“Off-color or foul odors in the vaginal region can be the sign of a pelvic infection”

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It is important to know that the different colors and odors of vaginal discharge signify one health condition or the other. Here are some of them:
Off-color or foul odors in the vaginal region can be the sign of a pelvic infection after you have had a surgery, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), vaginal atrophy during menopause, trichomoniasis or vaginitis, and several other vaginal infections, all of which should be diagnosed by a doctor and treated as advised by the doctor.

Gray, white, fishy or yellow vaginal discharge indicates bacterial vaginosis. Cloudy or yellow discharge could be a sign of gonorrhea. Thick white discharge is an indication of yeast infections. This discharge is often described as having a cottage cheese consistency. Cottage cheese discharge is also characteristic of chlamydia. Bloody or brown discharge may be a sign of irregular period or endometrial or cervical cancer. Yellow/green frothy discharge with a bad odor may indicate you have trichomoniasis.

How to treat normal discharge?
Use baby wipes to wipe away the excess discharge when you go to the bathroom.Some unscented wipes contain contain as few chemicals as possible.Clean your vagina only with water; you can clean only the outside (vulva) with a mild baby soap if you feel really sticky but avoid putting soap inside.
Frequent change of underwear: changing your underwear 2-3 times a day can help the problem. This will help keep bacteria away from your vagina and will also reduce your discomfort and the smell.
Put on the right kind of underwear, since wearing the wrong kind can even be causing the problem! Wear cotton underwear with good ventilation (meaning those skinny jeans you wear can also be causing the problem).
Exposure to air: get as much air exposure as possible. Sleep naked or walk around the house without pants or underwear if you can. The air will help keep your skin from becoming irritated and decreasing opportunities for infection. It can also help treat the problem itself, if your body simply has an imbalance of bacteria, since it will give your body the opportunity to restore itself to normal.
Use a pad or pantyliner in extreme cases: generally you want to avoid these, as usually your body creates the discharge to get rid of something and keeping that something close to your body is not the best idea.

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However, if you are in a situation where you really need to keep the discharge in check or the discharge is so bad that it cannot be controlled, you can use a pad or pantyliner. Try to change it as often as possible. Avoid douches: many douches that are bought at the store contain “scents” or soaps, these may make you feel cleaner in the short term, but in the long run will actually make the problem worse. They will disrupt the natural pH of your vagina and cause it to work overtime to get back to its normal state. Never be scared or embarrassed by vaginal discharge or odour to the point of using vaginal deodorants or sprays. These will only make the symptoms worse because you will continue to throw off the pH balance in that area.



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