How To Treat Fishy Discharge – Get Yourself Feeling Fresh Again!
If you would like to know how to treat fishy discharge, then there are a number of steps you can take. One of the things we women have to deal with from time to time is unpleasant feminine odor. There can be so many causes that it is difficult to avoid altogether. Indeed, I have yet to speak to a female friend or relative who hasn’t experienced this embarrassing problem at some point during their adult lives.
Sometimes it can be nothing more than a slight musky odor which is not particularly noticeable by others but on other occasions, it can be a bad smelling fishy discharge which unfortunately can be detected by those around us.
One surprisingly common cause of fishy smelling discharge is overwashing. The vaginal area contains a delicate mix of fluids which are rich in beneficial bacteria. When this balance is upset, it can cause the growth of harmful bacteria and this can cause the unpleasant odor. Overwashing, using harsh soaps and even douching can strip out the protective bacteria so the best thing you can do is to wash just once or twice a day using unperfumed products.
Sometimes intercourse with a new partner can cause a fishy odor. The pH level of a healthy vagina is mildly acidic. Semen is naturally alkaline. The body can take a while to become “used” to a new partner and in some women who are prone to this problem, the semen can cause the bacterial balance within the vagina to become upset. To treat fishy discharge in this instance, you should use condoms until the problem settles and combine this with strategies to enhance the levels of good bacteria.
As over zealous washing is not recommended, another tip for women wanting to know how to treat fishy discharge is to wear thin panty liners. Although this does not cure the problem what it will do is to mask the worst of the smell by absorbing the discharge. You can change these frequently when out and about to keep fresh.
By far the most common cause of fishy discharge is the very common condition known as bacterial vaginosis. If your discharge is watery and gray or white in color it is highly likely that you have this condition, although you may wish to confirm this with your doctor. This is very easy to treat using natural methods.
Although isolated outbreaks are not dangerous, if you are subject to recurrent problems, BV can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and even infertility. It is therefore wise to seek treatment promptly.