Garlic: This is a natural antibiotic that can be great for dealing with genital infections as well as odour. The anti-fungal properties present in garlic will help fight a yeast infection and help the body get rid of bad bacteria. Eat garlic in raw or cooked form on a daily basis or put a piece of garlic in the genital for an hour or two. Do this daily until you get rid of the problem.
Baking soda: It can be used to balance the pH level in your body, when the pH level is in balance, the problem of genital odour will disappear. Add one-half cup of baking soda to bathwater, soak lower body in it for about 20 minutes then dry yourself thoroughly with a clean towel. This remedy will help fight a yeast infection and can help get rid of odour quickly.
Citrus fruits: This can also help the body fight infections more effectively and prevent genital odour. Citrus foods are rich in vitamin C, an immune booster and can also help remove harmful toxins present in the body. A strong immune system will allow the body to fight off the harmful bacteria that cause odour. These fruits will also help fight urinary tract infections, simply eat fruits such as grapes, oranges, sweet lime, lemons, cranberries, grapefruits, pineapples and so on.
White vinegar: This has the power to neutralize odours by breaking down odour proteins. It rinse will help eliminate genital odour. It will also help restore pH levels in the genitals. Mix one-half cup each of white vinegar and salt in lukewarm bath water, Soak in it for a few minutes follow the remedy several times a week.
Apple cider vinegar: due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, apple cider vinegar can be used to fight genital odour. In fact, taking a bath with apple cider vinegar is one of the simplest ways to get rid of the bad odour, this will help fight off the toxins and bacteria that cause vaginal odour. It will also help restore the acidic quality of the genital flora. Mix two cups of apple cider vinegar in warm bath water, soak in it for about 20 minutes repeat several times a week to get quick results or drink a glass of water mixed with one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day to flush out toxins and harmful bacteria from the body. It will also help ward off a variety of health issues.
Practice safe s ex.
Maintain proper personal hygiene.
Change pads, tampons, and panty-liners frequently.
Most importantly, visit your doctor.