As saliva is important for dental health, moderate discharges are essential for vaginal health. But beware of infections or other health problems. Here’s how to recognize the signs of a bad vaginal health and natural tips to remedy the situation.
The vagina is naturally acidic, it contains a large amount of beneficial bacteria which prevent the development of infections and maintain an optimum pH level.
What are the signs indicating poor vaginal health?
- Burning and Itching
- Excessive Vaginal Discharge
- Inflamed and Painful Vaginal Mucosa
- Appearance of Lesions
- Abnormal Bleeding
- Bleeding After Intercourse
- Vaginal Dryness
Here’s how to maintain your vaginal health:
Maintain Vaginal pH Balance
Some gynecologists recommend douching, but it can reduce the acidity of the vagina by disrupting its physiological pH, resulting in proliferation of bacteria. Note that the vagina is acidic, with a pH that varies between 3.8 and 4.5.
If the odor is strong, it is recommended to consult your gynecologist instead of douches which will certainly reduce odors at the time, but it will not help to treat the problem.
On the other hand, it is best to avoid using certain personal hygiene products because they may interfere with the normal pH of the vagina. Ask your gynecologist.
Avoid Junk Food
Fast food (junk food), especially foods high in sugar can affect your vaginal health. Indeed, sugar promotes the development of microorganisms and fungi. According to Dr. Rebecca Booth, gynecologist, try to reduce consumption of carbohydrates and focus on fruits and vegetables for good vaginal health.
Adopt a Healthy Diet
A healthy, balanced diet and adequate consumption of water is essential for the health of the body, including the vagina. In addition, certain foods are particularly beneficial to prevent or alleviate the problems associated with vaginal health. Yogurt is very beneficial because it contains lactobacilli, gram positive bacteria that maintain the acidity level of the vagina, which prevents the proliferation of microbes and fungi responsible for vaginal infections.
Protect Yourself during Sex
By protecting yourself during sex you can avoid many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as the AIDS virus (HIV), genital herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, genital warts and Chlamydia.
Note that some STDs, such as HIV and genital herpes are incurable. HPV or human papillomavirus is another STD that can cause genital warts and other serious diseases such as cervical cancer.
It is highly recommended to change the condom when switching from oral sex for vaginal intercourse, to prevent the spread of germs in the vagina.
Cigarette smoking not only affects the respiratory tract, it can also negatively impact your vaginal health. Dr. Rebecca Booth notes that “tar and nicotine can damage the health of the vagina resulting in an overgrowth of bacteria. These chemicals can clog the pores of the vagina and generate undesirable odors. Think about quitting smoking for your vagina to breathe freely… “.
Antibiotics favor the development of fungi, which can cause mycoses. Dr. Rebecca Booth suggests promoting consumption of yogurt, kefir and fermented foods when one is forced to take antibiotics to prevent vaginal infections.
Treat Infections Faster
There are three common vaginal diseases: fungal infections, bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis. Fungal infections are generally caused by fungi, bacterial vaginosis occurs when the vagina is home to many bacteria and trichomoniasis is an STD.
Note that each of these diseases may be treated orally or topically. Treatment of these diseases is particularly important because without medical supervision, these diseases can lead to more serious health problems.
Buy the Right Underwear
“The skin of your private parts is extremely sensitive,” says Dr. Rebecca Booth. She adds: “Always choose underwear made of natural fabrics such as cotton or silk.” Indeed, synthetic materials often contain allergens and toxins that can irritate the skin.
Regular Gynecological Exams
Regular consultation with your gynecologist is essential for your vaginal health. Every woman should have her first gynecological exam at the age of 21, or after the first sexual intercourse.
Note that the Pap test, also known as “vaginal cytology,” is a test that can detect changes in the vaginal cells, which can lead to cervical cancer.
Wash with Water
The intimate hygiene gels have become very popular and are widely used. But these products are not recommended by gynecologists because they can disrupt the natural pH of the vagina. For good personal hygiene, just use water.
Carefully Choose the Soap
If you still prefer to use a product to clean your private parts, the soap bar is the ideal choice because it does not alter the vaginal pH. But try not to use it daily to avoid drying out the skin. For a good vaginal health, doctors recommend the use of soaps made from olive oil, such as Aleppo soap.