First and foremost, let me say this. All women have some sort of scent in their "cookie" area. And by no means is it supposed to smell like fresh fruit and flowers. In fact, applying scented soaps and fragrances can do more harm than good to the vaginal area! So let’s talk about some of the things that can go wrong, and how to treat and avoid, in the future.
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There are a number of things that can lead to an unhappy vagina, creating an environment for unpleasant vaginal odors, yeast infections, and BV. From your underwear material to your diet, the vaginal area is probably more sensitive than a woman who is "PMSing." Because of this, it's very important to listen to your body, and take note of any changes that you experience so that you can figure out what may have caused the issue, and then make the necessary changes. Below are some things that can lead to an unhappy vagina and some tips that could potentially help snap the vagina back into shape!
1. Underwear Material
I cannot express enough how important it is to keep your girl down there, as dry as possible! Excess moisture is a yeast infection’s preferred climate, if you catch my drift. They thrive in humid environments! The best underwear material that'll allow your cookie to breathe, is cotton. Now, please keep in mind that some cotton underwear can have a lot of dye, which too could cause some sensitivity issues! If possible, try to stick to white underwear. And at night, try not wearing underwear at all to allow maximum airflow!
2. Sweat and Moisture
Just as important as underwear material is making sure to change out of sweaty underwear and clothes. As mentioned before, yeast infections and bacteria love moisture. So, once you are finished your workout, take a shower, and put a fresh pair of cotton underwear on. The same goes with swimming, exercising, doing lawn care, cleaning the house, etc. Once you are finished, refresh your vaginal area, and put on some dry clothes!
The kind of soap or body wash you use can drastically affect the pH of your vagina. As previously mentioned, your cookie is not meant to smell like fresh flowers and fruit. Applying scented soaps inside of the vaginal area can really cause irritation and throw off the pH of the vagina, leading to vaginal odor and yeast infections. Instead of using scented soaps, try using a soap catered to sensitive skin. My favorite is Dove Beauty Bar, Sensitive Skin. It leaves the vagina smelling fresh for a longer period of time, and does not cause irritation and itching.
You'd be surprised how much of an impact that what you put in your body has on your vaginal area. For one, yeast infections feed off of sugar. If you are one to take part in a lot of snacking, especially on sugary items, you may want to cut back.
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