It is true that an healthy vagina does not itch, burn or smell but, not all of these irritations should require heavy medications. An itchy vagina can be caused by an overgrowth of bacteria or fungi, or dryness of vaginal tissues due to a drop in estrogen.
Before you run off to the doctor’s or pharmacist’s, a lifestyle change or a natural remedy like one of these could prove sufficient and effective for whatever vagina irritation you’re dealing with.
For Fungi Infections, Eat Yogurt
Yogurt is an effective probiotic home remedy for getting rid of a type of Vaginitis brought on by yeast infections. It contains an healthy bacteria known as Lactobacillus acidophilus that inhibits the growth of candida (fungi) in the vagina. Eat about 200 grams of yogurt a day to get rid of fungi
For Bacterial Growth, Use Garlic
Garlic is effective against two types of Vaginitis that may cause itching and smelly discharge, Bacterial Vaginosis and Candidia. It contains a sulfur-containing compound called allicin that stops the growth of candida and another sulfuric compound called allein accounts for its antibacterial properties. Peel a glove and garlic and carefully insert into the vagina for a few hours. Repeat till all symptoms of Vaginitis have been cleared completely.
For Low Estrogen, Try Soy Milk
Soy is rich in isoflavones, a kind of phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogens are bioactive compounds which exhibit estrogen-like properties and can be helpful for menopausal symptoms like vaginal dryness. To include soy milk or soy products in your diet, start small and gradually increase the amount of soy in your diet to give your system time to adapt and prevent against bloating.
For Dry Vagina, Try Natural Oils
Natural oils like coconut oil and almond oil can be applied inside your vagina to take care of vaginitis caused by dryness. Opting for natural oils as lubricants is an healthier choice than using synthetic oils like Vaseline which may disrupt the natural pH balance of the vagina and cause the growth of bacteria and yeast.
Apply coconut or almond oil inside and around your vagina with your fingers directly to get rid of vaginal dryness and itching.
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