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How to Get Rid of Vaginal Odors

By Holly L. Roberts ; Updated August 14, 2017

Vaginal odor isn't something most people feel comfortable talking about, but it's a natural occurrence according to Dr. Jennifer Wider in an article on Cosmopolitan.com. Vaginal odors, range from mild to pungent -- based on your diet, activities and possible infections. If you're sensitive about vaginal odors, there are some things you can do to minimize them.

Shower or bathe regularly with mild soap, thoroughly cleaning the outside parts of your genitals. If you notice your vaginal odor increasing throughout the day -- a common situation-- take one shower in the morning and a second shower in the afternoon.

Wear all-cotton underwear, especially if you're going to be physically active. Natural fabrics help prevent odors.

Sleep without underwear or pajama bottoms so that your genitals have a chance to breathe. Odor-causing bacteria thrive in moist environments so giving your genitals the opportunity to dry out helps prevent bacterial growth.

Sprinkle a little cornstarch into your underwear to help absorb moisture and the subsequent odor. Your genital area is especially prone to sweating, which can cause odor.

Wash the outside of your genital area with a combination of baking soda and water occasionally or once a week to help eliminate odors, recommends Elizabeth R. Barker, associate professor and director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the College of Nursing at Ohio State University.

Warnings

In some cases, vaginal odor can signal a serious health problem, such as a sexually transmitted disease, vaginal infection or yeast infection.

Don't douche unless your doctor specifically recommends it. Douching can actually increase odor and may contribute to pelvic inflammatory disease, according to CNN.com.

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