For women maintaining vaginal health is a necessity. Not only it is important for overall health but a healthy vagina also has positive impacts on sex drive, ability to achieve orgasms and fertility. It affects not only physical aspects but also has psychological impacts.
When vaginal health is not maintained it can lead to various forms of vaginal discomfort. Vaginal discomfort is physically an irritant and mentally can impact self-esteem and confidence in women. Vaginal discomfort is often a precursor to other serious illnesses like urinary tract infections (UTIs) and hence should never be overlooked.
Symptoms of vaginal discomfort include burning sensation in the vaginal area; vaginal itching; involuntary vaginal muscle spasms; tender or sensitive vaginal area and pain during intercourse.
Vaginal discomfort can be caused by a variety of issues. They can take the form of infections, physical trauma, dysfunction or injury in the pelvic floor, vulvodynia and Bartholin’s cyst.
The most common reason behind vaginal discomfort are infections caused through sexual transmissions; vaginal yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis. Vaginal infections are often accompanied by a burning sensation in the vagina and itching. It is almost often accompanied with a vaginal discharge. In case this discharge has a foul smell or blood spots, one should immediately visit a gynecologist.
Since the vagina is a very sensitive area, usually any form of discomfort is caught on pretty early. In such cases there are several ways through which one can find relief.
Coconut oil and tea tree oil are known to have antimicrobial properties that can help to alleviate the itching sensation. They are natural lubricants and protect the sensitive vaginal skin from getting scratched and damaged further.
Certain dietary changes can help to limit vaginal discomfort and prevent future problems. Limiting foods high on sugar, including yogurt and probiotics high in lactobacillus can prevent vaginal discomfort from increasing. Research has shown that while cranberry juice cannot help if one already has an UTI; it does help to prevent its occurrence.
Vaginal hygiene needs to be maintained religiously if one wants to escape vaginal discomfort. Always wear loose cotton underwear. Avoid scented soaps and hygiene washes while washing the vaginal area. The vagina has its own self-cleaning mechanism. The white discharge often seen in underwear is nature’s way of maintaining balance in the vaginal area. This white discharge is acidic in nature and kills the harmful bacteria while letting the good ones thrive. But as stated earlier if it is foul smelling and is yellow in color (showing pus) one should always visit a doctor. Normal warm water washes help to alleviate vaginal discomfort to a great extent.
Abhinav Health Care, one of the best contract manufacturers of herbal products provides you with various herbal solutions for maintaining vaginal hygiene which are gentle on your skin and does not have any chemicals.
During any sort of vaginal discomfort, it is best to avoid shaving or using chemical exfoliators. This further irritates the damaged vaginal skin and can exacerbate the matter.
Using gels for local application on the vagina is good. These herbal gels get rid of dryness, help retain elasticity, and are good for the overall health of the vagina.
Vaginal discomfort is a condition that is irritating in the initial stages. But if it is not dealt with properly, it can become a big problem. Poor vaginal health hampers women from leading a problem free daily life and can lead to UTIs which are more painful and need antibiotics for treatment.