The typical gnawing odor coming from a female’s private parts often creates an embarrassing situation for ladies. This smell or bad odor from vagina is usually a result of bacterial infection such as bacterial vaginosis or trichomoniasis. Ironically, some of the products that are originally used for maintaining the vaginal hygiene, can also cause a change in vagina pH; thereby producing vagina odor. Other factors which may contribute to vagina smell are sexually transmitted diseases or infections, which if left untreated may lead to PID or pelvic inflammatory disorder and infertility in severe cases. Some simple tips are discussed in this article to educate you regarding how to get rid of vaginal odor.

How to Get Rid of Vaginal Odor

One of the most common causes of vaginal smell is inappropriate maintenance of hygienic conditions. These unhygienic conditions can promote the growth of bacteria inside vaginal region, leading to infection and smell. The most common genital infection in females is bacterial vaginosis, which produces a fishy smell after cross-reacting with vaginal secretion. The classic inciting agent is alteration in the normal acidic pH of vagina. Following steps can be taken to get rid of vaginal odor.

Keep Proper Hygiene and Good Habits

  • Using a douche in vagina can help in eliminating the unpleasant odor. It is recommended to consult with the physician first and use his recommendations in making the decision regarding douche purchase. Using appropriate douche can also eliminate and flush out the bacteria’s which alters vaginal pH. Avoid overdoing this. 

  • Adequate hydration helps in eliminating the bacterial agents from vagina. It flushes out the bacteria and maintains the pH.

  • Avoid the intake of sugar containing fluids and caffeine, as these agents promote yeast infections. Avoid intake of refined carbohydrates (beer, bread, etc.).

  • Avoid body care products which contain too much chemicals for fragrance purpose. These chemicals can cause irritation in vagina.

  • Wash genital areas thoroughly before and after intercourse to prevent the growth of infectious agents.


Use Yoghurt Externally or Internally

Yogurt is the ideal dairy probiotic foods which helps in promoting the growth the biological flora inside the human body. Yogurt is a great source of lactobacillus which maintains the pH of vagina. The yogurt must be taken in the form of organic yogurt; make sure not to add any artificial flavors as it may reduce the efficacy.

  • Consume organic yogurt on regular basis.

  • Take a tampon and dip the tampon in yogurt, and insert it in vagina. Leave it for whole night then rinse it well in the morning.


Have Enough Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits contain antioxidants in the form of different vitamins such as vitamin C. These antioxidants help in eliminating the free radicals from the body. Citrus fruits also work as a natural cleanser in the body to inhibit the growth of bacteria in vaginal surface.

Besides, intake of fresh fruits and vegetables on daily basis boosts the immune system and also helps in treating many urinary tract infections.


Make Use of Apple Cider Vinegar

This is perhaps one of the most used remedies when answering how to get rid of vaginal odor. Apple cider vinegar possesses antibacterial and antiseptic properties, these properties helps in eliminating the bad odor originating from the vagina. It also maintains the pH needed for a healthy vagina by inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria and different infections

  • Mix one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink this daily.

  • Add two cups of apple cider vinegar in bath water, sit in this water for 15-20 minutes. Take this soaking bath several times a week.


Rinse with Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil possesses antifungal and antiseptic properties. It helps in eliminating the vaginal odor as a result of different fungal and yeast species.

Mix 3-4 drops of tea tree oil in a cup full of water. Rinse the vaginal area with this water several times daily.

Or you can try taking a tampon and dip it in olive oil, place some tea tree oil at the tip then insert it in vagina. Leave this tampon in vagina for an hour. Repeat this procedure several times a week.


Use Garlic

Garlic is a very good antibiotic and also possesses antifungal properties. It removes the vaginal odor by eliminating the root cause of the smell which is either a bacterial or vaginal infection. It also helps in boosting up the immune system

  • Take cloves of garlic in cooked or raw from daily.

  • Insertion of a fresh garlic clove by wrapping it inside the cheesecloth in the vagina can help in eliminating the yeast and fungal infections found in vagina (a string can be attached to the cloth in order to pull it when required).

  • Application of garlic paste over vagina can also be utilized to produce the same effect.


Soak in Salt and White Vinegar Mixture

White vinegar helps in regulating the normal pH of fluids of the body while salts possesses hypertonic activity and prevents the area from developing infections.

  • Add a cup of salt and vinegar in a water bath.

  • Sit in or soak the lower area in this water for 10-15 minutes.

  • Take bath from this preparation several times a week for better results.


Add Epsom Salt in Sitz bath

  • Fill the sitz bath with lukewarm water and add one tablespoon of Epsom salt in it.

  • Soak the vaginal area in this water for 10 minutes

  • Take this bath at least twice a week for obtaining maximum results.

When to See a Doctor

Consult with a physician if,

  • The symptoms are not subsiding from any of the remedies listed above or if the symptoms are getting worse.

  • There is a burning sensation or thick purulent discharge from vagina

  • If you have recently performed unprotected sex

  • If you have started some new medications

The bad odor coming from vagina can be removed or eliminated by using simple home based techniques. If the symptoms persist, it is better to consult with the physician for better health care treatment.


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