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For the most part, vaginas don’t need much help in keeping clean and healthy. They are self-cleaning with the help of natural discharge, but sometimes may need treatment if the pH balance is disturbed and an infection develops.
For the most part, if you are in good health with a balanced diet and exercise, your vagina will be maintained with the rest of your body. A balanced and healthy diet will maintain your vagina internally, whilst exercise will maintain the strength of your pelvic muscles and vaginal walls.
What does normal discharge look like?
Normal vaginal discharge is usually clear or may be milky in colour, and it may have a subtle scent that is not overpowering or strongly unpleasant. Vaginal discharge may also change in colour and consistency throughout your menstrual cycle due to hormones that change with ovulation.
Discharge may bleach your underwear due to regular acid levels of vaginal pH, and turn the material a lighter colour. This is normal, and nothing to worry about. In fact, it’s a good sign!
Abnormal discharge may be yellow or green, chunky in consistency, itchy or foul smelling. This may be caused by a yeast or bacterial infection.
The vagina contains more bacteria than anywhere else in the body after the bowels, and these bacteria serve to protect and clean the vagina.
This good bacteria can:
If this balance is disturbed, it can lead to infection and inflammation.
The vagina itself does not need cleaning—you should especially avoid using perfumed soaps, gels and antiseptics as these can affect the healthy balance of bacteria inside the vagina, and can cause irritation. The discharge your vagina naturally produces is what will clean the inside of your vagina.
You can use plain, unperfumed soaps and water to gently wash the area around and outside of the vagina (the vulva) and, if needed, under the clitoral hood at the top of the vulva.
Things like vaginal douches are generally not beneficial, as they can disrupt the normal vaginal bacteria and wash out healthy bacteria, as well as potentially increasing the risk of vaginal infections.
Vaginas have a natural scent that is mild and nusky—if the smell of your vagina is stronger or different from usual, or if you are worried about it, then you may want to speak with your doctor about it as this can be a sign of infection.
The most common cause of unusual vagina discharge is bacterial vaginosis, which can cause an unpleasant smell. It is easily treated with antibiotics, so see your doctor if you are worried.
Vagisil can sooth itching and irritation on the vulva and around the vagina and anus. Do not put vagisil inside your vagina.
It can be useful for the itching caused by thrush, but cannot get rid of thrush on its own so much be used alongside thrush medication.
Vagisil can be used as an effective temporary measure until you can be seen by a professional, if you are worried about vaginal irritation or itching or it is a common occurrence for you.