Most people get embarrassed whenever it comes to this topic. But as intimate as this subject matter is, it must be discussed because many need to brush up on their knowledge of it. The truth is few people take their genital health seriously and those who think they know, don’t have their facts right.
Consultant Gynaecologist, Dr. Jaqueline Walters, says the only thing women need to clean there is clean water.
She says, “Women need to quit putting soap down there and don’t douche. The vagi-na is a self-cleaning oven. It has its own pH level, so it’s supposed to be acidic and the level should be no less than 4.5.
“When we start adding all of the antibacterial soap what happens is you kill off the bacteria that are supposed to be there that create the eco-system for the vagi-na and control the acidity.
“When you destroy the normal pH then you now have vagi-nal dryness and you’ve allowed yeast and bacterial vaginosis to overgrow, which of course creates discomfort and in a lot of cases odour.”
This is serious business ladies, your genital health is no joke.
Doctors note that though it is not every smell or discharge from the area that is abnormal, it is also perfectly natural to have a slight sweet smell that is non-offensive. But a strong and foul odour is a strong indication of an infection.
Here are some common infections that can occur as a result of poor hygiene:
The symptoms include a discharge that is foul-smelling, frothy, and greenish-yellow. It causes severe itching, painful and frequent urination, and, sometimes, pain in the lower abdomen.
A yeast infection, or candidiasis, occurs when the yeast fungus called Candida albicans, grows above normal levels. The result is a thick, white, cottage cheese-like discharge with itching, redness,etc.
Urinary tract infections
Urinary tract infections can occur when bacteria from the anus or vagi-na make their way into the urethra and bladder. Urinating helps to flush some of the bacteria from the urinary tract, but sometimes the bacteria left behind can cause an infection. S*xual intercourse, wiping from back to front, or irritants used in a bath (such as bubble bath or bath salts) are common causes of UTIs. The symptoms include painful and frequent urination, and a fever.
Just like any part of the body, keeping a healthy vagi-na means taking care of surface areas, avoiding soap chemicals and listening to your body when something feels out of place.