There are many types of vaginal washes available in the market that promise to keep you healthy and smell free “down there”. But wait before you pick them up, most of these are loaded with chemicals that can be harsh on this delicate and sensitive area.
Instead, make your own vaginal wash, and believe us it isn’t too difficult. If you have baking soda in your kitchen cabinet, use it. This wonderful ingredient can help you combat vaginal infections and keep it odour free.
Why choose baking soda The?
Some problems that occur due to imbalance of pH in the vagina are:
The reason being baking soda is alkaline in nature. When an alkaline substance is mixed with something acidic, it neutralises it. So, when baking soda is used to wash the vaginal area, it helps to restore the pH balance and bring it to the optimum level. Here are some more tips and tricks to improve your vaginal health.
Here are a few ways in which baking soda can help with vaginal problems:
1. Make a vaginal wash
Mix two teaspoons of baking soda in a mug filled with lukewarm water. Use this mix to clean your entire vaginal area, the vulva or outer genital lips, labia minora or smaller inner lips and the vaginal opening.
Once you use the baking soda-water solution to clean the entire area, wash it once again with regular water and pat dry with a clean towel. Don’t go overboard with baking soda, due to its alkaline properties too much of it can leave the area dry. Here are six fun facts about the vagina that you should know.
2.Use as bathing salt
Add one-half cup of baking soda to a bucket full of lukewarm water. Pour the water in your bathtub and allow your lower body (till your waist) to soak in it for at least 20 minutes. Make sure that your vagina is well soaked in the water. Next, take a shower and pat yourself dry.
3. Make a soothing drink
In a glass of water mix half-a-spoon of baking soda and drink it just before your big night or when washing isn’t possible. It wouldn’t taste as the best drink ever, but can help you minimise the symptoms of foul smell and itching.
4. After your periods
It is normal for the vaginal area to feel dry and itchy after a period. This is because the menstrual blood has a slightly alkaline pH of around 7.5, which can disrupt the natural acidic pH of the vagina.
The vagina is naturally self-cleaning and has a pH of 3.8-4.5 to maintain healthy bacteria and prevent infections. After a period, the pH of the vagina may become temporarily unbalanced, causing dryness, itching, and discomfort. Drinking water, taking a warm bath, or using a mild, unscented soap can help to restore the pH balance and reduce symptoms. If the symptoms persist, it is recommended to see a doctor.
5. After using scented vaginal wash or douche
If you have used any over-the-counter vaginal wash or douche to prepare for the big night and smell sweet.
Using scented vaginal wash or douche is not recommended as it can disrupt the natural pH balance of the vagina, leading to dryness and itching. These products are often formulated with a pH of around 8 which is higher than the natural pH of the vagina, which is around 3.8-4.5. This can cause irritation and can increase the risk of vaginal infections.
It is important to note that the vagina is self-cleaning, and using these products can disrupt the healthy bacteria that keep the area clean and healthy.
Instead of using scented wash or douche, it’s better to use water and mild, unscented soap or a pH-balanced vaginal wash. Also, it’s best to avoid using baking soda internally as it can cause further dryness, itching, or irritation.
If you are experiencing dryness or itching after using a vaginal product, you should stop using it and consult a doctor or gynecologist if the symptoms persist
6. If you suffer from hormonal fluctuation
Hormonal fluctuations can indeed have an effect on the pH balance of the vagina, and it’s common for women to experience dryness, itching, or discomfort during menopause, pregnancy or other health issues.
For external use, such as for personal hygiene or skin care, you can apply the baking soda solution to the affected area with a cotton ball or pad. After using baking soda solution, rinse the area thoroughly with water and dry it.
It’s important to note that baking soda can be harsh on the skin and may cause irritation for some people, so it’s best to test the solution on a small area of skin before using it on a larger area.
7. If you are smelly, wet and itchy down there
Smelly, wet, and itchy symptoms can be caused by a variety of conditions, including yeast infections. Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida, which can cause itching, burning, and discharge.
While baking soda may have some properties that could help to reduce symptoms of a yeast infection, it is not a substitute for proper medical treatment. Yeast infections are a common condition and can be effectively treated with over-the-counter antifungal creams, suppositories, or oral medications.
Additionally, there are some home remedies that may help to alleviate symptoms of yeast infection such as:
Maintaining good hygiene: Washing the affected area with mild, unscented soap and water, and drying the area thoroughly can help to reduce the risk of infection.
Wearing breathable clothing: Avoid tight-fitting clothing and pantyhose, and opt for cotton underwear, which can help to reduce moisture and keep the area dry.
Avoiding douching: Douching can disrupt the natural pH balance of the vagina and increase the risk of infection.
Eating yogurt: Eating yogurt that contains live cultures of Lactobacillus acidophilus can help to restore the balance of good bacteria in the vagina and reduce the risk of infection.
It is not recommended to use baking soda internally to treat a yeast infection as it can disrupt the natural pH balance of the vagina and cause irritation or even infections. Also, using baking soda for a long period of time can cause side effects such as irritation, itching or burning.
If you suspect you have a yeast infection, it’s best to see a doctor or a gynecologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. They may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications, or other treatments such as probiotics or lifestyle changes.
If you have recurring yeast infections or are experiencing other symptoms such as fever, abdominal pain, or abnormal discharge, you should see a doctor immediately.
If you experience itchiness, foul smell, excessive discharge even after using this remedy for more than a fortnight; better visit a gynaecologist for help.
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Originally posted 2018-02-15 12:10:57.