Tip of the Week
by: Selina J. Breckenridge
By being in tune with your own body scents, should a problem arise, you will know. Vaginal discharge is normal, but off colored or a fishy smell could be symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis. Additionally yeast infections can also produce a heavy discharge that sometimes has the consistency of 'cottage cheese'. You should visit your Dr. if Vaginal Odor and Vaginal Odor persist.
Each woman's vagina will have a smell which is unique to them, however it would not be considered Vaginal Odor. Becoming aware of the unique scent of your vagina at a time your vagina is healthy, is important so you will know if a problem occurs. Your scent can also change depending on what point of menstrual cycle you may be in but Vaginal Odor may also be caused by Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), yeast infections, or other more serious conditions.
Normal vaginal discharge is usually milky white or clear in color. While on your period, menstruation helps in keeping a clean vagina. Increase and thickening of discharge during sexual arousal, breastfeeding and during ovulation may occur, but you should not have any fishy Vaginal Odor.
Just about every woman has at one time in her life experienced Vaginal Odor. Some even have reoccurring bouts and you should know you aren't alone nor should it reduce your self esteem. Showering daily is very important for the best personal hygiene and always use unscented soaps. Try to avoid bubble baths and perfumed soaps if you are diagnosed with Bacterial Vaginosis or a yeast infection or experiencing Vaginal Odor. Drying off with a clean soft cotton towel and wearing cotton crotch panties are very beneficial.
Vaginal douching and/or scented sprays should be avoided at all times, especially when you are having a bout of Vaginal Odor. Douches or sprays can actually disrupt the pH balance of your vagina. Bacteria grow in warm, moist, and confined areas so you should avoid clothing that does not allow air circulation such as nylon panty hose. Also you should not wear wet clothing such as a bathing suit that is wet for extended periods of time. Cotton panties are the best option for extended wear.
Women and men both are susceptible to being infected with the parasite Trichomoniasis. This infection may be contracted when you have sexual intercourse with a partner who is infected. There may no symptoms but can include a rather strong Vaginal Odor, vaginal discharge, vaginal itching and/or vaginal irritation as well as light vaginal bleeding.
Although BV, or Bacterial Vaginosis, isn't technically a vaginal sexually transmitted disease it does exist in higher rates in those women that are sexually active. Your doctor will normally prescribe a topical or oral medication although you may wish to pursue a natural method. It is usually not necessary for the male partner to be treated for BV.
Larger amounts of bacteria in your vagina can produce a yellowish/gray color, fishy Vaginal Odor, pain during sexual intercourse, redness and itching. These are all symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis, also known as (BV). Often times, no symptoms will be present at all.
More information about Fishy Vaginal Odor and Bacterial Vaginosis.
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