by Good Clean Love Staff July 30, 2015
Glance down the feminine hygiene aisle of any pharmacy or grocery store and you’ll find numerous products designed to freshen, clean and cover up the the natural smell of the female body. Although it’s well known that the practice of douching–spraying liquid into the vaginal canal in an effort to make it cleaner or to feel fresher–is unhealthy, feminine product manufacturers keep coming up with new ways to exploit women with feminine odor issues. Even in the United States, douching is still alive with nearly 20% of women having reported douching in 2013. It seems the line of reasoning is that if something smells, then it must not be clean, and if something isn’t clean, then you should wash it. And let’s face it, that train of thought is helpful for most things in life– the laundry, your home, maybe even your husband! Feminine odor is often a sign of bacteria, which we automatically associate with uncleanliness.
But the inside of your vagina isn’t something that you can, or should, just scrub clean. When it comes to vaginal odor, the existence of bacteria–also known as the vaginal flora–is not actually the source of the problem, but a huge part of the solution. The vagina can be thought of as a sort of battlefield where different types of bacteria, both friendly and unfriendly, constantly fight for territory. Washing or douching away the flora leaves the area vulnerable to an overgrowth of the unfriendly types of bacteria. An overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria can quickly become an infection that causes feminine odor, itching, and dryness–some of the very symptoms traditional douches are intended to relieve. This overgrowth is called bacterial vaginosis (BV), and it’s the cause of virtually any and all vaginal odor problems.
So how do you stop the vicious cycle of BV (and its associated odors) once and for all? That’s merely matter of letting nature take its course. The friendly bacteria in the vagina–AKA lactobacilli–are our heros in this fight against feminine odor. Keep them thriving and healthy and, with patience, foul odor will be a thing of the past. Here’s how:
It may seem counter-intuitive, but sometimes, less is more. Remember that when the flora is healthy, the vagina is an automatic, self-cleaning organ. Too much intervention is often the source of the problem rather than the solution!
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